There are some great looking poufs out there and we often recommend them. However, we always first look for a storage ottoman that works with a room design first. In a baby nursery a storage ottoman is a great place to store extra blankets for mom or dad to cozy up with while rocking baby or falling asleep in that perfect glider.
It's also a super place for mom to store snacks like granola bars or almonds. Keeping snacks handy where mom does feedings is recommended because too often new mom’s are more concerned with their baby's nutrition than their own and might not be enough nutrition with their new all-consuming baby schedule. Since moms do a lot of sitting in the nursery feeding baby and rocking baby to sleep – this is a good chance sneak in a little nourishment for themselves.
Under Crib Storage
There are some rigid, plastic bins that will fit under a crib even when the mattress has been lowered. But using softer storage containers with a zipper closure might fit with more ease, which is usually no higher than about 6".
To help see what you have in your baby's closet you can use stylish clothing dividers for hanging items by size and by style. This will help avoid just getting a couple wearings of an item before the season changes or before they are too small for them.
These boutique looking designs come in various prints and colors from The Happy Closet. If you are crafty there is a great step-by-step D.I.Y. tutorial we found on Under The Sycamore. We also found this similar circular design for purchase D.B.O. (done-by-others) on Etsy.
All you need is a small portable bluetooth speaker and your smart phone (even an old one sitting in your desk draw) that can access free or paid App's like White Noise Ambience or Relax Melody. These Apps have dozens of sounds including, ocean waves, floor fans, wind chimes, restaurant noise, chirping birds, vehicle traffic, even one that replicates the soothing sound of being in the womb. The sounds are on a loop and you can play one alone or become your own D.J. combining several sounds together, controlling individual volume of each soiund.
Because these bluetooth speakers are small and portable you can easily move it around from room-to-room or outside as need. Not to mention travel with it on trips to grandmothers' house or that first family vacation.
If you don't have a smart phone consider another set-up using basic non-bluetooth device like an old phone or IPod that you can set in a speaker dock. I bought a damaged, early generation IPod for cheap that sits in a travel speaker dock, it's been there for three years. We've been able to transition the sound that soothed our little boy from an obnoxious running vacuum cleaner at fool volume to a more mature, peaceful mix made up of ocean waves, chimes and a babbling brook. The only time it leaves the room is when he was an infant, I took the IPod in the car and placed it near the car seat or on walks I set it in the stroller.
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