When you’re expecting and have entered the nesting phase, it’s only normal to spend a lot of your time planning and working on pulling together your baby’s nursery. With all of the extravagant options out there, it can be hard to decide on what you REALLY need. Here is our list of nursery essentials to help you get started!
Frist on the list, the crib of course! Choosing your crib can be fun and probably one of the easier things on your list. Color depends on your preference and whether it will fit with the existing fixtures in the room. If you’ve decided to find out the gender ahead of time, that can also help with your choice. A convertible crib that grows with your little one is a great way to save time and money in the long run, or you can go with a simpler style that you can change out down the road.
The next essential item would be a changing station. This does not have to be a dedicated changing table as they can just take up space. A dresser is a great option because it can be used for a long time. Just secure a changing pad to the top. A dresser also doubles as storage for all those little baby clothes. Be sure to pick a dresser that is deep enough for your changing pad and wide enough to store your diapers, creams, wipes, and lotions as well!
The next essential is more for the parents, and that is a comfortable rocking chair or glider. You will be spending a lot of time nursing, feeding and rocking your baby to sleep. It is important to have a comfortable chair close to the crib with a footrest and lots of back support. Adding pillows will help with support as well!
*Note: Adding a side table next to your chair is also a great idea so that you can set down your phone, beverage, books etc. while you’re watching over your little one. A table lamp can also be handy.
When it comes to the nursery, storage is key! Whether it’s a closet, shelves, a free-standing armoire, or dressers – you will need plenty of places to store those little clothes, shoes, bedding, towels diapers, toys, and books.
Soft surfaces are important once your baby is up and crawling around. A soft area rug, a comfy throw that you can put down or keep on the chair, or a pouf that your little one can lean on as they start standing are all great additions.
The final essential for your perfect nursery would be some type of soft, low lighting. This can be achieved with a table lamp or floor lamp and is more for you. Your little one isn’t afraid of the dark yet, however, a soft low light will create a soothing environment for them and help to keep you from bumping into furniture or stumbling around when you’re up in the middle of the night for a feeding.
Now that you’ve got your essentials, you can have some fun by adding all the cute decor, bedding, and linens. Sheely’s has a wide variety of wall decor and accessories on display in our showroom!
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