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Top 10 Must Haves
for the Nursery


Hang a safe, exciting mobile over the crib and keep the little one happy and content as she falls asleep. Try a black-and-white one during the first few months as she learns to follow high-contrast shapes and objects. Some mobiles even have clips where you can change out the cards or insert family photos.

Glider rocker

Whether it's a large, overstuffed chair or a simple rocker, a quiet, comfy spot is important for breastfeeding, bottle feeding or just rocking the little one to sleep. Pick a comfy one — you'll be spending a lot of time here.

Changing pad and diaper caddy

You don't need to invest in an expensive changing table or dresser with a top — just find a functional changing pad for diaper time. Most are waterproof, with removable covers that are easy to wash. And, you can use a simple wicker basket with a handle as a portable diaper caddy. That way you always have easy access to diapers and wipes.

White noise

Capitalizing on the fact that babies find white noise soothing, many companies make machines that produce sounds such as a rainstorm, a babbling brook — or even the sounds the baby heard inside the womb. Some look like small radios, while others are tucked inside cute stuffed animals. Be careful not to rely completely on these magic wonders, because some children become addicted to the noise and cannot sleep without it. Use only when needed, and you will understand why these are so popular.

Ceiling fan

Overhead fans have been promoted as helping to prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) when installed in a nursery. You don't have to run it at full speed to keep a nice breeze moving throughout the room.

Trash can

Whether you choose the Diaper Genie or a simple receptacle with scented garbage bags, you will appreciate the proximity of this item to the changing table. When the trash cans nearby, it's easy to toss out diapers, wipes and other items to keep the nursery clean.

Temperature with control

Babies need to sleep at a different temperature than adults, and they're not able to regulate their own body temperatures. A thermostat just for the nursery helps you keep a handle on the situation and ensure that Baby has an optimally healthful environment in which to snooze.

Play mat or rug

Tummy time is very important for newborns. Buy a mat or rug on which your baby can lie in the beginning months while playing with family members. Later on, you can set his toys out on the rug, which the baby will learn is his special spot.


No matter the age of the baby, the benefits of reading to her are incredible. Read often to the baby, and she will learn to cherish and look forward to this time with you. Knowing this, you can never have too many books (you probably received many as shower presents). Find an accessible space to store them, and in doing so, show her that books are an important part of her world.

Calming colors

While many parents want to go wild with bright green or fire-engine red in the nursery, such choices can keep a baby awake or make her anxious. Soft, calming colors are far better for a baby's sleeping area. Paint stores offer low-VOC paints that are almost odorless, are non-toxic and come in a variety of pastels and soothing colors.


13 Old-School Baby Names Making a Comeback

Newsflash: Old-fashioned names are getting an update! While we don't expect to say goodbye to Chloe and Noah anytime soon, we're looking to names that hit a peak in the 1920s and 30s instead of pioneer-era names for a little jazz appeal. These are baby names that were fashionable in the flamboyant times of the '20s as well as the hard times of the depression that followed.

A few names from this era in American history are already making major waves, including Annabelle, Calvin, Jack, Lila, and Vivian. They are ahead of the style curve, though some got a head start by never truly fading from use altogether.

That's why we've got our eyes on the names that are filled with potential and just starting to find fresh life. They are the next generation of old-fashioned names, loaded with unexpected charm. If you're looking for an up-and-coming vintage choice, look no further.


In the 30s, the name Arden was known and passed along to boys as an English surname that arose from several places in the UK. Today this name is rare, but when it's used we see it more often for girls, as it brings to mind not only cosmetics giant Elizabeth Arden, but the word "garden." Mary Arden was the name of Shakespeare's mother, and he setAs You Like It in the Forest of Arden. There were 235 girls given this name in 2013, and 68 boys.


