It?s time to start preparing for your baby?s arrival. One of your preparations include buying baby furniture for your nursery. And while it can be really fun to buy all that cute stuff, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the amount of items on the market, from baby cribs to dressers. Here are a few tips that can help you in picking out all the baby furniture you need:
Create a checklist. Before rushing to the baby furniture stores in your area, it?s best to first know exactly what you?ll need in your nursery. While there are quite a lot of different items that you can choose from, not all of them will fit in your baby?s room nor will they all be essential. To keep yourself from becoming distracted and possibly spending more than you should, you will need to have a checklist for the items you need.
The crib is the most important baby furniture you will need. Your crib will be your baby?s bed for at least the first two years of his life. Baby cribs come in all shapes and sizes and your personal preferences will, of course, be a factor in your choice. However, you should also make sure that whatever crib you are buying will need to be sturdy enough to last at least two years. Check what safety features each crib has to offer. The crib?s slats should be near enough to each other to prevent your baby from getting his head stuck between them. You also might want to consider a crib that can be turned into a toddler bed so you won?t have to buy a new bed once your little one outgrows the crib.
The crib mattress should be firm, made especially for babies, and is an exact fit inside the crib. While comfort and sturdiness are factors in the type of crib mattress you will be choosing, the most important thing you should consider is the mattress? firmness. This is because a soft bed can increase the risk of SIDS. Buying a mattress that?s specifically made for babies will ensure that its firmness is exactly what your baby needs. Also, make sure that there is no space left around the edges of the mattress once it is placed in the crib. A space between the mattress and the side of the crib can be a safety hazard because your baby can get stuck in it.
If you?re buying a changing table, make sure that it has guard rails, a safety strap, and is very sturdy. You?ll be changing diapers left and right throughout the first year of your baby?s life. While some parents may just choose to use a towel or waterproof pad on a table or bed for changing, this type of baby furniture can make changing diapers safer for your baby and easier for you. Check to see if the table is stable and won?t tip to the side at all. Having one will also give you a dedicated area for storing diapers and other products. This way, you won?t need to leave the baby on the table to get the things you need for changing. ?A changing table also allows you to avoid stooping down or sitting which can be difficult for mothers who?ve undergone a C-section delivery.
A glider is better than a rocking chair. If you really want to have a rocking chair to help your baby sleep, a glider is a better option. This type of baby furniture is sort of like an upgraded rocking chair that slides back and forth while its legs lie flat on the ground. It?s a much safer chair simply because there is no chance for the legs to pinch a child?s toes which rounded rockers have been known to do.
Go for a closet with drawers rather than just a chest of drawers. Getting a closet with drawers is more budget-friendly than just having a chest of drawers. Not only will you be able to store all of your baby?s clothes and things in one place, you?ll also still be able to use the same storage space for when your baby has bigger clothes, especially those that need to be hung (i.e. large and bulky winter coats).
Lastly, whatever baby furniture you do end up buying, make sure that most of them, if not all, have smooth, washable surfaces to make sanitizing them much easier. And remember, make sure that your nursery is comfortable and cozy, never cramped.