For many new parents, setting up a baby nursery for their newborn child is an exciting experience. Colors, themes, and safety are top considerations for most parents, and learning how to buy baby furniture that fulfills these criteria can sometimes be a challenge. With so many baby room options available on the market, selecting the baby nursery decor that best meets your needs can seem challenging. But with a few key strategies, you should be able to choose the perfect pieces for your little one.
How to Buy Baby Furniture
- Measure the nursery or baby room to determine square footage. The size of the room will determine what type and size of furniture will fit best. Most nurseries contain a minimum of a crib and changing table. If you have more room, a rocking chair or glider is nice to have, since you will likely be spending a lot of time soothing the baby to sleep.
- Research colors, patterns, and themes you would like to use in the nursery before buying baby furniture. Knowing what colors or themes you are going to use may help you decide what color the baby furniture should be to complement your choices. Popular color themes for girls are pinks and purples, and for boys browns and blues are common choices. If you aim for a gender-neutral theme or don’t know the sex of the baby, you can choose to decorate in white, yellow, or green, and put in colorful decorations once the baby is born.
- Research what manufacturers have the best safety records. You can look online for product recall history, which will help inform you about how well-made the product line is that you are considering. Once you narrow the field of options down based on the highest safety rating, you can choose the brand or model you like best.
- You can visit most major retailers or specialty baby stores to get ideas in person, or you can search on the Internet, which may give you a wider variety of choices.
- Select a crib that will meet your needs. Many manufacturers offer convertible cribs which will grow with your baby. These start as a standard crib, convert to a toddler bed, and then to a twin-size bed when your child gets older. While these options are a bit pricier, the benefit comes in not having to buy multiple beds.
- Select a changing table that works for your nursery. Similar to cribs, many changing tables now feature a convertible option, where it starts out as a changing table and drawer combination and can be changed to a full dresser once the baby no longer needs a changing area.
- Determine if a rocking chair or glider can fit in the baby’s room. These chairs offer parent and child a soothing place to bond and can be essential in lulling your little one back to sleep. Whether you choose a traditional hardwood chair with cushioning, or a newer, more plush model, be sure that the rocking chair meets with current safety standards and that the baby cannot get fingers or toes pinched or crushed in the rocking mechanism.
- Most parents wait until the third trimester to purchase baby furniture and decor. Purchasing too early can be traumatic if something goes wrong during the pregnancy. Another benefit of waiting is to know the sex of the baby. Around 20 weeks of the pregnancy, most doctors can determine whether the baby is a boy or a girl, which can help immensely in deciding what colors or themes to decorate the nursery.
- With baby furniture, you tend to get what you pay for. When purchasing essential items such as a crib, changing table, and dresser, consider buying pieces that may be more expensive but will stand the test of time. Your newborn will spend most of its time in the crib and on the changing table, and you will need durable furniture that will not wear out. The same is true for the dresser since you will likely use it several times a day for years, and it needs to be made of strong, well-made materials.
- Safety matters. Before purchasing any furniture, make sure that each piece has passed rigorous safety inspections by your government, and that the furniture is sound. These requirements help guarantee that your newborn will stay safe in their new environment. You can research safety regulations on line, or ask your doctor to provide you with current research material.
Things You’ll Need
- Changing table
- Rocking chair or glider
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