One of the joys of pregnancy is being able to select baby furniture for your nursery. From changing tables to cribs, the number of baby furniture options can be overwhelming. This article will help you know how to choose baby furniture.
Ask your friends with toddlers if you can borrow or buy their crib when they change to a toddler bed to reduce your baby furniture expense.
Selecting baby furniture requires knowing what items you truly need, your budget and the amount of space you have to accommodate new furniture. You may have to work in hand me down furniture or gifts, but your goal is to create a comfortable, yet practical space for your new baby. It can be easy to get carried away and spend too much money on baby furniture. Just remember that baby furniture does not need to last a lifetime and will need to be changed as your child gets older.
Step 1: Determine Your Need
Determine what pieces of baby furniture you need. At a minimum, you need a place for your baby to sleep, a place to change your baby’s diaper and a place to store clothes and supplies. These needs can be fulfilled through many different furniture combinations, so decide what items will work for your parenting style and space.
Common baby furniture items include:
- Changing Table
- Bassinet or Cradle
- Rocker or Glider Chair
- Chest and Armoires
You can repurpose items from other areas of your home, purchase new items or find quality used items to fill in these needs. If you decide to purchase a used crib, make sure it conforms to new safety regulations and is not part of a recall. Crib slats must be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Most cribs sold after 2018 meet the latest crib safety standards.
Step 2: Establish your Budget
Review your finances and establish a budget for purchasing baby furniture. Keep in mind that you will have extra expenses for diapers, formula, baby clothing and that you may have reduced income due to maternity leave or a reduced work schedule. Quality baby furniture can be found at multiple price points, so establish a realistic budget that will not cause financial strain.
Step 3: Establish your Style
Establish the style and color scheme for your nursery. Match your selection to a baby furniture style and color. Common baby furniture finishes include black, cherry, espresso, honey and natural. Styles run from more modern looks to traditional missionary styles. If you know your color preference and general style, it will help you sort through the numerous baby furniture options.
Step 4: Shop
Look at online shops, in physical shops, used furniture stores and even on Craigslist for baby furniture. Consider unfinished furniture if you would like to customize your furniture or have difficulty finding a color your like. Ask about discounts and watch for coupons that can help lower the cost of your baby furniture. Opt for sturdy furniture that will last through several children or can be resold.