Top 10 Nursery Essentials for Baby #1

No one wants to have to put together a nursery after the baby is born. Make your newborn feel right at home by preparing baby's first nursery ahead of time. As a mommy-to-be, you have many things on your mind. Have no fear; we're here to help ensure you don't overlook certain products that should be on the nursery checklist. These 10 nursery essentials from Houzz are about to make your life with a little one a whole lot easier just by adding them to your baby's room.

Light green nursery with blue accents
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Lolly 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Finding the perfect crib—for what you hope will encourage baby to have many nights of uninterrupted sleep—can be difficult and stressful. You want it to match the style and theme of your little one's nursery, but you also need it to conform to all safety standards. This modern, convertible crib is made of lead and phthalate-free finishes to keep baby safe and secure while they're sleeping. Bonus: Save money in the long-run, by converting it into a toddler bed and utilizing the rail to keep them from falling out of the bed, with the lovely feature of its 3-in-1 design.

Price: $399

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Graco Foam Crib Mattress

One of the most important purchases you'll make when preparing your first nursery is the crib mattress. Your little one will spend a large portion of his or her time in the crib sleeping, so finding a comfortable and safe mattress is a nursery must. This Graco crib mattress is designed with high-quality foam to give your child a well-rested night's sleep—something for which we can all dream. It also comes with a waterproof lining and washable cover which makes for easy clean-up after leaky diapers or the occasional flu strike.

Price: $49.99

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Lolly 3-Drawer Changer Dresser

According to experienced mothers, having a removable changing station on top of the baby's dresser is essential when preparing the perfect nursery. This pretty and practical, changer dresser offers enough space to store all of your diaper changing essentials. As you know, you should never leave baby unattended while changing them. Therefore, it's crucial to have everything right where you need it to eliminate having to step away, even for a second. This nursery necessity is also designed with sturdy and secure parts to keep your baby safe during every squirmy change. Oh, and it looks pretty dapper standing next to the matching Lolly 3-in-1 convertible crib!

Price: $399

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Summer Infant Changing Pad

Diapers, diapers, diapers. Prepare for many diaper changes, which can be tiring once your little one arrives—but so worth it! This nursery essential will keep baby comfortable and, most importantly, safe making changing time a breeze. The changing pad is designed with a 4-sided wall and safety belt to prevent your child from rolling off of the table. There's also a strap underneath to keep the pad attached to nursery furniture for extra support.

Price: $35.27

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Round Rattan Hamper

It's hard to fathom how much laundry your little one will generate once he or she arrives. This round rattan hamper is the perfect nursery essential to add to your baby's first nursery. It keeps clothes off the floor and is easy to transport to the laundry room with its cotton liner and built-in handles. The hand-woven design will also look super cute with your modern nursery furniture and decor!

Price: $99.50

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Toco Swivel Glider and Ottoman

There are few things you will come to appreciate in your baby's nursery as much as a comfortable rocking chair. While spending long, late nights cuddling and feeding in the nursery, you'll find this swivel glider chair to be a blessing in disguise. Whether the baby is fussy or just needs a good rocking, this glider chair will be your go-to spot to relax and enjoy time with your little one. The chair will also make the perfect transition from activity to sleep for your newborn baby. Bonus: Once baby's nursery outgrows this stylish glider and ottoman (it's okay to shed a tear or two), it will look great in any main living area.

Price: $499

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Hanging Sheep and Stars Mobile

Soothe baby to sleep by hanging a mobile above their crib. Your little one will love to gaze up at the little sheep and black and white stars as they doze off. Twist the timer on the mobile to begin soft lullabies while it slowly rotates and, perhaps most importantly, keeps baby distracted as you tiptoe out of the nursery. You'll soon find your little one is calmer and happier when it comes time to put them to sleep thanks to this amazing mobile!

Price: $49.84

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Infant Optics Dxr-8 Video Baby Monitor

You need peace of mind when it comes time to put your little one down to sleep. Do so with the help of a baby monitor set up so that it overlooks the crib. This video monitor offers three lenses, normal, wide angle (sold separately) and zoom, so you can choose how you wish to view baby. You can also utilize some of the many convenient functions it has to offer including the handy talk-back feature, infrared night vision, camera tilt, and room temperature sensor. With this baby monitor, you'll never to have experience that heart-stopping moment when you accidentally wake up your newborn just because you poked your head in the nursery to see how they were doing.

Price: $229.99

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Baby Projector

Soothe your newborn when he or she starts to cry at night by having this baby projector in the nursery. With the voice activation feature, this nursery essential will instantly turn on the display of star lights as soon as it hears crying to calm your little one. Soft lullabies can be played with an easy push of a button to keep baby relaxed and comforted. This baby projector also comes in handy as a beautiful night light for those late-night awakenings as you make your way to the crib in the dark.

Price: $45

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Dekor Plus Diaper Pail

One nursery essential that can be forgotten about by many a mom-to-be when preparing their first nursery is the addition of a diaper pail next to the changing table. It's a must-have with the number of diaper changes that are about to come. Forget running to the trash outside each time your little one has a dirty diaper (and the foul odor that comes with it). This diaper pail can hold up to 580 diapers while at the same time keeps accompanying scents within the container. It's an easy and sanitary way to dispose dirty diapers right within your baby's nursery!

Price: $52.86

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