How soon is too soon to start buying baby furniture?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: When did you start buying furniture for the baby's room?
    Before we even got pregnant : (2 votes)
    2 %
    As soon as we got a BFP! : (2 votes)
    2 %
    First trimester : (10 votes)
    12 %
    14-20 weeks : (22 votes)
    26 %
    20-25 weeks : (24 votes)
    28 %
    25-30 weeks : (17 votes)
    20 %
    30-35 weeks : (6 votes)
    7 %
    35+ weeks (we cut it really close!) : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Other...? : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    728 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’m only 9weeks, but I picked 20-25 weeks because that’s when we decided we are going to start getting the nursery ready. We want to know the gender before we get anything. We did buy a glider and ottoman, but I don’t think that counts because we have it in our living room being used as regular furniture for now. 

    Post # 4
    3213 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

    @ZoeyGirl:  I’m almost 19 weeks and I just bought our crib yesterday. There are lots of January mamas who got them a while ago though, some even before they were pregnant, many in the first tri. I had originally registered for one and we weren’t going to be buying one ourselves or else we might have already, but the one yesterday was a steal and I just had to get it.

    Post # 5
    166 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’m 32wks… I haven’t gotten mine because I’m getting it from family for the baby shower! But if we were buying I would buy it about 27wks. Or right around the time she is most likely to survive out of the womb.

    Post # 6
    4511 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m 13 weeks and think anything before 20 weeks is probably too early. I mean, just imagine if you have a late miscarriage and then have to deal with not only that, but the constant reminder with the baby furniture until you figure out what to do with it!

    Post # 7
    8818 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    We bought the crib at about 15 weeks because the store wasn’t almost out of them.  Got the matching change table too so we made sure that wouldn’t sell out either.  Now that we know it’s a girl we’re starting to get more and more.

    Post # 8
    370 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Buy now. I was going to get all my own furniture, then my parents swooped in and offered to buy the whole shebang when i was at 27 weeks… The estimate for the order was 10 weeks, so hopefully she doesn’t come early!

    Post # 9
    4468 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think 20 weeks is perfect! It takes time to figure out which items you want and then have them shipped (I shopped around for best prices online which took a while), so it’s good to start early I think! The only item I would hold off on is the car seat as it has an expiry date, so the longer you wait to buy it, the more use you will get out of it (esp if you are planning on having more than one baby).

    Post # 10
    2727 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Buy whenever you decide what you want and find it. We didnt buy anything new, we just reused different pieces of furniture and DH is building a crib, so it’s just been moving pieces of furniture into the nursery. 

    Post # 11
    667 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Im only 10 weeks at the mo but intend on buying all the furniture and the bigger items at the boxing day sales!

    Post # 12
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

    OOPS! I misread the poll – I thought it was how soon is too soon so I voted 1st trimester. I actually just purchased my first major piece of furniture 2 days ago (cot) and I’m 25 weeks. I think it was a matter of waiting for viability for me. However I did buy the car seat and portacot (pack and play I think it’s called outside of Aus?) because they were under half price brand new in a massive toy sale. That was definitely after 12 weeks though.

    Post # 13
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @Mewithoutyou:  That’s the timeline I have in mind as well. I don’t want to look at a decorated nursery if we lose the baby before viability.

    Post # 15
    1472 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We did around 25 weeks, but I was going back for the school year and wanted to get major furniture done before doing so. Plus, I like assembling furniture and DH hates it, so it was easier for me to do it. We didn’t do any of the small stuff (clothes, toys, sheets, decorations) until 35ish weeks.

    Post # 16
    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We bought most of our furniture at 8 weeks, because a store near us was closing and we really couldn’t pass up the sales.

    I don’t see why it would be a problem to buy early if you have room.

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