The Guide to Buying Nursery Furniture
It is extremely important to fill your baby's nursery with high quality, safe furniture as your baby will spend more time in this room than anywhere else. You will additionally be spending most of your time in the nursery as well so it wouldn't hurt to make it comfortable, organized, and attractive. Follow the guide below to achieve your ultimate dream nursery.
- Step 1 - Finding the right Crib
Cribs are typically utilized from birth until your child turns 3 years old. Thus, it is imperative to purchase a sturdy and durable crib that does not wobble or feel weak when you handle it. Explore the many different sizes of cribs before pulling the trigger on your purchase. Cribs can be found in full size, travel size, and mini. Cradles, Bassinets, sleepers, and/or play yards are also a great option for those looking to buy a smaller, less expensive alternative to a permanent crib. However, it is best to keep in mind that the smaller the crib you buy, the quicker your child will grow out of it. Cribs are also a great way to add more storage space to a nursery as many come with built in drawers perfect for holding clean bedding and baby supplies. Full sized cribs can cost you anywhere in between $100 to $800 dollars. Remember a crib truly is an investment in your child. Mini cribs and portable cradles will cost you anywhere between $100 to $400 dollars. Extensively elaborate and elegant cribs can run you anywhere between $800 to $1,000 dollars and higher. Create your budget and a list of non negotiables before heading out to purchase your child's crib.
Newer U.S. Cribs must be manufactured in compliance with the nation's long list of safety standards. So keep in mind if you are shopping within a vintage crib market that these infant beds may not meet all safety standards. For example, drop side cribs have proven to be hazardous as the movable side of the drop top can easily become detached. Children have been seen wedged between the detached side and the crib mattress suffering from strangulation. Additionally, it is best to avoid utilizing a crib bumper whenever possible. A crib bumper is a padded wall system that attaches to the interior side of crib railing chusining all four side walls of the crib. Several bedding sets include crib bumpers but organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics advise against their use as they increase the risk of SIDS aka sudden infant death syndrome.
- Step 2 - Finding the right Crib Mattress
In order for babies to sleep safe and sound they require a firm yet comfortable support system as this mattress will probably be their bed for the next three years. There are three key mattress types. Foam mattresses are the lightest out of the three main mattress types. Many parents are interested in the weight of their child's mattress as they do not want to wrestle with a heavy mattress during bedding changes which occur quite often in your child's first few years of life. Foam mattresses are offered in a range of thickness variations but the thicker does not necessarily mean better. However, density is a more important factor to pay attention to as firmer mattresses will be slightly heavier and resilient to the force of a pressing hand.
Some parents find Innerspring mattresses to fit their needs better as they are known to hold their shape longer than foam mattresses. Keep in mind that the higher the number of coils and wire gauge the firmer your innerspring mattress will be. The packaging will indicate the mattresses coil amount and gauge of wire. It is best to look for mattresses with a 135 coil minimum and 15.5 wire gauge or lower. Innerspring mattresses along with foam mattresses will run you between $40 to $350 dollars each. Organic mattresses indicate that the material used to cover and stuff the mattress are all natural. Wool and cotton are typically the fibers of choice but as our world becomes more innovative materials such as coconut husk are beginning to be utilized more often. Organic mattresses are noticeably more expensive than the other two main types of mattresses and they will run you between $80 to $400 dollars each. However, organic mattresses are manufactured without the utilization of harmful chemicals and compounds like Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers aka PBDEs which act as flame retardants. Thus, if providing your child with a chemical free sleeping area is important to you then an organic mattress will be worth the investment.
There are a few safety specifics to keep in mind when choosing your baby's mattress. For starter make sure to purchase a crib that is made specifically for infants. These cribs have been manufactured under certain safety standards like required firmness minimums. Keep in mind that if you purchase a mattress that is softer than the nation's firmness minimum it could be a suffocation hazard for your child raising the risk of SIDS. Additionally, your child's mattress needs to fit their crib snugly. There should be no space whatsoever between the frame of the crib and the side of the mattress. Even a miniscule space can pose as an entrapment and suffocation hazard.
- Step 3 - Finding the right Changing Table
Over the span of your child's first infant year you will change over two thousand diapers. Thus, it is vital for you to find a safe yet comfortable changing table for you and your child. However, if you are looking to save money it is best to just invest your money in a high quality waterproof pad that you can lay down on various surfaces like the floor or a bed. Just make sure to accompany it with a portable diaper supplies basket that you are able to carry around with you at all times. Still, owning a dedicated changing table complete with safety strap and guardrails can make your diaper changing life much easier. Changing tables will be utilized for at least two years before your child grows too large for it. Purchasing a changing table that doubles as a dresser is a sure fire way to get the best bang for your buck as you can continue using the piece for several years after you retire the changing table topper.
A basic changing table can run you anywhere between $60 to $200 dollars. Dressers and changing table combinations are priced on the market between the range of $200 to $500 dollars depending upon the materials and design chosen. A single changing pad will run you anywhere between $20 to $100 dollars. Please keep in mind that every one of these pieces are a thorough investment into a successful first year of life for your baby.
- Step 4 - Finding the right Rocker or Glider
Rocking chairs have been a nursery room staple for several decades. They mainly aid in providing a back and forth rocking motion to help your child calm and fall asleep faster. A glider is simply an upgraded and innovative rocking chair that provides a smoother and more effortless gliding motion that parents find to be quieter and more comfortable. These amazing chairs can be utilized for several years - it may first act as a sleep inducer and then be upgraded to a comfy storytime spot.
A rocker or glider can run you anywhere between $100 to $800 dollars. Higher end models have the potential to cost as far up as $2,000 dollars. If you are searching for a particular type of wood or a certain color finish like oak or maple than definitely expect to pay more. Sometimes a rocker or glider will come in a matching ottoman set! Keep in mind that these sets will include a higher price but hey, you are receiving two pieces instead of one. When sold separately ottomans can cost you anywhere between $50 to $350 dollars. Glider/Ottoman sets are a great way to familiarize your baby with a steady and smooth rocking motion.