Decide whether you’d like a boy/girl theme or something more gender-neutral, like this Skip Hop bedding – if you pick the latter, it's easier if/when you do decide to have another child.
When painting, safety comes first! 2 of 10
Keep the colors calming and pleasant and don't forget to check for lead in all paints &mdash they should be water-based, low-odor and free from VOCs for the safety of you and your child. The Natura line from Benjamin Moore is a safe bet.
A firm mattress is a must! 3 of 10
When shopping for a crib, make sure it meets the highest safety standards and be sure to buy a firm, quality mattress.
Pick the softest bedding 4 of 10
Baby bedding should be super soft – especially the sheets. Jersey cotton sheets, like these from Carter’s are a fabulous option, as they stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Invest in furniture that will grow with your child. 5 of 10
Instead of spending money on a standard change table, consider pieces like this 360° table. It can easily transform into regular household furniture when your baby grows out of diapers.
Organize your baby’s clothing in a dresser. 6 of 10
All of those adorable baby outfits have to go somewhere and you'll run out of closet space quickly, so do yourself a favor and invest in a dresser! (And why not customize the knobs with baby photos while you’re at it?)
Gliders are a parents best friend. 7 of 10
A comfortable, sturdy glider, like this one from Dutailier is a nursery must-have that will come in handy during midnight feedings and when you’re reading stories to your child.