From a great, inexpensive crib, to comfy sheets, to the best wearable blanket around, this guide lists a number of products you're definitely going to want! We even profile the very best baby monitor on the market, bar none!

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    Blanket: Halo SleepSack Micro-Fleece Wearable Blanket (Medium)

    We used Halo SleepSacks from the moment our little one arrived, and they were truly indispensable. Unlike a lot of swaddles, the Halo SleepSack is super-easy to put on. Just zip it up and baby is comfy-cozy! Size medium is best for babies 6-12 months old (and potentially up to 18 months). It's even simpler to put on than Halo's smaller swaddles, as babies no longer need the velcro flaps featured on those swaddles to keep their arms at their sides.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The micro-fleece version is wonderful during colder months, although you'll want the cotton version during the warmer months of the year or in warmer climates. 

    Crib Sheet Protector: Summer Infant Ultimate Crib Sheet

    Place this heavy-duty crib sheet on top of or under a decorative sheet to protect it from soiling; it's water-proof and easily washable. 

    The Guru's Tip:

    This product is designed to sit on top of the sheets, and you can actually use this without sheets at all. But once baby gets a bit older, you may want to slip it under a decorative sheet to provide for a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance.

    Sheet: CoCaLo Mix & Match Lattice Fitted Sheet

    With attractive patterns and a high thread count, this quality sheet will add a splash of color to the baby nursery, while also helping baby to sleep soundly at night.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Want the same sheet in a pattern better suited for boys - here it is!

    Crib: Dream On Me Liberty 5-in-1 Convertible Crib

    The choice of cribs very much comes down to personal preference, but one thing is for sure: you don't need to spend a ton of money to get a safe, high-quality crib. This model is made of nicely-finished pine, and has a four-position mattress, which is a fantastic feature, allowing you to start with the mattress in a high position for infants, and then drop down as they become more mobile. One side can be removed to use it with toddlers, and it even converts to a full-size bed if you buy extra parts (the side rails).

    The Guru's Tip:

    If you live near an Ikea and want a fantastic deal on a simple, well-made crib, definitely check out the Ikea Sniglar. At $80, it's very likely the least expensive high-quality crib on the market. Unfortunately, shipping on this item is prohibitively expensive, coming in at more than the cost of the crib itself.

    Mattress: Sealy Soybean Serenity Organic

    Organic and certified for low emissions, this moderately-priced mattress is a great choice once baby is ready to move into a crib. By around six months, babies are big enough that they'll need the extra space to roll around, so even if it seems they don't need this much space, they probably will soon enough!

    The Guru's Tip:

    While this mattress is relatively firm, that's exactly what baby needs. It provides excellent support, and minimizes any chance of reducing airflow because baby can't sink into the mattress.

    Mesh Crib Liner: AirFlowBaby 14" Mesh Crib Liner

    If baby really likes to swing his or her arms at night, you may find that a standard swaddle or even the Halo SleepSack we recommend above won't keep them calm, as they can break out of the flaps. In that case, go with the Miracle Blanket, which is perfect for little ones that really need a tight swaddle to sleep peacefully. What makes the Miracle Blanket so different is that the swaddle wraps all the way around baby's body, meaning it's impossible for baby to pop open the flaps.

    The Guru's Tip:

    It may seem strange that cribs have slats rather than solid panels, which of course leads to limbs hanging outside the crib as well as older infants learning to pull themselves up. The reason slats are important is for airflow as well as to give babies the ability to see and identify their surroundings. It's a tradeoff, but a good one on the whole.

    Sound Machine & Night Light: Hatch Baby Rest

    Whether you're looking for the best sound machine or the best night light, the Hatch Baby Rest is what you want. Offering a number of pre-recorded high-quality sounds, including static, wind, waves, and a very cool wind-up music box, the Rest also offers infinitely-adjustable lighting, with all the colors of the rainbow available. That means you can choose a hue in the red-yellow spectrum that's best for baby's sleep.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Using the free smartphone app, you can program the Rest's color and sound settings, and can even create schedules to run daily!

    Baby Monitor: Logi Circle Wireless Camera

    Parents will get a lot of peace of mind having this video camera in the nursery. While many get by with audio monitor, we think a video monitor is far superior, as it's much easier to keep tabs on movement than audio while engaged in other activities, like eating dinner or watching a movie. And unlike most video cameras marketed as "baby monitors", this model uses a smartphone, tablet, or PC as the viewing device, rather than a bundled handheld monitor. That provides a huge number of benefits, including the ability to view baby when not at home, as well as the ability to have multiple users view baby independently.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This device even has a built-in battery that lasts 2-3 hours, allowing you to move it around the house to follow baby during play time! You can learn more about this and all of the Circle's features in the full review on our sister site, The Tech Buyer's Guru.


    Crib: BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light

    For parents traveling with baby, there's nothing trickier than getting a good night's rest (and that applies to everyone, not just baby!). That's why we recommend this lightweight but ultra-comfortable crib, which packs up in less than a minute and comes with a travel case. Just note that while the mattress can be used without sheets, we recommend parents invest in at least one BabyBjorn fitted sheet.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Some may wonder why this costs so much given how simple it is. In a word, it just works. Unlike so many other "packable" cribs, this one is actually packable!