Make Room For Baby With New Nursery Furniture
When it comes to furnishing your nursery, focus on creating a relaxing environment for both your baby and yourself. Let’s be real; you are going to spend a lot of time in this room. In addition to colors and décor that make you happy, you’ll want to invest in sturdy, secure furniture so you know your baby is safe. Stylish organization pieces will help keep things tidy and easy to find. A comfortable glider and ottoman are a welcome oasis for nighttime feedings and snuggles. The result will be a room you’ll both be excited to come home to.
- Look for sturdy, solid furniture. It shouldn’t feel wobbly when you shake it.
- Anchor dressers, shelves, and changing tables to the wall or use anti-tip mechanisms to ensure safety.
- Matching nursery sets can make the room feel pulled together. Clean, simple designs complement a variety of styles and themes, even if you redecorate.
- Nursery furniture can be awarded a number of certifications and labels. JPMA certification means it has been tested to meet all U.S. safety requirements. GREENGUARD Gold certification means it has been tested for low VOC emissions, formaldehyde, and phthalates. Finishes should be lead-free and non-toxic (important since your baby will likely lick, nibble, or gnaw on it). You may want to look for organic and sustainably sourced labels as well.
- Buy a new crib and mattress at the same time. They should fit snugly together with no gaps, providing a safe bed for your baby. Buying new will also guarantee they meet the most up-to-date safety standards.
- Not all cribs are the same. Smaller models are space-savers. Convertible cribs can be made into toddler beds, daybeds, and full-size beds with conversion kits. Pro tip: Buy the conversion kit at the same time you buy the crib; models change frequently and the kit you need may not be available in a year or two.
- Bassinets, cradles, and co-sleepers make room-sharing easier. They give newborns a safe sleep space and can make feedings and soothing more convenient. Room-sharing without bed-sharing is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- A glider and ottoman make nighttime feedings and snuggles more comfortable for both of you. Babies find the back-and-forth motion soothing. Get the glider and ottoman as a set so the motion is in sync.
- Get organized with a changing table and dresser. Having specific places for diapering items, clothing, and bedding increases efficiency and makes it easier for another caregiver to step in. An elevated changing station will make taking care of baby more comfortable for mom as she recovers from childbirth.
- Display and organize toys, clothes, accessories, books—pretty much anything—on shelves. There are options for every style and space; some look more like works of art than shelving. Encourage an early love of reading by stocking a low shelf with cloth or board books.
- When it’s time for your child to move into a toddler bed (already?), you’ll want to make it as safe as possible. Look for a low-profile bed and an appropriately sized mattress. Positioning it against a wall is helpful, but you may want to add rails to keep your big kid from falling out. Consider whether you need rails you can remove. If you are moving your toddler into a new room—or redecorating their nursery—a dresser, desk, bookcase and headboard with storage will make their space exciting and functional for years to come.