Monday, January 30, 2012

In the Nursery: Beginning to Nest

Shopping for baby is not as easy as just popping into your neighborhood Baby Emporium. This makes creating a baby registry more complicated than it needs be. Curious as to why? Pick up a copy of Baby Bargains and page through it. You'll quickly find that the Good, Better, and Best picks for individual baby needs aren't available in the same place.

The Finds (far left clockwise): Nest by El Greco, Solid Maple, $699, Rating: A; Naturepedic Waterproof Fitted Crib Pad 52" x 28", $59; 2 - Quickzip Crib Sheet Sets, Ecru, $32.99; 2 - QuickZip Zipper Sheets, Sage, $16.99 ea.; Innerspring Crib Mattress 52" x 27" x 5" by Restwell, $199; Naturepedic Organic Cotton Contoured Changing Pad 33" x 16.5" x 4", $99; 3 - Naturepedic Contoured Changing Pad Covers 33" x 16.4" x 4" $29 ea.; 2 - Marquisette Swaddling Blanket, Lavender with Mocha Mod Circles, $15 ea.; 2 - Marquisette Swaddling Blanket, Lavender with Mocha Mod Circles, $11.03 ea.; Air-O-Swiss 7135 AOS Ultrasonic Humidifier, $179.99; Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor SCD510, $105, Rating: A; Diaper Dekor Disposable System, $30, Rating: A.

Last Tuesday after work, cubes and I stopped by Room and Board. We confirmed the crib would fit in Gates' nursery (the space originally planned to be cubes' office that never transformed from storage closet) and ordered it and the mattress. Gates' bed will now be arriving next Saturday, giving us one weekend to clear out the rest of the items.

Sunday we had breakfast with my parents and spent a couple of hours sorting through baby items that my sister and I had growing up. I'll share these treasures in another post, but suffice it to say, we're covered when it comes to blankets and quilts. Most have little to no pink! And all coordinate with our color palette.

I'm attacking what we need for Gates in phases. So far I've gotten through Bedding and Diapering needs and am slowly working my way through Eating and Bathing needs. As I finish my research, I'll share what's on our wishlist. I promise to space out the In the Nursery posts so that the blog doesn't turn into "All Baby, All the Time." To see whether or not other items pictured above have been purchased, check out our baby registry.

Something that you won't see anywhere in Gates' nursery or on our baby registry are bumpers. While they complete the look of a crib, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using them; currently bumpers are banned in the city of Chicago and state of Maryland.

Ciao Bella!
Credits: All images taken by their respective sellers: Amazon and Room and Board. Collage created by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.