Planning a nursery can be a daunting task, especially with all the baby items available and the overwhelming questions hovering over your every thought: will these be enough? Will my newborn be comfortable? Should I buy more stuff?
As parents-to-be, you will probably feel like you need every single thing that comes your way, but we’re here to show you the essentials to welcome your little one into your home.
One of the first and most important nursery items you will need is a crib. The moment you choose one, it instantly becomes the focal point of the nursery, as it is where your newborn will sleep and feel safe. Regardless of style or price tag, the crib must be sturdy and made of quality materials.
For the first six months, it is recommended that your baby sleeps in the same room as the parents. Unless your bedroom has enough space to fit a crib, you can opt for a bassinet. It’s smaller than a crib and designed for newborns and younger babies.
Rocking Chair or Armchair
The rocking motion naturally soothes babies, so having a rocking or armchair in the nursery is always a great idea. Both parents will unquestionably spend hours feeding and bonding with their baby, so pick one that wins in comfort and durability.
Having a changing table and an organized diapering station will be a lifesaver, as you will spend a lot of your day changing your newborn’s diapers. Fresh diapers, wipes, and lotions will be a part big part of this process, so be sure to have all of this at hand.
Trust us: keeping diapers neatly organized next to your changing table will make your life easier and save you time. Pick a couple of storage baskets and keep them close and filled with nappies.
Just as it happens with diapers, baby products are a must-have in every nursery near the changing table. The number of times you will be changing your newborn will have you pray for wipes and lotion to prevent diaper rash or chafing.
Chances are you will be feeding at all hours, so a nightlight will help you navigate the baby’s nursery and allow you to do everything you need to without turning on a bright overhead light.
Another thing you definitely need to have in your baby’s nursery or an adjacent room is storage space. Whether you choose to have a dresser or a shelf unit with baskets, make sure you have where to stock everything your baby needs. From bedding to onesies, from stuffies to other essential accessories, storage space will keep the mess at bay.
Depending on the size of your home or how you go about your daily life, a baby monitor can be your best friend. If you feel like it would be best to keep an eye on your baby at all times, choose a video baby monitor over an audio-only one, and don’t let your newborn out of your sight.
Babies respond to visual stimulation from a very young age, so why not bring a couple of toys to keep the little one busy while awake? Textures and vivid colors encourage growth and curiosity — just make sure the toys don’t contain harmful chemicals and are age-appropriate.
Just like with the toys, a mobile will become your child’s main visual focal point for many months, as it is the only thing they see while lying in the crib or bassinet. A lovely mobile will brighten up the nursery and send your little one into a sweet slumber.
Make sure your baby’s crib or bassinet is as cozy as ever with a quilt, a fitted crib sheet, cot covers — and the list goes on. The most important thing is to keep your newborn warm and extra safe, so make sure you have enough bedding that you can change it up in the twinkling of an eye, in case an “accident” happens, for example.
This one seems like a no-brainer, but we feel like you should always add one to your nursery essentials list. Your newborn’s clothes and bedding will probably get soiled more times than you can count, so it is crucial to have a hamper nearby to keep things going smoothly.
As you have seen by now, what you need in a nursery comes down to taking care of your baby in the best way possible, without having to become overwhelmed by the number of items you will potentially need, which style to choose, and how much it is going to cost you. Use our list and go with the safest and most comfortable options, and everything will come together to create a lovely nursery.