Must-Have Baby Registry Items

Prepping for the arrival of a new baby is exciting, but overwhelming too. So much to do, and less than a year to get it all done. But like any preparation, figuring out the nursery is one of the most important things you can do to make yourself feel prepared, well as much as anyone can be. To help make things a bit easier, here are a few key items and nursery furniture must-haves that should be on your nursery baby registry.

A comfortable rug.


An area rug will add softness to the nursery, and your chilly feet will thank you when you’re inevitably awake at 3a.m.

  • Think about the amount of space you need to fill. You don’t want to choose a too small or too large rug. Be sure that it’s large enough to have all four legs of your furniture resting on it to avoid wobbling.
  • Let your toes have some say. Plush or shaggy rugs are fun accessories, but only if you don’t have pets (they can be hard to clean). A wool-pile rug might be a good compromise.
  • Think about safety! Add a rug pad underneath whatever you end up buying to avoid trips and slips, especially considering the little one will likely learn to walk on this rug.

A crib that keeps baby safe.


The crib is where your newborn will be spending a good amount of time, so choose your design and placement wisely.

  • Keep the crib away from blinds, curtains or anything that your little one can pull in with them.
  • Make sure the crib height is easy for you to carefully and comfortably take your newborn in and out of.
  • Check to make sure that it’s certified with the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association.
  • Some cribs convert into toddler beds, allowing you to extend its use.

A rocking chair that you love.


Yes it’s soothing for your baby, but a rocking chair is also a nice place for you to sit, read a story, or just admire your newborn, too.

  • Make sure when you sit down that the back feels comfortable and that your arms and elbows can rest comfortably on the armrests.
  • Easy-to-clean fabrics are huge, since it’s sure to see its fair share of spills/spit ups/etc…

The perfect changing table/dresser.


Right up there with the crib, a changing table should be on your baby checklist, or better yet, your nursery baby registry.

  • Consider safety and make sure the table comes with a strap to keep a wriggling newborn right where you can see (and change) them.
  • Make sure the height is comfortable for you. You’ll be lifting and bending over it quite frequently, so it needs to feel good for your back too.
  • Changing tables with removable changing table toppers are a great option. When diaper days are done, just remove the changing table topper, and you’ve got yourself a dresser.
  • Look at the amount of storage the changing table has. With all of the other items on your baby registry checklist, you’re going to need a place to store clothing, diapers, and other supplies.

Knocking these very essential items off of your to-buy list will make you feel like you’re really getting ready for your new arrival and these tips will make sure you’re making the best choices for you and your baby.

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