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Baby Furniture Buying Guide

Decorating your baby’s nursery is an exciting time for any parent-to-be. There are so many cute options that it can take some time to pick a theme. It can also take some time to decide on what furniture to buy, as there are many designs, styles, and types for parents to choose from.

To begin, consider the essentials.

Nursery Essentials:

  • Crib
  • Mattress
  • Changing Table
  • Dresser
  • Glider or Rocking Chair


One of the first pieces of furniture many parents like to buy is the crib. It’s the focal point of the nursery and where your baby will be spending a lot of time. From modern to rustic, you’ll find a crib that matches the theme of your nursery perfectly. No matter which style, color, or type of crib you choose, remember that the most important part of any crib is its safety. At The Warehouse at Huck Finn, we offer parents a wide selection of high-quality and reliable cribs so you can always ensure the safety of your child.

Types of Cribs

Standard Cribs – Standard cribs are long-lasting and sturdy and ideal for parents planning on having multiple children. They feature 4 fixed sides with slats throughout and come in many different designs and colors.

Convertible Cribs – A convertible crib can grow with your child as they transition to a toddler bed and potentially even a full-size bed. Some convertible beds require parts that may not be included the original purchase. If this is the case, ensure you buy the additional parts when you buy the crib so you’re ready to make the transition from crib to toddler bed at the drop of a hat.

Bassinets – A bassinet is a popular option for the first few months of life. Many parents keep a bassinet in their room so they can keep an eye on their child. They’re also a smaller option, making a bassinet ideal for apartments or smaller homes. Keep in mind that once your baby is 3-6 months old, or rolling over, it’s recommended that the baby is moved to a bigger crib.


When it comes time to purchase a mattress, make sure it fits snug inside the crib. There are two main types of options, both of which will be comfortable for your baby and hopefully allow you to get some sleep too!

Foam Mattresses – A foam crib mattress is firm and heavy. When pressed on, the mattress should return to it’s regular state quickly. You don’t want the mattress to conform or mold to the shape of your baby’s head.

Innerspring Mattresses – An innerspring mattress features layers of material and coils to contribute to the overall comfort of the mattress.  Manufacturers equate the number of coils and gauge of the wire in an innerspring mattress with overall firmness; it’s a good idea to look for mattresses with a minimum of 135 coils and a gauge of 15.5 or lower.

Changing Table

A changing table provides a convenient space at a comfortable height to change or dress your baby. Many changing tables come with storage to keep diapers, wipes, onesies, and other essentials for your baby. There are also cribs that come with a changing table attached in addition to dressers with a changing table on top.


If you don’t opt for a changing table and dresser combo, you’ll want to purchase a separate dresser to keep your baby’s clothes. Choosing a dresser in a neutral design and color means it can stay with your child through their senior prom and even beyond that. A lot of time parents choose a white or grey dresser as they tend to be more kid friendly but also work in a room designed for older children.

Glider or Rocking Chair

You will be spending a lot of quality time with your baby in this chair, so choose one you absolutely love. Whether you decide on a glider or a rocking chair, pick one that has an ottoman or footrest – you’ll thank yourself later. Once your child outgrows the rocker it can be used in an office or den.