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Buying Children's Furniture

Buying children's furniture is one of the many large and important decisions you will make for your child. Quite often it is one of the first decisions parents make before the baby is even born, as the nursery plays a large role in an infant's life, so most parents want it to be absolutely perfect. It is also a decision that will be made again later on in your child's life as they outgrow the nursery furniture, so being well-informed on all aspects of children's furniture is important.

When you enter a store, whether it is a baby superstore or simply a furniture store, you are bound to be overwhelmed by the vast amount of options there are for children's furniture. For a baby there are bassinets, cradles and cribs, as well as changing tables, armoires, chest of drawers and rocking chairs. For the toddler or preschooler there are toddler beds, twin size beds, toy boxes, child-size tables and chairs and desks. The options are quite honestly endless, so having an idea in your mind of what you want for your child's room is the best way to prepare before entering a store to purchase children's furniture.

Once you have an idea of the style or size of the furniture you want in your child's room, you need to check the furniture for its safety measures. It is perfectly fine to accept second hand furniture or to buy children's furniture at a resale, just be sure that any furniture meets all safety standards for children. For a crib, bassinet or cradle the major safety factors to look for are that they are conform to US safety standards, that there are no signs of wear and tear, that the finish is non-toxic and that the mattress is firm. For toddler beds and regular size beds, be sure that the bed itself is sturdy and will not collapse, or that there are not any areas that the child could get trapped. Choosing a bed that is lower to the ground makes it easier for the child to manoeuvre in and out of bed on their own and limits the risk of falling out of bed. Any dressers, armoires or shelves should also be checked for safety. If there is any way a child would be able to climb on the furniture, it should be anchored to the wall for safety.

Once the decision has been made as to the type of the children's furniture that you desire, and that all safety precautions have been met, the fun can begin in picking the actual style for your child's room. Children's rooms truly are one of the most enjoyable rooms to furnish and decorate. You are creating a safe haven for your child, a place where they can go and be comfortable and happy; a place that they will spend a great majority of their time. That's why purchasing children's furniture is such an important decision and one that should be taken very seriously.