Setting up your baby’s nursery can be pretty overwhelming. There are so many choices to make and it’s hard to even know where you should begin. To help you keep your sanity we’ve put together this baby nursery checklist.
Obviously, you’re going to need a place for the baby to sleep. Cribs come in different styles and colors, but whatever you choose, make sure it meets safety standards. Never accept a hand-me-down crib.
Most parents are surprised to learn that a mattress is usually not included in the cost of a crib. Expect to tack on another $80-$200 for a decent crib mattress.
Mattress Pad and Sheets:
We recommend getting at least 2 waterproof mattress pads and at least 3 or 4 fitted crib sheets. You’ll be glad you have extras since you’ll be washing them so often.
Dresser or Armoire:
For someone so small, your baby’s clothes sure take up a lot of storage space. Plan ahead and add a dresser or armoire to your baby nursery so you have easy access to the many outfits he’ll be going through.
Sure, you can change the baby on the floor or a bed but a changing table will definitely be easier on your back. If you get a nice dresser you can get a removable changing pad that goes on top and can be discarded when it’s no longer needed.
An infant monitor is one of the more important additions to your baby nursery. It allows you to go anywhere in the house while giving you peace of mind that your little one is safe and sounds.
The soft glow of a nightlight can help some babies sleep, but this is really for you. There will be plenty of nights where you have to slip in to feed or soothe your little one, and your toes and shins will be grateful you have a nightlight to avoid banging them into things.
Storage Baskets and Bins:
You will be absolutely amazed at how much “stuff” you need for your little one. Diapers, wipes, creams, nail clippers, onesies, burp cloths, stuffed animals, small toys, and a million other little things. Get yourself some sturdy plastic bins and wicker baskets to keep everything organized so you can find something when you need it.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector:
This is something that many new parents don’t even think of, but it could save your baby’s life. We recommend the Kidde Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm. It combines both important safety features in a single unit, and it’s verbal warning messages clearly speak the words “Fire! Fire!” or “Warning! Carbon Monoxide!” to alert you to danger.
Your baby may be small, but he sure can stink up a diaper! You definitely don’t want to toss dirty diapers in with the regular trash, so you may want to pick up a diaper pail which is designed to keep the smell sealed inside.
Glider or Rocker with Ottoman:
While not a necessity, it certainly helps to have a comfy place to breastfeed or snuggle your little one back to sleep.