When I found out that I was expecting, the first thing I did was jump on Pinterest and look for nursery inspiration. I found tons of adorable pieces to hang over her crib, to put in the bookshelf, and lots of fluffy, adorable bedding with bows that I loved. All things soft and girly caught my eye- and so did all of the products that were marketed towards sleep that I had never seen my nephews or niece use before. I’ll save this long list of items for another day, but they included the Dock-A-Tot, the Snoo Bassinet, and special projectors and lights (although some parents swear by these items).
I soon learned that not only did I not need all of those things, but that I was better off without them. You see, as a first time mom, I thought a lot about creating an aesthetically pleasing nursery that was very feminine yet suited for a baby, but not a lot about whether this would be the ideal sleep space. Silly, I know. In short, the goal should be to create a “sleep sanctuary” rather than a playroom.