By Maureen Healy
You’ve got the crib and the changing table, but what other baby sleep gear items do you need to make your newborn’s bedroom complete? Read on to learn about our four favorite new nursery essentials
Dress your baby crib without sacrificing safety: Skip Hop Complete Sheet is cleverly designed as a fitted sheet that looks like a baby crib bumper, thanks to contrasting linen piping and a coordinated pattern on top. (Complete Sheet four-piece sets are also available and include a wearable blanket.) $120, skiphop.com
Peace of mind
Experts say to avoid loose blankets in babies’ cribs. Halo Innovations (known for its SleepSack wearable blankets) has created better baby sleep gear like the Halo Innovations Safe Sleep Crib Set. The smart kit includes a SleepSack Swaddle for newborns, a SleepSack wearable blanket, two fitted baby crib sheets, and a cute crib skirt—so your baby can sleep safely and in style. $110, haloinnovations.com
You don’t want your baby mattress to off-gas potentially harmful PVC and fire-retardant chemicals, and the Naturepedic No-Compomise Organic Cotton Lightweight Baby Crib & Toddler Mattress is baby sleep gear made safer. Its wipe-clean, waterproof surface is made from food-grade polyethylene, and its fire-protection system is nontoxic. $259, naturepedic.com
Keep her close
Baby sleep gear 101? A bedside bassinet, like the Arm’s Reach Cambria Co-Sleeper. It keeps your newborn within reach and affords easy access for feeding. The three-sided design secures to all standard bed sizes. Height-adjustable legs ensure a snug fit. Featuring a vented side panel for easy breathing, it converts to a freestanding bassinet. For newborns until baby can push up to hands and knees. $190, armsreach.com.
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