This one is long overdue – I’m finally spilling all the details on Bennett’s nursery! And by details, I mean, I’m getting super specific on how we decided on his baby room essentials. From crib mattresses to blackout curtains, cute organizers and comfy gliders. THIS is the comprehensive list that includes reviews of EVERYTHING in his room! Lots of our baby room details can also be found in my Amazon Baby Registry post!
Keep Reading Baby Room Essentials
1. Glider + Ottoman
Maybe the most important part of the whole nursery in the first few months after Bennett was born was our glider! Bennett slept in our room in his bassinet until he was two and a half months old, but we used our glider and ottoman set from Million Dollar Baby Classic immediately every single day. The Harper linen glider was EXACTLY what I envisioned for the nursery – the back rises high enough for head and neck support and the swivel and rock combo is gentle and smooth. I also love it’s clean lines and the gold nail head detailing on the side. There’s just enough room for Odie to jump into the chair and rock with us too. 🙂
I can’t say enough good things about the quality of the Harper glider. It was carefully packaged and delivered in perfect condition which can sometimes be a concern with large furniture items. The lighter fabric has been super easy to clean and does not attract dirt or pet hair. Plus, when Bennett gets old enough, we will be able to transition it into another room in the house seamlessly.
2. Crib + Crib Mattress
After months of searching, I knew that I wanted a crib that would:
A. match my vision for the room
B. grow with Bennett
C. potentially work for a girl one day too.
This crib from Wayfair met all those points, and I was surprised/excited that it was so budget-friendly! It can easily be converted into a toddler bed by just switching to the toddler bed rail that we ordered separately. Bennett started sleeping in his crib at 2.5 months, and now at four months, we have nothing but positive things to say about this crib. Once he can start sitting/standing up on his own, we’ll be able to adjust the mattress level as it offers lower settings.
Finding a crib was the easy part because I literally spent an entire night researching crib mattresses y’all. There is SO much to read about regarding safety standards and ratings – and I literally fell down a rabbit hole. Here’s a few key points in addition to safety requirements to keep you from getting overwhelmed + what I looked for when narrowing it down:
• Within the price range that we wanted
• Dual mattress sides for both infant and toddler support standards
• Waterproof, easy-to-clean, stain-resistant and hypoallergenic
• Lightweight for changing accident sheets in the middle of the night
We eventually landed on a Sealy mattress after reading a many mom blogs and comparing the reviews. It’s a well-known brand that fit all of our specifications. However, there are a ton of newer brands and even entire washable and breathable mattresses that can be put in the washer if your budget allows! (OR you can just go with a breathable mattress protector.)
Crib Sheets + Crib Bed Skirt
Crib bedding is where things can get really fun! This is one spot where I really wanted to pick something with a fun print or pattern since a lot of the room design was so neutral. I went to Pottery Barn Kids for a few different tiger printed sheets (love the Emily and Merritt collection) and Serena and Lily had the sweetest little dachshund crib sheets. Both of these retailers offer a range of matching bed skirts and bumpers to complete your crib bedding. We currently do not have bumpers on the crib for Bennett!
Quick Tip: Put on one mattress protector and crib sheet and then top it with another mattress protector and crib sheet. If there’s an accident in the middle of the night, you won’t have to flip on all the lights, remove the sheets and find another mattress pad/sheet set to put on. You can just rip the first layer off!
Changing Table Dresser
Probably the thing I get asked about the most! Our changing table was our only nursery painting project using a dresser that we found on Craiglist. We used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old Violet with clear wax. We swapped the original pulls with these adjustable acrylic pulls that I found on Etsy. You can adjust them depending on the width of the holes meaning they can fit any piece of furniture – these drawers were pretty thick, so we did have to find different screws.
Diaper Changing Essentials
Is it embarrassing that I had to Google what exactly exactly I needed for the changing table? Here’s what you need to have:
• Diaper Storage Bins | This usually includes one long bin to hold all the diapers and a few more to hold hygiene care items like diaper rash cream, wipes, lotion, and little toys to keep baby amused during changing. These are the exact acrylic and gold storage bins that we have in Bennett’s nursery. I love these because they can actually be really pretty if repurposed in another room! I also got a really large decorative basket to hold extra swaddles, muslin squares and blankets.
Shelves and Organization
Chances are you’re going to end up with a lot of baby “stuff,” and you’re going to need somewhere to put it all. You’ll want to display all the little decorative items like the baby books, framed items, stuffed animals etc. We opted to look at shelving options from Wayfair because they were budget-friendly.
When I was planning the nursery, I couldn’t find a clear answer on if we absolutely needed blackout curtains or not. Now, I’m SO glad we went with blackout curtains. Once spring daylight savings happened, the house was SO bright in the evenings when he was going to sleep. This is actually when we decided to move him from the bassinet in our room to his own crib because it was too bright in our room for him to fall asleep. Keep this in mind depending on which room you’ll have the baby sleeping! In the nursery, we have a double curtain rods with a sheer panel to let some light in during the day and then the blackout curtains for evening bed time.
See below for other links to items in the nursery!
White Noise Machine – absolute must-have
Hatch Baby Rest – helpful for middle of the night feedings
Infant Optics Baby Monitor – we love how simple this one is
Pom Pom Organizers – big size for dirty laundry, small for books
Ubbi Diaper Pail – keeps the room smelling fresh
Llama Basket – holds extra swaddles and muslin cloths
Photos by Lainey Reed