The first time I found out I was pregnant I quickly ran to the book store and bought books not only on what to expect, but on what to buy.

Walking into a baby store was overwhelming to say the least, so I reasoned that buying a book would be easier. The book was just as overwhelming, consisting of over 300 pages, covering a multitude of topics from diapers and wipes to crib sheets and toys to larger items like cribs, strollers and car seats. It was a lot to take in. But what really needs to be in baby’s nursery?

I bought a lot of the suggestions; of course, not using all of it or even half. With my second pregnancy, I made more conscious decisions about my purchases.

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Here is a list (not an exhaustive one) of what we put in baby’s nursery:

  1. Crib and regular dresser-In my opinion, a crib is a very personal choice, but a necessity for your little one. The first few weeks after our baby was born, we kept them in our bedroom in a bassinet to have easier access to them during those nighttime feedings. The crib we bought for baby’s nursery was a convertible one that lasted until each our children were 3 years old. We also purchased a regular dresser that would grow with them rather than purchasing a separate changing table. The cushioned changing pad was bolted to the back of the dresser and when we were done with diapers, it was easy to remove with the dresser still intact.
  2. Rocking chair and foot rest-A MUST for any new mama or dad. There were many a days and nights that we spent rocking our babies to sleep, reading books to them and simply sitting and enjoying those newborn days and late nights. I spent a pretty penny on ours, but it also lasted 9 years, through 2 kiddos and 2 moves. What was also nice is the company allows you to order new cushions if you want a different color. With my first, I purchased light brown cushions and it was a dark brown chair. With my second, we painted it white and ordered grey cushions. It was a much cheaper option than buying a second rocking chair.
  3. Wipe warmer-Again, a personal preference. I just felt it was nice to have something warm to wipe with than a cold one.
  4. Clothes basket-You will need one. There are a lot of clothes changes happening during that first year. I purchased a canvas one with handles, making it easier to move from their room to the wash room.
  5. Side table and lamp (night light)-This was a purchase I regretted not buying with my first. However, with my second, I realized what I was missing. It was a place to put bottles, diapers and burp clothes rather than putting on the floor whilst also holding a newborn. A lamp or night light was a must! I was not waking up that baby, therefore a dark room was necessary.
  6. Monitor-While it kept me up at night, it is a necessary evil to keep a watchful eye on our little ones. There are so many monitor options including some old-schooled options that are just have just audio options to more advanced technology with two-way communication options and loads of other options.

I am sure there are many other items purchased for baby’s nursery, some necessary and some decorative. For us, we had pictures, curtains, a fancy light fixture for her room, bedroom rug, stuffed animals, basket for blankets and other items, baby board books and decorative pillows.

Just know mamas, it may be overwhelming, it may be a lot of figure out; but remember this: HAVE FUN! These moments are fleeting, so enjoy the process.

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Photo Credit :: Noelle Westcott Photography

Janina Roberts
Janina Roberts, M.A., LSSP, a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology married to her college sweetheart, Allen, Sr, for almost 14 years. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Trinity University. She and Allen have two children, Allen, Jr. (7 y.o.) who is very active in sports and a loving gentle soul and Aelicia (2 y.o.), who is very independent and a spit-fire. Janina is what some would call a military brat who moved frequently. She was born in Louisiana, moved to Las Vegas, NV then Abilene, TX where she graduated high school. Janina is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership while also working full-time. She is avid party planner especially her kid's birthday parties and loves eating ice cream from Amy's. On the weekends you can find her at the track field, at basketball and football games cheering on her son, AJ.


  1. I got a plush music box at Letterpress PLAY that is my new go to new momma gift. I know its not essential but it is so cute.


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