Baby furniture is beautiful but can be confusing, here’s a helpful guide on what to look for when your shopping.
When choosing a crib you want to choose something durable, lasting, and a style and pattern you like because your baby will be sleeping in that crib until they’re about two or three years old. Baby cribs are different from bassinets and cradles, but the cribs are much safer because their construction is held to hire standards. Two things to avoid when choosing your crib:
- Drop side cribs, they were banned for sale in 2011 because of the danger they presented to the babies, though you can still find them in secondhand stores so steer clear of these.
- Crib bumpers: These decorative crib elements tie on to the sides of cribs making them look more beautiful. However, these bumpers can’t be in the crib when the baby is in the crib because of the higher risk they pose to SIDS.
Did you know that in your baby’s first year you’ll change about 2,400 diapers? So you’re changing table is one very important piece of furniture. You make to make sure that it’s the right height for your back and comfortable for your baby to lay on, while providing you with ample storage space for your diapers, wipes, and creams. Two things to look for when choosing your table:
- Guardrails & Straps: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics changing tables must have two inch guardrails on all sides and safety straps to protect your baby from rolling off the table.
- Sturdy table: This table needs to be sturdy and strong so make sure it doesn’t feel rickety when you shake it.
Rocking Chairs & Gliders
These chairs are a staple in nurseries because babies and mothers alike feel soothed by the rocking motion. However many mothers are choosing gliders over rocking chairs because of their smooth rocking motion with almost no effort and their comfort. They are also safe than traditional rocking chairs because they sit flat on the floor and won’t be able to pinch your toes or fall backwards with too much motion.
These are essential to have in any baby’s nursery. A baby monitor will be a direct link to your baby when you can’t see them in front of you, and will help you be able to monitor them while you do other things like shower or sleep. Three things to look for when choosing your baby monitor:
- Digital monitors: While generally more expensive then their analog model counterparts, digital monitors are better because their sound quality is higher and because no one can eavesdrop on your baby’s cries.
- Low battery indicators: If your batteries die you might miss out on your baby’s cries, so make sure you monitor comes with an indicator for battery power.
- Sound activated light options: If you’re doing something loud like vacuuming or watching TV you might not hear your baby, this sound activated light option will light up to let you know your baby needs you.