Becoming a first time 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 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. We’ve prepared a short-list of nursery essentials that we truly believe you need and kept it simple by breaking it down into 4 main categories: sleeping, eating, changing and storage.


1. 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! We would recommend buying a cot bed as they tend to last beyond the first year and some may even convert into toddler beds and your child grows. Some also come with additional storage for those with limited space.

Along with a cot, you will need a few bedding essentials including:

  • mattress
  • sheets
  • mattress protector
  • Wearable blanket/sleeper/sleep sack (toys and blankets should stay out of the bed until your baby is approximately 12 months old)

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.


2. 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 not only your baby but this one, in particular, also reclines for your comfort as well 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 most important.



3. 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 and can be placed on top of your cot bed for ease of use. 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!



4. 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 have yourself 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 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.

If there is something we have missed, feel free to leave a comment below! Your feedback is much appreciated.


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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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