The Word on . . . Furniture
The correct nursery furniture can make life a little easier for you and baby a little more comfortable.
There is a wide selection of nursery furniture on offer to cover all budgets and styles so you’re sure to find something you love. Consider the size and shape of your nursery and choose pieces that fit the space so as not to over crowd the room.
Keep in mind to order early as some furniture suppliers can have long delivery times or delayed shipments, so to avoid disappointment start looking sooner rather than later!
Key Nursery Items:
Many parents choose a bassinet so that baby feels enclosed in a more womb-like environment. Having a bassinet is handy as some have wheels so that baby can travel from room to room with you (please remove baby when doing this) and while your second baby is little, it will give you time to transition the older child from cot to bed. A bassinet which sways and rocks will be soothing for a fussy baby. Bassinets are also fantastic if you want to sleep baby right next to you and make those midnight feeds a little easier.
No doubt you would have realized the endless choice on offer when it comes to cots. Various sizes, shapes and colors are all on offer to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.
Consider the following when choosing your cot…
A good mattress is essential. We only recommend inner spring mattress with good air flow and that have a firm but comfortable feel. We also recommend cotton on both sides of the mattress for breathability. Some cots have plastic or vinyl on one side.
Most cots do not include a mattress and price variations depend on whether you want foam or a latex topping and also the amount and type of quilting covering the mattress.
The mattress should fit snugly around all sides of your cot: When you choose a mattress, make sure there’s no more than a 40 mm gap between the edge of the mattress and the adjacent cot side when the mattress is pushed to the opposite side. Gaps at the sides are a suffocation risk as your baby could roll face-first into them; if you unsure of the size it’s time to get the tape measure out.
It is recommended to change the mattress between children as dust mites can cause health issues with some children
Change Tables can really make changing and dressing your baby easier and can also save your back.
There are many options beyond the traditional change table. If space is an issue, try a folding change table or combo chest of draws with change table on top; this is a great option because once you’ve finished using the change table you will have a chest of drawers you can use right into their teenage years. Hence best to stay away from overly “baby” furniture pieces; use wall stickers and other accessories which can be easily changed as your and baby’s taste change; saves money too!
You will need a change mat that fits in your chosen change table and they are available in varying sizes. A great change mat is also useful right up the toddler years when you can no longer lift baby on to the table but need to change a nappy; you can then slide the matt away under the couch for the next nappy change.
THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AS A GENERAL GUIDE ONLY. PARENTS SHOULD ALWAYS MAKE THEIR OWN ENQUIRIES.