How to Buy the Right Nursery Furniture

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Baby Nursery Furniture, Bedding & Décor Buying Guide

Create a comfortable, safe environment to welcome home a new baby by selecting the right nursery furniture, crib bedding, and nursery décor on eBay.
Always check the safe use information provided by the manufacturer of baby bed products and consult your pediatrician with any questions.

Select a Baby Crib or Toddler Bed

Your baby will spend a great deal of time in her nursery during the first few years, so choose a baby crib or toddler bed carefully. You’ll find cribs in different styles, made from a variety of materials, and offered in a huge selection of colors and finishes.

Baby cribs

Consider the following options to determine which crib, or combination of cribs, will best meet your family’s needs over time.

Baby bassinets: Enjoy the convenience of a bassinet (or Moses basket), which you’ll move from place to place for the first three or four months of your baby’s life. Most bassinets feature a hood and an oval sleep area.

Baby cradles: Rock your baby to sleep by placing a cradle (a small bed) near your bed for the first few months.

Canopy cribs: Make a fashion statement in your nursery with a canopy crib equipped with posts and a frame for securing a fabric canopy.

Co-sleeper cribs: Co-sleepers function as an extension to a traditional bed, giving the baby his own safe space while enabling parents to easily comfort or feed baby during the night.

Convertible cribs: Save some money in the long run by getting a convertible crib, which will convert to a toddler bed, and possibly also into a twin bed later, for use throughout childhood.

Portable cribs: Add a foldable portable crib (or porta crib) to your nursery list to make traveling with your baby easier.

Standard Cribs: Standard cribs may have one or two drop sides for placing baby inside. Get double drop sides for more versatility. The release mechanism for the drop sides may be metal rods, trigger releases, or knee releases.

Whether you get a standard or convertible crib for your nursery, you’ll also need to equip the crib with a standard 52 x 27-inch mattress. Many options are available, including both foam mattress and innerspring mattress. For maximum safety, however, be sure to select a firm mattress.

Toddler beds

Transition your child from the crib to a bed with a toddler bed. Toddler beds are set lower to the ground, use a standard size crib mattress, and can be found in fun styles including princess beds, fire truck beds, and the ever popular race car bed.

Get Essential Nursery Furniture

eBay’s large selection of nursery furniture includes all of the most popular brands, including Carter’s, South Shore, Corsican, Dutalier, Kolcraft, and Storkraft.

Baby changing tables: Create a safe diapering and changing area in your nursery with a changing table and changing table pad. A well-designed changing table holds the supplies you need to care for the baby at diaper-changing time. Get a changing table with dresser drawers if you like the idea of using it when your baby no longer needs diapers.

Dressers: Choose a dresser that meets your needs for storing and organizing clothing, diapers, and baby supplies, or maybe even toys and books.

Baby furniture sets: Achieve the look of a coordinated nursery with a furniture set (often listed as combos or combinations), which offer similarly designed changing tables, dressers, and other pieces.

Rockers, gliders: Get a cozy glider rocker with an ottoman and cushioned armrests to lull your baby to sleep. Gliders come in a wide variety of finishes and upholstery styles to meet your decorative needs.

Decorate With Nursery Bedding & Accessories

Enjoy the process of setting up a nursery by picking out special nursery bedding and nursery décor for your baby. You’ll find popular brands including Carter’s, Dwell, Wendy Bellissimo, Kidsline, Gymboree, and more on eBay.

Crib bedding

Shop eBay for thematic baby bedding sets—such as Winnie the Pooh, princess, sports, and many more—or decorate according to your taste. Crib bedding fits most standard size cribs, canopy cribs, convertible cribs, and toddler beds.

Crib sheets: Fitted crib sheets should fit snugly around the mattress of the crib to keep baby safe.

Crib bumpers: Padded bumpers tie onto the corners or the crib, cradle, porta crib, or bassinet and should cover the entire inside perimeter of the crib.

Baby quilts, comforters, duvets: Use a quilt, comforter, or duvet as a baby play mat. Soft quilts and comforters should not be placed in the crib. Use a blanket instead for sleep time.

Cribskirts, dust ruffles: Add a finishing touch to your nursery with a cribskirt or dust ruffle.

To get coordinated nursery bedding pieces, look for collections or crib bedding sets designed for a crib, portable crib, or cradle. Sets typically include a baby quilt, comforter, or duvet, bumpers, fitted crib sheet, and a dust ruffle or crib skirt, depending on the intended use.

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Decorative accessories

Shop eBay for a wide variety of other decorative accessories to complete your nursery.

Mobiles: Attach a mobile to your crib to soothe your baby. Be sure to remove the mobile once your baby can push up on her hands and knees, however, to keep her safe.

Diaper stackers: Get a diaper stacker to store diapers in style and keep them within easy reach.

Window treatments: From valances to sheers, you can find window treatments to match just about any nursery theme.

Picture frames: Display family photos and baby’s first memories with decorative picture frames.

Hampers: Fun and functional, baby clothes hampers can also be found to match almost any décor.

Lamps and shades: Find lamps and shades to create a well-lit nursery. Select a nightlight for late-night feedings and to help keep baby feeling secure.

Nursery mats and rugs: Nursery mats and rugs can add warmth and whimsy to the nursery while providing a soft spot for baby to play.

Wall décor: From signs, unique art, and personalized items to shelving and wallpaper borders, you can find wall decor of all varieties to spark the imagination.

Find Nursery Furniture & Bedding on eBay

Once you know what type of nursery items you want, go to the Baby portal, click Nursery Furniture or Nursery Bedding, and start searching for item listings on eBay.

Categories: The Categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. Under Nursery Furniture you'll find links for Cribs, Bassinets, Cradles, Dressers, Changing Tables, and more. Under Nursery Bedding you’ll find links for Blankets, Sets, Sheets, Bumpers, and more. As you dig deeper into the site you'll also be able to narrow down your choice by brand.     

Keyword search: Search eBay listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find a Winnie the Pooh bedding set type “Winnie the Pooh bedding set” (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay's Search Tips page for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try shopping eBay Stores, tell the eBay Community what you want by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a match becomes available.

Buy Nursery Products With Confidence

Before making your purchase, make sure you know exactly what you're buying, research your seller, and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Baby product safety

Do your research to ensure baby product safety.

When you have your sights set on a specific baby product, it’s a good idea to make sure the product has not been recalled. You can either check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission by visiting the Baby portal and clicking on the link in the right-hand column or go directly to the manufacturer's Web site for product information.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) also tests and certifies many baby products. If the JPMA seal is on the item, you can be sure it has passed stability and safety tests.

Know your purchase

Carefully read the details in item listings.

Figure delivery costs into your final price. If you spend a lot of money, make sure the seller will insure the item when it ships.

If you want more information, ask by clicking the "Ask seller a question" link under the seller's profile.

Always make sure to complete your transaction on eBay (with a bid, Buy It Now, or Best Offer). Transactions conducted outside of eBay are not covered by eBay protection programs.

Never pay for your eBay item using instant cash wire transfer services through Western Union or MoneyGram. These payment methods are unsafe when paying someone you do not know.

Know your seller

Research your seller so you feel positive and secure about every transaction.

What is the seller's Feedback rating? How many transactions have they completed? What percentage of positive responses do they have?

What do buyers say in their Feedback? Did the seller receive praise?

Most top eBay sellers operate like retail stores and have return policies. Do they offer a money-back guarantee? What are the terms and conditions?

Buyer protection

In the unlikely event that you don't receive your item or it is not as described, eBay Buyer Protection will cover your purchase price plus original shipping. Learn more.

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