One of the most exciting (and daunting) parts about getting ready for a new baby is preparing a beautiful and functional nursery space to welcome your little one. There are so many products and options out there for nursery bedroom furniture, it’s hard to know what you actually need and the right items to buy.
First of all, consider your budget and what are the ‘nice to have’ items (I’m looking at you wipes warmer) versus the essentials. The best way to figure this out is to speak with other mums and dads. Ask your friends and family about their ‘must have’ nursery furniture including brand recommendations. Or post a question in an online forum such as a Facebook Mums group. Have a look for one in your local area, these are invaluable not just for tips and advice, but for support, the first few months of parenthood can be tough!
Secondly, think about the space. When planning the layout of the room, it may be helpful to draw a picture to scale and measure all your spaces. Consider safety issues, such as keeping the cot away from window blinds and making sure any furniture that could tip over is secured to a wall. Make sure you write down your measurements and have it on hand when shopping.
Typical nursery furniture includes;
• Somewhere for baby to sleep
• Somewhere to change baby’s bottom
• Somewhere to store baby’s clothes, linens and toys
• Somewhere to sit and comfortably to feed baby
Many new parents may be confused as to whether to buy a cot, a bassinet or both. A Bassinet or a Moses basket is smaller which helps baby to feel more secure. They are also portable which is handy because they can be pulled up next to your bed to make night feeds easier and maximise your sleep! However, your baby will outgrow the bassinet within 4-5 months so may not be worth the investment depending on your budget. You may prefer to use a cot or a crib from birth.
You will almost certainly need a cot for your baby to sleep for their first year to two years, until they are able to climb out. You can often find a great deal on a second-hand cot (if you don’t mind the occasional bite-mark) but it is recommended to buy a new mattress. Be sure to review the latest evidence-based sleep guidelines for SIDS prevention when choosing a sleep space for your child.
Whether or not you really need a change table is debatable but there’s no doubt they are very handy. Be sure to look for one with shelving and storage as you will need to keep nappies, wipes, lotions and clothing within arm’s reach. If you don’t have the space or the budget, a change mat on a bed or the floor works too.
A baby needs a lot of clothes in their first year. Not only because the constant spitting up and poopslosions require several outfit changes per day, but because they grow so quickly. You will need somewhere to store this clothing. A dresser or tall boy will be an investment for years to come. When choosing this piece, consider the style of bed you will likely buy in the future as the dresser can be used after the cot is packed away. A neutral colour such as white or natural wood is a dependable choice.
Whether you decide to breastfeed or bottle feed, you are going to need a comfortable place to sit, as you will be doing a lot of this. Consider whether you already have a suitable chair or whether you’ll purchase a feeding chair. Bonus points if it rocks, glides or massages. But most importantly it needs to be comfortable and support your back.
In store or online
Traditionally we would need to travel to a baby shop to browse furniture options. Lots of parents may still prefer to see and feel the products before they buy. However, online shopping is booming in Australia as it allows the benefit of being able to browse from the comfort of your own home and offers the convenience of delivery to your door. If shopping online be sure to check the store’s return policy to ensure it allows returns for change of mind and not just for damaged items.
Happy shopping and wishing you the safe arrival of a beautiful and healthy bubba!