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Crib or Play Yard or Both? 8 Things to Consider 0

Play Yard vs Crib?

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If you are a new parent, excitedly waiting for the arrival of your little one, you may be overwhelmed by all the things you are going to need. There are a lot of baby products on the market so it can be hard to distinguish between what you really need vs. what you really want. One of the most important things you will purchase for your baby is their sleeping area. Along with the many types of cribs to choose from you also have the option of buying a play yard. You may be wondering which ones to choose and what will work best for your family. Here are 8 things to consider:

1. What is your space like? Whether you have a large room to transform into a nursery or if you are carving out space in your current bedroom, you may or may not have the room to fit a crib. If your space is small, a play yard may just be the perfect item to purchase for your baby. But if you have the space for a crib, that piece of furniture might be the best for you.

2. How often will you travel with your baby? If you are planning to travel often with your little one, having a play yard is very convenient. Not only are they easy to fold down but they are easy to assemble back up when you get to your destination. 

Super portable and ultra-light, this playpen doubles as a play area and nap space. An affordable and popular indoor/outdoor option for this summer!

3. Where do you want your baby to sleep in relation to you? During the first few months, nightly feeding sessions are inevitable. A play yard is perfect for this because you can temporarily set them up near your bed. When they start to finally sleep through the night, they can go to their crib in their own room.

4. What is your budget? A crib generally tends to be more costly than a play yard. If you are trying to keep costs low, a play yard will probably be the best choice that fits your budget.

This is one of the most affordable sleep areas for your infant! 

5. How long do you want your item to last? If you are looking for a bed that will grow with your child, a convertible crib will be able to do just that. There are many cribs that you can purchase that have the option of converting into a toddler bed as well as a twin bed. A play yard has a life expectancy of about a year to a year and half until your child "outgrows" it.

This cute play yard converts from newborn to infant stages and beyond.

6. Do you plan on having more children? If you are planning to have more children, having one of both may be very helpful. Your older child can move to the crib while your newborn will be perfectly happy in the play yard.

7. How mobile do you want it? A play yard is great if you want the option of being able to move your baby’s sleeping place. Many times if there are two children sharing a room, they may do just fine sleeping together at night but have difficulties transitioning to sleep during the day for a nap because they are just playing with each other. Having a play yard allows you to put a sleeping place temporarily in a different room during the day for naps.



In less than a minute, this play yard goes from 28"/10" to full-sized...and oh-so-cute!


8. Do you need it to double as a play pen? Maybe you just need a place where you can put your baby in to play without worrying that they are crawling off and getting themselves into trouble. A play yard is perfect for this. You can take it outside to garden and your little one can play in it while still being close to you and not getting into things they shouldn’t!


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Avoiding the highway to hell: 7 tips to survive your first road trip with baby 0

Traveling with a baby seems like a nightmare (and it can be). This is especially true if you have no idea if they will love car trips (and spend most of the time sleeping) or if your little one loathes it (wherein you endure hours of "i'm going to die" screams). But you can survive your first road trip with baby. All you need is a good plan and some preparation. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

5 Gray Trends in Nurseries 0

Gray is the new beige. Gray is a neutral tone in many senses: it’s gender neutral, it’s age neutral and it’s trend neutral (i.e. this furniture color won’t go out of style in 3 years) and it’s color neutral (it literally goes with almost any other color). The following is a compilation of tastefully styled nurseries in lovely shades of gray.

7 Top Baby Gear Essentials—The Must-Haves! 0

Cute Baby Girl PicsAs if pregnancy isn’t overwhelming enough, the choices first (and second and third…!) time moms and dads face is both exhilarating and a little daunting. Do babies really need their wipes warmed? What about all those rattles and other sensory toys? Those are all “nice to haves”—the bonuses you might be happy to get as a gift because you aren’t sure you really want to spend the money on it yourself. What are the baby gear essentials? What does a newborn really need apart from diapers, feeding gear and comfy clothing? We are here to give you the 7 top baby gear picks, in no particular order.

