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Q&A: Creating a nursery?

I'm so excited to start putting together the nursery, but I'm afraid I'll forget to include something important. What exactly goes in a nursery?

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I'm so excited to start putting together the nursery, but I'm afraid I'll forget to include something important. What exactly goes in a nursery?

The Bump Expert

Whether creating a nursery is a treat or a trial (or both!) for you, this checklist will guide you through the process. (Items with a * are must-haves.)

[ ] Crib, cradle or bassinet*
- Slats no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart
- Corner posts no more than 1/16 of an inch above frame
- No cutouts in headboard or footboard
- Top rails at least 26 inches above mattress

[ ] Firm, flat mattress fit snugly in crib (less than two fingers should fit between mattress and crib)*

[ ] 1-3 washable crib mattress pads

[ ] 2-4 fitted crib sheets*

[ ] 4-6 soft, light receiving blankets*

[ ] 1-2 heavier blankets (for colder climates)

[ ] Rocking or arm chair

[ ] Music box, sound machine or CD player

[ ] Crib mobile with black and white images (remove when baby can support self on hands and knees)

[ ] Baby monitor

[ ] Nightlight

[ ] Dresser

[ ] Toy basket

[ ] Swing or bouncy chair

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Remember that when your infant gets older you may want to remove the bumper pads and replace them with a netted bumper pad that is breathable. I would also add a changing table--these you can find with dresser drawers too. You may not need the dresser then. If you have a WIC, you may want to add a book shelf to start your babies library.One more addition, is a humidifier for the dry seasons.

sellenz |

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I have never changed a baby on a changing table in my life-- definitely NOT a must. Buy a tote with drawers for the closet if you need the storage...it's a quarter of the price.

nwkent25 |

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Does anyone have any suggests for neutral bedding? I think when the time comes, we want to be suprised until baby is actually born. I found one set that I like, the name of it is Creme Brulee. It's a soft beige/ivory color and looks super soft too. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions!

babyblue211281@aol.com |

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Why B&W for the mobile?

babyblue211281@aol.com |

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Does anyone have any ideas for girl decor in a blue and white bedroom? Repainting is not an option. If there was a pattern that had blue, pink, and brown it would be absolutely perfect! I really just want something with light blue that still looks girly. Please post a link or picture if u have any suggestions!

mommy510 |

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@babyblue: black and white for the mobile because babies at first see those two colors best. babies cannot really tell the difference in colors, but they can tell the difference in the contrast of black/white.

jessyijames |

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Contrasting colors stimulate the babys eyesight.

kirstinx |

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Has anyone else heard that putting bumpers in a crib is a big no-no? The nurse who taught my baby class called them a "death trap" and said they can contribute to SIDS. The American SIDS website also suggests that they stay out of the crib. Any input??

MidwestMariner |

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Heard the same thing on the bumpers and SIDS. Babies can suffocate up against the bumpers making them very unsafe. Not sure what you put in place of them or just go without.. but we were told the same thing in my baby class last week.

thehills0703 |

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I'm planning a neutral nursery as we also want ot be surprised. I bought a bedding set at jcpenney.com that's paisley with brown, blue,teal, yellow and green ("Green Paisley Splash"). It's pictured with a blue wall - check it out.

RheaPaone |

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@ mommy 510. We are having a girl and we are doing the nursery blue and green. There is a cute set at walmart with ducks, turtles, and frogs that can go either way. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10854713 http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10963180

wrodriguez522 |

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@ concerned moms about the bumpers. I think bumpers are great for like the first 4-5 months. My son had them in his crib until he learned they move and the ties became chewing toys. He eventually was strong enough to pull and break the ties. So definitely take them out when they get active but when they are little it's fine!

ReJoy |

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I Made a checklist of everything I would have to do to take care of baby, then wrote out what I would need to do everything. I had everything I needed, and I didn't worry!

Beccakat97 |

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To MOMMY510: I can't get the photos, but just search Babies R Us for Graco Broadstreet, it's mainly blue & green, but has some brown and cream. It's listed as unisex. It's really lite & cute. There's also a bassinet by Graco called Gramercy that has some ruffling on it that I loved, but I couldn't find anything else that matched :o( I love that you want to do blue for your girl! GOOD LUCK!!

hockeybride113 |

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The Bailey set at JCPenney is also really cute!

hockeybride113 |

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The answer to all your nursery decor questions is eBay. There are so many gender neutral bedding options its crazy. Super easy to get it shipped to your house and usually comes with more included then something from Walmart.

Mikgirl87 |

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One thing I have controversy on is the B&W and neutral colors for a baby's room. Im an interior designer and have background from my family who are in the optical business...yes babies only see B&W at first. But to get them to really see color is to have color. The best colors for a babies room are bright primary colors, like red, blue, green and maybe some oranges, but definitely not white, black or yellows. Those are the worst. Im doing velveteen rabbit with the room painted to match the story book....LOTS of Color!!! A baby needs to have his or her's brain stimulated and color is the only way.

