Best Baby Nursery Checklist

When you're expecting a baby, whether it's your first or your tenth, setting up the nursery is one of the most exciting times. Given the plethora of items available on the market today, it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out exactly what you and baby will truly need.

Liz and Roo is here to help you sort out the needs from the wants. Follow the Liz and Roo Baby Nursery Checklist and the only thing you'll have left to do will be to wait for your baby to make his or her appearance.

Blake Lively inspired nursery featuring Liz and Roo crib bedding

Baby Nursery Checklist

1. Crib and crib bedding. Even if you're planning to have baby sleep in a bassinet during the first few months, you'll want to select and purchase a crib right from the start. It's a great, safe place to lay baby down, and he or she will get comfortable with the space when it's time to make the nighttime move. Getting the coordinating crib bedding before baby is born makes sense. And, we just so happen to know where you can find some extraordinarily beautiful, high-quality, made in USA bumperless crib bedding! Check out our selection here.

Buck Woodland Crib Bedding Set by Liz and Roo

2. Glider. Late night feedings will be so much more comfortable for both you and baby when you have a designated place to snuggle together. Your husband will love it too. He'll be doing some nighttime duty, too! Gliders today are luxe and have come a long way from what your mother used (a rocker) but a rocker will do the job, too!

3. Sound machine or white-noise app/device. Help baby sleep more soundly, and help the rest of the family live their lives without constant worry about making noise that will wake baby.

4. Baby monitor. There are lots of options available - from super simple to high-tech cameras with sensors and alarms. Gauge your comfort-level to decide the best fit for your family and you'll breathe easier knowing you can keep an ear and/or eye on baby at all times. The new monitors with video can provide real peace of mind. Parents.com has a great review of baby monitors with all the pros and cons and tips for buying. 

5. Odor-free diaper pail. You will never regret this purchase, especially after you've dealth with your first few blow-outs.

6. Soft light or night light. This will make it so much easier for you to take a peek at your sleeping baby without worrying about waking him or her with a bright light.

7. Changing pad and washable changing pad cover. Having a designated spot for changing baby makes it much easier to keep your nursery and changing materials organized. Plus, a contoured changing pad (the most popular style) gives baby a soft, safe place for diaper changes. Contoured changing pad covers can tie into the overall nursery theme and add a stylish touch to the room. Make sure that it is high-quality, durable, and washable. This is an item that will get washed regularly for sure! Check out the Liz and Roo selection of contoured changing pad covers here.

8. Play mat or rug. Give baby a place to spread out and play. Tummy time and crawling practice will become a part of daily life as baby grows, and you'll be happy to have a safe spot for baby to hang out. We suggest these stunning, washable Lorena Canals rugs. They make a great finishing touch to nursery decor.

Lorena Canals Rugs for Nursery

9. Swing or bouncer. This item is likely to become your best friend and sanity saver! You'll soon realize you don't know how you'd function without it, especially if you ever need to do anything that requires 2 hands, such as make dinner or brush your hair! Here's a great link to a review of the Top Five Baby Bouncers

10. Books, softs toys, stuffed animals. You want baby to love their nursery (it makes night time so much easier!), so make sure it's a fun and inviting place for them. Get lots of books. Reading to baby should be a nightly event. Remember never to put anything in the crib, no matter how cute, with your newborn. Stuffed animals belong outside the crib.

Round this list off with plenty of clothes, diapers and wipes, and bathing and feeding supplies, and you'll be ready for baby!

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Baby Shower Game Idea Round-Up

Baby showers are a time for celebrating the new life that's just around the corner and the mama (and/or daddy!) that's getting ready to bring that baby into the world. Gifts, conversation, and delicious food are at the core of every shower. Adding a few fun games into the mix is a great way to get the guests interacting and laughing together.

We've rounded up some great game ideas from some of our favorite bloggers for your convenience. Elevate the fun-level of your upcoming baby shower by adding some or all of these games into the mix.