We love the perfect raindrop sound this boys' name creates, and it has a dapper feel to it after some fledging use in the first third of the 20th century. But today Arlo is poised to leap above its previous position from that era, and even though we wouldn't call this name popular, it's rising quickly. Folk singer Arlo Guthrie was born in the 40s, while celebrities including Johhny Knoxville, Toni Collette, and Natasha Kaplinsky chose this name for their children recently.


This lovely French form of Corina was thrust into the spotlight with the popularity of singer-songwriter Bailey Rae. Despite her chart-topping songs, Corinne remains a unique choice after hitting a high point in the 30s. Corinne is the name of one of Jamie Foxx's daughters, born in 1995.


It may have hit a high point in the '20s, but we predict this gorgeous, vintage French name can find new life today. Eloise's growing popularity signals that our fear of the "wheeze" sound is coming to an end; instead, it sounds exotic and dignified all at once. Helped in part by names like Ella and Lucy, the time is right for Eloise as a fresh choice that happens to work well in honor of a Louise. This name started to gain attention after the release of Love Happens, a movie starring Jennifer Aniston as Eloise. Eloise was chosen by Denise Richards for her daughter (in honor of her mother).


Once a star in the 1920s, the name Geneva could definitely use a fresh look again today. It has a lot going for it: it's a place, in the form of an ultra-glamorous Swiss city, and it has the "eva" sound we've grown so fond of. On the downside, we're wary of names that feel like Jen spinoffs, but have no fear! Geneva is a cosmopolitan throwback name with a personality of its very own.


This Old English surname got a boost with Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911), though parents weren't ready for his name until the 1930s. These days, Harlan is showing a teensy bit of life as it appeared in the top 1,000 again in 2013. It's got similarities to Harlow (favored for girls), and is worn by authors Coban and Ellison.


Flappers loved this name at a time when short and sweet nature-inspired choices were fashionable for girls. But the sassy image the moms of the '20s may have wanted this name to bear went by the wayside when they grew into the happy homemakers of the '50s, personified by TV mom June Cleaver. Today this name feels fresh and young again, like its meaning, which comes from the Roman goddess Juno.


Leon is showing signs of life once more after it hit a peak in the roaring '20s. Helped along by the hit rock band Kings of Leon as well as a protagonist in the Resident Evil video games, this name strikes us as surprising and bold, with antique sensibilities.


In the roaring '20s, Marjorie was stylish and fashionable. But it's been a long time since this name felt that way, which actually gives Marjorie a lot of potential among parents seeking something vintage and unique. For the nickname conscious, Marj/Marge is far from on-trend, but Jorie and Jo have plenty of appeal. Marjorie just appeared in the top 1,000 girls' names in 2013 after a long absence, making it impossible to tell if a trend is brewing.


This charming variation of Rose was last popular in the late '30s. We love it today for those wanting a longer take on Rose that feels fresh. A Twilight character helped this name considerably, but we like to think it would have been rediscovered regardless.


In the '30s, this boys' name was at a high point, fueled by the success of Rolls-Royce luxury cars. Today this surname-turned-given-name is a fitting choice to communicate an appreciation for the finer things in life, much more so than Reese or Jayce.


This stand-up name has an obvious meaning and a sturdy feel, helped by its presidential namesake Harry S. Truman. While he gave this name a temporary boost when he took office in 1945, the given name Truman was really doing its best in the decades before. Either way, it's been a struggle for Truman to break out of the 900s today, but it has a great sound, and could almost pass for a virtue name. Chosen by actor Tom Hanks, and TV host Alexis Stewart (daughter of Martha Stewart).


A feminine form of William that makes us think of the untamed prairie featured in My Antonia (and other novels by Cather), this name was actually at its most popular in the '30s. We love its sweet, simple sound and easy charm. Chosen by Keri Russell and Shane Deary for their daughter, born in 2012.

