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Checklist for Setting Up a Baby Nursery

Updated on March 5, 2015

Essential Items for a Baby Nursery Room

A new baby is on the way ~ Congratulations!

Setting up your baby nursery does not have to be overwhelming. Making a checklist for yourself to ensure all necessary items are in place will help you feel prepared and less stressed. Take a deep breath and enjoy this time in your life.

Here is a checklist that will help you determine the essential items you will definitely need in your nursery. Then below you will find a separate list of non-essential items that you could include in your baby’s room if you wish.

Be sure the crib meets all safety regulations.
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A Safe Comfy Place for Your Baby to Sleep

  • Baby Crib
  • Crib Mattress
  • Waterproof Mattress Pad
  • Crib Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Special Baby Wedge Pillow

When you first bring your baby home, a cradle or a bassinet will work as a place for your baby to sleep. Yet eventually, you will likely need a baby crib and firm mattress. You may want to consider a crib model that can convert to a toddler bed to save on that expense several years down the road.

It is best to invest in a couple waterproof mattress pads, several crib sheets and baby blankets. This way, you are prepared when one set is in the wash.

Place the crib away from windows, shelving, lamps, curtains; anything the baby may be able to reach outside the crib.

Whether you are purchasing a brand new crib or a hand-me-down, be sure to visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to view their Regulations & Standards for Crib Safety.

A Place for You to Sit

  • Comfortable Rocker or Chair

Not only do babies like motion and enjoy being rocked, you will want a comfortable place to sit during midnight feedings, etc. Consider also adding a footstool to put your feet up. Even better, consider a reclining rocker chair.

A Place to Change Your Baby

  • Baby Changing Table
  • Waterproof Pad
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Rash or Moisture Barrier Cream

Yes, it is possible to change your baby in the crib or even on the floor. But a sturdy changing table makes the job so much easier with space to store all that you need including diapers, wipes and a waterproof pad. It’s also much easier on your back.

A Place to Store Clothing Items

  • Dresser
  • Mini Hangers
  • Clothes/Outfits
  • Pajamas/Onesies
  • Jackets/Sweaters
  • Socks/Booties
  • Shoes
  • Hats/Bonnets

Of course your baby will need clothes, socks/shoes, pajamas and outerwear. And you will need a place to store all of these items. Only use baby-friendly furniture that does not have small parts that can come off or sharp edges. If it does, you can purchase safety items such as corner protectors. If you have a closet, you may wish to hang some of the clothes on mini hangers to keep them organized.

A Place for Toys

  • Baby Toys
  • Toy Box

You will want to have age appropriate toys for your baby to enhance their learning and growth.

Eventually, you will want something that helps prevent toys from taking over your house. If you do not want to purchase an actual toy box, you could simply use baskets or crates to keep things organized.

A Place to Bathe & Groom Your Baby

  • Baby Bathtub
  • Soft Baby Towels & Wash Clothes
  • Baby Soap & Shampoo
  • Comb & Brush Set
  • Baby Toothbrush
  • Nail Clippers & Emery Board
  • Lotion & Powder
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Bath Toys

A proper baby bathtub is best to be sure your baby is always safe while bathing. Never ever leave your baby alone while in any tub with water.

You will also need the other supplies listed above to keep your baby clean, groomed and happy.

A Place for Dirty Diapers

  • Diaper Pail

This is more important than you may realize right now. Whether it’s a diaper pail or any container with a tight fitting lid, you will be happy you have one.

A Place for Dirty Clothes

  • Hamper

Some parents choose to wash baby clothes separate from the family laundry using a more mild detergent instead of regular laundry detergent that can irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. Use a hamper to keep the baby’s clothes separate.


Non-Essential Items for a Baby Nursery Room

Items for the baby nursery that are “non-essentials” really are a personal preference. Here is a list of items you may wish to consider including.

  • Baby Monitor

Many parents like the security that a baby monitor provides when they are unable to be in the same room with the baby.

  • Lamp

Consider soft lighting in your nursery.

  • Window Coverings

Shutting out sunlight in the nursery with curtains, blinds or black-out shades will help your baby sleep more soundly during the day. Dimming the sunlight in the room will also help when your baby is older and it’s “nap time.”

  • Nursing Supplies

If you are planning on nursing your baby, you may wish to purchase a breast pump, breast pads, nipple cream and a special nursing pillow.

  • Nightlight

Nightlights are very helpful when you are up and down all hours of the night.

  • Clock

You may wish to have a clock in the baby nursery to keep track of scheduled feedings and other things like dosing medicine.

  • Mobile

Most babies enjoy a mobile attached to their crib that spins and plays music.

  • Bookshelf or Bins

A sturdy bookshelf and/or plastic bins are great to store things like books and other baby items.

  • Decorations

Even just a few decorations such as pictures on the wall and stuffed animals on a windowsill will add to the visual scenery of the baby room.

  • Music

A CD player where you can play soothing music for your little one or have fun with sing-a-long type music will really add to the mood of the nursery.


Other Items to Have on Hand in the Baby Nursery

There are so many baby items on the market today. Here is a list of just a few more items you may wish to have on hand.

  • Baby Thermometer
  • Bibs
  • Burp Clothes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Pacifiers
  • Rattles
  • Teething Rings

Wishing you the best with your new bundle of joy!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Cyndi ~ Yup there is a lot that goes into a baby nursery. If you ever need the checklist, it's right here, wink wink. Thanks for stopping by. I love looking at baby nursery pictures too.


