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Building the Best Nursery

Baby is on the way and it's time to furnish the nursery. What does your nursery really need? Read on to see what benefits you'll get from the most common items and what you should look for when making your purchase. And remember, this is supposed to be fun. So let's get that nest feathered!

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Make (a) Room for Baby

When a baby's on the way, parents have a bazillion decisions to make and so much to get done. There are car seats to install and strollers to buy, a house to baby-proof, and … a room to prepare. The nursery – baby's first room. This space should be comfortable, fun, and – most importantly – safe. You and baby will spend a lot of time here so careful planning from the get-go will mean more time to enjoy one another later.

The Crib

You can't cover nursery furniture essentials without talking about the crib. Many new parents like to choose their crib first and build a nursery around this key piece. Standard cribs are still available but long gone are drop-side cribs because stationary cribs with permanent sides are deemed safer.

Convertible cribs make up the largest selection and many parents love them because they're a long-term purchase that will adapt to your growing child. Typically available 4-in-1 or 3-in-1 models, convertible cribs will transform to a toddler and/or daybed and finally into a full-size bed your baby can use until adulthood! Talk about getting your money's worth.

Other crib options to consider are crib and combo changers. These are cribs (often convertible models) with the changing table attached to one end for a space-saving solution. Mini or portable cribs are great for families who travel a lot and they're a popular choice for Grandma and Grandpa's house.

For more information on choosing a crib, visit our Cribs Buying Guide.

Nursery Furniture Essentials

Babyletto Hudson 3 Drawer Dresser Changing Tables

Save your back and gain valuable storage with a changing table. Options are available with a variety of storage features from open shelves to handy drawers. Most crib collections include a coordinating changing table so it's easy to match your pieces. Consider adding a contoured changing pad with a safety strap for extra security but never leave a baby unattended.

Gliders & Nursery Rockers

This is an important piece to your nursery. You will be spending a lot of time – and we mean a lot – in this chair. Choose one that pleases you aesthetically, but more importantly, choose a nursery glider or rocker with good back support, a smooth glide, and cushy arms. It's also a good idea to choose one that will support your head because chances are, these chairs will put you to sleep, too.

Orbelle Lola Upholstered Cradle Cradles & Bassinets

A cradle or bassinet fits more easily into mom and dad's bedroom, making them a popular choice for baby's first few months of sleep. In most cases, a cradle will have a rocking base while a bassinet is more stationary. Many bassinets are designed to pull right up next to the parent's bed.

Million Dollar Baby Foothill 6 drawer dresser Dressers & Chests

If there's one thing baby's come with a lot of, it's stuff. A dresser or chest will at least help you keep their clothes organized. It's usually easy to find one in from the same collection as your crib so you can create a pulled-together nursery. Look for safety features like drawer stops and anti-tip kits.

Badger Basket Square Nesting Basket Set Toy Storage

It's amazing how quickly a space can be overrun with toys. That's why toy storage is an important factor in the nursery. Going vertical will help save floor space so consider bookcases, lockers, and other wall storage units. Toy boxes are great for easy clean-ups, and they hold a lot.

Trend Lab Dr. Seuss Blue Oh! The Places You'll Go! - 4 Piece Crib Bedding Set Baby Bedding & Décor

Now for the fun part … choosing your nursery's theme, and the possibilities are endless. You can go gender specific, choose a modern color palette and pattern, or bring in the cute animals and pastels. Keep reading to see a list of all the items that might make up your nursery's bedding and décor.

Nursery Décor Checklist … Pick your theme and use these products to carry it through!
Baby Bedding Available in 2- to 10-pc. sets, baby bedding can include everything from the fitted crib sheet and skirt to the coordinating window valance and clothes hamper. These sets apply the same theme to everything from the musical mobile to the diaper stacker for a coordinated look. Not into the full set idea? Piece together your own look by purchasing crib sheets, baby blankets and more separately.
Nursery Wall Art Don't forget the walls when you're designing your nursery. This is a great opportunity to build on the theme of your nursery and bring in a little fun. Wall decals are easy to apply without damaging walls, and canvas wall art or framed wall art gives the room a finished look. For safety, always hang wall art out of baby's reach from crib or changing table. Growth charts are another fun addition and they serve a decorative and functional purpose.
Lamps You might be surprised by how many adorable designs there are out there when it comes to nursery lamps. These lights look great on a little table next to your nursery glider and they can really tie a theme together. Plus, they'll be handy for middle-of-the-night diaper changes and feedings when overhead lighting is just too much.
Rugs Especially essential in nurseries with hard floors, an area rug will give your baby a soft and comfortable place for tummy time and other play time. Choose a classic braided rug featuring your nursery's color palette or find one that connects to your nursery's theme. Nursery rugs are available in all shapes, sizes, and designs so you're sure to find one that's just right.
Little Extras Remember that sometimes the smallest detail will end up being your favorite part of the nursery. An adorable clock can make for an easy-to-store keepsake (and — good or bad — can let you know how long you've been up with your little one). Picture frames for shelves or walls are great for filling with images of baby's best moments, or fill the frames with photos of the people who love baby most so he or she is always surrounded by friendly faces. Toss pillows, diaper stackers, and mobiles are more easy ways to bring joy to the nursery.
Royally Inspired Nursery Furniture
Corsican Iron Canopy Crib Crib

From the ornately topped slats to the grandiose canopy frame, this is a crib truly fit for a prince or princess. Add some tres chic linens for a full-on exquisite experience.

Orbelle Lola Upholstered Cradle Cradle

Luxuriously detailed for the most precious babe, this cradle features velvety tufted exterior panels adorned with sparkling "jewels" for a tiny bed fit for royalty.

Kidkraft Princess Toddler Bed - Silver Toddler Bed

Just because she graduated from the crib doesn't mean she ceases to be your little princess. Keep Her Highness sleeping supremely well in a fancy toddler bed.