This article was written by Laura Emerson from CafeMom and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Top 10 Nursery Must Haves Before Baby Is Born

There is so much excitement surrounding the impending birth of a baby that sometimes the nine months just fly by. OK, maybe not the morning sickness phase, but after that, time seems to accelerate until the birth day. Each of my three pregnancies went by quickly, but it's funny how my level of preparedness decreased dramatically with each progressive pregnancy.

With my first pregnancy, I read all the books nightly, kept a pregnancy journal, bought tiny little onesies, washed them in the gentlest baby detergent, arranged the changing table with diapers and wipes and had a fully stocked nursery. All at around seven months pregnant.

During my second pregnancy, I was busy with a toddler in tow, so naturally, I didn't have as much energy and time. Nonetheless, I still managed to get some hand-me-downs and stock up on the essentials with probably a month to spare.

Pregnancy No. 3 was a whole different scenario. We had gotten rid of our crib after our second child moved to a regular bed and we didn't have even the barest baby essentials. With just a few weeks left in my pregnancy, we realized we needed to get into baby mode-and fast. Those were busy weeks! Luckily, we got it all done in time and had a stocked nursery when the baby was born.

Based on personal experience, here are 10 things I'd recommend stocking in your nursery:


Of course! When you're changing these 10 to 12 times a day at the beginning, these are a stock-up must-have. I'm talking multiple boxes of size 1 diapers. Yes, you do go through that many.


Necessary accompaniment to items mentioned above.

Wipes warmer:

Some people see this as unnecessary, but I personally used one for each baby. Those middle of the night diaper changes are a lot less jarring when the wipes are nice and warm.


Regardless of what time of year it is, short- and long-sleeve onesies are the easiest to change your little baby in and out of.

Waterproof changing pads:

I put these anywhere I change the baby's diaper to protect whatever I'm doing the changing on. And they're also great to stuff one into your diaper bag as added insurance during your one of many daily diaper changes.


I try to use footie pants or zippered sleepers whenever possible, but if not, socks are a must-have for keeping those little tootsies warm. They also make a great stand-in as mittens to keep babies from scratching their faces.

Hand sanitizer:

I bought several pumps and dispersed them around the house, especially at the front door. With so many visitors and people who want to touch and hold the baby, hand sanitizer is your friend.

Nursing pillows:

Between ones passed on from friends and ones I held onto, I somehow ended up with four nursing pillows by my third baby. While that seems excessive, it was awfully nice to have one in each of the main rooms I was nursing in, without having to constantly schlep one upstairs and downstairs.

Receiving blankets:

I always had a few receiving blankets on hand to use as swaddlers, blankets, play mats, burp cloths.

Burp cloths:

Speaking of burp cloths, these are a must have for those spitty-uppy babies and to wipe the constant drool that starts flowing at around four months.

There are lots of lists of "essentials" out there, but the truth is that you don't need much for a newborn. The items listed here are recommendations, and of course, there are things you can't get by without, such as diapers and wipes. But ultimately, lots and lots of love is what you'll be fully stocked with after baby arrives, and that certainly goes a long way.

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22 Halloween-Inspired Baby Names for Boys

Want some wild, edgy inspiration on what to name your baby? Look no further than Halloween, which is filled with some doozies. And according to Laura Wattenberg, founder of Baby Name Wizard and Name Candy, ominous names are an incredibly accurate omen of what will catch on like wildfire.

"One of the most reliable hit makers for a baby name is demon spawn from a horror movie," says Wattenberg. For instance, from The Omen we have Damien, Pet Sematary's Gage, Rosemary's Baby Adrian. "It's not so much we want our children to be spawn of the devil, just that these names have a sleek edge to them. And this is especially true for boys -- parents still tend toward 'nice' names for girls."

So why not let your baby boy join the club with a spooky Halloween-inspired name? Here are some ideas below.


O'Lantern, that is. Jack started out as a pet name for John (any Kennedy clan fans would know that). Many celebs have named their son Jack -- Maya Rudolph, Matt Lauer, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Fergie, Robin Wright, and more.


