I take great pride in saying I did not fall prey to the common first-time-mommy tendency of buying everything under the sun for my baby, neither before or after giving birth. Being the overly organized person I am, I did not want to
crowd his nursery with items he would only use once, if at all. While I can completely understand the ease with which an excited mother can fall into the rabbit hole of baby shopping, I think it’s important to realize that A) you’re going to need somewhere to store all of these wonderful and seemingly necessary things you’re buying, and B) they probably aren’t really all that necessary. You’ll just end up with a bunch of storage space saving a bunch of things that you didn’t need to buy in the first place!
With Spring time upon us, I thought what better time to clear out the nursery than when most of us has already got decluttering on our minds. Below are my top 4 things you will need for baby (outside of the obvious clothes, diapers, wipes and toiletries):
Crib Because baby needs somewhere to sleep, and unless they’ll be sleeping in a bassinet in your room, you need to make sure they have somewhere to get their z’s (if they do, in fact, decide to get some z’s).
Dresser All of baby’s blankets, socks, onesies, and towels need a home, and a dresser to match the crib is the perfect place to house them.
Storage For all of the items that won’t go in the dresser – such as baby books, toys, and stored toiletry items. This can either be an attractive piece you put out in the room, or a clear, medium sized chest you can put in the closet. I opted for the latter as I prefer a cleaner, simple looking nursery.
Chair/bouncer Unless you plan on carrying baby 24/7 7 days a week, they’ll need somewhere to be able to chill while you carry out your daily household duties. Bonus points if you opt for something with vibrating capabilities – babies love to feel the vibes.
Play mat Where baby will have that oh so important tummy time! And back time. And sometimes even nap time. Play mat’s are a good way to engage infants while not taking up too much space in the room.
If I had to choose only a few items to get for baby, these without a doubt would be the ones I’d go for. Which would you?