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Guest Guru Jessica Hartschorn, Lifestyle Editor Of American Baby

This week, we have Jessica Hartschorn, Senior Lifestyle Editor of American Baby Magazine sharing her secrets on how to keep your new nursery both safe and stylish.  This guest guru has been holding on to her kids’ Little Giraffe blankets for almost ten years!

Have you noticed any trends in nursery color or décor?
Modern is still big, and bright colors like orange, red, green, brilliant blue and also a lighter blue (just so many blues, even in girls’ rooms). We’re also seeing a mix of modern and vintage. People get really creative! And we’re seeing a lot of wall decals that are easy to stick on and peel off.

What are your top products found in a new nursery, and a bit about why?

Mostly a place for the baby to sleep, for obvious reasons—crib or bassinet. We often show a light or lamp since that helps set a mood. We like to suggest paint colors (usually low-VOC paint) for the same reason, mood. When we show a blanket, it’s usually draped over a rocker or glider.

Have you seen any upcoming holiday trends?
“Gifts that give back” to charities.
 

What would you consider must-have newborn gear?
Car seat, stroller, somewhere for baby to sleep, bouncer seat, infant carrier, diapers, wipes, nursing pillow. Those are must-haves. If you can afford more, then infant swing, activity mat, electric breast pump, pacifiers, bottles, changing table and changing pad...you can really go on and on and on. Most stuff out there is useful, that’s why it’s out there!

What would you say make the best baby shower gifts, & why?

Clothing and blankets are definitely star items because they have that “ooooo!” factor. I’ll admit to most often giving clothes to my pregnant friends. :) And yummy blankets are always such a treat to receive. I’m still hanging on to the Little Giraffe blanketsmy kids had, and they’re 6 and 9 now!

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