Name That Poo Baby Shower Game

1) Name That Poo from Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom  |  If you can get past the gross factor, this chocolate-based game is twistedly delicious classic.

2) ABC Book for Baby from Cuppa Cocoa  |  Have fun and make an awesome, usable memento that baby will cherish for years to come.

3) Month-by-Month Onesies from I Heart Naptime  |  Get crafty with your shower guests, and create awesome photo-shoot-ready keepsakes at the same time. 

4) Guess What's in the Bag from Somewhat Simple  |  A fun and useful game where guests guess what baby-related item is in each bag based on the bag's letter.

5) Build A Baby Face from Sarcasm 101  |  Mix and matches sections of the parents-to-be's faces to create some hilarious predictions of what baby will look like.

6) Don't Cross Your Legs from Catch My Party  |  Cross your legs and lose your clothespin to the person that caught you. The guest with the most clothespins by the end of the party wins.

7) Draw the Baby from Fun, Cheap, or Free  |  Test out the can't-see-what-I'm-doing artistic abilities of your guests.

8) Celebrity Baby Name Game from We Heart Parties  |  Quiz shower party guests to see how many celebrity babies they can name.

9) Mom-to-Be Personality Quiz from Project Nursery  |  Which parents' traits does mom hope baby will have? Challenge guests to see if they can guess correctly.

10) The Price is Right Baby Shower Game  |  The current costs of baby necessities is always changing. See which of your guests are the most in the know!

Are there any other baby shower games that you love? Let us know about them!

Heading Toward the Home Stretch: 12 Things to Do Before You Give Birth

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Your to-do list is probably getting shorter as your due date approaches, but that doesn’t mean you can prop your (swollen) feet up and rest. Now is the time to get everything super organized so that you can focus all your energy on bonding with your little one once he or she arrives. Here are the top 12 things to do before baby arrives.

1. Purchase and Install Your Car Seat

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Installing a car seat for the first time can test your patience and can take a while. You’ll want to read the instruction manual carefully to make sure you know what to do and what not to do. If you are unsure after installing, you can enlist a local certified car seat technician to inspect it to see if it’s installed correctly. Here’s a good site where you can search for inspection locations.

2. Take care of the “fix it” list in your home

Once your little one arrives, the last thing you’re going to have time for (or want to do) is to clean your house or fix something that’s broken. You’ll have enough to do once you get home, so crossing “home fix-it” projects off your list before baby is born will make the transition much easier.

3. Prepare for Breastfeeding

You can call your local La Leche League chapter. Fit Pregnancy published a great article, 20 Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby that’s a must read. Some breast pumps are covered under insurance, so check that out, too.

4. Decide and Prepare Where Your Baby Will Sleep

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a lot to say about where baby will sleep. Be sure and assemble the crib, bassinet and gear well before baby arrives. Cribs can be tough to put together, so grab a friend or family and get it done well before your due date (you never know). Get the right batteries for the baby monitor and baby swing and keep extras in the refrigerator (they’ll keep longer when refrigerated). If you decorate the nursery and dress the crib, remember the AAP recommends “bare is best” … no blankets, toys, animals or anything BUT baby in the crib!

5. Wash All Baby Clothes and Baby Bedding

Buy some hypoallergenic, perfume-free detergent and go ahead and wash all those cute baby clothes, baby blankets, crib sheets and changing pad covers. You never want your baby to dress in something that has not been washed, especially if it’s made overseas (Liz and Roo baby bedding is all made in USA).

6. Select Your Birth Announcement and Get Them Addressed in Advance

This will save you a ton of time if you get this done now. If you shop locally, you can select the announcement that you will have printed once baby is born. More than likely, your local shop owner will let you take home envelopes to address and stamp pre-baby.

For online options, our favorite (for many reasons) is Minted, a marketplace where various independent artists contribute their designs. They will even address your envelopes for you, and their paper quality is fabulous. Plus, you can even custom design your announcement in conjunction with one of their designers.

