Preparing for Baby – Nursery Essentials

With these essential elements to your nursery, you’re on the way to a happy journey as a new parent.

Themes, cribs, furniture, changing tables, chairs, toys, and what else? There’s a lot on your mind when you’re going to be a new mom. You’re worried about everything – you’ve got house to baby-proof, and you want to make sure you have everything you need and want to keep your little one happy, comfortable, safe, and healthy. By the time you get around to planning the nursery, you’ve got so much going on in your mind that it seems too easy to mess something up or forget an essential element. Lucky for you, this guide can serve as your nursery essentials checklist, helping you keep on track when you’re preparing for baby.


Theme Ideas

As tempting as it may be, try to stay away from overt, over the top themes such as Disney princesses, safari jungle themes, and sports themes. Consider the fact that as your baby grows, the nursery will transform into a bedroom. Thus, it would serve you well to choose a more mature color palette if you don’t want to have to remodel the room all over again in the future. 


Soft, neutral colors make for a very classy nursery. Go for a pastel green or yellow, or choose alternating shades of cream and beige. If you really want to decorate with a baby theme or cartoon theme, make use of wall decals that you can remove later, or wallpaper borders that can be covered with a new border easily when the time comes.


Interior of a Nursery


Essential Furniture for Baby

There are certain things you want for the nursery and certain things you’ll need. Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between the two. If you’re having a hard time coming up with a solid list, just make sure that your nursery essentials include the following items.


A crib is obviously one of the first things you’ll choose. There are cribs on the market that transform into a toddler bed, and later, into an adult bed, but these aren’t as aesthetically appealing as traditional cribs, so think about what you really want in the room. The crib will be pretty easy to swap with a bed later on.


A classic white crib in a baby's room


A changing station is one of the essentials that you may not have considered. You can set one up on top of a dresser by using a special foam pad. You can use the dresser drawers to store diapers and wipes, and as baby grows up, the dresser can stay.


Pregnant woman storing diapers and organizing her diaper changing station in a nursery at home


Don’t forget about yourself – you’re definitely going to need a comfortable glider or rocking chair with a foot rest for all the time you’ll spend rocking baby to sleep and reading stories. It’s a good idea to place a little side table next to the glider where you can keep a drink or book for the times when you don’t want to disturb baby’s slumber.


Woman and new born boy in white bedroom with rocking chair and blue crib


Dark window shades or curtains are essential for nap times, and nap times are essential for your sanity, so don’t forget about this essential element when you’re preparing the nursery.




Comforting Elements

There are certain comforting elements that are hanging on the border of needs and wants, including lamps with soft lights, pillows for your chair, and a soft rug for when baby begins to crawl. Although you may not think you’ll need them now you’ll certainly be glad you added them later. 


Bright cheerful nursery room interior with blue walls and hardwood floor

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