The friendly ghost. The name was originally derived from the ancient name Gasper before parents wised up that Casper sounds far better. Try it with a K (Kasper) for a hip twist. 


An homage to Wes Craven, creator of A Nightmare on Elm Street. It's usually short for Wesley or originally Westly, someone who dwells in the west. 

Edgar or Edgar Allen

Poe, of course. Ed or Eddie would make nice nicknames. 


A dark undead antihero from The Crow. This name nonetheless means "protector of love." 


Stoker, author behind Dracula. Short for the biblical name Abraham. Bram as a name has never broken into the top 1,000 names in America, so it's bound to be unique. It's also a diminutive for Abraham. 


Kidding! But hey, you never knows what will catch on, right? (See #22.) 

Hitch or Hitchcock

In honor of Alfred Hitchcock. 


Of Krueger fame from Nightmare on Elm Street. Short for Alfred (or Frederick, Frederic, or Frederico) but Freddy (also Freddie) is far more frightening. 


The ski masked serial killer from Friday the 13th. This name was actually so popular in the 1970s, it spawned the baby-naming book Beyond Jennifer & Jason. 


Lecter from Silence of the Lambs. Also a general from the 3rd century who crossed the Alps with a bunch of elephants during the second Punic War. So all in all, it's a bad-ass name! 


As in Crane, from Sleepy Hollow fame. 


Hello, Twilight fans! Who doesn't swoon over vampire Edward Cullen? 


Malfoy, the villain from Harry Potter. Also has dark, Dracula-esque overtones. 


The psycho in, well, Psycho. Originally it meant a man from the north: Northman or Norseman. 


Polansky, creator of Rosemary's Baby. This name has been popular in recent years. Debra Messing, Cate Blanchett, Molly Ringwald, Holly Robinson Peete, Peter Krause, and Harvey Keitel all have sons named Roman. 


Creepy kid from Children of the Corn. Also the last of the Hebrew prophets who warned people about the impending Judgment Day. 


That moral murderer from the Showtime series. In Latin, it means "right handed" or "dexterous." Oddly tons of famous football players have this name. 


That lovable Frankenstein from The Munsters. There's also Pee Wee Herman, who is horrifying in his own way. (Variations include Hermann and Hermon.) 


The evil Dr. Frankenstein's hunch-backed assistant. Can't you hear the pipe organ playing? 


Vlad the Impaler was the real Count Dracula. Could also go with Vladimir. 


For Vincent Price, an old-time star of classic horror films. Vinnie or Vince could be nicknames or variations.

For more great baby name ideas that are inspired by Halloween, visit Baby Name Wizard

This article was written by Judy Dutton from CafeMom and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Nursery Design: How to Create a Nursery That Grows with Your Baby

Creating the perfect space for your baby-to-be is one of the most enjoyable activities of pregnancy. While you are designing and decorating the nursery, you are dreaming of the little one who will soon occupy it and fantasizing about who that person will be.

These days, for both value and versatility, it’s a good idea not to go too “baby” when designing the nursery. Since your little one will only be a baby for a short while, why not think long-term and create a room that will grow with your child? You won't have too much added cost or effort with items that do double-duty now and later.

Designing your nursery can be a process that helps you get accustomed to preparing for the future,” says Patricia Davis Brown, a professional interior designer from Vero Beach, FL, who blogs at Almost any parent will tell you that your baby will grow up faster than you ever thought possible. By planning ahead, you can purchase items that can transition to a toddler or beyond, enabling you to make easy and inexpensive changes to the nursery decor as it morphs into a fun bedroom that reflects your growing child development and the emergence of his or her personality.

Here are some tips for creating a practical nursery:

Select non-permanent.

Instead of expensive wallpaper or hand-painted murals, choose from the wide array of removable wall decals and borders that can change with the season or your child's interests. Does your little boy love Disney one day and become fascinated with dinosaurs the next? No problem! Simply peel and stick and you'll have a whole new theme for the room.

