With a baby on the way, parents are usually excited about many things; buying furniture is one of them. Planning for the baby is quite exciting and at the same time hard to manage. Some parents may stress out after reading lots of magazines and researching different types of furniture available. However, buying furniture for a newborn does not have to be a big ordeal.
Magazines will only provide you will a big list of options; hence it is a good idea to take some advice from people who have already had such an experience. It is important to remember that not all types of baby furniture are necessary for every parent and it is also important to get the timing of purchase right for it is of use. This article lists the type of baby furniture available and how one can prioritize their purchasing.
Prioritizing Items on Furniture Buy List
There are many popular baby furniture includes cribs & cots, dressers & changing units, Mattresses, Rocking Chair (nursing chair). Parents may require a cot from day 1 itself since all of us need to sleep irrespective of the age, adults & children.
Some parents may also give importance to the purchase of a comfortable mattress while others cannot live without a dress or changing unit. Here is a list of baby furniture items and their priority:
- Cribs & Cots: A fixed hours of sleep is essential for all of us, and more so for a newborn. Newborns tend to sleep for up to 18 hours a day initially which may go down 15 hours after the initial few weeks. This makes a cot one of the most important pieces of furniture and that with the highest priority. It is usually recommended that a child has a bed of their own although at times they do share a bed with the mother for the first 6 months. A cot or crib is also usually the first item we think of when designing a nursery. Since it is an essential item, it is simpler to design the rest of the nursery around it and by using a similar theme.
- Mattress: Mattress shopping is equally important since a crib without a mattress to go with it will not be very comfortable. Most of us associate a mattress with something soft and comfortable. Crib mattresses should ideally be firm and free from blankets and pillows since they are a hazard (can cause suffocation).
- Dresser & Changing Table: A dresser is one of the other baby furniture items that one might need from the very start. Parents are likely to require plenty of clothes since one requires changing them frequently. They will also outgrow the clothes very fast needing space to store old and stock new. Parents will also need space for the bigger size clothes and those received as gifts.
- Nursery Chair: One of the other popular items is the nursing chair in Australia. Mothers often find themselves having to pacify a newborn, including having to feed them at odd hours of the day or night. There are several methods of doing this. One of the most popular options is to invest in a nursery chair which many do, but there are also plenty of other options. The rocking chairs are perfect for mothers with a newborn since not only does it serve the purpose of pacifying a child, it also useful for the mother to help them relax.
Some of the other important baby furniture items include baskets, a nightlight, baby monitors, high chairs, etc. Basket is handy to keep the room clear of clothes & toys it is also added to the décor. It is a good idea to have dim light and not expose the child to bright light at night. The nightlight also makes it easier for the parents. A high chair is useful once the child is ready for normal food and old enough to sit in a chair.