Checklist: Nursery

15 must-haves you shouldn't skip when preparing baby's nursery.
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ByPaula Kashtan
Updated
Mar 2017
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Whether creating a nursery is a treat or a trial (or both!) for you, this checklist will guide you through the process. (Items with a * are must-haves.)

[ ] Crib, cradle or bassinet*
• Slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart
• Corner posts no more than 1/16 of an inch above frame
• No cutouts in headboard or footboard
• Top rails at least 26 inches above mattress

[ ] Firm, flat mattress fit snugly in crib (less than two fingers should fit between mattress and crib)*

[ ] 1-3 washable crib mattress pads

[ ] 2-4 fitted crib sheets*

[ ] 4-6 soft, light receiving blankets*

[ ] 1-2 heavier blankets (for colder climates)

[ ] Rocking or arm chair

[ ] Music box, sound machine or CD player

[ ] Crib mobile with black and white images (remove when baby can support self on hands and knees)

[ ] Baby monitor

[ ] Nightlight

[ ] Dresser

[ ] Toy basket

[ ] Swing or bouncy chair

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