Go neutral.

Instead of painting a room pink or blue, consider a neutral color on the walls and add splashes of color throughout with throw rugs, matching picture frames, coordinated art prints, chair pillows and curtains. You can always switch those details out at a later date and get a whole new look without a major investment or a big paint job. Don’t forget doorknobs, light fixtures and storage containers in the color scheme.

Or choose colors you love.

Thankfully, stores are filled with children's furniture and décor in a wide palette of colors, way beyond the traditional nursery colors of days past. Love black and white? Perfect for babies who see those colors first. Or consider colors in the green, turquoise, melon or primary color family.

Multi-functionality is key.

Choose “grow with me” furniture,“ says Brown. “One function is wasteful.” Ditch the changing table and opt for a dresser topped with a changing tray (make sure it is the right height before purchasing). Buy a convertible crib that turns into a toddler bed and then becomes the foot and headboards for a full-sized bed that can last until your child heads to college. Instead of white, choose a wood finish that won’t be too juvenile later on.

Think long-term.

Since your infant will soon be crawling, make sure everything you buy will pass the baby-proof test. Safety first.

Use ingenuity.

Can the adorable toy chest decorated with bears and rabbits be easily painted to give it a new life later on? Can you switch out the pastel cloth storage baskets on the shelves for something sturdier when baby is crawling?

Who says a nursery has to be “cute.”

Feel free to let the nursery reflect the style you use elsewhere in your home, whether you favor traditional, classic designs or a minimalist, modern look. Furniture and accessories that aren’t meant for a baby’s room can work just fine.

Of course, there are some nursery essentials that only work for baby – a mobile, crib sheets, etc.– so have fun choosing those, too. You can always save them for your next baby or pass them along to a friend or relative when baby grows up. 

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15 Powerful Flower Names for Girls

You may be seeing a blanket of snow and ice out your window, but spring is less than two weeks away. To celebrate, we're looking for colorful, fragrant flower names that are off the beaten path.

They move beyond today's much beloved favorites like Violet, Rose, and Lily to florals that are a bit less expected. Some feel old-fashioned, others modern, but all are charming, evocative, and perfect for this Spring and beyond.


A beautiful genus of flowers, with origins in South Africa. The red blooms make a stunning alternative to poinsettias during the holidays, and since they received their name in part from the Greek amarysso, meaning "to sparkle," they are especially festive and bright. As a name, Amaryllis is elegant and charming, with loads of options for creative nicknames (Amy, Marie, even Rylie or Mary).


This gorgeous floral name is no longer a well-kept secret. Azalea took an intense leap in popularity recently, ranking at 631 after its second year in the top 1,000. The vividly colored flowering bush is native to several countries, but it's a true southern favorite in the U.S. Between the beautiful image this name evokes, its southern charm, on-trend sound, and the irresistible nicknames it inspires (Zalee, Zalea), Azalea is sure to please.


Botanist Carl Linnaeus may have mistakenly named the gorgeous calla lily, but we're glad the name stuck. Coming from the Greek word for beauty, Calla is a natural for a girls' name. Its sound has similarities to Callie, Kayla, and even Isla or Bella. The elegant white flower with deep green leaves is a favorite for weddings and often plays a role in Easter celebrations, not to mention religious works of art. In Victorian times the Calla Lily represented faith and purity, or wedded bliss for a newly married couple. It was used a bit as a given name in the 1800s, and we think now is the perfect time for a Calla revival.


This flower may not be an easy sell because of its spelling, but it has a charming sound and is the star of a beloved children's book about a mouse who overcomes teasing despite herperfect name. Though we have Spring on the mind, mums are a beautiful fall favorite and make a fitting namesake for autumn baby too. Possible nicknames could include Chrys, Annie, and more.


