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Nursery must haves: what you absolutely need to buy or rent


By Amy Roach

crib in baby nursery with stuffed animal

As you count down the days until you finally get to meet your newborn, you’re probably also counting down the time left to make sure you’re prepared with everything you need to welcome your little bundle of joy. Figuring out your nursery must haves is always at the top of the list—and it can be a stressful endeavor!

When sorting through things to buy for a nursery, it’s important to figure out your top priorities and nursery needs whether you’re shopping for yourself or setting up your registry. Think about your lifestyle and your scenario when starting to make your list of nursery must-haves, and consider things like:

  • If this is your first pregnancy, you’ll have a more extensive list of nursery must haves than if you’ve had a baby before.
  • If you’re an apartment dweller you might want to focus on a smaller number of items than you would if your nursery was in a big suburban home. 
  • If you plan to have baby sleeping in your room for a while before transitioning to their own room, you may want to focus on portable items that can work in multiple areas of your home.

Ultimately, you’ll make your own personal decisions about what items qualify as nursery must haves for your little one. You’ll spend a lot of time in the nursery—feeding, getting your baby to sleep (hopefully), playing, and just enjoying parenting life. Make sure you have everything on hand that you’ll need to make your nursery the multi-tasking hotspot it will be! 

To make the picking and choosing a little easier, use this comprehensive list of nursery needs as your guide.

Nursery must haves: what you absolutely need to buy


  • Crib
  • Bassinet
  • Changing table with cushioned changing pad
  • Dresser
  • Rocking chair, glider, or arm chair for nursing/feeding
  • Bookshelf


  • Crib mattress
  • Crib mattress pads (1-3, washable)
  • Crib mattress protector
  • Fitted crib sheets (at least 2)
  • Receiving/swaddle blankets (4-6)
  • Baby monitor
  • Noise machine
  • Nightlight


  • Diaper pail
  • Diaper pail liners
  • Diapers (newborn size)
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wipes (unscented)


  • Activity mat
  • Teething toys
  • Rattles
  • Soft stacking blocks
  • Soft baby books
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toy basket(s) and storage bins/cubes
  • Crib mobile
  • Baby swing/bouncer

Rent Nursery Items from Loop

When you're ready to start tackling your list of must-have nursery items, consider renting instead of buying. By renting the gear you'll save money, time, and space in your home. Browse Loop's products, pick a plan, and start checking off your nursery list today! It's that easy. You can add our products to your registry, too.


Written by:

Amy Roach

New York-based journalist-turned-business storyteller Amy Roach is a veteran writer and editor who has contributed to many lifestyle, family, business, trade, and educational publications. Currently, she runs her own boutique writing firm, providing content, copywriting, and communications services to a wide range of businesses. When not playing with words, she's playing with her two children, Natalie and Owen. Mom duty takes her from the soccer, football, and basketball sidelines to art shows, science fairs, and band concerts. Despite the occasional teenage drama and arguments over too much screen time, she still counts parenting as her most-rewarding gig.