Parent's Guide to Buying Baby Nursery Furniture
Welcome, Little Bundle of Joy: The New Parent's Guide to Buying Baby Nursery Furniture
First of all, congratulations on your soon-to-be bundle of joy! Second, are you ready? Is your home?
No parents-to-be are truly ready for parenthood, but your nursery can be. When it comes to picking out nursery furniture, you need much more than a cot. There are five main spaces your nursery should have.
These three spaces will make sure you have not only a happy baby but a serene and safe space for those late nights. Learn what you need in this baby nursery furniture guide.
Space #1: The Sleep Space
Many people start their baby nursery furniture search with the cot since it's the most expensive and is what people think of first. But should you?
A cot isn't necessary for the first few months of life. While it's nice to have one, if you can't (yet) afford the one you want, don't worry.
Many parents want to keep their child in their room or even just to the side of their bed as infants. And that's where a bedside bassinet or cradle comes in.
You can find items that attach under your mattress, to hold them close to your bed. Look for a cradle that has sides, though the one closest to the bed should be lower.
This makes getting the baby in and out at night easier, but still keeps you or a partner from sleep-rolling onto them.
Most people who use bed-side cradles transition to cots once their child is sleeping through the night.
What to Look for in a Cot
When you're buying a cot, safety is the most important quality. You need to check reviews and product information to make sure it's gone through product testing.
You don't want to buy a cot and learn that it's shaky or that your child's foot can get stuck in the slats.
Once you've found a cot frame you like, make sure it's adjustable in height and that the front wall of the crib lowers. It's not 100% necessary when your baby still sleeps up high, but putting a sleeping baby down two feet over a railing is difficult.
The mattress of the cot is a big safety risk if you don't do it right. Remember that your baby spent the first nine months of its life squished into the fetal position. They don't need a down-style pillow-top mattress.
Cot mattresses need to be firm - firm enough not to let the baby sink in. If it's too soft, your baby can get stuck in one position and is at a higher risk for SIDS.
Keep all blankets, sleep bumpers, and stuffed animals out of the cot until at least six months to a year.
Space #2: The Changing Space
Changing a nappy is an acrobatic act you need two hands for. Between cleaning all the nooks and crannies and the twisting and turning of a child during changing, you need a designated spot.
Hence the changing table. Most of them are a large dresser or set of shelves with a flat, wide top. On the shelves or drawers below you can store assorted layette items and fresh nappies.
Make sure your changing table has a pad for your babies head, one with edges is best so they don't roll off (though you shouldn't walk away from them!).
Make sure the pad has a wipe-able or washable cover as well since the nappy mess doesn't always stay contained.
Store a small container of fresh nappies and wipes on the changing table so you can keep one hand on your infant at all times.
Space #3: A Soothing/Feeding Space
As a tired new parent, it's likely you'll fall asleep waiting for your infant to do the same. And as such, many parents install a small bed or couch in their baby's room.
When they're not sleeping and it's time to feed the baby, the pillows or bed frame give them something to prop their feeding arm up on.
If your space isn't big enough for those items, you can invest in a slider or a rocking chair. They're deep-seated chairs that slide or rock back and forth.
They're great for soothing a crying baby back to sleep and they, too, have arms to make feedings a little more ergonomic.
If you opt for one of these chairs that has a foot part or an ottoman, make sure there's enough room between the chair and it to move around. You don't want to trip or misplace your footing when you have a sleeping baby in-hand.
While these are the main, large furniture items you need in a nursery, here's a list of smaller things you may want.
A wipe warmer, which plugs into the wall and makes sure those baby wipes don't shock or further upset your baby.
A bottle warmer, if you feel like it's safe to have one away from the kitchen. This way you don't have to mess with boiling water in the middle of the night.
A nanny or baby monitor camera - when your child is small, especially if it's your first, you'll find yourself checking that they'll alright ALL the time.
Make it easier on yourself and wake them up less by setting up a camera you can check from your phone or another device. It's worth not accidentally waking a sleeping baby up by opening/closing the door.
Your Baby Nursery Furniture: Personalized
When it comes to choosing the right colours and styles, you want to make sure you put safety first. Though a cot from Harrods may be nicer looking, it's not worth the appeal if it's not as safe as one from, say, our site.
The most important aspect of baby nursery furniture is safety, don't settle for anything less!
If you're looking for baby accessories for outside and outside the nursery room, check out our selection of prams here.