11 Nursery Must-Haves for Britain's Royal Baby
2. Layered window treatments. Blackout curtains and layered window dressings go a long way in the nursery. They filter out light in the morning and also cast a warm, natural glow in late afternoon. Even better, in the royal nursery they would keep out those pesky paparazzi telephoto lenses and give the family some privacy.
3. Thermostat. Like any new parent, William and Kate might not be sure how hot or cold the nursery should be. But the Gro Egg takes the stress out of the equation — part thermostat, part cool nightlight, the Gro Egg changes color and lets parents know if the room is too hot, too cold or just right.
4. Music player. The womb is a noisy place of sloshing, swishing and ambient sound — at least that's what my doctor always told me. A music player and speaker system that can play white noise and lullabies on demand does wonders to soothe a fussy baby.
5. Daybed. I'm sure that the royal tot will have top-notch caregivers onsite at any given time of the day or night, but just in case Will or Kate wants to stay in the nursery with the little one, an extra bed would keep them close to their infant and comfortable.Catch Some Zzz's in Your Baby's Nursery
7. Video monitor. This baby monitor doesn't have a range limit, which means the royal couple can keep track of their baby in Clarence House while on official business halfway across the world. The smart monitor shows the baby's sleep patterns and stores crying data, so they can track any sleep abnormalities and compare sleep patterns with other babies in the same age group.
8. Layered lighting. A nightlight and a table lamp with a dimmer mean Will and Kate can check on their baby in the wee hours of the morning without waking the child or bumping into any furniture. Bright lights shock little ones into a frenzied fury, so a gradual increase in lighting goes a long way in making sure that the baby stays asleep or is at least pacified during diaper changes.
9. Plenty of wardrobe options. This baby is going to have the best threads in the world — and plenty of them, although I doubt that they'll always be designer, based on Kate's penchant for mixing high and low pieces. Even we commoners need spacious wardrobe drawers and cute little baby hangers to display and carefully store all of our baby clothes.
10. Personalized stuff. Having your baby respond to his or her name is a huge developmental milestone, and it all starts with constant communication and repetition. And personalized items like buntings or letters that spell out names on the wall helps little ones realize that they are their own little individual selves. Personalized items also make for a great introduction to the alphabet. For Nursery Decor, What's in a Name?
11. Ecofriendly crib and mattress. A baby spends most of its time lying down on a mattress in a crib (or a "cot," as they say across the pond), with only a few layers of clothing separating the mattress layer from his or her delicate, sensitive skin. The royal couple can afford to splurge on something like this modern, ecofriendly Nurseryworks Studio Crib Set, which is supported by a zebra wood frame and is finished with nontoxic lacquer and veneers. It's certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), which means that it meets the highest standards in child-product safety. The crib design makes a great pair with a zero-VOC crib mattress from the Little Green Sheep, a U.K. company — and would fit the modern, fresh spirit of William and Kate.More: 20 Picks for a Happy and Hip Nursery