Nursery Furniture Essentials
Figure out what’s essential—and what’s just a nice-to-have—with this buying guide for baby room furniture. Plus, get inspired by these gorgeous nursery photos!
Go for the firmest and lightest. And that will usually mean a foam one. They’re just a whole lot easier to maneuver in the middle of night when you have to change the sheets after a blow-out. If you prefer to go for an innerspring mattress instead, look for one that has at least 150 coils, says Fields. Otherwise, it will likely be too soft.
A triple-laminated vinyl cover comes in very, very handy. Babies pee, poop, and spit up—a lot—in their cribs. When there’s an accident you want to make sure the mattress is protected.
Want to go organic? Look for GREENGUARD certification from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, an independent organization that certifies products for low chemical emissions. That said, keep in mind that mattresses are treated with chemicals because of strict laws requiring that they be flame retardant. Regardless of whether the one you choose is “green” or not, you can reduce your future baby’s exposure by letting the mattress air out (preferably outside or in the garage) for several days before placing it the crib.