nestingmode

nm essentials play & quiet timeplay & quiet time

print email
Soothing Seat

Some parents swear by a soothing seat, as a quiet time alternative to a play time bouncy seat or as a more compact alternative to an infant swing.  These high-style seats with less bells and whistles than our featured bouncy seats are ideal for quiet time, but are not as well-suited to play time.

see all >>


Maclaren Rocker Maclaren Rocker
add to my list add to my registry buy now
Infant Swing

The infant swing -- babies seem to either love it or hate it. Borrow one to test drive if you can. If your baby loves the swing, it will become a sure-fire, indispensable soothing device. If your baby hates it, forget about it -- the swinging sensation is simply too intense for many little ones. "Travel" swings take up substantially less floor space and are half the price of traditional swings but have less swinging power, which means they are outgrown more quickly.

see all >>


Graco SnugGlider Graco SnugGlider
add to my list add to my registry buy now
Crib Mobile

A mobile, with its spinning toys and soothing music, entertains for the first few months and is a nice decorative touch for a nursery. Most manufacturers recommend removal by around five months, when a baby could potentially reach up and grab it. If a friend offers to lend you a like-new mobile on our list, take her up on it.

see all >>


Tiny Love Symphony in Motion Farm Yard Mobile Tiny Love Symphony in Motion Farm Yard Mobile
add to my list add to my registry buy now
Crib Soother Toy

A crib soother toy is a nice alternative or follow-on to a mobile. Attached to the crib rail, it is a fun and soothing crib toy with music, lights and bubbles that can your baby will enjoy into the toddler years.

see all >>


Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium (without remote) Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium (without remote)
add to my list add to my registry buy now
"Lovie" Toy

Ever see a toddler grasping a tiny blanket with fleece on one side, satin on the other, and an animal head stitched to the top? That is a "lovie" blanket (or a security blanket). If your baby takes to one, the name says it all. The animal theme let's you name it and make it part of the family ("Where's Ellie the Elephant?"). Buy a few of the exact same item to have on hand just in case -- the tiniest infant will not be fooled by an impostor.

see all >>


Kiddopotamus HuggaCub Blanket Kiddopotamus HuggaCub Blanket
add to my list add to my registry buy now
Pacifiers

Pacifiers are a hot-button topic for new parents (and pediatricians, grandparents, etc.). Whether you offer one to your baby seems to depend on whether you used a pacifier as a baby and, let's face it, whether it works. When all else fails to soothe and comfort, a pacifier is worth trying. Go with an "orthodontic" version.

see all >>


Nuk Pacifier (2-pack) Nuk Pacifier (2-pack)
add to my list add to my registry buy now
Infant Classical Music

With arrangements that are especially appealing to little ears, classical music for babies and toddlers works soothing wonders and also provides stimulating background music during play time.

see all >>


Baby Einstein: Baby Mozart-Music Festival Baby Einstein: Baby Mozart-Music Festival
add to my list add to my registry buy now