The Best Baby Furniture for New Parents
There are so many baby products and each product has its own features which leads to an enormous number of options and it just gets to be too much!
Which safety features are important? Which convenience factors will I want? Will I actually use this baby product? Which products are actually “essential” on this nursery essentials list?
So. Many. Questions.
When it comes to baby furniture, for most, it’s one of the must-have nursery items.
Your baby will need a place to sleep, and you’ll likely want a place to store their clothes, blankets, burp clothes and extra sheets.
So, at the very least, you’ll be looking for a crib and a dresser or chest of drawers. (And yes, they’re different. A chest of drawers is the tall one, and a dresser is the long, horizontal one.)
Finding the best baby furniture can entail a lot of research, or you can take it from a mom like me who’s already done it and let me share some advice BEFORE you head out on your baby nursery furniture shopping adventure.
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Things to Consider When Looking for the Best Nursery Furniture
Type of Nursery Furniture You Want/Need
As I mentioned before, there are really only two pieces of nursery furniture you need for baby- the bed of course, and then a place to store their things. And believe me, babies have lots of “things”.
Some people want more than just that. They want a changing table, a glider with ottoman, a bookshelf and more.
That’s totally cool. What’s best for one isn’t best for all. But you have to know what YOU want.
You can buy the furniture pieces separately, or as a set.
Now that we know what we’re looking for, we want to find the safest crib for your baby.
Again, with so many on the market, it’s hard to choose.
What you’ll likely discover pretty quickly is that most of the cribs are made the same way. No longer do the sides of the crib move, and a long as you place the crib away from anything the baby could reach, just about any crib option should serve you well.
Wood Grain Color
If you’re a design guru, you’ll be glad to know that like all other furniture, nursery furniture comes in a variety of shapes and COLORS.
Everything from cherry, to white to black. If you have a preference, you can typically find what you’re looking for.
As far as the crib mattress goes, the size doesn’t vary. It’s kind of one-size fits all. There are however different firmness features depending on your baby’s age so keep an eye on that.
But, the crib furniture itself is a different story. A crib can be as simple as basic pieces of wood put together, but can also have intricate design detail on them. Really, it’s all about how much space you have, and what your personal preference is.
Length of Use
Before you decide what the best nursery furniture is for you, you need to decide how long you plan to use it. For instance, most of the cribs have a conversion option, which is typically slightly more expensive up front, but you’ll save in the long run.
For instance, we bought a convertible crib because it will last our child forever. It converts from a crib all the way to a full-size bed.
Until they’re married, this is sure to suffice.
What is “Necessity” in the Baby Furniture World?
This is a great question, and the answer is going to be different for everyone.
For some, having a changing table is a baby necessity. For us, it wasn’t.
Some people want the entire nursery furniture set, while others just want the crib.
You get to choose if you want to purchase your baby furniture as a set or if you just want certain pieces.
What’s Your Budget?
Eeek! The dreaded budget conversation.
Now that we’ve talked about all the fun detail questions, you need to sit down and determine a realistic budget.
Babies are expensive.
Unless you’re busy all used baby equipment, which only a few actually do, you’ll easily be spending several thousand dollars just to equip your house with the needed baby gear.
Set your budget before you begin your baby furniture search.
Best Nursery Furniture Sets
The biggest benefit to buying a nursery furniture set is that it has everything you need and you aren’t trying to find matching pieces. It has one price and that’s it.
In all of the research I did when I was searching for the BEST nursery furniture, the Delta Bentley S Series was the best.
I loved how durable and safe it was, that it was convertible, the color, ease of putting it together, and the reputation of the company.
I am the type of girl who likes options. And as you can see, there are lots of them. You can choose between a variety of colors, a variety of nursery furniture layouts based upon the furniture available, and a variety of styles.
One added bonus is this little known add-on. We didn’t have room for a changing table. I had just accepted the fact we would change the baby on the floor.
While perusing the clearance section at Target one day, I stumbled on this Delta Children Changing Kit. It sits right on top of the dresser and you put your changing table pad inside. There is felt around the bottle edges so it won’t scratch the top of your dresser. We LOVED it! (Also, this comes in espresso. Our crib and dresser are the chocolate color, and you could barely notice a color difference.)
Here is ours in our nursery:
If we had a bigger house at the time when we had our first, I have to say this Serta Nursery Furniture Set would’ve been one of my top picks.
This set has everything I was looking for in a baby furniture set and then some.
You’ll see it comes with a convertible 4 n 1 crib, a dresser with changing table kit, a mattress, crib sheets, glider, and bookcase.
Honestly, this is the real deal.
As for color options, it comes in Grey, Dark Chocolate, and Bianca White. The price is the same regardless of color, and for everything you get in this furniture package, you’re getting an AWESOME deal!
Just like the Serta set, Simmons doesn’t disappoint.
If you want a one-stop shop for your nursery furniture, look no further.
This Simmons baby furniture set comes with the convertible crib, toddler rail, dresser with changing table topper, changing pad, crib mattress, and glider chair.
And it all MATCHES.
Guys, one of the hardest parts of decorating any room is to find furniture that matches. This is done for you!
This furniture set comes in Antique Chestnut and Dove Grey colors. Both are beautiful and the same price.
This bed will last your child for their lifetime if need be. It converts easily from a crib all the way to a full-size bed.
As an added bonus, you can check out the Graco Benton crib and see that’s in reasonably priced too!
If you like the look of a classic crib, but you like the functionality of a convertible crib, this is going to be your winner. The appearance is that of a classic crib, but it’s functional like a convertible crib.
And, it also comes in Ebony Black and Espresso colors.
The crib we have is Delta brand and incredibly similar to this. The only difference is the leg design. I have loved everything about our crib.
It was easy to put together and I was confident our kids would be safe in it.
The awesome part about the crib is that you can convert it 4 different ways. You do need to make the additional purchase of the conversion kit, but then you’ll have everything you need.
As an added bonus, the Delta company donates a portion of its proceeds towards improving the lives of children.
You can also purchase the matching changing table too.
When to Buy a Crib During Pregnancy?
Now that you know how to choose baby furniture, when should you buy it?
My honest opinion- whenever you want!
If you’re in a financial situation where you can afford it, then do it. If you want to wait and see if someone will give it to you as a gift at a baby shower, then by all means wait.
We bought our nursery furniture when I was about 28 weeks pregnant. We still had plenty of time, but I felt like I was far enough along in my pregnancy that it was reasonable to set up a baby room.
Find the Baby Furniture that Suits You
There are a lot of baby furniture brands out there, a lot of places to buy baby furniture and a lot of baby furniture options.
Buy what is going to make you happy when you walk into your baby’s nursery. Find the baby furniture that brings a smile to your face and makes you feel at peace when you’re in there. That first couple of weeks can be stressful and exhausting. Create a baby nursery that you can rest and relax in.
I hope I’ve given you some advice that has helped narrow down your choices and decide on the best baby furniture for your new baby.
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