Sleep felt like one of the most personal categories to shop for the baby. Some prefer to sleep with the baby (co-sleeping), others put the baby in its crib right way, other choose a bassinet and so on… Bret is extremely against co-cleeping. He refuses to share the bed with the baby. Considering how much of an ogre he is (he is an extremely heavy sleeper, he will roll over myself even and there are stories of times he propped himself up by pushing down on my breasts). With all this considered, co-sleeping is not an option for us.
Also, following Montessori principles, we plan on transitioning the baby into its floor bed as soon as possible. So, my priority was to work on the baby permanent sleeping place and have a couple of options for those few weeks when the baby just arrived home, here is what we have come up:
Dream Cot Finish: White
The baby will have a temporary crib. We chose the babyhome Dream Cot in white as the baby crib. It’s lightweight, I can move it around the house if I feel like it, I can rock the baby in it, but it can also be stationary, it will fit the baby up to 6 months or when the baby is sitting up on its own.
There are options for the mattress for the babyhome, like the BabyHome Organic Coco Mat Mattress and plenty of options for that size of crib sheets as well: BabyHome Cot Naturalmat Organic Percale Fitted Sheet, or BabyHome Cot Fitted Sheets (2 pack).
Here is an option to the Dream Cot Finish: White: the Baby Bjorne Cradle and a budget option would be the Chicco Lullago Travel Crib.
This was probably the most special product we got for the baby, it’s a family heirloom, passed down by generations from Bret’s parents and grandparents. Both Bret’s mother and Bret himself slept in this bassinet when they were babies and I can’t even begin to explain how special that is to us. We really wanted something we could keep near our bed at night, to make feedings easier, and also something I can have in the living room during the day, in case the baby decides to snooze.
Here are a few options from around the web, for a moses style bassinet: Trend Lab Moses Basket Set, Pique Natural, which you can prop up using the stand (Rocking Wooden Moses Basket Stand- Antique White).
If you want a chic option, this Serena & Lily’s moses basket is extremely high rated:
Also, if you are looking to repurpose a moses basket, there are endless options for new mattresses and sheets available today! (i.e.:aBaby Organic Fitted Moses Basket Sheet, White, Naturepedic Organic Cotton Bassinet Oval Pad).
Blankets and Swaddles:
We are going, mostly, with Aden and Anais blankets and Swaddles. The reviews are incredible, there is not one mom who can say anything bad about Aden and Anais products.
We chose the aden by aden + anais Easy Swaddle, Safari Friends – Giraffe, Small/Medium and plenty of the aden by aden + anais Swaddleplus Safari Friends, 4 Count. They are pricey, so it’s worth to keep an eye on promotions on Amazon. Also, my mom has been diligent in looking inside Marshals and TJMaxx to see if she can find those at amazing prices and I think we got it! Plus, super cute!
We also chose a couple of wearable blankets, for when the hotter months and to give the baby more freedom with the arms and hands. Ex.: aden + anais 100% Cotton Muslin Sleeping Bag, Life’s A Hoot, Large.
I mean, how cute is this? ^^
This was Bret’s area of research, he is the one wh loves technology and also we wanted to take into consideration our specific needs, we don’t live in a large home with multiple floors, the baby will be, considerably, near us at all times, yet, we wanted something we could monitor and watch the baby during nap times and early evening so Bret settled on this monitor: WiFi Baby 4: Wireless iPhone, iPad, Android Baby Monitor & Nanny Cam DVR. Video, Audio, Recording. Anywhere. (WFB2015).
Coincidently his parents own one of this guys they used with their dog, Bear, and currently are not using it anymore, so we inherited it, which is fantastic! Thanks, Bear!!! The coolest part about it, the grandparents in NJ will be able to see the baby online from any iphone/ipad device. How cool is that?
This is a big, important item here in Colorado. The weather is already super dry all the time. We have humidifiers in the living room and in our bedroom and the baby will have its own humidifier to keep things manageable.
We chose this one: Crane Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier with 2.3 Gallon output per day – White – it’s a good size, not too big, not ugly, not horrible design, all important points, of course!
I used pacifiers for an absurd amount of time, it’s not even worth it disclose that information here! And, yes, I did have to use braces for about 8 years of my life. I don’t know any stories about Bret and pacifiers, I’m listing this item here so I can ask his mom, but, when in desperation, anything goes.
We chose this one: Philips Avent BPA Free Soothie Pacifier, 3+ months, Green, 2 Count – it has great reviews and it seems to be well received by newborns. We also got a couple of different ones just in case the baby decides on something else. I want to be prepared!
Just for cuteness sake we got a couple of WubbaNubs:
WubbaNub Green Frog – it’s just to cute to pass on it!
For the floor mattress, which is what we plan that will be the baby’s permanent sleeping area, we chose a good quality organic mattress: Simmons Kids Beautyrest Beginnings Naturally Healthy Nights Infant and Toddler Mattress. We wanted something that could be firm enough to be an infant mattress, but also it could transition into a toddler bed in the future. The idea is to invest well into a piece that will grow with the baby! I loved the reviews on this mattress and a natural, organic mattress was really a priority for me!
We also chose a fitted crib pad that’s waterproof, and for sheets: American Baby Company Interlock Crib Sheet Organic, Natural. I also love this one: QuickZip Crib Sheet Set, White. I’m sure, with time, the cute crib sheets will appear, but for now, we are focused on the basics and simple, modern, good quality products to start!
This is, surprisingly, an item of much debate at home. Bret like to sleep in the most absolute dark room possible. I love night lights. I’d like to see when I need to get up and pee or feed the baby. So, for now, we settled on this small nightlight for the baby’s sleeping area and are still debating on adding an amber night light for the baby.
This is the Mobi Wallmate Night Light – Monkey.