As new parents, it can be extremely overwhelming when you are trying to suss out exactly what you need when it comes to nursery furniture. As your baby grows so too does your shopping list as you add things to the list and listen to the endless recommendations from friends and family.
Planning a nursery often comes down to available space. Even though babies are small they often require a lot of products and take up a lot of space, so there’s no point buying items that take up lots of space but you don’t use regularly. Here are our top furniture essentials to consider when your baby is on the way:
Potentially the most obvious item in a nursery, a cot is an essential piece. Whether you’re putting your baby down for a nap, let them have some quiet time or tucking them in for the night, your cot will get plenty of use. It can be a little overwhelming assessing everything from safety through to the little features but it is important to make sure you choose a cot you are comfortable and confident with.
Baby changing unit
It might be worth noting that a cot is slightly smaller than a cot bed. Cot beds size up larger with the added benefit of being able to convert into a junior bed when your little one outgrows their cot but you may feel more comfortable with a traditional cot size. It all typically depends on budget and space when deciding between the two, nursery furniture can be a difficult decision sometimes.
If space allows, a baby changing unit is a handy place to store nappies, wipes and nappy bags altogether, making changing a nappy a lot quicker. Often you can now buy changing tables that also double as a chest of draws to ensure that they provide maximum storage solutions.
Changing a baby at a suitable height is a huge benefit as changing mats on the floor are not practical or realistic for many new mothers. Changing on the floor puts a lot of pressure on your knees and lower back, just think how many times you would be up and down from the floor every day and consider a baby changing unit.
Plenty of storage is essential with any baby. Whether you buy your baby cute outfits, grandparents of all of your work colleagues, you are bound to be inundated with clothes for your little one. A wardrobe is an ideal space to store clothes, bedding, blankets, toiletries and everything else your baby requires. Make sure your nursery furniture is as versatile as possible, especially storage.
Wardrobes that combine hanging and draw space are often the perfect solution for any nursery as they maximise your storage options whilst saving on vital floor space. A quality wardrobe will last well into their childhood as the usable storage space solutions are often highly versatile.
There are lots of other features to consider such as a nursing chair and toy storage however these items can be bought along the way. It’s important to get your basic items before the baby arrives to make things as easy as possible once your bundle of joy arrives!