Setting up a nursery is a very exciting process. It is like buying a new home or a new car. Some parents are very excited that once they have determined the baby's gender, they already set out to look for the necessary items and materials to use to decorate and set up the nursery. And because of our anxiousness to give our child only the best, we might be overwhelmed and overlook some essentials that need to be in the nursery. If this is the first time for us to set up a nursery, this is surely bound to happen. Before we customize and decorate the nursery to fit our child's needs, we should be familiar of what are the important furniture that needs to be in the nursery to make sure that our child is comfortable, safe , and protected.
Here are a few items that a nursery should never be caught without:
Prior to choosing the right color and design for the floor and the wall paper, we need to find a cradle for our child. Beds will come later on, but while our child is still small, buying a cradle is a must. Swinging cradles also serve a dual purpose. Aside from using the cradle as a safe place for our baby to sleep on, it can also be used to rock the baby gently back to sleep.
Aside from a cradle, we would also need to buy a crib. This may not be that useful during the first 4 months, but once the baby starts to recognize the things around him and to explore around, we would need a safe place for him to be able to move and play around without posing a danger to himself. A crib must be sturdy and durable to accommodate the baby even if he grows a bit heavy.
A changing table and a dresser are also other items that have to be in the nursery. For the first twelve months or even longer than that, our baby will need diapers because it is unable to control urination and bowel movements. A normal table may not be durable for frequent wettings. A dresser on the other hand will be helpful in keeping our baby's toiletries and clothing items neat, organized and easy to access. We might also consider buying a child chair, but this can wait until such time that our baby can sit on its own and enjoy.
After purchasing these necessities, then there is no limit to what else we can put in the nursery. We just need to make sure that all the items in the nursery are safe for our child. We need to make sure that there are no loose cables or small items that our child may eventually encounter. We should also make sure that our child's comfort and need for space is not compromised by putting in too much stuff in the nursery. Apart from our desire to provide our child with everything, we should keep in mind that the nursery should be a peaceful and relaxing place for you and your child.