This month we will focus on decorating/outfitting your baby's room. Whether it is a nook in your bedroom, a full suite, or a portion of an older child's room, this is the place for inspirational ideas.
The big ticket item for baby will be the crib. Last year I sorted through the offerings and picked the Slotti crib as the "Babble Best" crib ($250). As a pricier option, I'm currently enamored with the ArgingtonSahara--it's a crib (see pic above) that grows into a toddler bed with style. It's clean and modern, hence works in just about any room. $685 plus about $200 for the conversion kit.
Don't rush into the crib decision. Even though some cribs can take up to two months for delivery, most likely you won't be using the crib when you bring baby home. Bassinets are the way to go for "fourth trimester" (months 1,2, and 3).
And don't for get to buy a good stash of swaddling blankets. Aden+Anaisare the best around (and I've tested more than a dozen). The muslin cloth grips when wrapped around baby making sure even little houdinis can't bust out and ruin a good nap. The over sized blankets (47" x 47") can also be used for tummy time floor coverings, or a sun shields on a stroller. The fabric is breezy, allowing air to flow through to keep baby from getting sweaty ($44 for 4). Two plucky ex-Australian moms founded this company. Finding a good design wasn't enough for these clever ladies, they finished them off with adorable patterns and added a second offering the Winter Warmth wrap($49.95 for a two-pack). I think we'll see more cool baby products to come!