Preparing the nursery can be a great time for pregnant women. Not only is it fun to prepare for the birth of a baby, it also provides the expectant mother with an outlet for her imminent nesting instincts. Many well-meaning people (such as parents and in-laws) will convince you that you must have certain furniture for your new baby’s room.
Some of the pieces of furniture you might consider include:
- Changing table
- Hammock chair
Do you need all of them? Only you know for sure. Ask yourself, “What furniture will I really use?”
A small cot is useful for keeping newborns too close. Most of them are portable so you can wrap them around the house. If someone offers to lend you a small bed, use it as long as the mattress is clean and in good condition. You will only be using the small bed for a short time, so why invest in it as a main piece of furniture?
A crib, however, is a different story. If you have ever planned for your baby to sleep alone, you will need a bed. It’s not safe to borrow a cot from someone, and although cribs are a type of baby furniture that has a sentimental attachment, don’t agree to use an old cot because that’s the bed your husband used when he was a child. Safety standards have changed dramatically, and what was previously considered safe furniture may not be now.
Search the Internet for crib safety standards. Make sure the bobbin is placed on the bed close enough so that the baby’s head doesn’t get caught between it. Also, make sure there is no lead paint on the bedding. If you are like most moms, you will feel better about your baby’s safety if you buy a new product or someone you know recently used it.
Do you need a changing table? For years mothers didn’t have this furniture. But it’s great to have them at a sufficient height to avoid back strain. It’s a matter of space available, money available, and your willingness to bend over to change a diaper!
If the wardrobe is purchased for many years, then it will be a great investment in furniture. Don’t waste your money on a stylish wardrobe that the kids won’t bother with until they start developing personal tastes. Instead, think about the rest of your house.
Do you have a lot of mahogany furniture or a lot of white furniture? Buy a wardrobe that you can move elsewhere in the house if your child decides that he hates him on the go. Buy solid wood. Furniture will last longer and contain less chemicals than cheap veneered furniture, which often goes into drying or the glue used to hold the pieces together.
Everyone thinks you need a rocking chair if you have a baby. Is it necessary nursery furniture? Not if you have a rocking chair elsewhere in the house. No mother or child wants to spend all her time in the nursery. Use the swinging time in another room to give you a change of pace – unless you just want to buy a rocking chair.