Building a nursery is more work than you'd think — you end up doing a lot of research on every single item as you crosscheck those things with the Consumer Reports guide, what your friends bought, and probably some conspiracy theory crunchy websites that link everything to cancer. You're only doing your due diligence, after all. I know that I totally freaked out about it, and eventually, overbought everything. Thankfully, that made me quite the nursery expert. I know what you need, what you can trash, and I know about the nursery items worth buying, no matter how silly they seem.
I've had several hits and misses when it comes to buying things for my kids' nurseries. Soft rug? Gotta have it. Mobile that annoys the ever-loving hell out of me, and makes me regret my entire nursery theme? Bad, bad buy. At first, you'll probably just register for everything your family and friends tell you that you need. The pricey changing table, the wooden nursing stool, and maybe even a mirror for beside the crib so your baby can entertain themselves. Resist this impulse. Most of what you need is basic, but some things that will make your life easier may seem silly or like a splurge. Trust me, as a woman who lives in a tiny Brooklyn apartment, I wouldn't keep them if they weren't gold. These 10 nursery items are totally worth buying.