We like to keep it real on this site. Therefore, we won’t tell you to buy thing that you don’t need. We want you to be able to have the best stuff at the best prices. So, when it comes to tricking out the new baby’s nursery, we won’t suggest you get the most expensive bedroom set, or the Pottery Barn bedding (unless you can get it second hand).
Not everything needs to be new. In fact, there are a lot of things you can get for the new baby’s nursery that will allow him/her to be the newest entity in the room. When it is necessary to purchase something brand new we will certainly advise that. But, if we can save you some money, we are going to do that as well.
The 7 Most Important Items for the Nursery
We are choosing to include the 7 most important items for the nursery because we don’t want you to be overwhelmed. New moms have a lot on their plates already. And, we don’t want you to overcrowd the nursery. The items on this list are quite important though, so don’t neglect to add them to the room:
- Crib- Obviously you need somewhere for the new wee one to sleep. Of course, you will probably do some co-sleeping, especially if you are breastfeeding (which we recommend). You don’t have to purchase your crib brand new. Getting a used one is completely acceptable. Just make sure you look up the recalls to keep your baby safe.
- Bedding- You can’t let your new little love sleep on a bare mattress. So, you will definitely need to get some bedding. But, this can also be purchased second hand from places like Once Upon a Child or Sprouts Consignment (check them out here).
- Diaper Pail- Unless you want the place to constantly smell of dirty diapers, you will definitely want to include one of these. This is an item that you should buy new, unless you want to smell someone else’s kids’ dirty diapers. If you need help picking the best diaper pail, the attached link will certainly benefit you.
- Changing Table– Some people might forego this item but if you want your back to be less problematic, don’t do it. You don’t need a new one, just a sturdy one. Diaper changing is considerably easier with this addition to the nursery.
- Rocking Chair- You will want one of these, and the older more well-loved, the better. This means look for a cool and comfortable rocking chair in a thrift store. We found one for $10 in a Goodwill and used it for two out of the three kids.
- Nightlight- Even if the baby hasn’t developed a fear of the dark just yet, you will want the nightlight. This way you can check in on your wee one while he/she sleeps. And, it makes for a great diaper changing light without having to light up the whole room.
- Dresser- You are going to need a place to store all those super cute outfits from friends and family. And, if you are smart about it, you can get one cheap (or even free) and then paint it yourself to match your décor.
If you need additional suggestions for the nursery, feel free to read this.