Sarah3186 |

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When I took Infant and Child Development in school, we learned that SIDS can often be attributed to the time in the babies development when their primitive or automatic reflexes are giving way to voluntary reflexes. If the baby gets itself face down during this period, they don't have the control to move their head back to the side and their body doesn't have the automatic response to do it anymore. I'm not sure if this is 100% accurate, but this is what we learned in school. In terms of using a bumper, I'm sure if you made sure that you removed it when the infant could roll over, there would be little chance of suffocation. One Health Canada report did say though that there are some questions as to whether bumpers can diminish the amount of oxygenated air the infant would receive, and they might be rebreathing a lot of their own air. It's definitely a decision you should make with caution either way.

MrsJennyCraig |

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FOR ANYONE CONCERNED ABOUT CRIB BUMPERS: I found this item on the Babies R Us website, it's bumpers that wrap around the individual crib bars leaving space between them for airflow and eliminating the concern of baby rolling into the bumper and suffocating. They are a little pricey, a 2-pack goes for $9.99 at B-R-Us, but can you really put a price on baby's safety??? Award winning design: 2008 NAPPA Gold Winner, 2008 Creative Child Magazine Top Choice Award. Wonder Bumpers are the smart sleep solution. The sleek, vertical padded design reduces the risk of SIDS by allowing for airflow to pass through the rails. The Wonder Bumpers are safe, simple and stylish. Their sleek design inhibits babies form climbing out and protects babies head and bodies while they learn to sit, crawl and stand. They are a cinch to put on, no unsafe time-consuming ties and easy to clean. They are offered in beautiful, stylish designs, and have a unique reversible zipper that gives you 2 designs for the price of one!

hockeybride113 |

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in responce to sarah3186: babie see only black and white and those 2 colors stimulate their brain enough. at around 5 months then you can change to a colored mobile to ensure that they are still stimulated. a baby will become over stimulated if confronted with vivid colors so soon after birth.

starfishangelg1rl |

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hockeybride, you give great advice!! thanks!

katie1209 |

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Thanks hockeybride! I will definitely check those out.

mrshodgdon |

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I think EVERYONE should be aware of this: My friend found her nursery furniture on Craig's list and brought her laptop (and her husband to be safe) to come check out the furniture. She looked up the model numbers online to make sure nothing had been recalled. Since she was there, the lady also offered to sell her a car seat and insisted that it had not been recalled and was safe. Fortunately, my friend looked it up on her computer anyway and found that it HAD been recalled because when in a car accident, or even with just a good amount of pressure, the seat would come undone. It was an Eddie Bauer car seat, and those are very nice. The point is, the lady put it back on Craig's list anyway! So watch out ladies, because there are some really heartless people out there. Also, this friend and I (we are expecting at the same time) are avoiding drop-side cribs all together. Too many have been recalled. Just thought y'all should know.

mrshodgdon |

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Babies R Us also sells "breathable bumpers". They are kind of like mesh. Worth checking out.

jen_jupiter |

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You never buy or recieve a used carseat. You dont know if it has been in a car crash, droped several times causing cracks, and always remember to check the expiration dates... Yes Car Seats Do Have an Expiration date. Plastic wears out after so long and may become brittle.

jjoseph4 |

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Walmart also offers the BreathSafe mesh bumpers. They are the cheapest at Walmart, but comparably priced at Target and Babies R Us. As far as the expiration date of carseats, I want to say that Graco's carseats have a 6 year life span.

StuessBaby06 |

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To everyone waiting to find out the sex of their baby: We are waiting, also, but I haven't found any neutral bedding that I like (I'm big on pink and blue). My mom suggested that we buy bedding for a boy and a girl, and take the one back that we don't have, after the baby is born. I found boy and girl bedding that has mutual colors (green, white, and brown), so I will register for things in those colors so they will match the bedding for either and I can plan the nursery around those three colors and add blue or pink later. The tricky part is buying the bedding within 90 days of my delivery so that we can take the bedding back before the receipt expires. Just a suggestion!

kimandadam22 |

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I think Winnie the Pooh is a really great unisex themed nursery. Babies R Us has two great options to choose from, hope this helps.

sarahmzieg |

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My husband and I are expecting a baby boy and have decided to do a "by the seashore" theme for his nursery. It's minimalistic with muted blues, sage green, cream, and khaki. The wall decor will be easy to find because so many people in our family have chosen nautical themes for other rooms in their homes and are more than willing to donate a picture frame with shells on it, a piece of driftwood, a white shelf, a model sailboat, or other such items to their new little relative's nursery. It's also simple to find these things at rummages, on clearance, or on the net. The theme is also gender neutral, relaxing, and we won't feel pressured to change the room theme every year as his interests change. He can keep it until he is old enough to pick a theme that will be a bit more lasting.

