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Adorable, But Durable, Baby Furniture

Jun 14, 2008
You are expecting the arrival of your new baby and are wondering what type of baby furniture you will need to make your life easier, and your little one comfortable. But you will be overwhelmed with choices, as it's sometimes hard to tell if products marketed as essential baby furniture and equipment are really necessary, or just fancy optional items which will actually get very little use.

You will undoubtedly need some basics, which are crib, changing table, storage solutions, car seat and a rocking chair. In purchasing baby furniture, always remember that the safety of the baby is at stake. One should not buy infant furniture just for the sake of saving money because it would risk the safety of the child in return. Be certain to use precaution and examine everything.

The first thing that most parents will purchase for a new baby is a crib. You will leave your baby in a crib for long periods of time, and often unattended, so there are things that you will want to look for when selecting a quality baby crib, such as sturdy construction, safety railings and crib bumper padding that attaches to the inside of the crib railings to cushion all four sides of the crib. There are cribs that are designed to grow with your baby, and turn into a bed at a later stage.

It's also essential to have a safe, convenient place for changing your baby, so it is wise to purchase a changing table. Again safety is very important here, so be sure the table you choose has safety straps and rails to keep baby on the table while you are changing diapers.

A baby requires lots of clothing, such as diapers and blankets that need frequent changing. So, a storage closet or chest and dresser to hold all the baby's things, form an indispensable part of the baby's furniture.

A rocking chair is a time-honored piece of baby furniture; a rocker is one of the most used and loved items. A comfortable rocking chair or glider rocker will be invaluable for those late night feedings or when singing a lullaby to the baby.

Car seats are definitely essential, apart from ensuring your baby's safety; you're breaking the law in most places if you don't have one. Newborns must travel in the back seat of the car, facing the rear, and once baby is older, usually closer to 1 year old, you can place baby in a forward facing car seat.

Instead of a crib, a bassinet, cradle, or Moses basket can be used from birth until around 4 months. The baby may feel more at ease in the smaller, cozier space than in a crib. Plus, you can carry these small portable baby beds from room to room, letting you keep a closer watch over your sleeping baby. You can put off buying baby furniture such as strollers and high chairs until quite a few months after baby is born as you won't need them straight away. Baby monitors are also very useful wireless security tools; it reassures parents that all is well with the infant or toddler when they are not physically in the same room.
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