When it comes to nursery decor and nursery essentials, it's easy to get lost between what you need and what you want. That Eames chair is so pretty and will do just fine -- I mean, I probably won't even take that long to nurse the baby anyway. ndlet guess what... what looks good in your little one's universe doesn't always equate to essential or practical. I know from experience.
When I was pregnant with baby number 1, I had a love for all things babies and kids -- children toys, clothes, nurseries. So when it came to decorating my little bundle's nursery, I got carried away. So many things that I didn't use, not even once, and that, by the time she actually used her nursery, she had outgrown. And so, in retrospect, I wish I had made the difference between what I actually needed and what was just a cute addition to the room. Luckily, I had the chance to redeem myself, with my second baby's nursery.
With two years of motherhood under my belt, I used my experience with Indie Rey to consciously picked each and every item for the nursery of her little sister, Sienna. Of course, every baby is different, but better prepared than not, right?
Here are 6 nursery mistakes that I didn't make the second time around.
1. Rushing to decorate her room before she was born. My firstborn, Indie, didn't even used her nursery until she was four or five months -- she slept in our room until then. So really, for the first few months of her life, all we needed were my boobs (for nursing), a nursing pillow, diapers, swaddles and water (lots of water, for me). So if, as the AAP recommends, you choose to room-share for the first few months of your baby's life, don't stress if you need more time to decorate your little one's room.
2. Buying an expensive crib and not protecting it. Guess what... Babies get teeth, and when they get teeth, they bite and chew on everything. And cribs that are made of wood make the perfect teether. With Indie, we had a crib by Oeuf, and she gnawed at it like a little chipmunk. So when I chose Micuna Life crib -- a stylish, minimalist, customizable crib that converts into a toddler bed -- I knew I wanted it for the long haul. And so I got crib protecters that I plan on putting up before Sienna can stand and use it as a teether.
3. Matching the dresser to the crib. There are so many options to choose from, so why limit yourself to a dresser that matches your crib. By mixing it up, you can not only add a little fun to your baby's nursery, but also pick a dresser that will grow with her. The Babyletto Eero was the perfect pick for us: stylish and sophisticated enough that we probably won't have to change it when Sienna grows into a toddler and even early school years. Make sure it's big enough so that you won't end up with crammed drawers. It's best to air it out if you want to organize your clothing in a way that's easy to grab.
4. Getting super-chic, not so comfortable rocking chair. Sometimes you can get so wrapped up in the look of your nursery, you forget you'll be spending hours upon hours in it. And often in your rocking chair. I was tempted to buy a new rocking chair for Sienna's nursery, but this West Elm one was so cozy, I kept it! Plus, there were so many memories made in this chair with Indie Rey that I wanted to keep it for Sienna, too.
5. Going too basic on the baby monitor. If you're not a monitor parent, then this isn't for you. But for us, a baby monitor was really important. I personally want images and wifi so that I can check on baby without having to go in the room (hello me-time and sleep training!) and so that I can also check on her when she's with the babysitter, and I am out running errands. We're trying out the Lollipop Camera, and it's a perfect fit for me to juggle Indie Rey and make sure Sienna is safe while getting her rest in her crib. You can loop it right on the crib to get a close up view - an important feature for the early months of their lives - and mount it to the wall once baby is standing. Plus, it gives you data on your little one's sleep patterns, so it's perfect for those who are wanting to sleep train.
6. A rug that's beautiful but a pain to clean. Two kids mean playtime, stains, spills... As much as you want to keep everything clean, kids live in their own world, and it often comes with inevitable messes. So this time, I chose a Lorena Canals rug, which you can wash in the machine and dried in the dryer -- perfect to clean small and big playtime accidents. to ensure I can clean the rug from any accidents easily.
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Annie is a mama to Indie Rey and two mini Australian shepherds, Maddie and Macaron residing in Austin, Texas. She is the founder of A Little Bundle, started as a subscription baby box turned e-commerce, and a marketing service, Unicorn & Rainbows. Annie loves traveling, online shopping, food delivery and anything gelato related.
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