Nursery Furniture: What (not) to buy for your baby
Baby checklist for the first year
By Becca Smith, moKee Ambassador and Mother of one with Baby Number 2 on the way
When preparing to welcome a newborn it is hard to imagine how this tiny baby needs so much stuff – I certainly wasn’t prepared for the amount of things I thought I had to buy. Advice, neither wanted nor asked for told me I ‘must’ get this and ‘baby just has to have that’.
Well, I wish I had ignored this advice as a lot of the ‘stuff’ my husband and I had bought we simply didn’t need. So here is a baby checklist which I hope explains what is absolutely necessary for a baby’s first year and what is absolutely not necessary...
It’s the first thing parents probably decide upon and rightly so as it should last a good 2-3 years and is the main feature of any nursery. I discovered moKee’s Mini Cot when searching online for a crib that wasn’t astronomical in price yet was highly designed and simply looked cool. Mokee ticked all the boxes and I loved the simplicity of it – it’s not huge so perfect for a very small nursery and can even fit in the parent’s bedroom. The cot mattress has lasted and still provides comfort to my son- what is absolutely necessary is a water-proof sheet too. I didn’t get the draw inserts at the bottom but will definitely get one for when Baby Number 2 arrives in the Autumn – nursery storage is essential now! My firstborn is 2 and still in his baby bed, which now has the side taken down so it is his ‘big boy bed’. Baby Number 2 will be using the same crib meaning moKee’s Mini Cot is seriously excellent value.
2). Baby Changing Mat
Wipeable! It will get messy! moKee’s Top Cot Changer is particularly good as it fits on top of the Mini Cot – saving space and the need for a changing table which are absolutely NOT necessary. In fact I think they are simply a waste of money and only used for a few months. Mokee has recently launched the Pokee – a storage unit which can be attached to the side of the cot where all your nappies, creams and wipes can be stored. Genius!
3). A portable sleeping pod
moKee’s Mini Pod is great. Sadly I didn’t get it for my firstborn and regretted it as it would have made life a lot easier! It provides comfort for the newborn, cocooning them and making them feel safe and what’s more you can pick it up whilst baby is still sleeping, put them on the sofa and then when it’s bedtime put them up in their cot, still asleep in the pod. Sleep is hard to come by in those first few weeks and the Mini Pod definitely makes it easier to get some!
4). Nursing Chair
5). Moses basket
7). Sleeping Bag
8). Baby Monitor
An obvious essential. There are many to choose from- I didn’t go for one with a video monitor as I thought I’d end up just staring at the screen rather than enjoying a film or eating my dinner. But of course it is a personal decision and should be based upon what gives you peace of mind!
ABSOLUTELY NOT NECESSARY
1). Changing Table
You’ll find yourself changing baby everywhere! On the floor, in the car, kitchen table! Changing tables are simply a waste of money and used only for a few months and then thrown or given away. If you have limited space and need to maximise storage then the top of a chest of drawers will do (I never left my baby alone on the changing mat for fear of him falling- I always had a drawer with everything to hand).
2). Manual breast pump
Too much hard work. Go for a battery-powered or plug-in one. Quicker and more efficient.
3). Nappy Bin
A bin with a lid is a must but expensive nappy bins are not! As long as you empty the bin regularly you can avoid smelly nurseries!
4). Bath thermometer
Use your elbow and common sense to test the water. Various thermometers I used broke and went mouldy in the bath. Dipping your elbow or wrist in the water to test the temperature is best because they are more sensitive to heat.
5). Baby bathtub stand
Unless you have serious back issues you will rarely use a bathtub stand!