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!
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.
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
Nursery Décor Checklist
Pick your theme and use these products to carry it through!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.