Buying Nursery Furniture
Nursery furniture is fun to shop for while anticipating the arrival of your special baby on the way. Buying items for a baby are so much fun and who doesn't want their little one to have the best? There are so many things to consider when setting up your baby's nursery. Let's talk about all the options.
First you are going to want to consider a decorating theme such as Disney characters, nature settings, sports related settings, or just colorful balloons when shopping for baby furniture. Color is not as important these days in relation to gender as it was years ago but the traditional pink for girl, and blue for boy still goes. Important pieces to consider purchasing are a changing table, crib, drawer chest and a rocking chair. Many sites online have matching sets and will help in choosing a theme, color, or design.
When preparing for the arrival of your baby, it is very important to have all of the items you need already at home. This way, when you come home with your baby, you won't need to make any unnecessary trips to the store. While a changing table isn't always necessary, you will want to have a changing pad for your baby to lie on.
You will want to purchase a changing pad that is soft and long enough for your baby to lie on. The pad should also have sides that angle upward. Along with your changing pad or table, you will need various items to keep your baby comfortable and clean. One advantage a changing table has is that you can keep all of the things you need in or on it and everything is nearby. You shouldn't leave your baby for any reason, so you need to keep everything right where you can reach it.
Your changing table will want to have diapers that are both disposables and cloth fit in a diaper stacker. Hang it near the changing table or where you are changing your baby. Wipes are good for cleaning both your baby's bottom and your hands afterwards.
Think ahead when purchasing a crib and find one that will convert into a youth or toddler bed when the child gets older. Nursery furniture offered online has many options available and is manufactured to last. A bunch of accessories are available to add the decorator touch to a child's room. Consider purchasing a mobile for the bundle of joy to view when awake in the crib and pick something colorful that plays a melody. When purchasing a crib pay attention to drop down details for safety features to prevent little fingers from being pinched. Find a crib that has adjustable heights for the growing child. When the child is very small it will be better to have the height raised on the bed but when the child grows it will be wise to lower it. It is important that your child be comfortable in their crib it is critical that they be kept safe and since they will be using a crib for sleep until they are ready to move into a bed you also need a crib that will be rugged and sturdy enough for enough the bounciest of toddlers when they first begin to jump up and down in their cribs.
Some safety features that you will want to look for are the distance between crib slats can be no more than 2 3/8 inches. The drop sides must be a minimum of 9 inches above the mattress support when lowered. The drop sides must be a minimum of 26 inches above the mattress support when raised. The crib mattress must fit snugly allowing for no more than two fingers width between the crib sides and the mattress. Make sure that the drop side locking mechanism is secure and functions properly. Also, check to make sure there are no rough or sharp corners, peeling paint, splinters, bolts that stick out or nuts with sharp edges. You will also want to make sure your crib has a good adjustable mattress height. This will allow you to adjust the height of the mattress as baby grows so that he can't accidentally fall out of the crib. You will want to check the ease of release to see how easy it is to release the drop side and to see how much noise it makes. Remember you more than likely will be doing this while holding a sleeping baby at 3 A.M so the easier and quieter it is to operate one handed the better. You will want to check the mattress size to make sure the crib will accommodate a standard crib size mattress snugly or you may end up searching for an odd size crib mattress that could end up costing you more money. You will want to check the durability by feeling and shaking the crib in the store to make sure it feels sturdy and not poorly constructed. You are going to want to have either plastic or metal casters on your crib as it makes it much easier to move the crib around when changing the sheets on the mattress. A teething bar covers the top rails for when your baby starts teething. This allows baby to chew on plastic instead of chewing on and possibly ingesting wood.
Another important thing is to know that crucial safety tips will help new parents to rest assured that their little bundle of joy is safe and secure. Research has shown that infants under 12 months of age should be placed on their backs to sleep but make sure the child has been burped sufficiently after feeding. Do not leave stuffed toys, pillows, or other objects in the bed with the child and make sure the sheet fits snugly on the mattress. Dress the child appropriately for warmth at bedtime to help the child be comfortable and cozy. Wrapping the child tightly in a receiving blanket will help the child feel more secure when sleeping, but don't cover the child's head. When shopping for baby furniture, consider purchasing a bumper pad to provide some cushion for the active child.