prncess_118 |

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My husband and I kept our first child a surprise. When we did the nursery we decorated it with Winnie the Pooh. We painted the walls a yellow and the the ceiling blue with clouds on it. Pooh is great because there are things for girls and boys that can make the room their own once they come.

amberlouise83 |

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As for neutral bedding, I am sewing my own just to make sure that it fits the crib mattress snuggly and I can make it any of the beautiful solid and printed fabrics that are available. I know that my older church family will be making so many blankets that I'm not even worrying about that article. Our color scheme is different for each wall. We have 2 long walls 1 each of a Green(rainforest) & Blue(Ocean) and the 2 small walls will be black & white(arctic). I'm making wall hangings of the creatures, scenery and people(if applicable) that live in those areas for decorations instead of painting them on the walls.

MagieG |

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For anyone waiting to see if you are having a boy or girl: I had found a gret set @ Target with zoo animals - really cute and light, not too dramatic at all. I bought it before we found out we are having a girl, and the best part is that if we have a boy next, we can still reuse all the bedding (if it lasts!!). We decided to go with pastel colors for the nursery to match with the colors on the crib set - very simple and minimal.

mytula |

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If you're looking for a nice, gender neutral nursery theme - I like the bunny meadow set from Babies R us. What's even better is that it's organic. It's sage green, cream and brown.

carrielou2 |

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The bunny meadow from Babies R Us is adorable, they also have Carter's Tree Tops collection which is nice - it is wild animals, but not the typical safari/zoo patterns that seem to be everywhere right now. It's a sage, cream, brown, and orange color.

ashliem06 |

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How do you know what brands to get? I've never bought any of this stuff before so I don't know what's good.

ms2010db |

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Please consider an eco-friendly nursery. Best to start out pure and organic www.ourgreenhouse.com

musedavis |

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this website has tons of photos of nursery's - great place to get ideas: http://babyroombio.weebly.com/ I also suggest etsy.com for getting custom crib bedding made (and lots of other handmade baby items, including clothing, cloth diapers, mobiles, etc)

curlscj |

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For those of you looking for neutral colors or even want something you can't find in stores these days... Try Etsy.com for baby items! Many people make very cute bedding and even car-seat covers! Many people on there are moms just like you that have come up with something that made their lives a little easier that they want to pass on to others. I am not pregnant yet, but am doing a lot of thinking and researching, and after watching America's Funniest Home Videos enough times to know that a "pee pee tee pee" (look it up on etsy.com) is a good idea for a little boy has me praising moms across the country. Good luck everyone!

Camiliana |

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Any ideas on a jungle theme???

Czaffer |

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so many people are commenting that they learned this in school or childbirth class. There is NO KNOWN CAUSE to SIDS. Bumpers, pacifiers, sleeping habits, they are all just hypothesis'. Do what you think is best for your child, yes consult with other parents and doctors and what not, but remember, there is no known cause.

epowell8 |

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My husband and aren't finding out our baby's sex either. For our gender neutral nursery we're going with a Hawaiian theme. Lots of color and fun decorations but still ok for a boy or a girl. :-)

dreamtrue80 |

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Noah's ark or Penguin themed rooms could work for either a boy or a girl in a blue room. My husband and I are going to wait to find out and will probably do penguins.

momplusdad |

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I think it's great if you can wait to be surprised with the sex of your baby till birth. But it does make it hard to decorate. Consider that fact to that it might be nice to have a room that can transition to an older child. If you are waiting as hard as it may be you could create a neutral base for the room, soft gray, cream, yellow walls, purchase you furniture in neutrals and save all the details, bedding, curtains, wall art, till after the baby is born. After all most new parents keep the baby in their own room in a cradle or bassinet for the first 3 months. :) www.livingspacechicago.com

woollypetals |

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Bumper pads, even the "breathable" ones are not recommended. They limit the amount of "fresh air" the baby gets and especially newborns can end up re-breathing the carbon dioxide that they exhale.

jen_jupiter |

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If you don't use bumpers what prevents the baby from bumping into the sides of the bed and getting bruised up? Im letting my baby sleep in my room for the first 3-6 months..not sure what to do about the bumper thing...

Ashperry85 |

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We are having a girl but were doing a Hawaiian theme, my husband and I are military and lived in Hawaii before moving to Virginia and we miss Hawaii so decided to do our baby girls room with that theme, we have went with a bedding that isnt too babyish so we will be able to use this for a while, we also bought the 4 in 1 crib that will turn all the way to a full size bed, the crib may have been a little more expensive but we also will not have to buy another bed for this child for a long time!!

