Whether this is your first rodeo, or you’ve roped a few cattle, decking out the nursery is something all moms can get on board with. Of course, there are the essentials every baby’s room needs, but there are also a few special items worth the splurge.
Whether you live in the country, the city or somewhere in between, clean air can be an issue. All homes have airborne pollutants, even if you don’t want to think they do. Like what? Well, mold, pollen, dust mites, allergens, pet dander… need I say more? But you don’t have to live with them. We love this air purifier (the AP-300PH) by Fellowes (Staples, $200). It uses PlasmaTrue™ Technology to remove pollutants in the air, defusing viruses and germs, eliminating miniscule impurities like odors, and has a carbon filter to trap larger particles.
Besides its superior ability to clean the air, what really makes this air purifier rise above the rest is how user-friendly it is. The first time you plug it in, it tells you what your current air quality is. It continues to monitor your air quality, and automatically adjusts to keep your air up to par.
When it comes to your baby’s safety, nothing else matters. It’s especially important if your infant has allergies. And did we mention it’s ultra quiet? So your baby can... well, sleep like a baby.
In the United States, the major cause of death in infants between the ages of 1 and 12 months is SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). It's not predictable or preventable, and it's sudden and silent, occurring most often during sleep — the baby just stops breathing. Which is why some moms choose to use the Snazu Halo Mobile Baby Movement Monitor (Amazon, $115). This small monitor clips onto the front of your baby's diaper. There are no cords, wires or pads, so your baby is still comfortable and mobile. What happens is, if your baby doesn't move, or even breathe, for 15 seconds, it will vibrate to rouse him. If he still doesn't move, an alarm will sound to alert you. Every parent worries about their kids, and this product gives parents the peace of mind they need to rest easy.
If you're expecting, people will be likely offering unsolicited tips on everything from baby care to nursing and what you need and don't need for the nursery. One thing most people say you don't need is a changing table. You can change your baby's diaper anywhere, and will probably learn how to do it in even the most difficult places including the car, your lap and public restrooms. However, that doesn't mean you can't have a dedicated "diaper-changing station" in your home! If you want to make it more practical, choose one that doubles as a dresser, so you can store baby clothing inside, while utilizing the top to take care of diaper duty. We love the Arington Bam Six Drawer Dresser (All Modern, $700), complete with wooden changing pad tray, equipped with nonslip pads.
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