This sweet floral often blooms in a dazzling geometric that resembles honeycomb. It's another southern favorite, and the national flower of Mexico. Its sound is gorgeous. Unfortunately, "Black Dahlia" is the nickname given to a murder victim in the 1940s (the nickname was based on the film noir Blue Dahlia.) But that dark association isn't hand-in-hand with the flower, and ranked at 431, Dahlia is the most popular of the unique florals we're featuring.


There isn't a more lush, floral name that declares "garden" quite like Gardenia does. The flowers have a boldly sweet scent and are most often a brilliant white color. It may seem like a mouthful, but it's a nice mouthful, and shortening it to Denia is a possibility that makes our hearts swoon.


Lavender is a lovely flowering shrub that wears a famed soft blue-purple hue. It's incredibly versatile, prized for its use as an herb, a fragrance, an essential oil, and an ornamental in the garden. But as a name, Lavender has yet to catch on. It's too bad, because aside from its very positive floral and color associations, and a Harry Potter character to boot, it has a wonderful sound. Forty-seven baby girls were given this name in 2013.


We hope it's only a matter of time before Lilac catches on. With similarities to Lyla and Lyric, Lilac is a natural contender for the top 1,000 and is just waiting to be discovered. Its sound is truly trend-worthy, and it's a floral star, known for its pale violet color.


Add two simple vowels to the end of botanist Pierre Magnol's name, and you have a very good thing. This gorgeous name is inspired by a flowering plant species known for its snow-white petals. The flowers hold a special place in the heart of the South, especially since the debut of the play and movie Steel Magnolias. We've seen it on a character inHart of Dixie and as the home design company of Fixer Upper fame. This name recently appeared in the top 1,000 and we expect it to climb quickly.


These flowers have qualities any girl would like to share, with their bright, cheerful, and sunny blooms. The two simple words that inspired its common name come from early Christians who would offer the flowers at the feet of statues of the Virgin Mary. These sweet flowers, together with their history and religious namesake, make for a familiar floral that's anything but ordinary.


The vivid color of poppy blooms, their tasty seeds, and their medicinal properties are just some of the reasons we love these flowers. They are also a symbol of remembrance for soldiers who have died during wartime. As a name, Poppy can be given in reference to the flower, but it's also a tried-and-true nickname for Penelope and Calliope. It's darling and contemporary, a bit unusual but definitely not unheard of, which makes it a perfect pick for many. Poppy was chosen by chef Jamie Oliver and his wife for one of their daughters (sister to Daisy, Petal, and Buddy), while the most recent Poppy in bloom is the daughter of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent.


In Victorian times, "posy" was used much more often than it is today to describe a small flower or a small bouquet of flowers. Meanwhile, the name Josephine gives us the darling nicknames Posey and Posy. Posy is a sweet "little" name with floral overtones and a sense of vintage whimsy.


It's one of the earliest flowers of the season, making the pale yellow primrose a perfect way to welcome Spring. In fact, that's how it was named, from prima rosa, meaning "first rose." Shakespeare referenced the flower in Hamlet with the (already established) phrase "primrose path," or an easy, pleasurable life that may end badly. It's also a Scottish surname, and now it's known for a character in The Hunger Games trilogy. All of these facts point to one sure thing: primrose is a flower that's seen as pure, innocent, and cheerful, which are great qualities for a name.


Another name of The Hunger Games fame, Rue is a flowering herb that has a simple, sweet sound. It's also a word that means "bitter regret," though in French it translates to "street." We think this name is lovely, but for some it lives in the shadow of the book and movie series. Twenty-seven girls were named Rue in 2013.


This energetic floral name is ready to hit the playground with friends like Sienna or Savannah. It starts with an ever-desired z, and moves on to repeating consonants and a splash of femininity with its ending. Add the attraction of this bold-colored blossom, and there's no reason why Zinnia shouldn't make your list of favorites.

