What Is a Must Have for a Baby Room?
Getting your baby’s room ready is so exciting, and it’s a time when you can get creative to make the perfect environment. A baby’s room is for sleeping, feeding, and playing and a place to store all of their things, so you need a few must-haves before the baby moves in.
This article discusses what essentials you need for your baby’s room and some vital information about promoting safe sleep. We discuss babies and bedding, when to use a duvet in a cot and a checklist of things you need for feeding, playing and storing.
Your checklist for the perfect baby room
In this section, we have provided you with a checklist of things needed to create the perfect baby room, starting with sleeping.
When it comes to your baby, safety is the most important thing, so you need to know what the best bedding for a baby is and at what age you can upgrade.
You have several options regarding what your baby will sleep in. From birth to 6 months old, it’s recommended that your baby sleeps in the same room as you, so you can choose for them to sleep in either a next-to-me crib, a cot or a Moses basket.
Once they reach 6 months old, or whenever you and your baby are ready, you can move them into their room, where they can sleep in a cot or cot bed.
So, to create the perfect sleep environment, you can choose from:
- Moses basket
- next to my crib
- cot bed
When it comes to choosing a cot mattress for your baby, you may or may not have noticed that you can’t buy a thick, soft, hotel-feel mattress, which may disappoint you. We know every parent wants to create that warm and cosy sleep environment for their baby, and naturally, you want a plump, thick mattress to go with everything.
However, there is a reason why the cot mattress is designed this way. For your baby’s safety, they should sleep on a firm mattress they can’t easily sink into. Sleeping on a firm mattress reduces the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
At Bedding Comfort Store, we stock cot mattresses that are firm and comfortable for your little sleeping cherub. Then, once your baby reaches toddlerhood, you can change their baby mattress for a toddler mattress, which is softer and thicker and provide them with a more luxurious sleeping experience. We have a gorgeous range of thick, plump toddler mattresses to choose from.
Reusing a cot mattress
We know it can be expensive to buy all of your new baby essentials, and for many things, it’s considered safe to use pre-loved items. However, reusing a cot mattress can be dangerous. Mattresses don’t last forever, and buying second-hand means that you may not know how long the mattress has been used, how clean it is and how safe it is for your little one.
In the case of a cot mattress, always buy a new, firm and comfortable mattress that is lovely and fresh and in perfect condition.
Avoid using blankets, duvets, pillows and cot bumpers in your baby’s cot or next to the crib. Whilst it’s natural to want to put these items in your baby’s cot, to create a cosy sleep environment and that hotel pillow feeling we all love, they have the potential to suffocate your baby during the night.
In addition to this, too many layers and thick blankets can cause your baby to overheat. It’s for these reasons that you should use light layers to keep your baby warm and use things like a swaddle or baby sleepsuit to sleep in.
This means that until they’re around 1 year old, you won’t need bedding for them, with the exception of a fitted sheet. It is considered safe to use a fitted sheet in your baby’s cot as long as the sheet fits the mattress well and there is no chance of it coming loose at night. Choose a fitted sheet that is the correct size for your cot, and ensure that all the corners are tucked in firmly under the mattress to prevent it from becoming a choking hazard.
Avoid using regular sheets that aren’t fit, as they are more likely to become loose at night, particularly if your baby wriggles around a lot.
Some parents like to swaddle their baby in a swaddle blanket to add extra warmth and to help them to feel calm and soothed. You shouldn’t place blankets over a newborn at night; wrapping them in a blanket specifically designed as a swaddle is perfectly fine. Swaddling your baby means they can’t get blankets over their face that get in the way of their airways.
Baby sleeping bag
Baby sleeping bags are great if you don’t want to swaddle your baby or for colder nights. If the air feels cold to you, it will feel the same for your baby, so choosing a sleeping bag will keep them nice and toasty as they’re padded like a quilt.
Place your baby inside a sleeping bag, positioning their arms inside the arm holds. Do up the zip of buttons, and this stops the sleeping bag from riding up, so it keeps your little wriggler safe at night. Different sizes of sleeping bags are available so your tiny newborn isn’t drowning in a sleeping bag way too big for them.
So, to keep them warm and safe at night, you’ll need:
- sleeping bags
- properly fitted sheets
When your baby reaches 12 months old, you can get creative with nursery bedding, as it’s generally considered safe to use a duvet and pillow. Choosing the perfect bedding for a 1-year-old is an exciting time, and Bedding Comfort Store has some beautiful sets to match your baby’s nursery and to create a warm and welcoming environment for a restful night’s sleep.
For a cosy sleep environment for your toddler, you’ll need:
- fitted sheets
- duvet covers.
Dressing them for bed
Babies can’t regulate their temperature well, so they can quickly overheat. It’s important to dress them lightly for bed. Putting them in a 1-piece sleep suit or a pair of pyjamas, preferably made with naturally breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen. Wool is a great alternative to keep them warm on colder nights, but it’s still a breathable material, so it will help to stop them from overheating.
So, to keep your baby warm at night, you’ll need:
Washing your baby’s bedding
Whilst we’re on the topic of bedding, it’s essential to change your baby’s bedding regularly because:
- your baby’s immune system isn’t fully developed, so they need a clean cot to sleep in
- babies sleep for around 8-16 hours a day, so they need a fresh and comfortable place to get some zzzs
- Babies are expensive, so looking after their bedding and washing regularly helps to reduce bedding costs.
It’s recommended to change your baby’s bedding twice a week, and this is considered a general rule when they’re toddlers, but many reduce this amount to once a week when they’re older.
Now let’s move on to feeding. Whether you choose to breastfeed, bottle feed or take a hybrid approach, creating a comfortable and lovely environment in your baby’s nursery where you can feed them provides a special bonding experience before nap time.
To create the perfect feeding environment, you’ll need:
- nursing chair or rocking chair
- lamp or nightlight
- nursing pillow
- muslin cloths.
For nappy changing
Having a handy nappy changing station in your baby’s room is great for those before-bed nappy changes or after their bath. It saves you from having to go downstairs or into another room to locate everything you need.
To create a handy nappy changing station, you’ll need the following:
- dresser with a changing table or a detachable changer on your cot
- nappy bin
- basket, drawers or shelves to store your nappy-changing essentials such as nappies, wipes and creams.
You’ll soon find out that babies need a lot of stuff! You’ll need somewhere to store all of their things, including clothes, shoes, blankets, nappy-changing essentials, toys and books and everything else like trinkets and keepsakes.
To create the perfect storage areas, you’ll need the following:
- changer dresser
- storage baskets
- toy box.
Now you have a palace to store all your baby’s toys; they’ll need some perfect toys to play with to keep them entertained and aid their development. Playing with your baby and reading to them is a lovely way to bond with your baby and create a joyful and playful nursery.
So your child can play and learn, you’ll need:
- crib mobile
- Baby bouncer or rocker
- play mat
- soft, easy-to-clean rug to roll about on
- age-appropriate toys and books.
After investing in all of our must-haves for a baby room, you’ll have created the perfect environment for your baby that welcomes them and promotes safe and restful sleep all night long.