Baby Announcement 1  Baby Announcement 2

Visit www.minted.com to see all of their announcements.

7. Schedule a Photographer

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Most photographers recommend getting newborn photos taken in the first two weeks after giving birth, so you’ll want to go ahead and schedule this well in advance. Some hospitals now partner with companies like Baby Bella that send newborn photographers to your room while you’re there to take photos. Take advantage of this if your hospital offers it – you can’t beat the convenience.

8. Schedule a Hospital Tour & Pre-Register

Touring the hospital and seeing firsthand where you will be having your baby will definitely help calm any jitters you have about delivery. Also be sure to pre-register at the hospital, so that you’re not bogged down with filling out insurance and medical info when the big day comes.

9. Pack Your Hospital Bag

Check out our post here about all the essentials for your bag.

10. Choose a Pediatrician

Ask your friends and family for their recommendations. You can make an appointment to visit the office and talk to the doctor in person to see if it’s a good fit. Make sure you begin this process early, because it can take a while if you find a lot of doctors are not accepting new patients.

11. Consider More Classes

In addition to the childbirth class you likely took, you may want to consider classes on baby care, breastfeeding and infant CPR. Many hospitals offer these. Your pediatrician can make recommendations.

12. Pamper Yourself (and your husband!)

At a time when you are likely feeling a bit (or a lot) uncomfortable, it’s important to do something for YOU. Get a pedicure, a haircut or a facial. Go to dinner or a movie with your husband, because all that will change the first six to eight weeks with baby! Spend time journaling your pregnancy experience. Write a letter to your baby with all your hopes and dreams for him or her. One day (a long time down the road), you can give that letter to your child to celebrate a milestone birthday, like sweet 16.

Liz and Roo

Don’t forget nursery design! We’ve assumed that’s already crossed off your list, but if not, we are here to help. You can find Liz and Roo baby bedding in more than 125 stores around the US and 25 in Canada, or if there’s no store near you, we are happy to help. Plus, you can shop online at www.lizandroo.com for the convenience and timely delivery (in stock items ship in 24 to 48 hours).

Our goal is to provide our customers with quality, sewn by hand and made in the USA baby bedding that is modern and on trend. You’ll love decorating your nursery with our baby girl crib bedding, boy crib bedding or gender-neutral baby bedding options.

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Throwing a Baby Shower? 5 Spectacular Tips

Kara's Party Ideas

Photo Courtesy of Kara’s Party Ideas blog

Your best friend, sister or favorite co-worker is having a baby, and you’re thrilled to host a baby shower, but where do you start? Luckily, it doesn’t have to a stress-filled planning endeavor. With a little planning and some special touches, it’ll be an occasion the mommy-to-be will love.

First – consult with the guest of honor and nail down a date. She’ll likely want to have her shower before the last month of her pregnancy. Who wants to be busy with thank you notes when you’re staring down your due date?

Next, it’s time to select a location. Reserving a room at an outside location such as a restaurant or clubhouse is great if you need more space, but a home is always the ideal location for a really special shower.

Now, for the fun stuff!

1. Choose a Theme (and Invitations)

Choosing a theme will allow all the other details to fall in place. Does she have a theme for the nursery? One mom we know received a copy of the children’s book “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae that was signed by all of the guests at her giraffe-themed shower. It’s these personal touches that she’ll remember.  

When it comes to invitations, we always promote “shop local,” but if you can’t find what you want or don’t have access to a great stationery shop, there are many online vendors to choose from. One of our favorites is Tiny Prints. You can also fine great ideas on Etsy.

   Tiny Prints        Hostess with the Mostess invitation  

Photo Courtesy of TinyPrints.com and  Hostess with the Mostess® blog

2. Plan Decorations

Decorating can be fun, time consuming, even overwhelming. With the help of Pinterest, you can get some really fantastic ideas, especially if you love DIY. Use your imagination to make fabulous looking floral centerpieces. Think creatively about all the cute ways you can fill a vase for a baby shower: with pink and blue jellybeans, marshmallow Peeps or even mini pacifiers. The key is to fit the flowers in a can or smaller glass vase inside the vase, then fill the space in between with candies or other things that create a theme.

