Nursery Checklist - What Furniture And Equipment Your Baby Needs

This nursery checklist, listing nursery ideas for furniture and equipment is probably not normal, in that after having three kids I can say that there is not that much stuff you "need."

There is some stuff that is absolutely "necessary," some stuff that, depending on the baby and your life circumstances may be worth having, and the rest of the baby gear is absolutely just something to gather dust.

One thing I have really found to be true is that something that is absolutely a life saver for one child, such as a swing, does nothing for another one.

Therefore, this list is an attempt to ignore all the fluff -- the stuff like bouncers, swings, and the latest rattles (several of which I own, by the way, but which have had varying effects on different babies).

Instead this checklist focuses on what you need to make sure you have to take care of your baby's most basic needs for the first year of his or her life.

You can also get a free printable version of this checklist by scrolling down to the bottom of this page!

  • Crib (make sure it meets all safety standards)
  • Crib mattress
  • 2-3 waterproof crib mattress cover (I know that may seem like a lot, but trust me, when you need a clean one at 3:00 a.m. you will thank me)
  • 2-3 fitted sheets for the crib mattress
  • Baby layette
  • Changing table
  • 2-3 diaper changing pads (necessary for either on the floor diaper changes or for use on the changing table)
  • Diaper changing station, to hold diapers, wipes, creams, etc. that you will need with each diaper change for easy access for you (but away from the baby's reach)
  • Diaper pail
  • Diaper bag for trips with the baby (check here for a diaper bag checklist)
  • Bottles, bottle brush, nipples, and formula if you are not breastfeeding (and even if you are, some of this is necessary if you will pump sometimes)
  • Car seat
  • Baby bathtub
  • Baby monitor (this is really more for your peace of mind, not for the baby's)
  • Rocking chair for sitting and soothing and cuddling your baby

Note That Crib Bumpers Are Not On This Nursery Checklist

Crib bumpers are cute, and come in matching sets with many bedding sets for cribs, but recently many safety and health organizations have questioned their safety, because of the danger of suffocation.

Before using crib bumpers do some research and decide if they are right for your baby.

You may also want to look into mesh crib bumpers, which keep a baby's legs and arms from going in between the crib slats, but allow a baby that presses their face against the bumpers to still have good air circulation for breathing easily.

Wish this nursery checklist was printable?

Well, it is!

Click here to get this as a printable checklist (opens as a PDF) so you don't even have to write out your own.

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