I’m a shopping expert, and these are the 8 nursery items parents should invest in

SHOPPING for a new nursery can quite quickly put a dent in your wallet, so if you’re not sure where to start we’ve picked out the top 8 nursery items parents should invest in. 

Good quality, and excellent value are top priority and these picks from John Lewis are well worth investing in now, to help your family navigate these early years and beyond. 


John Lewis is here to help new parentsCredit: John Lewis

A new baby is a wonderful thing, but with a new mouth to feed you’ll want to keep costs down so it’s more important than ever to buy good quality, but at affordable prices and great value. 

Getting the nursery ready is one of the biggest jobs to do ahead of your little one’s arrival, but we’ve done the hard work for you.

We’ve picked out the nursery items from John Lewis you should invest in now, at prices that won’t hurt your bank balance, but quality that will last. 

From the obvious; a cot, the essentials; baby monitor, the helpful; a comfy chair for feeding; and the everyday; blankets and more blankets – it’s all here. 

1. Your baby’s cot 

You can’t have a nursery without a cot, and John Lewis has a number of great value options that look great – but don’t cost the world. 

For safety, and affordability we’d recommend this quality model such as the John Lewis’ ANYDAY Elementary Cot , £99. 

With a plain white design, it’ll fit with many nurseries and is big enough to see them towards their toddler years. 

You’ll also need to buy the Cot Mattress, which is priced at £25 here, and will ensure a comfy night’s sleep for your baby – and a good night’s sleep for you. 

Looking for something that will grow as they do?  The Chicco Next 2 Me Forever Bedside Crib, £329 is a pricier but perfect choice.

The Chicco will grow with your child, from extended co-sleeping, to cot and floor bed for toddlers – so you’ll get your money’s worth as it’ll see you from birth to up to four years.  


Looking for baby essentials – John Lewis has you coveredCredit: John Lewis

2. Owlet Baby Monitor

Many parents choose to invest in a baby monitor, and there are numerous high tech models on the market, with sensors, video and more – and prices starting at £41 if you’re looking for something a little simpler.  

Whilst at the top end of the price bracket the Owlet Monitor, from £289,  tops many new parents shopping lists,  and it’s easy to see why many are choosing to invest in the tech.

With thousands of reviews gushing about the smart sock sensor, it monitors babies’ every moment, tracking heart rate and oxygen as well as features you’d expect from more traditional baby monitors, which will definitely help to put new parents’ minds at rest. 

3. Super storage 

Make your storage work harder with dual purpose solutions, such as this Little Acorns Traditional Sleigh Changing Table, £189.99. 

The eye-catching white dresser comes with 3 large, spacious drawers and a baby changing surround to keep them safe whilst you’re changing. 

Looking for a more purse friendly option? John Lewis’ ANYDAY Elementary Changing Table, £75, is the perfect pick, with open shelves below to store changing essentials. 

John Lewis’ ANYDAY Elementary Single Wardrobe, £175, is another fabulous choice with a super slim design to make the most of any space, but enough storage inside for a new wardrobe for your little one.


Excited for your little ones arrival?Credit: John Lewis

4. Super safety gate

As they grow, they’ll get more mobile so it’s best to invest in a Safety Gate, to keep wandering toddlers at night at bay. 

John Lewis’ BabyDan Premier True Pressure Gate, £54.99, is a great choice and can be fitted right from the box without fittings – so no screw marks left on your wall, perfect if you’re renting. 

It fits door openings of 86 up to 93.3cm and can even be extended if need be – as there’s two extensions in the pack.

With a triple lock function they’ll be no getting out.

Whilst we’re at it, make sure to invest in some baby proofing essentials here too

6. Make bathtime a breeze

Ok, so technically it’s not in the nursery but don’t skip on these products to make bath time a breeze. 

Make sure you invest in a baby bath, such as this John Lewis Deluxe Baby Bath, £18 with an ergonomically designed slope that allows little ones to safely relax while you wash them.

Priced at £18, it’s a super cheap choice to make bath times the best time. 

And how can we not mention this super cute Baby Towelling Robe, from £16, which is available from 3-6 months all the way to 2-3 years. 

Not cute enough? Keep them warm and dry with John Lewis’ adorable animal towels, choose from Bunny, Koala and Bear , all priced at £18.


Everything you could need and much moreCredit: JOHN LEWIS

7. Blankets and more blankets 

Invest in blankets because we promise you,  you can never have too many. 

From John Lewis’ ANYDAY Star Blanket at £10, The John Lewis Oh My Darling Bee Cotton Reversible Blanket, £25, and the John Lewis Baby GOTS Organic Cotton Cellular Cotbed Blanket, £30 – everyday essentials that are well worth stocking up on. 

And don’t forget baby muslins, £13 whilst you’re at it – you’ll always need them.

8. A decent nursing chair

You’re gonna be spending a lot of time in this room, so treat yourself to a decent chair. 

This Gaia Baby Nursing Rocking Chair, £449.99, is a great choice that is comfy, chic and has been decided with new parents in mind.

It’s been ergonomically designed to provide optimum comfort, with extra lumbar support, padded armrests and is generously sized to accommodate a parent and child as they grow. 

The armrests are removable and washable, and the legs have been designed to be extra strong and durable – for a comforting rocking motion. 

It’s a great investment that will be used for years to come. 

Looking for more baby and kids products, you can check out the full range at John Lewis here, with great value options including their own fabulous ANYDAY collection, big name brands and more. 


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