This article was written by Laura Emerson from CafeMom and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Pro Tips for an Organized Nursery

As a proud mommy-to-be, you’ve probably already received some very generous gifts and hand-me-downs from family and friends. Maybe you’ve even started to do some significant shopping of your own to prepare your nest for baby.

If you’re starting to feel panicked by the growing pile of bags bursting with baby swag, it’s probably time to put nursery organization at the top of your to-do list. But are you really ready to take on the challenge?

“One mistake that many parents tend to make when trying to organize a nursery on their own is that they don’t come up with an overall plan before they get started,” says Mandy Pinkston, certified professional organizer and co-owner of the Denver-based professional organization company Major Mom. “They look around at everything they have to organize and feel extremely overwhelmed because they don’t know where to start.”

Timing is critical too. Your second trimester is the perfect time to start organizing your nursery because you will likely have officially announced your pregnancy. You might want to avoid starting major organizational tasks in your third trimester; you’ll probably be feeling way too exhausted by then to take on big projects.

Feeling motivated now? Here are some professional organization tips for your nursery to help get you started:

Think big picture

This is where you come up with your plan. Consider how you want to set up your nursery. Think about the furniture you have and the pieces that you want to buy. It might even be helpful to sketch out the furniture arrangement to help you envision how everything will fit into your space.

Clear out the clutter

You probably don’t have a room or space in your home that is completely empty and ready to be converted into a nursery—so you’ve got some work to do. “Clearing out the nursery space is the biggest organizational challenge parents face,” says Pinkston. “Starting with a clean slate is important, so anything that does not belong in a nursery should be taken out of the room.” Sorting things by what will be stored or donated can help keep the process manageable.

Create a kid-friendly closet

If you don’t have a closet system in place yet, consider choosing one that is adjustable. Not only will this help produce an organizational system that works for you, but it also takes into consideration the needs of your future toddler. Having shelves or hanging rods that can be lowered when the time is right helps make clothing accessible for little ones who want to wear their favorite shirt (again) or are ready to learn how to get dressed on their own.

Set up a clothing rotation system

According to Pinkston, one of the toughest things to keep organized in a nursery is baby clothing because it gets outgrown so quickly. Storing new clothes without removing items that no longer fit baby will quickly result in overloaded closets and drawers. To avoid this organizational mess, keep an empty bin or basket in the closet so that you can immediately rotate out any outgrown items that turn up in the laundry basket. Stash a second bin with baby clothing in the next size up under the crib or in the closet to stay super organized and make it quick and easy to rotate new items in.

Plan a space for keepsakes

Special items like baby’s footprints and congratulations cards can be damaged, stained or even destroyed if they’re stashed and stored in random places. That’s why setting up a designated storage space for these precious mementos before baby is born is a must. Placing a special keepsake box on a high shelf in baby’s closet ensures that these items will be protected and preserved.

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Baby Basics: What You Need For Baby’s First Wardrobe

You know how they say you shouldn’t go food shopping when you are hungry? Well the same should be said about shopping for baby clothes when you are pregnant. After all, who can resist all the adorableness that fills the shelves and racks of any baby store?

Of course, babies arrive into the world naked and do need to be clothed, but they certainly don’t need everything you see (as cute as it all is).  Plus, you’ll probably receive a lot of clothing as baby gifts, most in tiny sizes that will be outgrown almost instantly.

You’ll also get many impractical outfits that may work for those celebrity babies who are already fending off the paparazzi. Don’t save them only for special occasions or you’ll find baby has already outgrown them. Instead, do a fun photo shoot, perfect for Facebook or Instagram posting. You’ll also get some great pictures for thank you notes and grandparent presents.

But what are the practical layette items that baby really needs on a daily basis? We asked baby clothes designer Uli Belenky of Zutano to give us her “Sensational Seven,” essentials for any baby’s wardrobe:


“The onesie is the foundation of any layette,” she says. The side-snap style allows it to lay completely open “so you simply place baby in, wrap, snap and go.” No pulling over the head. Recommended: 6-8 in a variety of colors and prints so they can be worn as a regular shirt or undershirt.

