The first of the preparations, by the parents, in the arrival of a newborn is setting up the nursery and buying baby furniture and accessories. Baby showers along with some personal shopping will help to build and design a lovely baby nursery. Gift shopping for nursery furniture is easier if the parents-to-be keep a registry at a nearby store of their choice. The items of furniture needed for the newborn have to be of premium quality, sturdily built and most importantly safe.
Baby Cribs, Cradles And Mattresses
Baby cribs constitute the most essential part of the nursery ensemble and are used till the baby is three years old. They come in a wide variety of styles to match different nursery themes and color schemes. The standard designs come in the form of simple cribs, canopy, convertible and sleigh. The features include adjustable mattress heights, metal mattress supports; various release mechanisms, rolling castors and a teething rail. There are even portable travel cribs for the occasional over-night trip out of town.
A cradle is similar to a crib, only lower and is attached with a string that allows you to rock it to gently lull the baby to sleep.
The mattresses that fit the crib are typically of two kinds – foam and coil. While the foam might weigh less, the coil mattresses tend to last much longer.
A changing table should be well padded with guardrails and safety straps for the baby. Since it can be used till the baby is two years old, it should be appropriately sized. It normally comes with dresser drawers, open shelves or a combination of both. Accessories on a changing table include changing pads, organizers and wipe warmers.
A baby monitor will alert the parents to its crying while in another room. It serves to add reassurance to the parents that they can still monitor their baby even from afar. There are several types of baby monitors – audio, audio/movement and audio/video monitors.
Play Pens Or Play Yards
The basic design can be used as a playpen or a crib. While one type of playpen has a bassinet built in for the newborn, another is adorned with a canopy style to keep your infant shielded and cool. Accessories you can purchase separately include a changing station, netting for outdoor use and sheets.
A chest of drawers for the newborn is a must. Again, just like the crib, these too come in different colors and themes to match the nursery style.
All parents need this very essential piece of furniture, which is available in different types like adjustable, conventional, booster and wooden. The high chair should have an adjustable tray, locking mechanism, a safe and sturdy restraint system and possibly rolling casters, which can be locked easily. If the high chair has a reclining facility, you can use it to bottle feed the baby as well.
A car seat is a must not only by need but also by law; it is an important item in the newborn’s ensemble. Typically, all babies have to travel in the back of the car with the seat facing the rear of the car. The different types include infant car seat, convertible and booster seats.
A stroller can be used from around four months of age until about four years and is needed whenever the mother has to go for any outing with the baby.
Strollers come as a standard stroller, single and double stroller, with umbrellas or as a travel system, which is a combination stroller and car seat. Most strollers have a canopy, front bar, harness, recliner and a storage space. Accessories available include accessory bars, attachable toy and activity bars, infant headrests, rain shields and stroller connectors for attaching two strollers together.