When Should You Order/Purchase Nursery Furniture


There are also a few rules that apply to nursery furniture in general, for example, the crib should be purchased new so that it adheres to all the latest safety regulations. 

Decorating the nursery is one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy. Almost as soon as the little pink line appears on the home pregnancy test, you will start window shopping for the perfect furniture to adorn the nursery. Choosing cribs, dressers, changing tables, and other accessories can become overwhelming because they differ so drastically in price and usability. Many moms to be, nudged by old wives tales, are hesitant about ordering furniture too early in the pregnancy; and then, as the due date approaches, they become stressed,  and begin to feel unprepared.

In reality, you don’t actually need the nursery furniture until after the baby is born. Many parents choose a bassinet that can be placed in their room so they can hear every breath and movement made by their baby at night; this makes the nursery obsolete for a while. Your best bet is to spend the first and second trimesters shopping and pricing furniture that will best fit the nursery. If you are planning to paint, re-carpet, or do any sort of remodeling in the nursery – it may be best to save the furniture for last so you don’t have to work around it or risk messing it up.

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There are also a few rules that apply to nursery furniture in general, for example, the crib should be purchased new so that it adheres to all the latest safety regulations. Purchasing used furniture or hand-me-downs, while cost effective, can mean the furniture is missing pieces or has been recalled without your knowing. Furniture in the nursery should be usable for many years to come. I suggest looking for convertible cribs that can be used as a twin sized bed, and also dressers and changing tables that offer ample room for storage. One thing that will accumulate as your baby grows, is stuff; you will need plenty of places to put baby stuff. Convertible furniture may cost a bit more in the beginning, but after a few years, you will see that the investment will have been worth it.

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When Should You Order/Purchase Nursery Furniture

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  1. Profile photo of IP IP says:

    So excited to plan the nursery after the remodeling part is done!

  2. Profile photo of Damariz Damariz says:

    i cant wait to go shoping!!!! i been i a lot of places watch all this stuff for babys and i just wan to buy all

  3. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    We live in Hawaii so we were advised by friends here to order our furniture EARLY! Shipping takes so much longer and many sellers won’t even send things here. It was a pain to get exactly what I wanted but Target.com made it happen!

  4. Profile photo of Moyo Moyo says:

    Thanks, great tips. Working on it

  5. Profile photo of Diana Diana says:

    i’m excited to get my baby boys nursery set up.

  6. Profile photo of Tina Tina says:

    I’m very eager to set up the nursery. There are just a few things we need to get the ok from the landlord first about and then we can get started 🙂

  7. Profile photo of Kendra Kendra says:

    Will be 14 wks tomorrow and we already have a crib & mattress (from hubby’s coworker for cheap). =) Good thing too cuz it was a good deal & looks like we’re gonna repaint it (its espresso and I’m planning on having the furniture black to go with the black/red/white/grey theme for the nursery).

  8. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I’m almost ready!

  9. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    finally a month/less than a month before the baby came he agreed to let me move our nephew downstairs

  10. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    it it was not for my mom buying us a crib at a yardsale i don’t know what i would have done

  11. Profile photo of PrettyBoogs PrettyBoogs says:

    We are in the process of buying and need to redo the room once we have settled the deal. SO we have nothing done yet. BUT I am confident that we will be prepared for her.

  12. Profile photo of verochka31 verochka31 says:

    great tips and info. will need a crib, but for now we will use the basinette for the first three or so months

  13. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    My husband’s dad made an amoire and chest for us, his cousin let us use her changing table and crib that also changes into toddler bed. If it hadn’t been for that I don’t know what we would have done.

  14. Profile photo of SimplyAZ SimplyAZ says:

    nursery will be our first big project together

  15. Profile photo of melissa melissa says:

    just bought a house so nursery can have a fresh start!

  16. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    not sure where the baby will go, we just moved and now our new place has enough bedrooms except my hubby wants the downstairs bedroom to be a guest bedroom which i think is stupid, we have never had guest(s) Arguing at this point is pointless. We have 2 girls and a nephew who lives with us… i think i’ll just wait to move our newphew downstairs when the baby is here…

  17. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    in the middle of finding a new place but nursery will be finished before baby arrives


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