Preparing the Baby's Nursery

Preparing the baby's nursery is so exciting, but what items does a baby really need? In all the excitement it is so easy to get carried away and buy things for your baby's room that never get used.  Whilst it is fun choosing cute decorations and accessories it is important to set up a practical nursery that will grow with your baby. We have come up with a list of must have essential items for setting up a baby room, and a list of nice added touches too!


Preparing baby's nursery - what does baby really need? A list of must have essential baby items for setting up a baby room and decoration idea

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Preparing the nursery is a lovely way to start thinking about a new arrival and imagining them becoming part of the family. Whilst babies often don't move into their baby room until they are several months old (or much older if you decide to co-sleep), it can be nice to have the nursery finished before the hectic newborn phase begins.  

Having said that we were unable to start preparing the nursery for Oliver (who is now 7 weeks old) before he was born as I had quite a tricky pregnancy.  The first few weeks after Oliver was born were really crazy too so it is only now 7 weeks later that we are starting to think about preparing his nursery. 

We have started picking out Oliver's nursery furniture and we are really looking forward to setting up the perfect baby room for him.  We will be choosing furniture from the fabulous range on offer at www.babios.co.uk. At the moment my favourite furniture set, and the one that I think we will go for is the Sailing Baby set.  What do you think?

Babios is a UK based designer furniture company that specialise in children's bedroom funriture. I am working alongside babios as an ambassador and I am able to offer readers 5% off any furniture from their range using the discount code: SMILEYKID. Babios's designer furniture is beautifully made and every detail has been thought through making it practical as well as stunning.  All of the images of furniture in this article are from their baby collection. 

Preparing baby's nursery - what does baby really need? A list of must have essential baby items for setting up a baby room and decoration idea
Image: Furntiure from the Golf Star collection


Preparing the Baby's Nursery


As mentioned above it  is important when preparing the baby's nursery to think practically about what a baby really needs. Don't forget to think ahead beyond the baby stage, as a child grows their needs do too! 

In the list below we have included what we believe to be the must have essential items for setting up the baby's room. 


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Preparing baby's nursery - what does baby really need? A list of must have essential baby items for setting up a baby room and decoration idea
Image: Furniture from the Butterfly Baby collection



Essential Must Have Items for the Baby's Nursery


1. Somewhere for Baby to Sleep


One of the most obvious and important items for the nursery is a cot or crib for your baby. When they are tiny babies will need a small cot or crib that will fit in their parents room (unless they are co-sleeping). However once they move into the nursery they will need a larger cot. It is also important to make sure that you buy a brand new mattress.

Having a cot that will grow with your baby will save a lot of money in the long run. Cot bed's are a perfect soloutions as they will last for years. The cot bed's from Babios actually transform into full sized single beds with a chest of drawers by the side. 


Preparing baby's nursery - what does baby really need? A list of must have essential baby items for setting up a baby room and decoration idea
Image: Cot bed from the Sailing Baby collection


2. Nursery Bedding


This is quite a fun item to buy as you can spend time choosing colours, designs or themes that you would like to base your baby's nursery around. When babies are really small all they really need is a bed sheet and a baby sleeping bag (or top sheet and blanket). 

Don't forget that if you are choosing to use sheets and blankets for your baby it is imporant to make sure that the baby sleeps at the foot of the cot so that there is no room for them to wriggle under the blanket.

There are some really cute bed sets around and although you won't use them straight away it is a good idea to buy the quilt and pillow cover to match if you can as you might have trouble finding some that match at a later date.

Some people like to buy matching cot bumpers to stop their baby hurting themselves on the cot bars.  There are however some concerns that having a cot bumper can increase the risk of SID.


Preparing baby's nursery - what does baby really need? A list of must have essential baby items for setting up a baby room and decoration idea


Image: Sleeping set from the Bella Baby collection


3. Black Out Curtains


Whilst you don't have to have black out curtains you will be very glad that you did when your baby doesnt wake up as the sun rises in the summer months.  


4. Changing Area


Whether it's a changing unit or just a changing mat you will need an area to change your baby's nappy. Keep a drawer or basket full of all the nappy changing essentials nearby e.g. a supply of nappies, baby wipes, nappy rash cream etc. As your baby gets older a few toys to keep them entertained while they are being changed can be handy too. 



5. Storage for Baby Clothes, Toys and Blankets


Even though babies are tiny their things definitely take up a lot of space! Having a wardrobe with lots of different areas to hang and stack clothes will really help. Baby wardrobes are great if you only have a small space, but thinking long term it is better if you can to buy a full sized wardrobe that will grow with your baby. 


Preparing baby's nursery - what does baby really need? A list of must have essential baby items for setting up a baby room and decoration idea
Image: 3 door wardrobe from the Jasmin Baby collection

As well as a wardrobe having a chest of drawers or some shelves will also be benificial. It is amazing how quickly babies seem to collect clothes, toys, books, blankets etc! 


Preparing baby's nursery - what does baby really need? A list of must have essential baby items for setting up a baby room and decoration idea
Image: Chest of drawers from the zuzo collection

Make sure any large furniture is anchored to the walls. Whilst it will be a while before your baby is old enough to be playing, it is a good to know that the room is safe and secure ready for when your baby becomes more mobile. 



6. Nursing Chair


Having a place to sit (for mum and dad, not baby!) is so important. So many hours are spent at night trying to nurse your baby back to sleep, so having comfy chair to sit on really is essential.  A few cushions could come handy too! 


7. Room Thermometer


Judging the temperature of a room can be difficult so having a room thermometer can be useful. Ideally your baby's room should be between 16 C and 20 C. 



8. Baby Monitor


Having a baby monitor so that you can hear your baby while you are not in the room will reassure you that your baby is ok. There are lots of different baby monitors available including video monitors so that you can see your baby.


As well as buying the must have essentials for your baby's room it's nice to buy little extras to make your baby's nursery a little more individual. Infact I would say choosing all the little extras is the best bit!

Other items you might want to consider are:
  • Rug
  • Pictures or wall art 
  • Baby mobile
  • Rocking horse
  • Toy box
  • Lamp
  • Nightlight or ceiling projector 
  • Baskets or boxes
  • Personaized items (e.g. name art, blankets, toy boxes etc)

To complete your baby's nursery you might want to have fun looking at decoration ideas too. Painting the room or adding wall paper can really transfor the room. Whilst your baby won't notice the decor now, they will as they get older.

Preparing baby's nursery - what does baby really need? A list of must have essential baby items for setting up a baby room and decoration idea
Image: Furniture from the Ocean Baby collection


So there we have it, a list of must have essential items that you will need when setting up your baby's nursery.  Have we forgotten anything? Don't forget that you can find all our baby activities here

I am working alongside Babios as an Ambassador and am able to offer readers a discount of 5% off  their stunning furniture. Use the discount code: SMILEYKID


Preparing baby's nursery - what does baby really need? A list of must have essential baby items for setting up a baby room and decoration idea
Image: Furniture from the Rose Baby collection 

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1 comment

  1. That baby sailing set ... gorgeous!!! And YES to blackout curtains, a total must have.

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