Setting up your Nursery
Setting up and decorating your nursery is such a fun part of preparing for your baby. Below we've included our favorite nursery essentials and tips for creating a beautiful baby nursery.
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Functionality and Safety Considerations:
There are so many adorable cribs out there. The crib will be the focal point of your nursery and where your baby will be spending a lot of time. With that in mind, you'll want to consider the crib's style, functionality, and safety.
Many cribs today convert from a crib to a toddler bed to a full-sized bed headboard which is a great option if you want to adapt your nursery furniture as your child grows. With that in mind, you'll want to pick a style that can be easily matched with other pieces and decor so you can update your child's room as they grow.
Another helpful feature is the adjustable mattress height feature. This feature allows you to adjust the height of the mattress as your child grows. As an infant, the mattress can be placed higher which makes it easier to lay them down and pick them up out of the crib. As your child grows, you'll lower the mattress to keep them safe.
Above all, make sure to select a crib that is safe and complies with current safety regulations, especially if you are considering using a used crib. Here's a helpful link that covers crib safety.
Our Favorite Picks:
Modern and JPMA certified Crib:
Vintage Iron Crib:
Deciding between dresser or changing table:
You can either purchase a changing table or a dresser that allows you to put a changing table on top. Personally, I recommend using a dresser with a changing table on top. You can continue to use a dresser as your child grows, unlike a changing table that is designed for only one purpose.
You may not even need a changing table or topper for your dresser though. We have an extra-long vanity in our bathroom and decided to put a changer on it in addition to the one in our son's room. Sometimes being near a sink is really helpful!
What to consider when picking a changing table or dresser:
When selecting a changing table or dresser with a changer on top, you'll want to make sure that the height of the table/dresser is comfortable for changing diapers, it provides enough storage, and it provides enough space to easily arrange and access your diapers, wipes, and other diapering items. Lastly, you'll want to make sure it is safe for your baby and will continue to be comfortable and safe as your baby grows.
Our Favorite Picks:
We have the Delta Children's Universal Dresser and it has worked really well. On our Diapering page, we discuss changing pads, changing covers, and other items you will need for your diaper changing area.
How to select your nursery chair:
Your rocker or nursery chair will be another accent piece in your nursery but it will also be used a lot for snuggling and feeding your baby so you'll want to make sure it is comfortable and easy to clean.
Splurging on supportive cushioning and durable upholstery is worth the investment. Also, consider the arm height and how comfortable it will be when you are holding your baby and feeding them. Additionally, consider the back height. If you want a place to rest your head, you may want to look for a rocker or glider with a taller back.
Our Favorite Picks:
Types of Crib Mattresses:
The two main types of crib mattresses are spring mattresses or memory foam mattresses. Having tried both, I recommend a memory foam mattress. I prefer the firmness of the memory foam mattress and the fact that my son can't jump on it as easily as the spring mattress!
Our Favorite Pick:
Memory Foam Mattress:
Protective Mattress Cover and Sheets
Midnight or nap-time accidents will likely happen. To protect your mattress and make clean up easier, you'll want to invest in a couple of mattress covers.
I highly recommend the American Baby Mattress Covers. They are super soft and aren't noisy like some waterproof protectors. I recommend having at least two covers.
Of course, you'll need crib sheets as well. Again, having two or more pairs is really nice in case you have an accident or one is in the wash, you'll still have another one on hand.
When picking out sheets, consider how comfortable they will be for your little one. I have a couple of pairs that are really cute but they are so rough! I found that flannel sheets are great because they are so soft and cozy. If you are crafty, you can even make your own!
Other Useful Items
Bookshelf: A bookshelf is useful for storing and displaying books, toys, and small decor items.
End Table: A end table provides a spot to place items you may need while rocking or feeding your baby.
Lighting: A lamp is nice to turn on when you want to keep the room dim before bed or during nighttime diaper changes.
Curtains: Curtains can add a decorative touch to a room and can be used to block out light while your little one is sleeping during the day.
Rug: A rug is an optional decor piece but it does make the room cozy!
Baskets: Baskets are great for storing blankets, books, and toys.
Decor and personalized Items: Add some decorations and personalized items to make the room special for your little one.