NikkiJaramillo |

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a crib without bumpers does not bruise baby. I know we all (myself included) want to make things as comfy as possible for baby, but think just how hard baby would have to crash into a crib rail in order to get a bruise. Now consider how well, andwith how much force they actually move...how likely are they to get bruised? If anyone has or has known of someone else's child to get a bruise from a crib without bumpers, please enlighten us! I haven't met a one yet, so I don't think it's something to be so concerned about. However, if there's evidence to the contrary, I may reconsider.

JCTycoon |

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To use bumoers or not... that is the question~~ Haven't decided, if they are sooo dangerous, then why do all these companys and bedding sets still make them? To make my nursery look cute? Anyway, my fiance and I are doing a wildlife theme nursey. I'm a wildlife biologist and we are both into hunting, fishing, camping, ect. It is very hard to find things that are North American wildlife animals. I'M not into the cute frogs and ducks, but more moose, bear, deer. So the only place I found to register for that theme, really my girlfriends laughed at me but I registered at Cabelas.com and camochic.com . Otherwise I've been searching and buying things that are designed for cabin decor. THe room is coming together great, our little boy will have a great introduction to the outdoor before its nice enough to bring him to the great ourdoors.

devitd1 |

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http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4043201 that is a REALLY cute neutral one.

kmp009 |

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To the women who asked about crib bumpers... There are "breathable" bumpers which are safe because the baby cannot suffocate. I found mine at Target.com http://www.target.com/BreathableBaby-Breathable-Safer-Bumper-White/dp/B0013FGWD0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&qid=1279206432&frombrowse=0&fromGsearch=true&node=1038576|1287991011&keywords=breathable%20bumper&searchSize=30&id=BreathableBaby%20Breathable%20Safer%20Bumper%20-White&searchBinNameList=subjectbin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&searchRank=target104545&sr=1-1&searchPage=1&rh=

tifneilan |

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I'm ready to start my Nursery also! I'll be visiting rummage sales for cribs....you'd be suprised at how much money you could save. I'm going to be purchasing my crib bedding set on Ebay.....13 pcs $49.99 +$19.95 shipping & still much cheaper than buying the 4-9 pieces at the store & soooo many options!!!!

tashilla1 |

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Well I, personly, have never changed a baby on a changing table in my life! However, it is quite handy to store diapers and other things like wipes i guess so i will get one i think!

abigailxxx |

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Color ideas for nursery?????? I have ordered some tree branch and birds stencils for our nursery. The type where you buy your own paints and choose whatever colors you like. The walls are already a neutral beige color, and I could get away with not painting the whole room. The baby is most probably a boy, as the doc says, but the room can still be gender neutral. We would like to have an earthy scheme, but are also open to a more colorful/whimsical feel. After all, it is a baby's room, so it should be beautiful and fun. The furniture is dark wood. Maybe do the branches a chocolate brown with the birds being either white, blue and or yellow? Or............ the branches being a soft green? Any help would be appreciated on this. Thanks so much!

heathhuns |

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I think the whole black & white mobile is a bunch of hoopla. But then again, a lot of advice about babies is a bunch of hoopla, lol. Buy what you want to buy, and don't try to please ANYONE else. That's my theory. And as for a gender neutral nursery, I love the stars & moons patterns.

JustBreathe11 |

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As with the wedding industry, the baby industry is out to rob you blind! What do babies need? Warm clothes, a crib, a dresser, a few toys to chew on (when they get old enough to crawl around they only want their older siblings stuff anyway :) and plenty of TLC. Never had a use for all the extras with my 5. My mom raised 12 kids with only a crib and warm clothes. Seriously, it's all VERY cute and alluring and I have a hard time resisting, but don't let it suck you in because you'll end up spending oodles of money on expensive (made in China) stuff your child will grow out of in a few months.

MNnKS |

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For a blue and White room I painted a room light blue and am adding clouds and rainbows when ready to have a child to the walls that can work for a boy or a girl.

fishsha |

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I'm getting really excited/anxious to start on the nursery. We are expecting twins and so trying to spread out our cost. I am 15 weeks and ready to buy cribs already. Am I crazy, how early did you buy your crib?

aeells |

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Bumpers can be a suffocation hazard for little babies. Especially those who are not able to turn their head. It is believed that SIDS may actually be caused by babies rebreathing their own carbon dioxide. When blankets and other objects are placed in front of their mouth they breath out carbon dioxide and rebreath it in. I work for an agency that promotes Safe Sleeping and we teach parents to place their baby on their back with just a fitted sheet in the crib, no blankets. We teach them to dress the baby appropriately for the weather and room temperature.

lmdreiling |

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First time mom with one bedroom apartment .do I need to buy a crib?

jc26 |

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I bought my sheets, "Zip-ins" from clouds and stars http://www.cloudsandstars.com/ - and I LOVE THEM! They are zip-ins, so no messing with the mattress to get sheets on and off. They are also the safest rated for SIDS and such.

