Nursery Essentials & Furniture Guide

Becoming a parent can be overwhelming for many reasons. Naturally, it’s a major change in one’s life and when it comes to beginning to gather the “necessities” for your little one, it’s hard to know when and where to start.
Many people end up with a lot of unnecessary things that in the end, they, and the baby, don’t actually need. That’s why we have put together our thoughts on when you should start thinking about it, as well as preparing a short-list of nursery essentials that we truly believe you need.

When to Buy Nursery Furniture?

It’s really difficult to know when to start buying nursery furniture during your pregnancy. Ultimately, it is your decision and there is no right or wrong answer. Most parents tend to wait until the second trimester when they know more about their pregnancy and baby’s health. The 20 week scan provides a good milestone from which to plan baby’s nursery whether you are finding out baby’s gender or not.

It is also a good idea to factor in having enough time for nursery furniture to be delivered and so that you are not organising the nursery really late in your pregnancy when you have less energy. As a rule we would recommend having your nursery ready by week 37 if possible, just in case baby decides to make an early appearance.

What furniture do you need for your nursery?

Often parents-to-be will get caught up in the excitement of preparing the nursery and will purchase a lot more than they actually need. To keep it simple we have broken the must-have essentials down into 4 main categories: sleeping, eating, changing and storage.

Sleeping

Let’s face it, figuring out what your baby is going to sleep in is the most essential part of putting together your nursery. It can be a bit confusing deciding whether you should buy a cot, moses basket or a crib, and then there’s the various sizes and styles! The most important thing is important that you find the baby bed style that suits you best.

It is recommended that your little one sleeps in the same room as you for their first six months so it is worth considering the space you have when making your choice. Some parents opt for a moses basket or bedside crib for the first 6 months as well as a cot bed for baby’s nursery. Other parents just start out with a cot bed that they can move around to suit them. If you are looking for a piece of furniture that you can use as your little one grows, a cot bed is a good choice as they tend to last beyond the first year and some convert into toddler beds.

Some also come with additional storage for those with limited space. We have put together a handy guide to take you through the benefits of each option so you can choose which is right for you.

Read more in our Choosing Baby’s Bed Guide >

Along with a bed, you will need a few bedding essentials. It is important to consider the baby’s safety when choosing your mattress and bedding, as well as considering the bedding that you will get best use from and that will suit your little one. Some basics we recommend are:

• A mattress

• Sheets

• Blanket or Sleeping bag (toys and duvets should stay out of the bed until your baby is approximately 12 months old)

We have put together everything you need to consider when buying bedding in our baby bedding guide:

Read more in our Choosing Baby’s Mattress & Bedding Guide >

You may also want to consider a night light, not because your little one will be afraid of the dark but because it will stop you from stubbing your toes or tripping up and disturbing them while they sleep. It is also good for helping them to distinguish and adjust to night versus day.

Feeding

Obviously you can feed your little one anywhere. However, it is always great to have a dedicated place within the nursery where you and the baby can sit and be comfortable, as hunger can strike at any time.

A glider chair is a perfect option as the gliding motion is soothing for your baby and most have reclining options for your comfort if you happen to get lulled back to sleep during a late night feeding. Most chairs have pockets on the side to store books, magazines and even snacks.

Depending on how you choose to feed your baby (bottles or breastfeeding), you may need to have extra bottles and sterilisers on hand.

Remember that babies feed on a very different and sporadic schedule than we may, so being prepared for not only daytime but especially nighttime feeding is important.

Changing

No nursery would be complete without an area to change your little one. We suggest getting a changing station along with a wipeable changing mat as they do not take up much space.

If storage is needed, a changing dresser with drawers or tiered shelves can make the most of the space you have. In your changing area it is also good to have a bin and a washing basket to dispose easily of dirty nappies and separate clothes that require washing.

Be sure to stock up on nappies, baby wipes and Sudocrem as well!

Storage

From clothes to toys to nappies to bottles, for such a small human they can require a lot of supplies and equipment.

It can easily get out of hand and to help keep yourself sane, it’s important to stay organised and keep things readily available when required.

As mentioned above, getting multi-use furniture – including cot beds and changing tables with drawers and shelves can help keep necessities on hand, while additional storage units such as wardrobes and tallboys can be useful if you have the space.

Open baskets and chests are great for dirty clothes and toys.

For more ideas on how to create the perfect nursery for your little one check out our full range of nursery essentials.

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About the author: Olivia

Olivia is 29 years old and a proud mum of 2 year old twin boys, Liam and Eli. She lives with her fiance, Ben, in Clapham. She works part time as a dental assistant, while Ben is a Software Developer. Living in London can be tough sometimes with 2 very active boys but with a bit of planning and budgeting, it's amazing how much you can do!

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  1. Not a problem, Sarah, and thanks for your comment! There’s so many great blogs out there and we love your take on things (and that Sneaky Veg Sauce!)

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