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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Oh my goodness! There is SO MUCH that goes into having a little one. Well, if I ever find myself going down that road, I'll be sure to come back here for a complete checklist. Wow! What beautiful pictures, too. :)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kelley ~ ha, isn't that video adorable. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing this too.


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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Oh wow! This is packed with terrific information. Voted up, useful, and shared. I love the video! Kelley

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Mel ~ It's so exciting when a baby is due. I've never had a kid and yet have gotten extremely excited like as if I was the one having it, especially when my nieces and nephews were born. Thanks for forwarding this to your friend who is expecting. Wish her the best from me.


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      Melanie Shebel 5 years ago from Midwest USA

      My best friend is having her first baby and I can't WAIT until he's born.

      I'm going to send her a link to your hub. It'll really help her out to see a nice list like this. She's terrified right now... he's going to be born in a little over two months and she's not ready.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Tammy ~ I hope so. I'm sure there are "parents" out there that have no clue what they may need. Thanks for your feedback.


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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I wish this was available when I had my first child. This should really be a great benefit to new parents who don't know the difference between a bassinet and a crib. Great photos and presentation!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Aww Brenda ~ thank you so much for the compliments. You say that you are so grateful that you do not need this information but this is also helpful for when you become a grandma some day too! Thanks for stopping by!


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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hiya Dr. BJ ~ ha ha, yes, I have pretty good organization skills. It's helps in many situations. Thanks for your feedback and votes!


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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Tina ~ I am so glad this is helpful to you. To have a one month old in your house will certainly change life for a bit.

      That is great that you are thinking ahead to make everything comfortable for the baby. Thank you so much for your votes and shares and all that - very much appreciated!


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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Just stopping by to say I think this is a lovely and helpful Hub and I am SO grateful I do not need it! You did a wonderful job putting this together.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Sharyn - You are SO organized. This is the checklist to end all checklists for getting baby's room ready. Thank you, m'dear. Voted up, of course. Great realistic video, too.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Great hub about the things needed in a nursery! It is almost unbelievable how many things such a small person can need:) We are expecting a visit from my husbands daughter who has a 1 month old boy in a couple of weeks so this is very timely for me. I seem to have forgotten some important things when I was planning the room for them in my mind! I do expect them to bring what they need but I now see how I can make it more easy for them. A comfortable chair and so on. Thanks for this useful and beautiful hub Sharyn! Voted up, shared, useful!


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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Shelley ~ Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. I appreciate your votes too. Thank you!


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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Marissa ~ Yes, I do think the convertible cribs are a great option to help save money that you would have to spend later. I'm glad you stopped by, thanks for your feedback.


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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Myth ~ great to see you! What a fun job working at ToysRus. My first job ever was at Children's Palace. I loved it. You probably never even heard of it, ha. I didn't realize that about bumper pads. Thank you for the info. I decided to take it out of the hub. And I don't know much about the nets so I didn't add them (yet). Thank you so much for your comments, very much appreciated!


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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello lovedoctor926 ~ Oh, I love a nursery done in Winnie the Pooh! Thank you so much for your feedback and votes. Have a great weekend!


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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Josh ~ Thanks for checking this out and bookmarking. I hope you get to use it one day, I can tell you will make an awesome dad!


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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Judi ~ ha ha, I do too, love looking at photos of nurseries. Glad you get sleep now ;) Thank you so much for your feedback!


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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Paula ~ Thank you so much for such awesome comments. Wow, 5 more weeks until that little bundle of joy will be here for you to spoil!

      Sorry I have not been around too much to read others work. I have been extremely busy, just wanted to let you know. I appreciate you passing on the link. Take care and good luck with the new angel.


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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Sharyn's Slant, Wonderful checklist, and such beautiful nurseries. Voted up

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Great list of items for a baby's nursery! For both of my kids we purchased the convertible cribs; they do save money down the line, even though they may be a little more expensive at first than a traditional crib.

      Voted up!

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      This was an incredible checklist! Although I do not have a child and am not pregnant I was interested in your list because I work at ToysRus and often deal with all of the baby stuff. From what I have learned I wanted to compare to what you suggest. It was very interesting. The checklist may be a little bit extensive depending on what you need or want, but over all it was very well done. Also bumpers for in the crib are no longer sold in more and more stores. The breathable nets that align the crib are still available, but the actual bumpers are less desirable. Once again great hub and very informational!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      This is very useful information. The images that you used for a baby nursery room are gorgeous! My nephew's baby nursery room is Winnie the pooh. voted up useful and beautiful!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      This is an incredible checklist! I may not be married, nor do I have kids, but a great hub for when I do! I will definitely be sharing this and bookmarking it for future use! Voted up, useful, and awesome!

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      I love looking at photos of nurseries - so very cute! Don't think I would want to have to set one up again though, I'm enjoy sleeping again way too much!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sharyn.....sooooo nice! I am thoroughly impressed with this hub. Thank you for writing it specifically for my daughter-in-law who is awaiting the arrival of her FIRST little Angel!! (about 5 more weeks!!)

      I am sending her the link......she'll LOVE this!

      You're writing just gets beter and better..........Up ++