kxp004 |

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I'm not on too much of a budget - and my husband is much more thrifty than me. We bought our crib and mattress, dresser, changing table "attachment," and rocking chair for the cost of many 3-in-1 cribs. The crib converts into a cute toddler bed. I have to keep lemon-juice soaked cotton balls in the crib because of the furry children (AKA Cats) that seek refuge in the baby's crib. Yeah. I'm planning to paint the nursery a cheesecake color because we plan to wait to find out what gender we're having. I plan to do a pop-art theme (love Andy Warhol) - and YES, I will be using black, white, and red mobiles for the first couple of months to help stimulate healthy growth and development of the eyes. The reproductions of many art pieces can be purchased from Art.com - the site frequently offers free shipping and discounts of up to 70%. Back to the cheesecake color- it will be an easy transition to go from "baby" to child. I'm knitting a couple of blankets too. There are a lot of washable wool yarns (they come with a higher price tag but are worth it since you can wash this stuff!). Cascade yarns has great stuff. I personally am using the 220 superwash. Be wary of what your yarns are made of- many "baby" yarns are made of acrylic, which is not fire retardant. I'm cloth diapering and am not wasting money on a little "diaper pail" - so I have a hamper with a mesh laundry bag set up. Nothing fancy- just enough to provide storage between washes. A friend of mine also told me to get the vibrating baby swing to put baby to sleep. She swore by it for much-needed peace and quiet.

jchristopher |

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B/W mobile because newborns can see just black and white.

Mariposamrr81 |

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@ MidwestMariner - They make "breatheable" bumpers now, they don't offer much in the way of padding, but they keep little arms and legs from slipping thru cracks, they can't be used to climb out, and they allow airflow to fights SIDS. You can find them at Target, Babys R Us, etc. http://www.target.com/BreathableBaby-Breathable-Safer-Bumper-Blue/dp/B0013FGX98/ref=sc_pd_gwvub_1_title

serendipity83@yahoo.com |

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Has anyone found cute B&W mobiles anywhere? Everywhere I look the mobile is rated poorly due it not working or able to be put together. And, I too, have read bumpers can be a dangerous. Just like a blanket can be dangerous in the first few months and that is to be left out of crib(most parents hang on wall until they are older). I returned my bumper after reading so many warning articles, my DH and i discussed, it just wasnt worth the risk. Stores still sell them, because people still buy them ( answering one mommies question). A great book is called baby bargains and they rate everything and go through the basics and the luxuries if you opt. If anyone know of any place to get a cute baby mobile, please let me know.

Prettyvegan |

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Garage sales are very good places to find stuff i got my crib at a garage sale for $75 another thing to do is talk to any friends or family members who have kids and see if they have anything you can use even if they are planning on having more you could always see if you could just use it and give it back when you are done!!!!

corkin21 |

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Although there is no specific cause for SIDS, since mommies have been taught to put their baby to sleep on their backs, there has been a 58% decrease in the incidence off SIDS. I am personally going to opt out of a bumper even though they are cute having a barrier there is just not worth it. Also a great neutral theme would be ducks!!

sgharrel |

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While this is NOT a necessity, it is the most commented piece in my neices room. My sister got a custom stitched (pink) baseball that came in a case and custom name plaque. My sister isnt a huge baseball fan, but loved this gfit. The nurse put the baby footprints on the baseball. I had a my shower a few weeks ago and my good friend got me the boy version of the ball (blue thread). My go to gift used to be personalized burp clothes, but i think these are so much more unique. These will become my new gift to give. Take a look, www.ball-one.com

Mommy165 |

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the walls in our nursery are light blue.we are doing winnie the pooh bedding that is mostly green ,blue and brown.We are adding clouds to the tops of the walls and maybe some baloons with pooh holding some ballons like he floating up to the clouds.we dont know what we are having yet but it works for both.if it a girl we can add some pink with the balloons an d winnie the pooh has pink stuff we can add to girl it up a bit.

fishsha |

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Where do you find the car seat expiration date?

wehenkel |

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So happy to know that a changing table isn't a must! I don't think we'll get one.

jcw3m8 |

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http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/legislation/pol/bumper-bordure-eng.php Health Canada recommends that you do not use bumper pads. Personally, I'd rather be safe than sorry. :)

CDoll84 |

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i'm 13 weeks and 3 days along. Already thinking of the nursery. I love pooh bear so definately will be doing him for sure. There is a girl pooh section now it's more pink, but I think we'll use the classic disney pooh. I know I want the hundred Arce wood tree in the room. My brother is going to paint it up the wall and onto the ceiling for me. we are also thinking of hanging birds from the tree. I want the room to be educational as well. So we will be hanging local birds from our tree to make it more lifelike. Good luck to everyone with their rooms.

denmaryb |

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I can't figure out how/why crib bumpers are still being sold. I know they're so adorable, but they're such a no-no. Even the supposedly safe mesh, breathable ones are advised against by experts.

