Furnishing a Nursery

Furnishing a nursery is an exciting step in getting ready to welcome the new addition to your family. This article offers baby room ideas and furniture options to help create a safe and cozy space for you and baby.

Baby Room Ideas

Plan the nursery to be a comfortable and peaceful place for baby and you, but also consider the practical use of the room. Place baby furniture away from windows, choose room darkening window coverings and make sure cords can’t be reached by tiny hands. Have a glider chair or another comfortable chair in the room for feedings. Your baby may be small, but the amount of supplies and clothing items required is substantial. If storage in the nursery is limited, find extra space by choosing a changing table with drawers and shelves, or a crib with built-in drawers.

Standard Cribs

Buying a baby crib is an important investment since your baby will be using it for at least two years. Standard full-sized cribs come with fixed, single-drop or double-drop sides. Select according to your height. Are you tall enough to comfortably reach over fixed sides or would sides that drop be a better fit? Try the sides to ensure you can raise and lower them easily and lock them in place securely. Standard cribs usually have two to four adjustable mattress heights for added convenience when changing your baby, and for lowering as your baby begins to stand.

Convertible Cribs

Convertible cribs are standard full-sized cribs that can later convert to a toddler bed, a bench or a daybed as your child grows. Some models require you to buy a conversion kit in order to make the change. If the crib is converted to a toddler bed, it will already have safety rails to help baby transition to a big-kid’s bed. Many convertible cribs also offer optional bottom drawers for extra storage.

Crib Mattresses & Pads

It’s a good idea to buy your crib mattress at the same as the crib to ensure the right fit. They come in standard sizes and are usually about six-inches thick. The mattress should be firm to help prevent your baby from turning over. It should fit snugly within the crib: the gap between mattress and sides should not exceed 3 cm at any point. 

Crib Bedding

You’ll also need some crib bedding. The first thing to go over top of the mattress is a durable, tight-fitting mattress cover. It should have air holes for ventilation, and it should protect the mattress from spit ups and other accidents. Next is a fitted sheet designed specifically to fit the mattress of your baby’s crib or bassinet. Sheets should fit snugly so there isn’t any loose fabric that might entangle your baby. You should also purchase bumper pads to protect your baby’s head, and to keep little arms and legs from going through slats. The pads must attach securely and fit all around the inside of the crib. They can be removed once your baby can pull up to a standing position.


You may want to start your newborn baby off in a snug, cozy bassinet for the first few months. A bassinet will take up less space in your room, and some also rock back and forth for lulling baby to sleep. They come with a mattress and usually a set of bedding. Bassinets are only to be used for a short period of time: a sturdier crib will be needed once baby becomes more active. 

Changing Tables

A changing table puts your baby at a comfortable height for changing. Features to look for include a safety rail around the top, a restraining belt, and a padded easy-to-clean surface. The table should have drawers or shelves to keep diapers and other supplies close at hand. If you plan to use a chest of drawers instead, there are separate change table tops available that can be affixed to the top. 


Playards (also called playpens) are not to be used for unsupervised sleep because they do not meet the same safety standard as cribs. Playard sides should be locked securely into place, and the mattress should be firm to help prevent baby from rolling over. The openings in the mesh should be 6 mm or less with no tears or loose threads, and the mesh should meet the top rail and the floor panel.

Baby Furniture Safety

To ensure the safety of your baby, Health Canada has issued safety regulations governing cribs, cradles and bassinets. New furniture meets current standards for spacing between slats, corner post heights, and the amount of allowable space between the mattress and the sides of a crib, cradle or bassinet. Make sure the crib is properly assembled and doesn’t have broken or missing pieces. Teething rails should be non-toxic plastic and not move or crack. 

This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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