When Should I Start Shopping For A Baby Crib?
It's good to think about your nursery well before you welcome your baby into the world. By the end of your first trimester, you should start gathering ideas, clearing out a space for baby furniture, and thinking of the colors you plan to use for the room. Although baby cribs can be found in stock, most cribs take 6-8 weeks to come in, with some cribs taking up to 12-16 weeks to arrive. Some choices to consider are whether to purchase a crib and a piece to use as a changing area, or a crib that offers the versatility to change into a toddler and/or full size bed to grow with your child; as well as dressers that can be used as changers and carry into the future as well as other storage pieces.
You will probably want your baby crib and other nursery furniture set up in the room before your baby shower, in order to have things ready before your nesting instinct kicks in, or in case your baby arrives early. This will also give you a chance to inspect your crib and furniture for any missing parts or defects. You will probably want to add a glider or rocker for late night feedings and rocking your baby to sleep. (Many say this is a "must have item".) You will also want time to wash your baby's items, add wall decor, and put the finishing touches on your room. By your 36th week, the only thing you will want to be waiting on is your new baby to arrive!