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Your baby’s due date will be here before you know it, and there are so many things you will need to do to prepare. In addition to making sure your pregnancy goes well, you will also need to buy everything the baby will need, from new clothes and diapers to furniture for the nursery. It’s no secret that shopping for babies can not only be enjoyable, but also overwhelming, and the last thing you want to do is come home with a closet full of outfits for your baby and no furniture. In today’s post, we will provide you with the nursery essentials so that you can make sure those items are crossed off your list.
Once you have all the essentials, the next step is to personalize the nursery for your little bundle of joy. Luckily, at 48 Hour Monogram, we have just what you need! We offer a large selection of nursery room decor to help you make your baby’s space more unique. Find the perfect font to display your baby’s name on the wall or single word that brings the entire theme together. We offer a variety of options, so explore our nursery room decor to find your favorites, and place an order at 48 Hour Monogram today!
The crib is probably the most important piece of furniture that you will buy for your baby’s room. Cribs come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and materials, giving you a variety of options to choose from. If you already have an idea of how you want to decorate your nursery, you may want to choose a crib that goes well with your idea. As you shop for a crib, keep in mind that your baby will sleep in a crib for the first two to three years of their life before switching to a big kid bed. That being said, there are some companies that make cribs that convert into a toddler bed when your child is old enough, and it may be worth the investment if you want to put off buying another bed for a few years.
Once you’ve purchased your crib, the next thing you will want to buy is the crib mattress. Buying a crib mattress is much different than buying a mattress for yourself. First and foremost, you want to make sure the mattress fits perfectly in the crib without any gaps. If the mattress is not completely snug, it could be a safety hazard for your baby. Additionally, you want to choose a firm mattress. Mattresses that are too soft could also be a hazard for your baby. Try to find a high-quality firm mattress within your price range or an organic, non-toxic baby mattress. After picking out the perfect crib mattress, you will also want to buy a plastic cover to ensure your mattress is protected.
Next to your crib, a rocking chair or glider may be the next most important thing on your list. A comfortable rocking chair is invaluable for many reasons. Not only can a smooth rocking chair or glider help calm exhausted parents, but it can also help soothe your baby to sleep or make late-night feedings more comfortable. The gliding or rocking motion is notorious for lulling babies — and sometimes their parents — to sleep, and as your baby grows up, the rocking chair may become their go-to place for stories before bedtime.
It’s no secret that babies need to be changed quite frequently, especially during their first year of life. While you could simply change your baby on the floor, it’s not always the most sanitary option. For this reason, we recommend getting a changing table for your nursery. During the first year, your baby will spend more time in the nursery than any other place, and a changing table will make those frequent diaper changes more convenient. Most changing tables will provide an area where you change the baby, as well as room to keep extra diapers, baby powder, lotions, and more! You may even be able to find a changing table with extra storage, and what parent doesn’t need more storage in their nursery?
Buying a bassinet in addition to your crib may seem a little overkill, but having both could be a huge lifesaver during the first few months after the baby comes home. Bassinets provide your little one with a place to sleep, but unlike your crib, the bassinet is much more portable, making it easy for you to move it from room to room depending on where you are or where you want the baby to sleep. For example, during the first few months, it’s normal for parents to have the baby sleep in their room instead of in the nursery. However, you don’t want to have to bring the heavy crib into your room only to move it back into the nursery after your baby is on a more stable schedule. Instead, you can easily transport your bassinet into your room and have your baby nearby.
What to AvoidIn addition to making sure you have all the necessary products for when your baby comes home, there are a few things you want to make sure you avoid for your baby’s safety:
- Shaky Furniture – Furniture that is unstable is a safety hazard for your baby, especially as they start crawling. Instead, make sure all the furniture you buy is solid and stable. If you want to be extra cautious, you can also anchor your furniture to the floor.
- Soft Bedding – With so many soft blankets and adorable stuffed animals in the baby section of the store, you may want pile soft things into your baby’s crib. However, loose blankets, soft toys, and even bumpers in the crib could increase your baby’s risk for suffocation or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Hazards Near the Crib – There is nothing wrong with finding the perfect curtains for your nursery or an adorable lamp that you can use for late-night feeding. That being said, you want to avoid positioning your crib near any potential hazards such as curtains, power cords, and more. You never know what your baby might grab on to, and it’s better to be safe.