Nursery Ideas Checklist

Ideally, your new nursery should be comfortable for both you and your baby. Once you’ve installed the basics, these additional accessories will make your baby's nursery even more mom- and baby-friendly.

A rocking chair and side table

A sturdy rocking chair or glider will make you more comfortable while nursing and cuddling your baby, and the gentle back-and-forth motion will soothe her to sleep. Keep a small side table next to the chair for items you'll need for breastfeeding or bottle feeding.

A fan

A soft breeze will help you and your new baby stay cool, literally and figuratively. The fan's constant whirring acts as a white-noise machine, which can help calm your baby when she's fussy.

A baby crib mobile

If you plan on hanging the mobile over your baby's crib, make sure it’s firmly fastened to the side rails and placed out of her reach. When your baby is five months old (or sooner, if your baby starts pushing up to her hands and knees before then) you'll need to remove it from the crib and hang it someplace else. Go for something colorful – red is the first color she’ll see.

Baby Books

Books do more than look good on a shelf: reading out loud to your child – no matter her age – helps teach her about vocabulary, communication and the world around her.

Bottom Line

Of course, the best accessories for your baby's nursery are Mom and Dad! Before you know it, you'll be switching out her crib for a big-kid bed, so cherish these early memories!