amamos122 |

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If you can't repaint the blue and white room add accent pictures that have the colors in it that you want. You can find really neat things to hang up on walls at Thrift shops. Or if you have a neat quilt that you want to hang on the wall that has girly colors you prefer that is another idea. The various things you accent with (lamps, wall hangings, pictures, multiple sized wooden hoops with various fabrics in them hung on the wall-you could even put on the fabric iron on pictures of family members-, etc. There is a lot you can do to accent rooms. I personally am not finding out what we're having, so I am doing the room gray with fun accents of various colors and southwestern children's books....

jrturtle2011 |

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As far as the whole bumper thing goes, I've seen at babies r us that they have bumpers that have little holes so that it is ventilated and breathable...I will be getting those. And they come in tons of colors!

JENNYDR21 |

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i just looked at that ball-one.com website. That is sooooo cute! I love it and so plan to get one for my baby.

sum41princess |

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If you only have a tiny room, get a crib, cut off the legs, bolt it on top of a large dresser not quite waist high, and convert the rail to opening out from one side (or in the middle if you have more skill). You get dresser, "changing table" at the right height , and crib all in the space of a crib alone, and everything you need is right there.

52780leaf |

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Etsy.com is a GREAT source for custom and/or unique crib bedding, blankets, quilts, clothing and accessories, a lot of which comes in gender neutral colors.

raynathompson |

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Health Canada advises against any bumper pads, unless they are mesh, as it is a suffocation risk.

jilldeb85 |

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They say to use B&W because when babies are born the only colors that they can see are black and white, thats why most new born baby toys are black, white and red.

samantha12988 |

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The U.S. is the only country that allows the VERY TOXIC chemicals like PBDE's and other fire retardants, in baby clothes, pajamas, mattresses, and sheets. THESE CONTRIBUTE TO LIVER STRESS, SUDDEN INFANT DEATH, AND HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON THE HORMONE SYSTEM OF THE SMALL BABY - who absorbs it through the skin and through breathing. (No, it does not wash out, only after 1,000 washes - so get organic cotton, certified to NOT have such toxic chemicals. I found a few good lists online. Better to buy FEWER, NON-TOXIC items, for the same total price, than several less expensive but very toxic items!!!!! Here are a few lists I found online of places that don't use the harmful toxins. (thank you to the person who took all the time to put them together!!) ~~~~ http://nuclearmonkey.com/baby/default.htm ~~~~ ---AND let's try to get these terrible toxins outlawed in the U.S., as they are in EVERY country in Europe and around the world. I have read what seems like hundreds of sources, and the Mercola one (link below) covers SO many topics that are EXTREMELY important, and that are left out of most books and sites: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/07/no-nonsense-guide-to-a-naturally-healthy-pregnancy-and-baby.aspx Parabens, Phthlates (plastic preservatives in soaps and moisturizers!) and surfectants in cleaners are Testosterone Replicators, and your exposure while pregnant have a HUGE impact on your baby boy's hormones and PHYSICAL attributes when he is an adult. Linoleum flooring, teflon, and vaccinations too early and too many at once, are both proven to cause mild to severe Autism. Those are just a few examples but VERY IMPORTANT ONES - more sites need to talk about these absolutely critical topics!!!

none654 |

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I've heard some people who say they absolutely needed a mattress pad while others just changed their baby anywhere around the house w/ a towel or something underneath the baby. I personally want one. And as far as using bumpers, I figure that if they were a safety hazard, they would not still be on the market.

SugarQueen101 |

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We are setting up a nursery for emergency foster care, if you are going to be a foster/adoptive parent you cannot have the pads on the sides of the basket. You aren't supposed to have anything soft that they can bury their faces in: No pillows, stuffed animals, puffy blankets, ect until they are a little older.

Becca Bear |

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is there a necessity for bumpers? They seem to be there for aesthetic reasons. The three month olds that I've taken care of don't typically scoot or anything and really how much cushion do they actually provide?

xmayxmayx |

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My thoughts exactly xmayxmayx!! With so many negative reasons what is the poitive? I thought the point of bumpers were so arms and legs cannot get caught between the crib bars/railings? But by the time the babes can move to get the arms and lgs caught is when they are reccomended to be removed. I am so comfused! Why even have bumpers?

stacylash |

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I'm a nurse for pregnant women, and I have seen lots of data that prove bumper pads are a definite hazard to babies. The whole purpose of having slats in cribs is so that air can easily flow through. Bumper pads have been proven to cause suffocation in many cases, and there have also been cases where babies have died because they got the ties wrapped around their necks. I know it seems that babies can't do things like that at very young ages, but they will surprise you. Never trust that they can't roll over or get their hands on something. There have been many times where babies have died because they got caught in between the side of the mattress and the crib...and a bumper pad prevented them from being able to breathe. They are still on the market because they make a profit for companies. They often come in a crib set so you have no choice but to get the bumper when you get the other items you need. I know the bumper pads are cute, but ideally you should find something else to do with it, but I wouldn't put it in the crib....For my clients that insist they MUST put it in the crib, I suggested that they cut one side off if possible to leave the front of the crib open so that air can flow through...and cut the ties as short as possible.

