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When is the Best Time to Furnish a Little One’s Bedroom?

When you’re pregnant, one of the first instincts to kick in is to prepare for the baby’s arrival. However, timing matters. When is the best time to furnish your little one’s bedroom? In this article, we are going to find out. We’ll also explain why it may be too early or too late to start buying furniture for your nursery.


First Trimester

This is not the time to start buying baby furniture. You want to make sure that there’s not going to be any complications. This saves the heartache of recovering from a miscarriage and experiencing the grief all over again as you sit in an empty nursery. What you can do at this stage is decide which room will be a nursery. It is safe to start getting rid of the junk you now have an excuse to get rid of. It is probably fine to repaint the room another colour, though you should hold off on the murals.

Buying nursery furniture in advance of your due date is wise since you don’t want to come home from the hospital and then try to assemble that fancy crib while sleep deprived – but three months into the pregnancy is too soon.

Second Trimester

The second trimester is generally a safe time to buy nursery furniture. You know if you’re having a single baby or multiples. You have a good guess as to whether or not it is a boy or a girl. You can start decorating the nursery per chosen motifs and buying furniture you’re now reasonably certain you’re going to use. A side benefit of picking out furniture at this point is that you’re still able to help move it and assemble it. And if you already have the latest and safest crib on the market, you won’t be tempted to take a less safe hand-me-down.

If you don’t know what you want in terms of baby furniture, buy the basics like a crib or bassinet and dresser. In general, it is recommended to get convertible cribs that can double as a toddler bed in a year or two, so you don’t have to repeat this whole process later.1

Third Trimester

In the third trimester, you shouldn’t be lugging a crib or changing table up the stairs. You probably don’t have the balance to try to move a rocker. You shouldn’t be exposed to paint fumes and you don’t want to be leaning over to pick up items. At this point, you can do the light decorating like putting prints on the walls, stocking shelves with essentials and arranging stuffed animals on the shelves and in the bed. You can also take care of details like nightlights.


In all cases, it’s better to wait until you’re almost certain to give birth before you go shopping for baby furniture. Don’t try to buy baby furniture right before the baby is due or after you’ve given birth. Choose only the furniture you truly must have, like a safe crib, and want to have, like a rocker or glider.


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