Nursery Essentials

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Hello Mamas!

Whether you’re awaiting a little boy or a little girl, decorating the nursery is one of the most exciting activities for parents-to-be! I had so much fun putting together my baby’s nursery, but there are a lot of things to remember when getting furniture. That’s why I’ve put together a list of nursery essentials for you!

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Nursing Chairs: This is a must for all moms, whether or not you’re breastfeeding. It will provide great support for your back, your arms, and your baby when in the nursing position. A foot stool is also nice for propping your tired feet up after a long day. And although this may seem like a big, bulky piece of furniture now, it is going to serve you for years, even after your baby is done nursing. It’s a wonderful chair to use when reading to your child (or children) down the road! A good investment for any mom!

Cribs: You may think that the first thing you’ll need to buy for a nursery is a big crib. However, I’ve found that you really can get away with just having a Pack N’ Play for the first few months of a baby’s life. A Pack N’ Play can be taken anywhere, so you’ll be a lot more mobile. In addition, this is a great option if your baby is sleeping in the same room as you. Of course, as your baby grows older, a crib is an essential for a nursery, so it’s listed here at number 2.

Changing Table: If you think (like I did) that you can get away with just changing your baby on your bed or on the floor, think again! This isn’t just any old piece of furniture. My changing table is the perfect way to store my diapers, my changing pads, wipes, creams, thermometers, product manuals, and everything else I need to care for my babies! The baby will also be at the perfect height for changing.

Nursery Storage: If you’re a neat freak like me, you’ll need a place for all the little things you’ll acquire when you first bring your baby home. This includes toys, clothing, books, and more. Having a built-in system or stackable containers will keep the little outfits, swaddling blankets, sheets, pajamas, and other clothes all organized in one spot! Toy chests and containers are also great for organization.

I hope you have enjoyed my video and guide on baby nursery furniture and nursery storage ideas.

Anything I’ve missed? What are you decorating your nursery with? What color are you painting it? I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check back for more! xo

  • JMR137

    I totally agree with the Pack ‘N Play! We used this for the my baby for the first 9 months, and we just recently put her in a crib. Also, I love Plum Organics!

  • yarissa

    I received the glider and a changing table as a “hand me down” for my 3rd baby … survived two kids without them! and used my pack & play until baby was 2yrs old and it saved my baby from all hotel used stuff!

  • JBaker

    A comfy glider for all the late night feedings. It has become part of our bedtime routine bottle, rock and read books. My husband and I both could have fallen asleep in the glider.

  • A glider and good dark window shades.

  • meganbrondyke

    My glider is WONDERFUL, I’d definitely suggest that everyone get one. But I would have to say that pack ‘n play is the most useful item that new mommies should get! We kept the pack ‘n play in our room for the first couple of months so that we could be closer to him. Now that he’s older, he sleeps in his crib in his own room but we take the pack ‘n play everywhere and it’s a great place to set the baby down in a safe area for him to play! Another important item would be BOOKS. Especially board books. Not only can you read them to your baby but they’re safe to play with. Oh, a nice stock pile of diapers never hurts either. I stock up when they go on sale!

  • cab

    Swaddle blankets! They make it so much easier to keep the baby swaddled at night, and really helped our DS to sleep!

  • wifey0429

    I would have to say a Glider! I practically lived and slept in mine during the first year of both my girls!

  • slstaffo

    I am going to have to say the Pack N’ Play! this is my 1st baby and the pack n’ play is so versatile and mobile! The one I’ve been eyeing has a changing table also!! LOVE IT 🙂 plus we like to travel a lot this comes in handy!

  • cckyle

    I would say swaddle blankets – they were so useful for us in helping out little girl get to sleep. We had about 6 and that number worked for us to not have to do laundry everyday. The rocker is also a great idea but I hardly used it when she was little, now that she is a year old I use it so much more to comfort her instead of nursing and to read books in. Also we got a leather lazy boy type chair and it is much more comfortable than the traditional glider and this way we can move it to another room when she out grows it and it will still fit in our house.

  • staplesrn

    I agree that having good storage is the key! It helps to keep you organized and there is nothing worse than we you cannot find something you really need!

  • coriadel

    A sound machine with white noise is key for a sleeping baby!!

  • coriadel

    A sound machine with white noise is key for a sleeping baby!!

  • lizsasha

    The most important item for the nursery for me was a nightlight, not too bright not too dim but just enough to see things. Also agree that the changing table was great since i didn’t have to bend over to change the baby and the glider or rocking chair was great too.

  • mdoll

    Great list. I agree with the storage suggestions. At the baby shower we received so many clothes in sizes from newborn to 18 months! I love the cube bookshelves from Ikea – you can get doors, drawers, fabric bins or leave them open. We did half as storage bins and half open for organizing toys, books, etc.

  • ttaplashvili

    i agree with pack n play i love it so much, use it until this day my son is 14 months old 🙂 im obbessed with plum btw

  • Jennifer

    The pack ‘n play is certainly a great addition to your nursery. I don’t think it’s a must-have but definitely helpful! I could not live without a changing table, which holds not only my changing pad, but also my wipes-warmer, a box of Kleenex, and a basket with small necessities (bulb syringe, binkies, Q-tips, etc).
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  • plusoneangel17

    I LOVE my Boppy pillow! I used it for nursing, tummy time & for my baby girl to nap in! It is a must for a new nursery! I LOVE Plum!

  • albrigea

    Agreed- glider! A cheap essential is a good night light too so you don’t turn on the big light at night so baby can go right back to sleep!!!

  • astorm

    I would say my rocker from Pier One (best gift from the hubby when we found out I was pregnant) and of course my obsession for organization.

  • MyMunchkinAndMe

    I would have to say the most important thing for a nursery is a nice rocking chair. Always helps ease my baby to sleep. It will also be great for story telling when she gets bigger 🙂

    • Melissa-CloudMom

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  • Miriam

    What about a baby monitor??

  • thebutterflygirl


    I am due to have my second child this August. I have to say that your videos are a godsend! I really struggled as a first time mom in 2011 and took advice from all different people and felt very overwhelmed and unorganized. Your videos are really helping me to remain calm, get organized, and really figure out what is most essential. Thank you so much! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your videos on youtube when I was looking up diaper bags.

    • Thank you so much — love your name and best of luck with #2!