The frills are fun, but the bigger items are really what makes a room a nursery. Get ready for your bundle of joy by filling his or her space with the essentials. Here's what you'll need when it comes to baby furniture.
The crib will likely be the most prominent piece of furniture in the room, so picking this item first is wise. When choosing a crib, consider both style and safety. Opt for non-toxic finishes and look for certifications from organizations such as the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) or ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials International). To up the versatility factor, look for a convertible crib, which can be reconfigured to accommodate your growing child.
A changing table is a nursery staple for storing diapers and wipes. If you have a little more space, consider a changer with drawers so you can also store clothes. A low dresser is another option, and you can add a changing table to the top. If you have the space, consider a larger dresser that can be used for toddlerhood and beyond. And be sure to shop for a coordinating nursery glider or rocker so you'll have a comfy place to cuddle your little one.
Preparing the nursery is a fun part of getting ready for baby. Fill it with must-have furniture that's both functional and fashionable, and it will be a place where you and your new arrival will love to spend time.