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The ABC's of Nursery Dressers, Armoires, Bookshelves, and Other Furniture

Decorating a room for a new arrival is one of life's greatest pleasures. It's also often one of your first acts of parenthood, so take care when selecting furniture for your little one's nursery. The items you choose go a long way toward turning baby's first room into a safe, cozy, and soothing space to snooze and snuggle the night away.

Solid wood nursery furniture that stands the test of time

Eventually, your little bundle of joy will outgrow some of their nursery furniture, such as their crib (unless you purchase one that converts into a toddler bed, day bed, and/or a full-size bed) and changing table. But dressers, armoires, bookcases, hutches, and nightstands can stay with your child for years and years as they grow older and bigger. Solid wood nursery furniture will stand the test of time (as well as a trip or two in the back of a moving van), so if durability and longevity is important to you, avoid nursery furniture made from composite woods, plywood, and other material.

Essential nursery storage

The moment you announce you're expecting you might find yourself flooded with an abundance of baby clothes, blankets, and other items of tiny, endless adorability. Nursery dressers and armoires offer essential storage space to neatly organize all of baby's clothes, blankets, and more. Dresser drawers are ideal for organizing clothes, while the open shelves of an armoire are perfect for things like blankets, sheets, towels, and diapers. If you have the space, having both a dresser and an armoire is invaluable. Baby clothes may be small, but you'll quickly discover there's no such thing as too much storage space in a nursery.

Nursery décor with a side of functionality

Once you've got your baby's change table, and dresser or armoire in place you can focus on additional furniture accents. Nursery bookcases, hutches, and nightstands add functional style to baby's room. They give you the storage space to begin building a library for your little one, while also providing a home for baby toys, teddy bears, and miscellaneous knick-knacks. Bookcases, hutches, and nightstands are also a great way to furnish an otherwise empty corner.

Bigtime safety for your little one

When it comes to furnishing your little one's nursery, safety trumps all. That's why it's important to buy furniture designed specifically for use in a nursery or child's room. Nursery furniture from top brands like Stork Craft, South Shore, Graco, aden + anais, and HALO Innovations offer essential safety features that will keep your little one safe and sound. Make sure drawers come with safety stops and that each piece of furniture features a non-toxic finish or non-toxic paint. You'll also want to secure taller furniture -- such as dressers, armoires, and bookcases -- to the wall in order to prevent tipping.