What nursery furniture do I need the most?
As a new parent-to-be, you're probably knee-deep in Pinterest boards and nursery catalogues, trying to imagine the perfect haven for your little miracle. But amongst the mountains of adorable bedding and cuddly toys, there are a few key pieces of furniture that will truly be your heroes in the early days (and beyond).
While the crib takes top billing as the baby's sleep sanctuary, the changing unit and nursing chair are the unsung heroes of the nursery, destined to become your most-used comrades in arms. Sure, they might not be as flashy as a mobile or as cuddly as a giraffe plushie, but trust me, these two workhorses will earn their weight in gold (or should I say, spit-up?)
The Changing Unit: Your Multitasking Marvel
Picture this: a gurgling symphony of milk burps erupts, accompanied by a technicolor display of...well, let's just say it's time for a nappy change. This, my friend, is where your changing unit steps in (and saves the day, one diaper at a time).
You'll be using this bad boy multiple times a day, not just for nappy duty, but also for applying creams, dressing your little one in cute new outfits, giving medicine (fingers crossed not too often!), and basically anything that requires bending over a tiny human who wriggles like a worm on a hotplate.
That's why choosing the right changing unit is more than just picking a pretty pattern. You want something sturdy, spacious, and with plenty of storage. Drawers are your best friend here, keeping those essential baby wipes, vests, socks, bibs, and diaper creams within arm's reach. Deep drawers are a bonus, allowing you to stash away bigger items like spare clothes and blankets.
Remember, comfort is key. You'll be spending a lot of time hunched over this station, so make sure the height is comfortable for your back. And if you can swing it, go for a unit with a padded changing mat – trust me, your baby's delicate tush will thank you.
The Nursing Chair: Your Cosy Comfort Zone
Now, let's talk about the often-overlooked hero of the nursery: the nursing chair. Yes, it's fantastic for breastfeeding, but its uses extend far beyond those late-night feeding sessions.
Think of this chair as your comfy command centre. You'll be spending countless hours here, rocking your little one to sleep, reading bedtime stories, and just soaking up those precious new-born snuggles. And let's be honest, sometimes those bedtime routines can stretch from a quick lullaby to a full-blown hour-long marathon.
That's why investing in a supportive and comfortable nursing chair is a must. Look for one with good back and armrest support, and bonus points if it rocks or glides – those gentle motions can work wonders when you're trying to lull a fussy baby to sleep. Padding on the armrests is also a good idea, preventing any unwelcome head bonks from your sleepy cherub.
Don't be afraid to splurge a little on this one. Think of it as an investment in your sanity and comfort (and let's face it, you'll deserve all the pampering you can get during those sleep-deprived new-born days).
Bonus Tip: Opt for a chair with removable and washable cushions – trust me, spills happen (and not just from the baby!).
So, there you have it, the lowdown on the nursery furniture that will truly be your MVPs. Remember, the crib might be the star of the show, but the changing unit and nursing chair are the behind-the-scenes heroes, keeping your sanity and comfort in check. Choose wisely, and prepare to conquer those early days in style (and comfort)!
P.S. Don't forget to check out My First Nursery's amazing selection of changing units and nursing chairs! We have something for every style and budget, so you're sure to find the perfect fit for your little one's haven.