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  Decorations that can double as nursery décor afterward are   wonderful. For example, a cute fabric bunting can be displayed over the cake table, and then taken home to be hung over the crib.

 Themed showers are popular these days, and we are seeing a lot of Woodland-themed ideas on Pinterest. Of course, the ideal shower ties the nursery theme to the shower (and the invite). 

 

 

 

If you are not feeling like bringing out the china and silver, an alternative is a great site we found called Paper Eskimo. They've got great looking plates, cups, cupcake boxes, and so much more. 

 

3. Create the Menu

As for food, whether you cater or cook it yourself, it’s fun to tie it to the theme if possible. For a nautical shower, think crab salad or mini crab cakes.  With so many woodland-themed showers being documented on Pinterest, we selected some favorites. These woodland-themed baby shower cookies by Claudia’s Creative Cookies are adorable. You can order them directly from Claudia.

Photo Courtesy of Claudia’s Creative Cookies

Claudia's Cookies   

We love the woodland themed shower ideas found in the blog Girl Inspired. The photo below is courtesy of Steph's Forest Woodland Baby Shower blog. It has dozens of creative ideas!

 

4. Plan Some Fun and Creative "Games"

We know a lot of people cringe at the thought of any baby shower games (well, we do…), but they can be fun! One idea is to have a onesie decorating station for the guests to unleash their craftiness. Another option is the “Name That Tune” game. Just download 10 or so songs on iTunes that contain the word baby, then play a snippet of each at the shower and have guests try and guess the name and singer of each.

Chickabug Blog

Photo Courtesy of The Chickabug Blog

5. Try A New Way of Opening The Baby Shower Gifts

  Liz and Roo bloomers   Liz and Roo monogrammed boxers

Depending on the size of the baby shower, you may want to do something different when opening gifts. At a recent baby shower (there were over 25 people), each guest was given one of her shower gifts to open. As we rotated around the room, each person told how she knew the guest of honor and when they met (a few told a funny story about her) then opened the gift and showed it to all. It was a nice change from the guest having to open 25 gifts in a row!

Of course, at Liz and Roo, our favorite gift is anything monogrammed. A Liz and Roo monogrammed baby blanket, monogrammed pillow or a monogrammed faux fur blanket is something the mom-to-be can cherish for years. We even have monogrammed baby bloomers and cotton boxers, which are great options to dress your baby for a professional photography session. Our navy solid baby pillow sham with anchors monogram is one of our top sellers, and will look perfect in any nursery! For a gender neutral nursery, our flax linen baby pillow sham is an elegant addition.

Liz and Roo solid navy baby sham   Liz and Roo monogrammed flax linen baby sham

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Find Great Deals on Baby Bedding During Liz and Roo’s Summer Sizzlin’ Sale

It’s the first day of summer, and we’re celebrating with a huge sale all season! Liz and Roo will be announcing a new sale item EACH DAY on its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

These deals offer discounts as high as 70 percent off, and will include Bumperless 4-piece sets, sheets, minky blankets, crib skirts, crib rail covers, changing pad covers and more. The discounts will last until the items are sold out.

Oval Crib Sheet       

Deals already underway include 50 percent off Oval Crib Sheets (use code OVAL50) at checkout. These all-cotton sheets, which fit both Leander and Stokke oval cribs, are made in the USA and are unconditionally guaranteed by Liz and Roo.

       

 

                                         

Navy Chevron Minky Receiving Blanket  Today’s deal is 70 percent off our Navy Chevron Minky Receiving Blanket (use code CHEVRON at checkout). This makes a great baby gift, and also coordinates with our classic oxford crib bedding, our anchors and nautical baby bedding, and our navy metro crib bedding.

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to check Liz and Roo's social media pages each day to see each new Summer Sizzlin’ Sale item!

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