Thetushter02 |

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http://trus.imageg.net/graphics/media/trus/BRU0352_08RE_RELEASE.pdf?fromNPC=true I love this list. It has been the best help with nursery and all of the things that will be needed for baby.

Lyn316 |

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In regards to crib and car seat safety. Just remember not everything on the market in this country is safe, you can go to the corner store and buy a pack of cigarettes and whether you smoke or not you know they aren't "safe".

Megasaurus12 |

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Anyone have any experience with Ikea's cribs or other children's furniture? Their prices sure are right and their things are very cute.

Gilreath2.0 |

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I'm at 17 weeks and having been shopping for the nursery. Unfortunatley, I haven't bought much. My husband and I do not want to know the gender of the baby and it is difficult to find gender friendly items.

FullofHope4Us |

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I found adorable neutral crib bedding at Restoration Hardware. It's called the 'embroidered safari & european pin dot nursery bedding collection.' There are little giraffes, camels, and elephants on it. It is sewn from softly textured white cotton-linen and finished with a flax border and piping.

allison.kutz |

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I'm 33 weeks and it's a boy! We're decorating his nursery light blue and brown and we found a greak set on Amazon from Carter's. It has adorable stitched elephants and has beautiful and vibrant colors. We got the furniture from Carter's too. I knew they had cute clothes, but never knew about nursery stuff. Everything's all set for our little boy! My best advice for making a nursery is too stay calm. It can be stressful but you have to remember that it's for your baby, and he/she won't care if it's not the PERFECT blue or the changing table and the crib don't match togetherr in exactly the right way.

abrowne103 |

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The American Association of Pediatrics officially says to have nothing in the crib. No bumpers. No stuffed animals. No blankets. (As of their latest journal in Nov 2011) Just a mattress with a fitted sheet.

kimmisuemac |

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For those of you using used bedding/mattresses, that too has been said to be a factor for SIDS. Urine could have soaked into a mattress from previous use, and the fumes could be harmful. Also, previous owners may have been smokers (or worse), which is also dangerous for the baby. There is just no way to tell (especially online) what the treatment of these items has been, and looks can be deceiving. I personally would not be comfortable allowing my baby to sleep on bedding that has been used by people I don't know.

DLC11 |

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Also, it is dangerous to warn people against vaccinating their babies. There is no "proof" that vaccinations cause autism, in fact, most doctors/experts agree that there is no link between vaccinating your children and autism. You taking much more of a risk by not vaccinating your child. Please vaccinate your children, not only for their sake, but also for the sake of those children who cannot be vaccinated due to having reduce immune systems (ie. cancer patients, etc.)

DLC11 |

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What is a mobile? That some of you have been talking about the colours with them?

rweimer21 |

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The only hazardous thing about the bumpers are the strings. But if you tie them on correctly you shouldn't have a problem. I'm a registered nurse, I have a Master of Science in Nursing and I've never heard in my entire career of children suffocating themselves onto the bumpers. I know that when you're a new parent everything looks confusing and risky, but sometimes you have to just relax and just follow some basic guidelines and you'll be OK.

Jerri Aguillon |

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watson012 |

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As far as a changing table goes, we just bought an antique dresser that we will place a changing pad on top. Then, when we no longer need to change a baby, we can simply use it for the child's dresser.

winny28 |

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You could always put the bumper on the outside of the crib instead of the inside if you're too worried about suffocation. Just a thought.

B&BTAT |

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About Bumpers - From what I understand, other than the idea that the ties are dangerous and causes the baby to rebreath their own air, children that small are not able to throw themselves around their crib so even if they managed to roll themselves into the side they aren't going to do large amounts of damage to themselves. They may end up just startling themselves when discovering the edge. But on the point, if there is a bumper and the baby rolls into it, since they can't just move themselves easily around the crib at that age they wouldn't be able to remove themselves from the bumper. Idk...my sister told me that my registry was boring since I opted for the most necessary objects because I'm not out to turn my nursey into a wonderland my baby won't remember anyways and definitely not on a small budget. The biggest splurge item was the crib/changing table 3 in 1 from babys r us.

JABlair2012 |

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I don't know about your babies, but mine's flailing fists hitting the crib could definitely bruise. I had my son vertical in the crib instead of horizontal, so he would have farther to go if he were to put his face against a bumper, and there was plenty of breathing space for fresh oxygen. Kept him swaddled so by the time he got too long to be vertical, the risk of SIDS was gone and he could move around well enough that he wouldn't get stuck on anything. If you are really worried, put your baby on a positioner. It will keep him in place and will elevate his upper body for better breathing. My son is now four, and doing very well. I'm pregnant with our second, and I will be using bumpers.

