Nursery checklist - what to buy for your baby's bedroom

Deep in nesting mode and getting the home ready for your baby's arrival? Mumsnetters reveal the kit you really need

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One thing to remember when choosing nursery furniture, although it sounds obvious, is taking full account of the size of the room. Make sure you have enough space to walk around any furniture you're planning to buy and maybe mark out your floor with masking tape to make sure the furniture fits.

Cots, bedside cribs and cot beds

Mumsnetters recommend:
Cosatto Story 3-in-1 cotbed John Lewis Anna cot Armsreach Universal Co-sleeper

"I'm so glad we chose the Story cot bed as I know that it is safe, sturdy, space saving and will last over the years too."

"We have the Anna crib from John Lewis (a gift from our parents-in-law) and it has been really good. It was used by my three and our neighbour's baby and is still going strong."

"The Armsreach co-sleeper is amazing. Three months after giving birth it's the best thing I have."


Mumsnetters recommend: 
Little Green Sheep Natural Twist Mattress Mothercare Basic Foam Cot Mattress John Lewis Pocket Spring Cot Mattress

"We got a natural latex cot bed mattress from Little Green Sheep. We've had it for well over three years and it still looks and feels like new."

"I bought the basic Mothercare mattress. It is waterproof and foam and looks like it did when it was brand new."

"John Lewis for us. I think we got the pocket spring one. No complaints from our daughter!"

Sleeping bags

Mumsnetters recommend:

Mothercare sleeping bag Cocoonababy Slumbersac

"We bought the Mothercare ones (they have butterflies, elephants or I think tractors on them). Quite cheap, wash well."

"The other amazing sleep gadget is the Cocoonababy. Our local John Lewis told me they only sell online now because the stores can't keep pace with demand."

"Slumbersac do sleeping bags with feet which have been great for our son."

Baby monitors

Mumsnetters recommend:
VTech Pan and Tilt Video Baby Monitor
BT Digital Baby Monitor 300
Angelcare Sound and Movement Baby Monitor

"After having a premature baby I wanted a good quality monitor, and the V-Tech ticks all the boxes."

"The BT monitor gives you peace of mind, reliability and excellent features that I couldn't live without."

"I love the Angelcare monitor. I always recommend it to pregnant friends. It is so easy to use and the sensor mat works perfectly."

Other useful (but perhaps non-essential) purchases


"We swapped the ceiling light switch for a dimmer switch before our son was born."

Changing tables

"I had a cot-top changer (lies securely on top of the cot and can be removed easily). I loved using this as I ended up with emergency c-section and I have a bad back, so it was very useful."

Moses basket

The strong handles on a moses basket make it easy to move, so you can keep your baby near you, wherever you are. 

Nappy disposal unit

"A godsend as it kept the smell in."

"If you are in a top-floor flat it might be useful."

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Last updated: 7 months ago