Kimono Tops:

A requirement after the onesie. “After dressing so many newborns, we know how hard it is to pull fabric over delicate, growing noggins,” says Belenky. “A soft body-wrap is so easy to slip onto baby by gently rolling him/her into it because it opens completely flat.” Kimono styles are also very ‘belly button friendly’ and ideal for baby’s comfort until their umbilical cord falls off.  Recommended: at least 4-5 so there is always a fresh one on hand.
Note: Be sure to pick up Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers with Umbilical Cord-Cut Outs as well, which are perfectly shaped to protect healing belly-buttons.


Soft and cozy, booties keep little toes warm. Find ones with snaps or ties so they don’t fall off or get pulled off. Recommended: at least 3-4 or as many as you want in different colors and patterns to complete an outfit.

Receiving Gowns

The ultimate garment for flexibility and comfort, especially for the first few weeks of life. These gowns slip on easily and cover the body from neck to toes. Look for ones with fold-over cuffs to keep fingers warm and to prevent babies from scratching themselves. Recommended: 3-4


These one-piece garments also keep baby toasty from top to bottom. Look for those with easy access snaps from neck to tush to make middle-of-the-night changes easy. Recommended: 3-4


Newborn hats are warm and protective day and night. Recommended: 3-4


Wool, fleece or cotton blankets add an extra layer of warmth and can be tucked into the carriage, car seat or swing. Recommended: at least 2-3. Keep one in the car, one in the diaper bag and another at home.

Once you’ve got these bases covered, the sky is the limit. There is no question that you’ll need lots of little outfits. After all, babies are notoriously messy and need to be changed more than any runway model.

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How To Throw a Baby Shower Raffle

Preparing for a baby shower is a lot of fun. Registering for gifts, planning games and coming up with cute food ideas are all part of the process, and now there is a new trend for baby showers – the guest raffle.  Holding a raffle during your shower is a great way to involve guests right from the start, and a nice way to put some attention on your guests in the midst of baby madness!

Planning a raffle begins with asking for an entry item right on the invite. One of the most popular items to use for the raffle is one pack of diapers or wipes, which guests can bring in exchange for their raffle “ticket.”  You will be stocked up on diapers and wipes in no time!

Prepare a bowl beforehand from which you will draw names during the party.  Create paper tickets that are given to each guest as they arrive and hand in their diapers or wipes. You can customize the tickets to fit your shower theme and have each guest write their name on the ticket.  Or, you can buy a roll of preprinted raffle tickets at an office supply or party supply store. 

You may choose to have one big raffle or a few smaller ones that lead up to the grand prize, but you don’t want to do too many or the shower will become all about the raffles.  

Once you’ve decided on how many raffles you will hold, you need to create your raffle prizes. Gift baskets are a creative way to put together prizes that look impressive and come from the heart.

Here are some gift basket ideas:

Local Pride basket:

Do you live in a town or city with a lot of local bragging rights? Fill a basket with local food specialties, branded city swag, and tickets to a local venue or a gift card for a local restaurant if you have attendees from nearby. 

Spa basket:

A wonderful way to reward a lucky guest is a relaxation themed basket. Fill with bath salts, soaps, lotions and an aromatherapy candle.

Sweet Treats basket:

If you’re a baker you can fill a basket with homemade treats. If cooking from scratch is more than you want to take on, fill the basket with high quality chocolate, small jars of candy, cookies and other sweets.

For smaller prizes:

Gift cards to online stores, coffee shops or bookshops are nice ways to reward your guests.There are also gift cards that can be used like credit cards, which people appreciate since they can be used almost anywhere.

Throwing a guest raffle is a definite crowd pleaser and a really creative way to thank your guests for being a part of your exciting time, while making sure you get fully stocked up on the diapers and wipes you will certainly need very soon!

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