Nursery Essentials & Furniture Guide
When to Buy Nursery Furniture?
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.
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.
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
• 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:
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.
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.
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!
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.