Sleep + Nursery Recommendations for Joe

In this guide:

I've pulled together some nursery recommendations based on the design preferences you shared with me. 



When purchasing a crib you want to choose one that has adjustable height and ideally GREENGUARD Gold certified, meaning it's been tested for low VOCs. Most cribs these days are convertible to adjust from an infant crib to a toddler bed. Outside of those watch outs, choosing a crib is primarily aesthetic preference.

Nestig Wave ($599): My first recommendation is for the Nestig Wave Crib. It can be a mini crib, regular crib and toddler bed, and includes everything except for the full-size/toddler crib mattress. It also has wheels so you can easily move it from room to room. This means you probably won’t have to buy a separate bassinet for the first few months. It’s also JPMA certified and lead and phthalate safe.

Babyletto ($300+): My next recommendation is for a brand of cribs, Babyletto. Their cribs fall within your style, are reasonably priced and convert from full crib to toddler beds. Their toddler beds have rails just in case your little one has a tendency to roll. All of their cribs are GREENGUARD GOLD certified, meaning they’ve been tested for chemical emissions and VOCs.



Since you didn't have a strong preference for organic or special fabric, I chose options based on your nursery design preferences. Here are some that are in the green / floral family.

Sweet Jojo Designs Floral Leaf ($19.99): Made of microfiber (polyester)

Graced Soft Luxuries (Floral Burst) ($29.95): Made of cotton

Grey and White Abstract Stripes and Dots by Ely's & Co. ($21.99): Made of jersey knit cotton (set of two)

Grey Sage Diamond by Ely's & Co. ($24.99): Made of jersey knit cotton (set of two)



It's best to confirm with your pediatrician, but the AAP recommends infants to sleep in their parents room up until at least 6 months. Because of that, many parents opt for a bassinet since it's smaller to fit bedside or in the same room. I've recommended three bassinets for you. Another option some parents do is use their stroller bassinet as a sleeping bassinet as well. If you want to take that route, it's important to confirm the stroller bassinet is safe for overnight sleeping.

SNOO Smart Sleeper Baby Bassinet ($1270): You've probably heard of the SNOO. It's super high tech and responds to your baby's cries. It also has a secure swaddle for extra safety. This is one of the most expensive bassinets on the market. However, Happiest Baby does offer a rental program to make it more affordable and comparable to other options. Some parents love the SNOO, others felt lukewarm about it. It ultimately depends on how your baby responds to the SNOO. Since that's impossible to know now, it might be worth renting if you're interested in the SNOO and you can return it if it doesn't work.

4moms mamaRoo Sleep Bassinet ($): If you like the idea of having a motion bassinet but don't want to splurge on the SNOO, check out the 4moms MamaRoo Sleep Bassinet. It's more affordable and it has 5 unique motion types and can be controlled via an app on your phone. Two downsides, it doesn't have cry detection so you'll have to manually turn it on and it doesn't have a secure swaddle like the SNOO.

HALO BassiNest Swivel Sleeper ($239.99): If you want a simple and functional bassinet, I'd recommend the Halo BassiNest Swivel Sleeper. This bassinet doesn't offer motions of anything like that, but it is meant to be a bedside sleeper with a 360 degree swivel, which makes it easier for recovering moms to feed their babies at night.



There are a variety of options for changing tables and dressers. I'd recommend choosing your crib first and I can send you recommendations for dressers and changing tables that match.



When choosing a rocker or glider, the biggest decision you need to make is which type of motion you want - rocking or gliding (slide front to back). Since you're over 6' tall, I've included two options that have high backs so you can still rest your head while you're little one is resting on you :)

Babyletto Cali Pillowback Swivel Glider ($399): If you want a chair with a gliding motion, the Babyletto Cali is a great option. It has a high back for resting your help, performance fabric that is spill and stain proof, and is GREENGUARD Gold certified.

Baxton Studio Yashiya Mid Century Retro Modern Fabric Upholstered Rocking Chair ($290): If you want a chair with a traditional rocking motion, the Baxton Studio chair would go nicely with any modern or mid-century modern nursery.



Swaddles can be difficult to shop for since you don't know what your baby will like or not. There are a few different types of swaddles - traditional ones that are large pieces of fabric you wrap yourself, others that secure via velcro or zipper, and ones that can be used both as a swaddle and sleeping gown. The best thing I can recommend is buying 2-3 different types, seeing which one your little one sleeps best in, and then loading up. I've included a few options below.

aden + anais Swaddle Blanket ($49.95): Aden + Anais make large and high quality traditional swaddles. They're made of breathable muslin and in almost every print imagineable. If these swaddles end up not working out, you can also repurpose them as blankets, covers, or burp cloths.

HALO Sleepsack Swaddle ($21.99): Convertible to be a swaddle or a sleepsack. If your little one doesn't like the swaddle, you'll still get use out of the sleepsack.

Ollie Swaddle ($59): Ollie Swaddle is a velcro swaddle that some parents swear by, but it's definitely on the pricier side. I included this one because it's fairly easy to put on (velcro) and it's a great option for tall babies (since chances are, your daughter might be tall like you).

Swaddle Me Original Swaddle ($34): If you don't want to splurge on the Ollie and still want to try a velcro swaddle, check out the Swaddle Me Original Swaddle packs. They come in a pack of three and are a little more than half the price of the Ollie.

Woombie Original Baby Swaddling Blanket ($29.99): Some parents complain about the noise of opening velcro. If you're worried about that, check out the Woombie. It has a patented ergonomic design that was designed by a nursing team.



Once your little one can rollover, it's no longer safe for them to sleep in a swaddle. Since the AAP doesn't recommend for them to sleep with a blanket until 12 months, a sleeping gown is a safe way for them to have another layer to keep warm. There's nothing too technical about buying sleepsacks - they differ mostly in fabric and color/pattern. Since your little girl is due in August, she'll probably transition to a sleep sack around wintertime. Given that, you'll want to look into cotton or microfleece options based on how hot or cold she naturally runs.

HALO Sleepsack ($21.99): HALO is a solid choice and they have a variety of patterns and fabrics to choose from.

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