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Baby Furniture to Purchase before Bringing Your Baby Home

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You may be overwhelmed by the amount of items you will need to purchase for your little one. As a new parent, it can be hard to resist wanting to buy everything you see, but the costs can add up quickly. Luckily, there are many items, like highchairs, portable feeding seats, and safety gates that you can put off buying for now. There are, however, certain essential pieces of furniture that you should purchase and assemble prior to coming home from the hospital.

Essential infant furniture

  • Bassinet
  • Crib and mattress
  • Changing Table w/storage
  • Dresser

Additional items you may find helpful

  • Comfortable chair (i.e. Glider and ottoman)
  • Hamper
  • Play Yard
  • Toy Chest (for the many gifts you will no doubt receive)
  • Extra storage (you'll need it!)
  • Lamps

If you are having trouble deciding where to start when designing your baby's nursery, spend some time brainstorming about what you would like the room to feel like. Picking a theme and selecting furniture that fits this theme is a great way to create a cohesive nursery that both you and your baby will feel comfortable in.

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Some popular nursery themes include Noah's Arc, the jungle, sports, popular cartoon characters, teddy bears, the ocean, trains, and western themed rooms. If you can't decide on a theme, simply starting with some colors you like is a great way to get the ball rolling. Happy shopping!


What do you think?

Baby Furniture to Purchase before Bringing Your Baby Home

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  1. Marien says:

    Why do I need both a bassinet AND a crib?

  2. Brittany says:

    That’s alot of things to buy

  3. Moyo says:

    Being thinking of where to start my list from, this is really helpful.
    A good place and info to start with.

  4. VVanNess says:

    I started buying pieces from Craigslist, garage sales and thrift stores the moment we started TTC. By searching for the right items and best prices for two years, we now have just about everything we need, short of what would be great to have, but is not really necessary. By the way, LOVE the nursery picture!! Very cute!

  5. My sweet baby girl is going to be sleeping in a bassinet or playpen for a while. That is a cute picture of the nursery.

    • mommy nhoj says:

      My baby sleeps in playpen as well. Back then and now, we are limited in space and moving here in San Antonio has put some other priorities. I would love to design a room of this kind as well

  6. Christina says:

    I would love to have a nursery like that in my home

  7. Amy says:

    I would love to do a nursery, but this is not first child so the baby will be in our room for a while than share with siblings..

  8. TaKeisha says:

    I was thinking about buying an actual bedroom set, (or a convertible crib) so that it is already put together when that time comes and the child has outgrown the toddler bed.

  9. Krystal says:

    Starting off with the small basics is honestly, the easiest way to go in my mind. That way while you are dealing with doctor’s appointment, parenting, etc. your mind is not muddled up with this product and that when it is honestly unnecessary and can wait until later while you have more important things to worry about and take care of.

  10. Dario says:

    already started on this

  11. Maranda says:

    Number 3 is going to be a lot younger than its sisters; & sadly rooming with mom & dad for a while. This time around; no painting or setting up a room for the little one. Just getting bare necessities like cradle, car seat, bathtub, & maybe a swing.

  12. Tina says:

    I want to get started on the nursery, and start making a registry for my shower. I think it will be exciting

  13. Kumora says:

    its better to get things like the crib from the store, same with the mattress, if you dot know of anyone who has one less that maybe 2 or 3 years old for safety purposes, and walmart has a convertable crib that can go all the way to being a normal bed that comes with a great mattress for $140 right now that you can get online and have it shipped to you. the mattress is worth about $60 aloe without the crib so right now its a good buy. same goes for a car seat and stroller unless you know full well the age and what it has been through. this is my first but i have been looking into these things alot because of a tight budget too 🙂 i am due in october.

  14. well actually I’m almost ready. Still have some stuff to assemble. But I got it!

  15. PamelaPlus3 says:

    That is a beautiful room on that pic but i dont have the room for that lol i wish i did, my baby girl is sharing a room with 8 yr old sissy

  16. JoyRied says:

    I’ve been told that often I think I need a lot of stuff for the baby, but in the end not a lot of it is used.

  17. Brazil09 says:

    i have all major things as well as a ton of clothes!! I need diapers and toiletries. The basinet is not necessary if you have pack and play.

  18. sarah says:

    My baby is due on July too. After market survey I’ve also decided to go for second hands!…I got some items from my friends who have baby’s and they were generous to give away stuffs that they don’t need anymore.I have got a crib, a bassinet, a swing, a baby carrier, a jumper, a play mate (for tummy time) from my friends. I am planning to buy the best available travel system for my baby…as it has the highest safety concern.

  19. i have the major things such as the bed, and such.

  20. Amy says:

    I was able to get a great deal to get essential furniture minus the bassient

  21. Nikki says:

    im two months away from having my baby and still havent even started on his room…im stressed

  22. Hannah21762 says:

    I’ve got the checklist and almost everything on it. Just need to do final touches to his nursery room 😀

  23. Jen says:

    My husband and I are getting ready for our first child (due in July!). We’re just starting out (financially) and would like to try our best to watch our spending when preparing for baby’s arrival.

    After window-shopping at several baby stores & walking up and down all the baby aisles at the nearest department stores, the price tags of everything baby-related seemed to be overwhelming! So we’ve begun considering the possibility of buying some of the big ticket items second-hand so as not to accumulate too much debt before baby actually gets here….. Anyone with experience have any advice for what is ok to buy second-hand, and what items we should definitely spend the extra $$$ on to buy new? Help is very much appreciated! 🙂

  24. Shanelle says:

    I need to get a toy chest

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