For most people, one of the first things they want to sort out when they find they are having a baby is the nursery however with the enormous range of nursery furniture available today it is very easy to get carried away. A basic nursery will need a cot or a cot bed, a dresser that may double as a changing table and possibly a wardrobe as well and it is particularly nice when the pieces all match. Below are a few tips that may help you to choose your nursery furniture.
Checking for safety
Although it is important to check the wardrobe and other units for safety, it is vital to check your chosen cot and changing table as these are the pieces of furniture that your baby will actually use and have contact with on a daily basis. Make a note of the wood from which they are constructed together with their method of construction as some cheaper options can wobble when shaken. Safety isn`t always the primary consideration for many of us when choosing household furniture but, particularly with nursery furniture, it should be a major decision factor. Any furniture chosen should have met European safety standards for materials and construction quality, usually denoted by CE markings. Also make sure that the bars of the cot are sturdy and are closely spaced so there is less risk of an accident (babies can sustain serious, if not life threatening injury if for some reason they manage to get their head trapped between the bars). Other safety factors include the absence of sharp corners, sharp nails or screws protruding and any fabrics meeting current fire safety standards.
Some nursery furniture can evolve as the child grows. Some cots can be converted into beds; changing units can be adapted into useful chests of drawers by simply removing the guard rail on the top of the unit — and so forth. By spending a little bit extra on your nursery furniture you may be able to prolong its life through your child`s early years.
Buying a mattress
Every new baby must have a new mattress covered with an appropriate waterproof covering and well ventilated to help in reducing the risk of cot death. You may also want to consider buying a hypo-allergenic mattress and of course one which is both comfortable and of an adequate thickness.
The nursery furniture you chose will hopefully be with your child for a number of years and so it is well worth buying the best quality your budget can support from the outset. In this way you will be both considering the safety of your baby and ensuring that you have a beautiful nursery for them to grow up in.