Other accessories that can add to the decor along with nursery furniture is window treatments, a toy bag, diaper stacker, a dirty clothes hamper, dust ruffle for the crib, wall organizer, and lamps. Needful items that parents will be glad they purchased are receiving blankets, sleepers, washcloths and hooded towels, a baby bathtub, nightshirts, plenty of diapers, diaper genie, shampoo, soap, and lotion.
Cheap baby furniture can be a wonderful way to furnish a child's room for those on a budget. There are many ways to shop and find low priced pieces to use to decorate a room. Wholesale baby furniture will often be much cheaper than purchasing from a retail store. These items can often be purchased from wholesale stores and warehouses. Finding great deals can also be accomplished by visiting yard sales or garage sales held by families. There are usually many opportunities to buy pieces that have not been used much by the family.
The Internet is another good source for finding gently-used or discounted items. Search engines will be useful in locating stores that offer great prices on baby furniture and other pieces. Decorating for a baby's room can be expensive, making lower prices very appealing for the consumer. Considering that most children spend only a few weeks in bassinets and generally no more than 2 years in a crib, it is very wise to invest as little as possible in this type of expense.
For those who prefer new over used items, finding wholesale pricing is one of the best ways to find quality pieces at a reduced price. Wholesale baby furniture may be available from a wholesale outlet store. This type of store can be found throughout the country, most often in larger cities.
A yard sale, garage sale, or rummage sale may be another fantastic place to find tremendous values. Used pieces are a less expensive alternative to wholesale baby furniture if one is willing to look at pieces that have already been used. These types of sales can especially be found in the late spring, summer, and early fall months. Often sales will be held on the weekends for individuals to stop at the family's home to purchase products. Finding a sale will be easy if one knows where to look. Local newspapers, radio announcements, and signs will be utilized to advertise and promote these sales where cheap baby furniture prices can be found. Many times, the pieces that can found at a yard sale are hardly used. For many reasons, children do not spend much time using the item before it is outgrown.
For your child's safety, child proof the home by putting safety covers on electrical outlets and locks on dresser drawers and make sure curtain cords are out of reach. Don't leave breakable items within reach of those little hands and do not leave a baby unattended. When picking out nursery furniture look for safety and security pieces so that when the child is asleep in their room the worry will be minimized. It is also a really good idea to purchase a baby monitor and this way the parents can hear the baby when they are not in the room, by keeping one monitor close to the child and the other one with them.
When shopping for baby furniture be sure and choose a comfortable rocking chair. There are many to choose from online and they vary in price and quality. This will probably be something that is used often when trying to calm a child or rock to sleep. Other items to consider purchasing are a baby stroller, high chair, car seat, baby swing, baby carrier, and a quality diaper bag. There are so many items that will need to be purchased before that bundle of joy arrives so consider starting early and buying a little at a time or hope for a good turnout at a baby shower. Rocking chairs are comfortable because when one sits in one without rocking the chair automatically rocks backwards until the sitter's center of gravity is met thus granting the ergonomic benefit that the occupant is kept at a very unstressed position and angle. Varieties of rockers include those mounted on a spring base or platform called "platform rockers" and those with swinging braces commonly known as gliders. The rocking chair was invented by Ben Franklin by simply taking a standard chair and adding rockers to it. It was quickly improved upon by various manufacturers and by the early 1800's was a common fixture in most well to do homes. Its popularity has only increased and today antique rockers of all varieties are highly sought after. Rocking chairs are often associated with seniority and grandparents. They are also associated with parenting, the gentle rocking motion often soothing and quieting a fussy infant.
Nursery furniture is fun to shop for while anticipating the arrival of your special baby on the way. Buying items for a baby are so much fun and who doesn't want their little one to have the best! There are so many things to consider when setting up your baby's nursery. Good luck when making your nursery room furniture purchases!