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15 Baby Nursery Must-Haves: Your Essential Checklist

  • Baby Nursery Checklist Crib


    Whether you start out with a bassinet, co-sleeper or go straight to baby’s own bed, a crib is a nursery must-have. This sleek Babyletto convertible crib also turns into a toddler bed or daybed, so your little one can use it for years to come. You’ll want to remember to pick up a crib mattress, too! ($350;

  • Baby Nursery Checklist Pottery Barn Kids Bedding
    Pottery Barn Kids

    Crib Bedding

    Once you’ve got the crib, it’s time to get the crib bedding. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against using crib bumpers for safety reasons, so a minimalist nursery bedding set like this fitted sheet and cozy quilt from Pottery Barn Kids’ Jersey Spaced Dyed baby bedding set is all you need.  Check out more crib bedding styles here. (individual items $24-$80,


  • Baby Nursery Checklist Baby Rugs
    Crate & Barrel

    Nursery Rug

    Give baby somewhere soft to crawl and play! Crate and Barrel Kids’ fluffy Flokati rug is made of 100 percent wool, which makes it a great, natural place for baby to rest and roll around. See more nursery rug styles we love. ($130 and up;


  • Baby Nursery Checklist Humidifier


    A humidifier is a baby essential and the best way to keep baby breathing easy in cool, dry weather. iTvanila’s cool mist humidifier has automatic shut-off, a 12-hour timer setting and easy touch control operation. Find out how to choose a humidifier and shop them here. ($47;


  • Baby Nursery Checklist Changing Table

    Changing Table

    Baby needs somewhere sturdy to rest for all those diaper changes, and a little extra storage doesn’t hurt either! This Babyletto Gelato changing table doubles as a three-drawer dresser, and the changing table tray can simply be removed later when your little one no longer needs it. ($300;

  • Baby Nursery Checklist Munchkin Diaper Pad

    Diaper Changing Pad

    Changing table? Check! Now your nursery needs a changing pad. Add a little bit of softness to diaper changes with this Munchkin waterproof diaper changing pad. This must-have pad has rubber strips on the bottom for extra grip and safety straps to keep baby from wiggling, rolling or falling. ($34;

  • Baby Nursery Checklist Changing Pad Cover
    Burt's Bees Baby

    Changing Pad Cover

    One last thing in the diaper changing round up: a diaper pad cover. Choose something soft and fitted like this machine washable, 100 percent organic jersey cotton changing pad cover from Burt’s Bees Baby for your nursery. ($18;

  • Baby Nursery Checklist Dual Rocking Chair

    Nursery Rocking Chair

    Rockabye baby! Nurse, cuddle or sing baby to sleep in this Baby Relax Double Rocker in Dark Taupe. The double rocker size makes it easy for Mom and Dad to snuggle baby together or for multiple kiddos to join in for storytime. ($314;

  • Baby Nursery Checklist Toy Box
    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Toy Box

    You may not have a lot of toys to store away now, but after baby showers, hospital visits and a few months with your growing, changing baby, you’ll realize that a toy box is essential to keep them all tucked away. This Delta Children’s Monterey Farmhouse wood toy box is a stylish nursery must-have that keeps everything organized. ($150;

  • Baby Nursery Checklist Baby Monitor

    Baby Monitor

    As much as you’d like to be with baby 24/7, it’s just not possible. Keep an ear and an eye on your little one while they nap in the nursery, rest or play in their room with this Babysense baby monitor. This video monitor comes with a camera, color LCD display, two-way communication and more features you will love. ($75;

  • Baby Nursery Checklist Electric Outlet Covers

    Electric Outlet Covers

    It’s important not to forget everyday practical safety must-haves like outlet covers. Protect your little one from injury with this affordable pack of easy-to-use Mommy’s Helper outlet plugs—place them anywhere your little one will be able to reach when they start crawling and cruising around the nursery. ($3;

  • Baby Nursery Checklist Target Cloud Blackout Curtains

    Blackout Curtains

    Help baby get a restful night’s sleep—and an afternoon nap—with these adorable 95-inch-long, machine-washable cloud-print blackout curtains. The smallest bit of light can be distracting for some babies, so blacking out daylight can be a nursery naptime lifesaver. ($30 per panel;

  • Baby Nursery Checklist White Noise Machine

    White Noise Machine

    In a parent’s dream world, household noises—or dead silence—wouldn’t keep babies from getting their precious sleep. This Hatch Baby Rest night light and white noise machine can help your little one fall asleep and be comforted back into slumber if they wake in the nursery at night. ($35;

  • Baby Nursery Checklist Hanging Closet Storage Organizer

    Hanging Closet Storage Organizer

    Little humans come with lots of little clothes and accessories that just don’t quite work in standard adult-size closets. This mDesign hanging closet storage organizer is a nursery must that will make more room for your baby’s clothes and essentials. ($22;

  • Baby Nursery Checklist Diaper Pail

    Diaper Pail

    Parenting can be dirty work—save yourself some of the drama (and smell) with this Ubbi odor-locking diaper pail. Unlike traditional diaper disposal systems, this one doesn’t require any special bags, which makes it a nursery must-have that will save you money and trouble down the road. ($80;