What do you actually NEED for your nursery?
Now I know you have some strong feelings about what you would WANT in your nursery, but what are the essentials really?
As the Sleep Expert and a momma I have a strong bias towards creating a space that promotes sleep for the whole family. You will want to sleep better...safer...and longer. So here is the hit list for creating a nursery that does just that.
What you really need in your nursery is a feeding/sleeping/rocking chair.
Breastfed babes feed every 2-3 hours for 20 - 45 minutes at a time. And bottle fed babies need to be fed upright every 3-4 hours. This means that in those first few weeks, you could be spending 6-8 hours in this spot or more! It's an important place and you want to be comfortable while you are connecting, nourishing and bonding with your baby.
I suggest the following solutions.
A comfy armchair plus foot rest...
Or a good, old fashioned rocking chair...
Or the ultimate leather lounger...
The uglier, leather kind just works better. They are softer. You can clean any liquid explosions with a wipe and there will be no orange or green stains in sight. Also, it has a clever lever that allows mom to recline once baby is asleep.
Most babies sleep better upright on their moms' chests. They just do. So, if you want to avoid becoming a jack-in-the-box that is jumping in and out of bed to settle your baby on a bad night, then a chair, like these ones, is a MUST for your nursery.
Another option is going horizontal... if your baby is down with that. Get it?
There are co-sleeping cribs (where baby joins you in your room) or there is the option of putting a bed in the nursery which allows at least one parent to get a good night sleep back in their bedroom. The idea of a a mattress on the floor is quite a clever one as you won't worry about baby rolling off onto the floor and, later, the floor bed could work well for when baby transitions from the cot to a big bed.
I love this suspended basinette idea too. Although, I am not sure if I could co-ordinate it in the middle of the night bleary-eyed.
So forget spending all your $$$ on the compactum, the crib and the cutest clothes. Buy yourself some sleep instead!
For other sleep survival tips for newborns visit here.