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Baby Nursery (Part One): Safe and Comfortable Sleep Must-Haves

Today, we explore the Safe and Comfortable Sleep Must-Haves: meaning, anything relating to the things you will need to make sure your little one has the safest and most comfortable sleep.

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Whether you plan to buy these things on your own or put them on your baby registry, these are the baby nursery products we researched, used and/or loved. And because there is so much that goes into a baby’s nursery, I decided to break these posts up into three, each covering a specific category: Sleep, Bath & Potty, and Play.

Safe & Comfortable Sleep Must-Haves

Today, we explore the Safe and Comfortable Sleep Must-Haves: meaning, anything relating to the products you will need to make sure your little one has the safest and most comfortable sleep.

Bassinet and Crib

Some parents skip the bassinet and go straight to the crib. One advantage of the bassinet however, especially if you want your baby in the same room and space is an issue, is that they are lightweight and easy to move around. Moreover, they are easy to fold up and travel with.

With regards to bassinets, we went with the Green Frog Baby Bassinet Cradle. We loved it, and he loved it. It’s mid-range with regards to price, so you’re getting great quality at a reasonable price. Its lightweight and easy to move around or travel with. Easy to wash if needed and comes with a firm but comfortable mattress for your newborn along with a slip cover sheet.

And with anything involving infants, you’re going to need spares, in this case, sheets. This is what we went with: Cosmoplus Bassinet Sheet Set (2 Pack). They are soft, easy to wash, and easy to install. I would recommend buying two 2-packs. We also bought another 2-pack of waterproof bassinet sheets to add into the rotation: Waterproof Bassinet Sheet

We knew once he outgrew the bassinet we would have to move him into a crib. With this in mind, we went with the Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib. It’s safe with meets safety certifications and standards. Moreover, its convertible, switching from crib, to toddler bed, to daybed, and eventually, full-sized bed. It will pretty much grow with your little one. Take note, most cribs do not come with mattresses included.

Mattresses, Bedding & Swaddles

Although we ended up going with the more expensive Newton Baby Breathable Crib and Toddler Mattress for reasons I will share below, this more affordable Graco Premium Foam Crib and Toddler Mattress was definitely the one we had in mind and is a great choice: removable water-resistant cover, lightweight mattress, meets recommended standards and certifications, and is the perfect balance of firm and comfortable.

However, for reasons stated in my Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor and Sleep Tracker product review, I’m paranoid about baby’s breathing at night, and the Newton Baby Breathable Crib and Toddler Mattress is the best breathable mattress on the market. It is designed to let air-flow freely through the mattress, reducing the risk of suffocation. It’s comfortable, built to last, hypoallergenic, and of course, comes with the standards and certifications that would give any parent piece of mind.

There are so many sheet options out there, but if you want to go with a trusted brand like, then I would highly recommend Carter’s 100% Cotton Fitted Crib Sheet. As always, you will need more than one. And as an FYI, if you decide to go with the Newton Baby Breathable Crib and Toddler Mattress, these regular sheets may affect its breath-ability feature, but the good news is that they do have their own proprietary breathable mattress pad covers if you need spares.

Swaddling is very important when it comes to helping your baby be calm or sleep. And there are many methods and products out there to help you do this successfully. With our little one, we alternated between two types of products. The first and easiest to use SwaddleMe Original Swaddle (3 pack): it’s definitely idiot-proof (even I could use it) and secure, ensuring that your little one doesn’t worm out of it or wake themselves up with the startle reflect which is common among newborns.

The second product was the SwaddleDesigns Cotton Muslin Swaddle Blanket which is more versatile and can be used for swaddling, tummy time, covering his car seat and more. You just have to master the swaddling technique.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I will not be including blankets on this list. Although they are great to have around, your baby’s bassinet and crib should never have loose blankets because they can increase the chances suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Baby Monitors

If you don’t care about breath tracking and sleep insights etc. and just want a nice reliable and affordable wifi enabled baby monitor (works with Alexa), then I strongly recommend the Nooie Cam 360 Baby Monitor. We like it so much that even thought we ended up getting the Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor and Sleep Tracker, we still kept it and plan to use it for his nursery or in other areas of the house. With the Nooie cam, you can access the camera from anywhere, it has night vision, motion and sound detection, two-way audio, 1080P and other cool features.

But if you’re like me, and want a Smart baby monitor with sleep tracking, insights, breathing monitor and more, then I would go with the Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor and Sleep Tracker. You can read my product review on it here.

Misc. Sleep Must-Haves

We got the Portable Sound Machine to help with his sleep. Its very affordable, easy to use and easy to travel with. I’ve even found his mother using it for herself whenever she’s trying to get some sleep. It has adjustable sleep timers and with regards to the sounds, it offers, you have 6 options: White Noise, Heartbeat, Waves, Rain. 2 lullabies: Brahms’ Lullaby, Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

When your baby wakes up for a feeding, you’re going to need a comfortable spot to feed them, burp them, and rock them back to sleep. I would definitely recommend you check out the Windsor Glider and Ottoman, White with Gray Cushion. We currently have ours in the living room, but plan to move it into his nursery once we comfortable with him sleeping in his own room.

Other Safe Sleep Tips

Here are some helpful baby safe sleep tips, some of which I learn from the  Conscious Fathering class I mention in my How To Ease Those First-Time Father Anxieties post.

Baby Nursery (Part Two): Bath and Potty Must-Haves goes live on Sunday, May 17

Sincerely,

This New Dad,

Kwapi

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