Whether you’re giving the nursery an upgrade for baby #2 (or 3, or 4), or are just looking to make some quick changes for its current inhabitant, it doesn’t need to be an all-consuming process. These five additions will make a major impact, both in their appealing aesthetic and practical functionality. No power drill or paintbrush required.
A good diaper pail may very well be the most important purchase you make for the nursery (seriously, if it doesn’t keep the odor out, it doesn’t matter how fab the crib bedding is, does it?). Munchkin’s STEP diaper pail operates with an easy-to-use step pedal, no hands required. A self-sealing system twists a refill bag tightly with each use, ensuring those stinky diapers are secure. Pediatricians recommend keeping a humidifier running in the nursery to add some moisture to the air, making it easier for babes to sleep and feed. The elegant Objecto H3 Hybrid looks more like a piece of modern art than a humidifier, and is virtually silent. A washable rug is a game changer, and Lorena Canals offers a great selection (bonus: they’re made with natural dyes). The Split-Level Dollhouse Chair from Paloma’s Nest will serve them well into toddlerhood—it’s a seat, it’s a bench, and it’s a toy. There’s a lot going on in the world of baby monitors right now, and the innovative Nanit is worth checking out. Free of exposed cords, its stand offers an overhead view of what’s happening in baby’s crib. Plus, there’s 24/7 HD live streaming, complete with night vision and zoom functionality (with or without an internet connection). Pretty cool.