Scratching your head over what items a baby nursery needs in Singapore?
Don’t worry—you’re not alone. It can be overwhelming to prepare for the arrival of a new life in your household, especially if you’re a first-time parent.
We’re here to help you out today by providing a list of everything you need in a baby nursery in Singapore… as well as all of the items that you should consider buying even if they’re not traditional requirements.
That is, what may not have been necessary before may be now, for modern parents with modern obligations. Still, we’ve separated items into the truly (traditionally) essential ones and the (technically) optional entries, as you’ll see below.
Furniture for the Nursery
Nursery furniture is among the most important purchases to make when preparing for a baby.
You generally can’t put a baby in furniture for adults, as we’ve mentioned before, because it’s not nearly as safe as putting the baby in a crib or a bassinet. That’s why it’s important to get furniture specifically for babies.
Take note too that when buying baby furniture, smart choices can help you make the most of your purchase. A convertible crib will last longer, for instance, so it only makes sense to look for one if you can help it.
In the same vein, sturdy cribs are obviously better because they last longer… besides also keeping your baby safer. That’s also why it’s not advisable to get or use second-hand cribs!
In any case, below are the nursery furniture essentials and near-essentials you should get.
Nursery Furniture Essentials
A crib (or a co-sleeper)
A safe crib mattress
A high chair (which you may not need until the baby is ready to eat solid food, but it would be a necessity then!)
Nursery Furniture That’s Optional but Useful
A changing table
A nursing chair
Bedding for Your Baby
Bedding is obviously necessary, as you want to keep the baby as comfortable and warm as possible. While firm surfaces are good for babies to sleep on (they reduce the chances of suffocation), you don’t want them so firm they’re literally wooden planks!
Note that bedding covers everything from the mattress cover to the crib skirt. Obviously, some of these are less important than others, as you’ll see below.
Baby Bedding Essentials
At least 2 crib sheets that fit your mattress
At least 2 mattress protectors, preferably waterproof
At least 2 receiving blankets (you can also use these as burp cloths, so it's an added reason to get them!)
Baby Bedding That’s Optional But Useful
A crib bumper set to keep baby from bumping his head on the slats or bars of the crib
A crib skirt
Bottlefeeding and Breastfeeding Items
Whether you’re bottlefeeding or breastfeeding, there are a number of things you need to prepare for it. These range from bottles to bottle brushes for maintenance.
Where something is only necessary if you’re bottlefeeding or breastfeeding, we note it below. Otherwise, it’s necessary regardless of which feeding method you’re using.
Bottlefeeding and Breastfeeding Essentials
Several baby bottles (the number depends on how many days you plan to be away from the baby, particularly if you can’t breastfeed at all times -- 7 would be a safe number)
If breastfeeding and planning to prepare milk ahead of time, a breast pump (you can pick a traditional one, but it may be wiser to go with something like the Elvie Breast Pump, which allows for on-the-go and unobtrusive pumping)
If bottlefeeding, 4 weeks’ worth of baby formula (to be replenished as necessary)
A bottle brush
7 cotton bibs
Several nursing bras (note that it’s a good idea to buy one size larger than your bra size during pregnancy)
A nursing pillow
Optional but Useful Bottlefeeding and Breastfeeding Items
Dedicated bottle drying rack
Baby Travel Gear
All right, so baby travel gear isn’t technically part of your nursery. But it’s pretty much a given that you’ll have to travel with the baby at some point, so you’ll need items that more or less function as “your travelling nursery”.
Note that Singapore laws even require you to have a secure baby car seat when travelling with a baby in a vehicle. Hence, it’s best to be prepared!