11 essentials for your baby’s nursery

Outfitting a nursery for your new arrival can seem like a daunting task, but there’s no need to stress! With these 10 essentials, your little one will feel right at home right away.

1. To contain all those diapers: Ubbi Diaper Pail

They don’t call just any diaper pail “the can of steel.” This award-winning design from Ubbi features an innovative sliding lid and childproof locks, as well as rubber seals designed to lock in odors. (So. Crucial.) Pick your favorite of 13 colors or five patterns to suit your nursery style.

Pro tip: Don’t worry about fussy special bags. Ubbi’s design is made to work with any garbage bag or reusable cloth liner.


2. For sounder sleep: Hatch Baby Rest

Your standard white-noise machine just got a whole lot smarter. The Hatch Baby Rest combines the features of a nightlight, sound machine, and okay-to-wake clock for toddlers, and it can all be controlled remotely from your smartphone. It’s the perfect way to customize a sleep environment at any age.

Pro tip: Select from preset light and sound themes from the app (they all promote healthy circadian rhythms for baby), or create your own customized favorite settings to suit what works for you.


3. For quick cleanups: Ubbi Wipes Dispenser

Designed to quickly dispense one wipe at a time, the wipes dispenser from Ubbi has non-skid feet and a rubber seal that keeps your baby wipes fresh and moist. Even better, the modern design will look sleek on your changing table and comes in six colors.

Pro tip: Use the clear window on the front of the dispenser to monitor whether it’s time to refill.


4. To keep tiny feet cozy: Lorena Canals Rug

With babies and toddlers, your rugs take a beating. Between milk drips and diaper spills, it’s nearly impossible to keep floor coverings clean. That is, unless you can throw the whole thing into the washing machine. That’s the brilliance of Lorena Canals playroom rugs. Designed by artisans, these soft, stylish rugs are light enough to pop into the washer for quick cleaning.

Pro tip: Lorena Canals uses only nontoxic dyes.


5. To keep an eye on things: Summer Infant Panorama Monitor

It’s the ultimate mama conundrum: When they’re awake, you wish they would sleep. When they sleep, you just want to look at them. Give in to the urge with the Panorama Monitor from Summer Infant. It offers remote control pan, tilt and zoom for the best view of your baby and has an expandable system that can include up to four cameras. The 5-inch LCD color screen also has black-and-white night vision for round-the-clock check-ins.


6. To hold the necessities: Ubbi Diaper Caddy

In a perfect world, you’d have a butler to hand you diapers and wipes while you wrangled a clean diaper onto your writhing newborn. In the real world, you have the Ubbi Diaper Caddy. Designed to hold up to eight diapers, wipes and an included changing mat, the caddy is easy to carry with its integrated handle.

Pro tip: Use the built-in drawer to store diaper rash cream and other accessories.


7. When they’re ready to leave the bassinet: Babyletto Hudson Crib

Who says a crib can’t contribute to your home’s aesthetic? We love the midcentury modern style of the Hudson Crib from Babyletto. It’s made from sustainable New Zealand pine wood and screened for 360 VOCs and more than 10,000 other chemicals. Sweet dreams, indeed.

Pro tip: The three-in-one design features a toddler rail and converts into a daybed, meaning your little one will be using this bed for years to come.


8. For a better diaper change: Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer

Mamas, trust us when we tell you that you will become intimately familiar with your changing pad over your baby’s first year. It’s important to pick one you love! The Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer has raised sides (the better to corral wiggly newborns with) and doesn’t need a cover or pad. The innovative design also wipes clean easily after spills, saving you money and time.

Pro tip: The outer material is impervious to liquid and helps inhibit mold growth, so you only need to wipe it with warm, soapy water.


9. For a better naps: Aurora Home Blackout Curtains

Figuring out a good sleep routine for your baby is crucial in the first few months. (You know, in case you don’t like feeling like a zombie all the time.) Blackout curtains are a simple way to help extend naps and morning sleep when you’re ready to stretch out those nighttime feedings. This insulated version from Aurora Home blocks light and UV rays while also insulating from heat and cold.

Pro tip: Opt for a shorter version to prevent your little one from getting tangled when they start being mobile.


10. For extra cuddle time: Little Giraffe Luxe Baby Blanket

Is it possible for a blanket to be too cozy? Nah, we don’t think so either. This incredibly soft baby blanket from Little Giraffe features luxurious faux fur and a satin border for extra softness. And it’s so chic, you just might want to steal it for your own bed. (We won’t tell!)

Pro tip: Wash in cold water and hang or lay flat to dry to maintain the ultimate softness.

11. To rockabye that baby: Little Castle Glider

Whether it’s your landing place for nursing or simply the best seat in the house to curl up with a board book or two, it’s important to choose a comfortable glider. Little Castle makes a variety that glide, swivel and even recline for maximum comfort, and the range of styles means you’re guaranteed to find one that suits your decor.

Pro tip: Spring for the ottoman. It will change your life.


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Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

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Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

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Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


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