How exciting is it to wait for your precious baby to arrive? However, the excitement is mixed with guessing what the baby will need and the top essential nursery items you must buy before the arrival of your little bundle of joy.
I will list the main items that are essential for every nursery. This list will help you with what you need when you are getting ready for your baby. As a grandmother of five young ones and a mother of two grownup young men, I know what items you might want to put off for later or skip them altogether.
Here are the top favorite items for your nursery.
Top Essential Nursery Items
1. CONVERTIBLE CRIB
Every Penney you will spend on a sturdy convertible crib is well worth it. You will use the convertible crib for your infant, and then you can drop the mattress to accommodate your growing baby, who might be standing inside the crib when you go in the nursery to pick him up in the morning.
You will also convert it to a toddler bed with a rail that allows your potty-trained toddler to go to the bathroom independently. Additionally, it is easily converted to a regular twin bed that your child will use for a while longer.
Also, you will be using the crib again for your second and third children. So I recommend buying a quality crib that can withstand the test of time.
Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib (Pebble Gray) Solid Pine and Wood Product Construction, Converts to Toddler Bed, Day Bed, and Full Size Bed (Mattress Not Included)
$159.99 in stock
3 used from $153.59
- 5-IN-1 CONVERTIBLE CRIB: Converts from baby crib (mattress sold separately) to toddler bed [Graco Universal Toddler Safety Guardrail Kit (01340-60x Series) sold separately], daybed, and full-size bed (Graco Full-Size Bed Conversion Kit sold separately)
- ADAPTS TO YOUR GROWING BABY: Adjustable mattress support base with 4 different height options; Fits any standard full-size crib mattress (sold separately); This baby crib may be used until your child can easily climb out or is taller than 35in (89cm)
- GREENGUARD GOLD CERTIFIED, JPMA CERTIFIED: GREENGUARD Gold Certified products are screened for more than 10,000 chemicals and VOCs known to pollute indoor air; Expert tested to meet or exceed all applicable category voluntary and mandatory safety standards
- QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP: Crafted with pine wood, TCSA compliant engineered wood, and wood composites; Packaging tested to reduce the risk of incidental damage that could occur during shipment; Backed 1-year limited manufacturer’s warranty; Assembly required
- AWARD-WINNING BRAND: Exclusively from Graco, proud recipient of the 2021-2023 Women’s Choice Award for 9 out of 10 Customer Recommended Baby & Kids Furniture and Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval for nursery and children’s furniture
My favorite crib is Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer.
2. DIAPER BAG
A well-functioning diaper bag is essential – but I think a purse-styled diaper bag is practical. So, if you purchase a stylish leather diaper bag, you can use it even when you don’t bring along your baby. I believe a diaper bag that you can use as a purse is the cost-effective way to go for the first few years with your baby.
CLUCI Women Backpack Purse Fashion Leather Large Designer Travel Bag Ladies Shoulder Bags
3. BABY MONITOR
Nowadays, with all the technology that surrounds us, a baby monitor is an essential item for your nursery. Having a color baby monitor with a clear night vision is vital for your baby’s safety and your peace of mind. Sometimes I wonder how did we exist before such valuable gadgets.
The baby monitor allows you to check in on your baby without having to disturb her sleep or tiptoe around to check on her. You will feel very comfortable monitoring her from the comfort of your bed at night or your desk or yoga mat while she is napping.
A typical Digital Video Baby Monitor provides Full-Color and Automatic Night Vision, making it very convenient to monitor your sleeping baby day or night.
My sons tried several different baby monitors, and this is my favorite to date. I purchased two for my house for when my grandchildren come over to spend the weekend. The large LCD screen allows you to check on them. I also think that your infant will enjoy the lullabies it plays. Additionally, you can use it to talk to your toddler when you need it.
It also can add additional monitors so you can have one in each of your kid’s rooms and monitor them all from the same device.
VTech Upgraded Smart WiFi Baby Monitor VM901, 5-inch 720p Display, 1080p Camera, HD NightVision, Fully Remote Pan Tilt Zoom, 2-Way Talk, Free Smart Phone App, Works with iOS, Android
$119.95 in stock
- Upgraded 720p Display. True Color Day Vision. HD Night Vision ** The monitor's parent unit features an upgraded 720p display, provides a crystal clear wide-angle window into your baby's world. The COMS image sensor with professional IR-Cut auto filter provides True-Color, sharp images in day light, and HD footage, 7x more pixels in night vision.
- Plug&Play. Direct Mode / Router Mode ** This advanced monitor system is configured for local monitoring right out of the box in Direct WiFi Mode. Comes with the MyVTech 1080p app, the system can be easily set up to operate in Router Mode, provides live remote access from your iOS or Andriod smartphone or tablet at no fees or monthly subscriptions.
- Fully Remote Pan Tilt Zoom ** Enjoy watching your adorable baby in full HD and with up to 4x local and 10x digital zoom. The camera's pan, tilt and zoom functions are fully motorized, lets you to check in on your little one from the parent unit or remotely on your smart device.
