Nursery necessities for the first year

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Nursery necessities for the first year

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When you are decorating your nursery, you need to think about, what do I really need? The babies are small for such a short amount of time. You cannot even imagine how quickly the first six months in your baby's life will pass. Think about long term. One thing that is a big splurge, and some parents are hesitant to get, is a glider rocker. That's not something that you are going to use just for when the baby is little. You will use it when they are older. Even my five year old, at this point, when he is feeling sick and cranky, I sit with him in that glider rocker and I read books to him. It is one of the best things that I got for my nursery. Splurge on that. One of the things that you don't really need is a changing table. I, personally, changed my kids in the bathroom because there is water there. I also don't like the smell of diapers in my baby's bedroom. Just don't get a changing table. You can change your baby's diaper anywhere in the house. That way, once they are out of diapers, you don't have that big, ugly thing in the nursery, taking up space.

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Ulrica Wihlborg

"Picture Perfect" Mom

Ulrica Wihlborg has spent over a decade as a staff writer and editor at People magazine in Los Angeles, heading up the celebrity weddings and baby sections. Her work has been honored by Reporters Without Borders, she is the recipient of the Henry R. Luce Award for Breaking News and she's been interviewed on CNN, Extra!, E! Entertainment and E! True Hollywood Story.

She's also an accomplished photographer who was chosen as one of the top portrait photographers in the U.S. by Rangefinder magazine in 2009. Her photographs have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis & Kelly, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, as well as published in Oprah At Home, C magazine, Los Angeles Confidential magazine, Parents magazine, Parent & Child and more.  She is the photographer of two books authored by Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell.  

In July 2012, shortly after welcoming her third child, Ulrica decided to leave People magazine and move to a small town in her native Sweden to spend more time with her family. She's now the founder and editor of the design and lifestyle blog Sweden With Love, which merges her curiosity about design with her love for journalism and photography. She lives in a yellow house with her husband Craig and their three young children Axel, Gustav and Liv.

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