Some furniture you will need in your nursery include a crib for your baby to sleep in, you may also want a Moses basket or a bassinet for the first few weeks, as your baby will be very small and look very tiny in a crib. It is important to buy a bed that your baby will be completely comfortable in, so that they can get a proper night's sleep. Ditch any scratchy bedding as it could irritate your little one and keep them up.
It is advised that for the first 6 months your baby sleeps in your bedroom, if the crib will fit. This is important because it helps to reduce sudden infant death syndrome, so make sure you get a crib that will fit in your bedroom until it is time to move to the nursery.
You may wish to buy a co-sleeper bassinet, a bassinet for young babies that attaches to the side of your bed. This helps you to be close to your baby and helps you settle down if you worry about your baby at night, because when you want to, you can simply reach out and check on your baby.
It's important to have a chair in the nursery, so that you can sit comfortably when you are spending time feeding, or simply sitting down and cradling your little one. Many mums choose a rocking chair, as the rocking motion can help to lull their baby off to sleep.
Many babies usually have plenty of clothes from newborns as people will often give you outfits as gifts at the baby shower. So it's important to have a place to store them all. Buy a large dresser that can be used for a long time. Another option is a dresser that has a changing area on top, these have drawers with plenty of storage space and can be used for many years.
You also need to make sure that you have a changing area set up, you can choose to not buy a changing table and use a cot-top changing area instead. However the problem with cot-top changing areas is that there are no shelves, so it is harder to have everything to hand when you need it. The best choice is a changing table with shelves that you can fill with nappies, nappy bags, wet wipes etc. So that everything is close to hand and you can change the nappy as safely as possible.
Have a bin right next to your changing area so that you can dispose of any dirty nappies quickly, it's also a good idea to have a laundry basket near-to to quickly throw any soiled clothing items in. Make sure that the nursery is completed before the end of you pregnancy, as you may be too rashed off your feet when your baby is born.
You do not have to spend a fortune and you certainly do not have to have all the latest mod-cons. During your pregnancy find time to arrange the room and possibly spruce-up second-hand furniture, just remember to be safe and only use paintings which are child friendly if you're going to give old furniture a new lease of life.
Source by Charlotte J Wilson