11 Must-Haves To Update Your Nursery

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A baby's nursery is usually the very first room any child has. It's where they get fed and rocked to sleep, and, eventually, it turns into their bedroom. Usually, this occurs between the ages of 18 months and three years, according to SoFi. Yet, before this life-changing event occurs, you may want to give your nursery a makeover.

There are two common ways to complete this task. You can either do a full renovation or a small update. Typically, to do the former, you'll spend around $2,000, as per Kitchen & Bath Shop. Of course, this can vary depending on each person and their individual preferences. However, instead of going overboard in a room that'll need another makeover soon, many opt to just update their nursery instead.

Most nurseries tend to already have the basic essentials such as a crib, sheets, and a changing table, states Newton Baby. However, when giving it an update, you may want to add a few more items and spruce up the ones you already have. From a new baby monitor to a gliding rocking chair, here are 11 must-haves to update your nursery.

1. Storage baskets

A lot of smaller items such as bottles, toys, and diapers, tend to get scattered throughout this area. Instead of your nursery becoming an overwhelming mess, you can purchase these woven storage baskets on Amazon for $28. They come in a set of four and feature many colors, including beige, brown, gray, and yellow. 

2. A high-tech baby monitor

Having a baby monitor is almost crucial when you're a parent. These days, many models have cameras and microphones such as this Hello Baby model on Amazon for less than $70. In addition, the camera can rotate both horizontally and vertically, contains night vision and a room temperature reader, and doesn't use Wi-Fi, which keeps out hackers. 

3. A shelf for all the books

Children naturally accumulate books over time and sometimes this begins when they're a baby. Therefore, you need an organized and dedicated area for these items. Amazon sells this four sling bookshelf for less than $70. In addition, it contains two storage boxes located at the bottom and comes in four different colors. 

4. An organizing cart

It goes without saying, you'll need a place for your baby's formula, diapers, wipes, and other necessities. Placing these items in a rolling cart can allow you to take care of the things you need to do. Amazon sells this Jolead three-tier rolling cart with two hanging cups and multiple baskets for less than $75. 

5. A ladder that holds blankets

When there's a baby, there are also a lot of baby blankets nearby. While you can fold them up and put them on a shelf or in a closet, these blankets are often sentimental and should be displayed. To do so, you can buy this ladder blanket from Amazon for $50, which is 6 feet tall. 

6. New crib sheets

It goes without saying that babies are a ton of work, which results in frequent messes. More often than not, crib sheets are in the line of fire in these accidents. If you have stained sheets or just a few sets, invest in more. Amazon sells this Unisex four-pack of fitted sheets for $27. 

7. Cute animal-inspired décor

Most nurseries likely come with a theme of some sort. When updating this area, consider picking out a new aesthetic. Animal theme designs are common for babies of all sizes and can be incorporated easily. Amazon sells this six-pack of animal-inspired images with motivational quotes. They measure 8 inches wide and 10 inches tall. 

8. A closet organizer

It can be hard trying to pick out an outfit for not only yourself but your baby as well. This convenient closet organizer on Amazon sells for $18 and displays the name of the week. It comes in bright colors, has extra storage pockets on the side, and can be used as they get older.

9. A new rocking chair

Since you're updating, it might be time to consider if you need to invest in a new rocking chair — if you already have one at all. Amazon sells this white and gray rocking chair for $180. The chair comes with pockets on the sides for extra storage as well as a gliding ottoman in the same shade. 

10. Plenty of pillows

Every nursery needs pillows. Whether your baby is sleeping on them or you're sitting on one on the floor, they're a useful asset. When updating your nursery, consider buying new pillows of different shapes and sizes. Amazon has this adorable cloud-shaped pillow for sale for under $20 that has a face stitched on it. 

11. A small lamp

Finally, consider adding a small lamp in the entryway of your newly updated nursery. Sure you have an overhead light, but when it's late at night and you want to check on your child, a small lamp will shed enough light without waking them up. Amazon sells this small wooden bedside lamp for less than $30.