BlackVelvetSky |

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Sleep Positioners are no longer recommended: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm227575.htm Bumpers are now longer recommended either. Some states have even banned sales. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/09/crib-bumper-ban-chicago-suffocation-sids_n_956145.html

ocbabyplanner |

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FOR THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT CRIB BUMPERS: My husband is a doctor and I'm sorry to be morbid but sometimes the truth hurts. He has seen many baby deaths due to crib bumpers (also pillows, blankets in the crib). Not only can they suffocate against them but it also prevents airflow from getting to a baby. The baby is just beginning to live and its not like their lungs are strong like ours have become and they can't move their head as well or push it off of them. Also, he has seen many deaths where moms will sleep with their infants in their bed (falling asleep while breast feeding, etc.) and they have rolled over suffocating their child. Yes, crib bumpers are adorable and many moms use them and never have any problems. You have to decide if you want to be cute but why risk it? Personally, I'm going to find a cute fitted sheet and dust ruffle for the bottom of the crib but that is it. I'll also probably use a pack n' play next to my bed until I feel like the baby can sleep in their crib.

emilycalcutt |

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When I was putting together my baby's nursery, I looked at nursery inspiration boards. They helped me scope out items I need for the nursery. There are a couple good sites with cute nursery inspiration boards! I also looked at real nurseries here on the bump and also on project nursery and ontobaby. I cam across these blogs for nursery inspiration boards: www.projectbambino.com www.honeyandfitz.com www.centsationalgirl.com good luck!

jelin |

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I think I'm beating a dead horse here, but I still feel the need to weigh in about baby bumpers. I work in the medical field, and have a lot of personal experience and have read a lot about this. Baby bumpers are SO cute, and give a crib a finished look. They have been used many, many times with no harmful outcomes. But it is STILL A RISK for SIDS, so please don't use them!!! If you notice in the list above, they have very specific instructions related to the crib's slat distances, the distance of the mattress from the crib, and that the fitted sheet's fit should be snug. And it does NOT list a bumper. To prevent SIDS it really is best (albeit boring) for your crib to just have a nice, tight fitting, fitted sheet, and your precious baby, on his/her back, dressed appropriately for the season, swaddled in a holding blanket if anything. All of this is for your baby's safety, which is of course way more important that the crib being cute. Again, sorry if I'm just repeating a tired theme, it just seems like it is not as wide known as it should be the importance of not using crib bumpers, prob in part because they ARE still being sold (why would the companies stop selling them if they are making money).....

obryan144 |

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My friend's little boy broke his leg bc it got stuck between the crib rails. - Just another thought on the bumpers. We're 24 weeks and still haven't decided whether we're going to use them or not, seems like there may be pos & neg to them. We have decided, however, that we're doing our little boy's room in monkeys :)

ariel125 |

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What I find the most challenging isn't forgetting anything, but not being able to coordinate all the furniture and colors in the space. I had selected a bedding from target and couldn't find anything to put on the walls that looked good with it, it was either the wrong color or wrong design! So I found a great company called Dezign With a Z that does great wall decals including custom decals! A dream come true! You can select a variety of colors and their customer service is great!

LallaL |

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Look.. I have recently decorated my baby's nursery and I really thought it would be great to share what we did. So I created a blog to help people decorate their nursery on a BUDGET. Her nursery is not that big, so we thought about buying less and make it simple ans still beautiful. come take a look! www.preciouscheeks.com

luisarodriguez |

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turnipp |

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We are in the process of building our first home (which may not be done before baby comes). Right now I am focusing on the essentials for me: A bassinet that my in-laws found for a steal at a church yard sale, a refurbished changing table, super cute cloth in a woodland animals theme I bought online for a crib sheet, curtain, and lap quilt. We have an old rocking chair I will use. I will buy a crib later when we get in the house. I have a sound machine already I'm going to put in the room. Right now, since i cannot really 'nest,' I have been making my own nursery mobile with the woodland creature theme using inspiration from etsy.com. (Theirs are too pricey, but mine will be just as cute!). Baby surely won't mind if everything is not perfect at home, although we may! Do the best you can and look for deals so you don't break the bank!

cunninjd |

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My husband and I are both elementary school music teachers. We both love, and often use, the composition Carnival of the Animals with our students. Since of spare bedroom is already painted teal, we are going to keep that and probably go with the animal theme. My students are learning about the different movements of the piece (each inspired by a different animal) and are going to create artwork based on the music. I just may ask some of the students if we can hang their art in our LO room.

Semuelle77 |

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We don't know yet what we're having, and we will find out, but we're going to do Classic Pooh for our nursery theme. Mostly because it'll give me an excuse to put out all my stuffed Tiggers. :)

jrowan422 |

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