Throw in a swaddling blanket and some diapers, and you've got yourself a pretty good nighttime setup.
I wish someone had prepared me for the nighttime necessities, so I thought some new mama might benefit from my little list.
blessedly, elsie sleeps through the night most nights (definitely keeping this child), and when she does wake, it's just once around 3 or 4. We did have a handful of nights in the beginning where she was up every 2 or three hours and required some prolonged rocking (never more than 40 minutes though. seriously, bless this child). Honestly, I was expecting nights to be much worse based on my experience with her brother. He wasn't awful (I can say that now...but I remember feeling like it was the worst when i had to be up at 6 to teach.) but sometimes liked to party at 1 am. So, I prepared this nightstand setup based on what I found useful when Luke was a baby. I used every bit of it for him...nail clippers for hangnails, eyedrops for dry eyes, chapstick for dry lips. Plenty of burp cloths, diapers nearby, and hand sanitizer (maybe that's gross, but I'm not heading to the bathroom to wash my hands after the billionth diaper change in the middle of the night...).
I used about half these things for Els. She doesn't need midnight diaper changes (is this a girl thing?), and I was never up long enough to go hunting for hangnails. But the water? Heck yes, I chugged that each time I woke.
Also yes. That lamp isn't cute. But I love that the neck is bendy so I can have as much light as I need (diaper changes), or turn it away from us for a just a soft glow (rocking to sleep). It's all about function.