  1. Crib This first one seems rather obvious but it’s obvious for a reason. Sure, you could probably have your child live in a drawer for a few weeks but eventually you’ll really want something safe, secure and flexible to grow with your child. We highly recommend convertible cribs. What is a convertible crib? It’s a bed that starts out as a crib, converts into a toddler bed with, and then without, safety rails and finally a twin size bed. Quite honestly, a convertible crib can last into your child’s early teens. Make sure you choose a neutral color that will grow with your child. Here’s one of our bestsellers: Storkcraft Valentia Convertible Crib. You’ll have to purchase the mattress separately but a crib mattress will last for about 4-5 years until your child grows into a twin size bed. Crib mattresses are usually in the $100-$150 range. We highly recommend you spend the extra $30-50 for a good quality mattress—those growing bones need good support.

  2. Crib bedding Again, this one seems logical but it’s important to purchase bedding that is specifically manufactured for baby cribs. Fitted sheets are important because if it’s not tightly fitted around the edges, it could pose a strangling or choking hazard if the edges become loose. The sheets and blankets are also an important consideration due to size. The crib sized blankets and sheets are made to fit neatly into a crib. Even a twin sized blanket is too large for a baby’s crib and again, it could pose a hazard to your baby’s health. We highly recommend purchasing crib bedding manufactured specifically for crib dimensions.
  3. Nursery furniture I kept reminding myself not to buy too many 0-3month outfits while I was pregnant. But they are absolutely irresistible, right? I’m here to remind you that all those 0-3month outfits are pretty useless. Go ahead, splurge on one or two for a photo shoot but no more than that. If your baby is a summer baby, he or she will be living in onesies. If your baby is born in the winter, he or she will be wearing sleepers all day and all night. Fall or spring? A variation of onesies and sleepers. But the inevitable will happen and you will buy/receive/inherit way too many outfits. No 6 month old needs 5 pairs of shoes! And so, a good quality furniture set is essential and it will last years (probably as long as the convertible crib). After all, you need a place to store all those cute outfits. The nursery furniture doesn’t have to match the crib, nor does it even have to be a completely brand new set. However, opting for a new set will ensure that your child has many, many years to enjoy his or her furniture. One of our most popular nursery furniture sets, from AFG International comes in three shades that are sure to please any nursery style.

  4. Baby monitor This one is a very personal choice but as a mother of two, I promise you I could never have slept soundly without one. As a new mom, it’s hard not to stress out over every little peep your newborn makes. I was so exhausted I feared that I would mistakenly sleep through my baby’s hunger cues. A good baby monitor will last you through several years and several kids. They are, relative to the amount of peace of mind they offer, very inexpensive. If you want to really treat yourself, and if you have the extra budget space, you could always go for the fancy video monitor. An audio monitor like this works well and it’s a solid investment.

  5. Car seat Your child’s safety is most important and we recommend you buy new car seats for your children. Furthermore, we highly advise that you heed the expiration dates on your child’s car seats. In many states, you can’t leave the hospital without a child properly restrained in a car seat. If you own a vehicle, or if your child will be traveling with someone who drives, it’s imperative that your purchase a car seat. Safety 1st car seats are highly safety rated and offer a comfortable ride for your little one.

  6. Stroller or carrier You can choose either or both but unless you plan on staying home for the next year, you’ll need to transport your child. The car seat is essential for travel within the car but the bucket seat is bulky when walking with it. You’ll need a solution that fits with your lifestyle. Some people swear by carriers and some can’t live without their stroller. The right choice is completely up to you. As a mom of two young children, I have a double stroller, a baby carrier and two baby hiking backpacks! If this is your first child and you plan on having more than one child, I highly recommend you purchase a double stroller to begin with. You’ll have extra storage space while you have one child and you’ll save yourself the expense of buying a second double stroller once you have the second child. Tandem strollers like this one are easy to steer and simple to get through doorways. The side by side strollers are meant to be small enough to glide through standard doorways but if you are a frequent mall walker/shopper, I recommend the tandem as it’s easier to get through aisles in department stores and through tighter corners.

