For most expecting mamas, planning for the arrival of your new baby is a mixture of excitement and stress, especially when it comes to preparing your baby’s nursery.

It’s so much fun to plan the perfect baby nursery you’ve always dreamed about.

But getting your baby’s nursery juuuust right comes with a ton of extra pressure – from mounting costs to deciding on the essential items you need to creating the perfect arrangement to ensure everything fits into your nursery. 

Some parents decide to get a complete nursery furniture package to ensure they have all they need. (Not gonna lie, hindsight says I wish we had done this!)

Others like to buy pieces as they go and their budget permits. (Also not gonna lie, my budget means we went with this route…)

Keep reading to check out the top 10 nursery room essentials you need before welcoming your baby home.

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Nursery Essentials: Ten Things You Need In Your Baby’s Room

1. A Crib or Bassinet:

Your baby is going to spend the majority of the day sleeping for the first few months. So the first thing you need on your list to prepare your baby’s nursery is a place for your newborn to sleep. 

There are three main options new parents typically choose. (And many new moms choose 2 or all 3 of these options.)

A crib (‘cot’ in some countries) is a baby to toddler size bed that often becomes the focal point of your nursery space. 

Choose one that fits with the safety standards of your region and is easy to adjust in terms of height. That way, you can lay your baby down gently without too much bending and adjust it as your baby learns to sit and stand. 

Make sure that the crib you pick is sturdy and made out of quality materials. And feel free to use the color of your crib as a starting point for the rest of the furniture in the room. 

Many parents will also get a bassinet. Bassinets are used when your baby is a newborn. They have a smaller mattress than a crib and are portable. 

Bassinets are great for moving from room to room so you can keep a close eye on your baby during nap times throughout the day.

A third popular option with many parents is the bedside sleeper, also known as a sidecar sleeper or bedside bassinet. These attach to your adult-sized bed and allow you to sleep next to your baby safely and provide easier access to your baby, especially if you are breastfeeding.

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Sometimes parents choose to save on costs by accepting a second-hand mattress for their new baby from a friend or relative. 

While sometimes this is just fine, experts from the SIDS foundation recognize hidden dangers from used mattresses that parents should be mindful of.

If you’re looking to cut costs as you prepare your baby’s nursery, you may want to accept a second-hand crib or bassinet and then just buy a new mattress for hygienic purposes and fewer allergens.

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3. Bedding

Gorgeous looking bedding gives your nursery that special wow factor and it’s an easy and affordable way to elevate your baby’s nursery.

All you need is a fitted sheet since pillows, bumper pads, and blankets can be safety hazards for your young baby. 

Many parents incorporate the theme of their nursery to their bedding and match the cushions, wallpaper, lampshades, and other artwork dotted around the place. 

Popular themes include; teddy bears, rainbows, unicorns, under the sea, hearts, moons and stars, safari, or colors around gender.

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A changing table is purposefully built to make things as easy as possible when changing diapers. 

Although you can change a baby almost anywhere, being able to stand upright when changing your baby will save on back strain and is ah-ma-zing during your postpartum recovery. 

Your changing table will include a padded ‘mattress’ to lay down your baby. These are generally curved and supportive for safety purposes for your little one. 

They typically include shelves or drawers to add all of your changing supplies as well, including your diapers, wipes creams, lotions, diaper sacks, spare clothes, etc.

A good changing table should be sturdy and easy to clean and provide substantial storage space. You may also want to choose one that fits in with the same decor as your crib or matches the theme of your baby’s nursery.

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You might argue that a rocking chair is not an essential item. 

But they are. *wink*

They are wonderful for soothing a distressed baby (who tends to enjoy being rocked to sleep). A high-quality rocking chair is also much more comfortable for nursing mothers, especially on cluster feeding days.

Just like the crib and the changing table, you likely want to get one that matches the decor of your nursery. Pairing these key pieces of furniture together is a great way to make your nursery even more special and appealing.

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A big basket on the floor can be more than just a cute piece of decor and they’re a great addition to your baby’s nursery.

Baskets are great for housing toys, additional blankets, wraps, and other items you want out of sight. 

Plus if you’re in a hurry, it’s always handy having a spot to do a ‘stash and dash’ as visitors are arriving!

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Breastfeeding pillows, or nursing pillows, are purposefully designed to assist in the demands that breastfeeding may require. Because breastfeeding isn’t always as easy and straightforward as we expect.

Whether you plan to nurse or not, both you and your baby need to be comfortable so you can build your attachment together. Plus, these pillows are ergonomically designed to reduce back, shoulder, and arm discomfort.

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Your baby will go through a LOT of clothes each day. This means an organized dresser is a very useful piece of nursery furniture to add to your list. 

Look for baby dressers with compartments for small items such as socks and bibs, or insert little baskets in the top drawer to assist with this.

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Mobiles have been a baby staple for years. 

They assist with soothing your baby when transitioning from your arms to their crib. And they can entertain babies when they’re awake and active. 

Many feature music and moving figurines and others have lights, mirrors, and calming nature sounds. 

When you pick out your mobile, make sure that it can be fitted to your crib and fits in with your theme.

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Being separated from your baby can be stressful, and that’s putting things lightly!

Baby monitors are a lifesaver because they allow you to be able to constantly hear and/or see your baby without always being physically next to them. Some new parents even purchase video monitors so that they can hear and see their baby throughout the day and night. 

Likewise, night lights are another electronic piece of equipment that allows moms and dads to sneak into the nursery late at night to make sure all is well.

Feeling stressed because you have no idea what you need for your baby's nursery? Click here to reveal the top ten essentials to add to get your nursery ready for baby to come home.

Final Thoughts:

Setting up your baby’s nursery is super fun if you know what you need. Start with these ten nursery essentials and you’ll be well on your way to having everything ready for your baby.

Now that you have your infant lists sorted, make sure you check out some other baby tips and tutorials and our breastfeeding guide.

Feeling stressed because you have no idea what you need for your baby's nursery? Click here to reveal the top ten essentials to add to get your nursery ready for baby to come home.
Feeling stressed because you have no idea what you need for your baby's nursery? Click here to reveal the top ten essentials to add to get your nursery ready for baby to come home.

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