Baby Nursery Essentials
- July 29, 2021
- by Melissa Lawrence
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!
Of course, not everyone has the space for a nursery. If you live out in the suburbs, you’re more likely to have an extra room available, but if you live in the city like me, then you may have to work with limited space! I still think it’s important to have a space of your own for nursing, even if it’s just a corner in a bedroom or the living room. See my guide here for how I made a nursery for Bracey in my terrace.
Watch the video above if you’re going for the full nursery package. The show covers classic nursery products. Read on for more details and the latest and greatest products for your nursery.
When Should You Start Setting Up the Baby Nursery?
As those of you who follow or followed my Pregnancy Week by Week series will know, I’m pretty familiar with babies that arrive ahead of schedule! Hence, I would recommend, as a rule of thumb, that you have your nursery ready by 36 weeks. Even if your baby arrives on time, it’s always nice to relax in the knowledge that things are good to go.
To meet that goal, decide on your theme and budget by 20 weeks. For the theme, you might take the traditional route and opt for a boy- or girl-themed nursery, or else you might take a more modern approach and opt for a gender-neutral arrangement. In any case, by this point you should know your baby’s sex (if you wanted to know it).
Shortly afterward, you’ll want to order your furniture. Do this no later than 24 weeks, because it can take three to four months for furniture to be delivered. Plan to paint the room or wallpaper it by 25 weeks, so that there’s plenty of time for the room to ventilate before your little one moves in. Hopefully, between 30 and 35 weeks, your furniture will have arrived, and you can begin putting up the extras like pictures and lighting, as well as put away baby shower presents.