  7. Baby swing or vibrating chair You don’t absolutely need a baby swing or a vibrating chair. If you “wear” your baby, you won’t need one at all but if you’d like a break and the crib isn’t doing it for your child, the soothing vibrations and calm music of a swing or bouncy chair are sure to quiet the screams. The swing/chair was a lifesaver for my colicky child. We certainly don’t recommend that you allow your child to sleep in the swing or chair through the night but the occasional nap for baby (and hopefully you!) is certainly worth the price of those contraptions. Make sure that the fabric is removable and machine washable! These cutes swings are portable and compact: 

Most importantly: enjoy this time of discovery. You are, or will be, a fabulous parent!

Benefits of Convertible Baby Cribs 0

Benefits of Convertible Baby Cribs

Convertible baby cribs are the perfect crib for all of those practical, planners out there. Rather than buy a crib that you are going to have to give away in a couple of years, you could invest in a crib that is going to last through your baby’s toddler years and with many of our convertible cribs, even up through their teen years. You are excited now shopping for all those adorable baby necessities, but you need to realize before you know it, your baby is going to be agile enough to climb right out of that crib! Why not be prepared with a crib that will allow you to easily convert it into a toddler bed when that time quickly approaches?

Not only are the convertible cribs practical, but all of those we sell at Nurzery are very attractive pieces of furniture at each stage. Our convertible baby cribs come in many warm, comforting colors all made out of sturdy wood. The toddler daybed is an adorable baby bed for your active toddler to just stumble into for naps and bed time. The toddler bed is the best transition into “big kid” bed out there. Your child will be very excited to have a bed that is a smaller version of Mommy and Daddy’s or big brother/sister’s! It also uses all of the same structure pieces, so you will never have to change the bedroom furniture. And, if you choose to get the lifetime bed, you know your baby will be set for their whole life under your roof. You can pick out lovely furniture, curtains, and colors that will fit in his or her room that won’t need to be adjusted to match a new bed. You will quickly see how fast and easy the conversion from baby crib-to toddler bed-to lifetime bed really is! You will never have to worry about shopping for a bed for your baby again, and you can make this choice while comfortably shopping online at home.

Buy a convertible crib online with Nurzery and it will quickly ship right to your door free of tax and shipping charges. You won’t have to worry about transporting a huge, heavy box to your house. Reward yourself during this exciting, yet challenging time preparing for your baby by making the simple choice. Plan for the future and make a wise investment by purchasing a convertible crib from Nurzery today!

Why is a Baby Crib So Important? 0

Why is a Baby Crib So Important?

When you come home from the hospital with your perfect, beautiful infant you automatically need a comfortable place for him or her to rest and sleep. Most parents are actually shocked at how much newborns sleep especially in the first few weeks. Make sure before that miraculous, unforgettable first day home with your newborn arrives that you have the perfect crib, bassinet and/or cradle. You will be going through many changes and new experiences in that first year of your baby’s life, ensure the baby crib you choose is something you don’t need to worry about for a second. 

A crib may just be a crib to you now, but once you have your baby you will realize that the perfect crib can be a lifesaver and easily become your favorite piece of furniture. If your baby feels happy, comfortable and safe to sleep in his or her crib, you will get much more rest and relaxation yourself. You will have more time to cook, clean and do your various tasks around the house. The baby crib you choose could make the difference between your infant sleeping through the night and him or her not sleeping more than a couple hours at a time. Let Nurzery help you choose the perfect baby crib so that your child is happy to lie down at night and for a nap. Take a few minutes now at the comfort of your own home to shop online for the perfect baby crib. We offer 7 different brands including: AFG, Child Craft, Cosco, Dorel Juvenile Group, Foundations, Safety 1st, Sorelle, StorkCraft and Whitney Brothers, and we offer 7 color options for our various cribs: White, Espresso, Black, Cherry, Cognac, Oak and Natural. And we offer 8 different baby crib styles: Convertible, Modern, Portable, Mini, Bassinets, Cradles, Combos, and Classics. One of our hundreds of available cribs is perfect for you!  And, we lighten the load for you by offering all of our cribs and anything you add to the order tax and shipping charge free! You will save money and time shopping online with Nurzery.


Remember “…every baby deserves to be spoiled.”