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.
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.