Putting the nursery together is so exciting! It’s one of those moments when you realize that the baby is indeed coming soon. You want to provide a safe haven for them and you want to make sure that you have everything you need in the nursery.
Before you get excited and buy all the nursery furniture you see from the store, take a step back and do your research on the items that you need and those that are just nice to have. Sticking to the essentials will help you save money and space. This is especially helpful if the baby’s room is small.
Take a look at the list below to find out what furniture you need for your baby’s nursery.
Crib and Mattress
You may not use the crib right away if you are planning to co-sleep with your child for the first couple of weeks but I do think that buying it beforehand is necessary. If you are a little tight on your budget, buy a crib instead of a bassinet. I would recommend a 4-in-1 or convertible crib so that your baby can use it until they grow older.
The crib is probably going to dictate the overall look of the room and it will definitely affect your other purchases such as the dresser and other nursery furniture.
Now let’s talk about the mattress. You want a firm but light mattress. I would recommend getting a foam mattress because they are so much easier to maneuver. This will come in handy when you have to change the sheets in the middle of the night.
Don’t forget to protect the mattress with a laminated vinyl cover. Accidents happen a lot and you know very well that babies spit up, poop and pee in their cribs so protecting the mattress is a great idea.
You may think that you don’t need a nursing chair but once you start breastfeeding or cradling the baby in your arms, you’ll be glad you got a glider.. Babies love the soothing rocking effect of the glider.
When purchasing a glider or nursing chair, you and your partner should try it first to make sure you are both comfortable.
I love this glider and ottoman from Stork Craft because it is super comfortable and easy on the budget. You’re going to like the generous seating room and padded arm cushions.
Forget about buying a changing table and get a double-duty furniture instead. Apart from storing your baby’s clothes, you can use the dresser as a changing table. All you have to do is put a changing pad on top.
A changing table is nice to have but it is not necessary. A dresser can be used forever!
The Delta Eclipse 6 Drawer Unit is a great piece to have in the nursery. Its elegant design makes it as one of the top-rated drawers in the market today. It’s not exactly cheap but you will definitely love the quality.
The six drawers are generously sized and they open and close smoothly.