Every first time mother dreams of creating the perfect nursery for their new baby. But, what makes a perfect nursery? Well, to start with, there are 5 pieces of furniture that are a must have in any nursery. These nursery furniture items are the crib, changing table, dresser, rocking chair, and a lamp.
The baby furniture market has come a long way since our grandmothers were born. There are now many more cribs to select from. Before you start shopping, set a budget and write down the measurements of the nursery. Price and the size of the crib are not the only decisions you will be making, so start early so you will have plenty of time to find that perfect crib. You may choose a traditional rectangular crib, or go with a unique round crib. You may also plan for the future by purchasing a crib that will convert into a toddler bed and, later, an adult bed. Just be sure you are buying from an authorized dealer of the brand so all warranties will be in tact. Also, the crib must meet or exceed all Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association and government requirements. Most importantly, all materials should be finished with non-toxic paint and contain no formaldehyde.
With every new baby comes the added chore of dirty diapers. Several times a day you will need a place for you and baby to comfortably and efficiently complete this chore. A changing table designed specifically for this purpose is the answer. When you are shopping, ask if the changing pad comes with the table, or if it is priced separately. Take measurements of your space and decide what items you will be storing in the changing table. Many models have shelves or drawers, or a combination of both. When you are shopping, remember you will have one hand holding the baby. So, any drawers or doors that need to be opened must be accessible one-handed.
Unless your baby’s nursery has built-in cabinets, you will need a dresser. Many times, by purchasing the crib and dresser as a set, you can save money. Decide ahead of time what items you will be storing in the dresser. You will have a choice of dressers with drawers, dressers with side-by-side shelving, or a combination of both. Try opening each drawer one handed, because most of the time you will be holding baby in one hand while you gather items with the other. Some models are very hard to open one-handed. Also, check all warranties and ask about safety features before you buy.
You will be spending many hours rocking and feeding your new baby. This makes a rocking chair in the nursery a must. Before you shop, decide what you will be most comfortable in for long periods of time and how much space it will take up in the nursery. Some mothers choose a traditional rocking chair with a comfortable cushion. Others like the option of a recliner to comfortably put up your feet and sleep with your precious new baby.
The lighting in your baby’s nursery is as important as the crib. When your little one wakes up at 3 a.m., the last thing you want is a bright light. On the other hand, you must be able to safely move around the nursery while carrying baby. A lamp will let off enough light for you, and still keep the room semi-dark for baby to fall back to sleep quickly. Lamps come in many varieties and styles. Floor lamps, table lamps, and lamps with several light settings are just a few of your options. Just be sure it is safely out of reach once baby starts becoming more active.
Whatever style or color you choose for your baby’s nursery, nothing will take the place of you being there. Shopping for furniture and decorations is an exciting part of welcoming a new baby into our lives, but it is not the most important part. At the end of the day, it’s not the furnishings, but the loving and caring touch of family that will make lasting memories for years to come.