- Built-in Wide-angle Lens ** This model has implemented a state of the art FHD 1080p CMOS visual sensor in order to provide the best possible video feed, as well as making features like our 120-degree wide-angle lens and ultra-crisp night vision possible. And the best of all - there is no need for multiple lenses.
- 2-Way Talk ** Support local or remote two way talk. Sometimes all your baby needs is to hear the sound of your voice. No matter where you are.
My favorite baby monitor is VTech Upgraded Smart WiFi Baby Monitor VM901.
4. CHANGING TABLE
I recommend you buy a sturdy changing table with the right height for you. A changing table protects your back when you are standing over your baby to change him. I tried changing my babies on a bed or a couch, and I found that my back started aching in a couple of weeks.
Some moms don’t keep the changing table in the nursery, especially after the first few weeks. They tend to place it in the corner of the family room or a spare room where you can change your baby during the day without having to go to the nursery.
Frankly, you will be using the changing table for up to two years or until your baby is potty trained. And like the crib, you will use it for your second and third children.
Also, a changing table comes with shelves or drawers where you can keep an extra change of cloth, diapers, and wipes. I found it very convenient, and both my sons purchased changing tables for their little ones, and they use them all the time.
Delta Children Infant Changing Table with Pad, Grey
5 used from $57.57
- A safe a secure place to change Baby with all changing supplies close by Assembled size: 35 Inches W x 19.75 Inches D x 39.25 Inches H Pair this changing table with any number of Delta Children pieces in matching colors, to complete your Baby's nursery Expertly crafted by us; easy for you to assemble all tools for assembly included Changing Pad with Strap Included 33 Inches W x 16 Inches D x 1 Inches H Safety rail on all 4 sides Tested for lead and other toxic elements to meet or exceed government and ASTM safety standards Assembled dimensions: 35 Inches L x 19.75 Inches W x 39.25 Inches H
My favorite changing table and the #1 bestseller on amazon in Delta Children Infant Changing Table with Pad
5. A large dresser
A big dresser is one thing you will be happy you purchased. All moms need more storage space, from pacifiers to diapers, teething toys, tiny shoes, and blankets. A sizable dresser will keep your nursery organized and neat. Some large dressers come with a changing table top; these are ideal to have the best of both worlds.
Storkcraft Avalon 6 Drawer Universal Dresser | Ideal for Nursery, Toddlers and Kids rooms | White
$259.97 in stock
- NURSERY AND KIDS BEDROOM DRESSER: Nursery and kids dresser for bedroom with 6 drawers, traditional sleigh design, and classic style; Crafted of wood framing and wood composites, and includes Euro drawer glides; Assembly required; Anti-tip kit included
- CLASSIC CHARM, TRADITIONAL STYLE: Combination of elegant design and modern function; Available in multiple colors to match your nursery or kids bedroom; Applied finish meets or exceeds applicable category voluntary and mandatory safety standards
- SAFETY TESTED: Tested to meet or exceed applicable CPSIA & ASTM International category safety standards including ASTM F2057 safety specification for clothing storage units, intended to reduce furniture tip-over hazards to children aged 5 & under
- EXPERT TESTED: Storkcraft dressers are tested at third-party, accredited laboratories to meet or exceed all applicable category voluntary and mandatory safety standards; Packaging is tested to reduce the risk of incidental shipment-related damage
- AWARD-WINNING BRAND: Exclusively from Storkcraft, proud recipient of the 2022 Women’s Choice Award for 9 out of 10 Customer Recommended Baby & Kids Furniture and Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval
6. DIAPER PAIL
Diaper Pails are made of steel to maximize odor control. They also have rubber seals that lock in odors, keeping the smell inside the pail. A good, tight lid diaper pail is a nursery essential. Some diaper pails come with a child-proof lock.
A colorful diaper pail or a plain white one will add a touch of elegance and freshness to your nursery.
Ubbi Steel Odor Locking, No Special Bag Required Money Saving, Awards-Winning, Modern Design, Registry Must-Have Diaper Pail, White
$69.99 in stock
5 used from $54.42
- SAVE MONEY – NO NEED TO BUY SPECIAL BAGS: No special bags, refills or inserts are required with the Ubbi diaper pail saving time and money unlike other pail on the market
- MOST AWARD WINNING DIAPER PAIL: The Ubbi diaper pail won NINE awards proving parents and experts approval
- STEEL LOCKS IN ODOR: Unlike plastic, steel is not porous and keeps the smell shielded inside
- NO SPECIAL MECHANISM – SIMPLICITY WORKS BEST: Ready right out of the box, simple to use and not prone to breakage
- CHILDPROOF LOCK: Keeps little hands from finding their way inside the Ubbi diaper pail
I highly recommend Ubbi Steel Odor Locking, No Special Bag Required Diaper Pail.