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Hi! I am Brian and we are telling you how to build a nursery now and in this segment I am going to talk to you about what pieces should go in the nursery. Once you have picked the crib, the next thing to do is to choose whatever other components need to go in the room. The first thing that we suggest is a six drawer dresser. We typically don't recommend buying a juvenile piece of furniture, because a child can't grow with it.
When you buy a six drawer dresser as a piece of furniture which has longevity in the room that the child can grow through in the teen years with. Now typically we recommend buying a six drawer dresser that is 34 to 36 inches in height so that can also be used as a changing surface. There is two options for a changing surface. One is called a contoured pad. This is the contoured pad which mounts at the top of the dresser. The way it works is, it has these snaps that just clip to the back of the dresser so it doesn't slide around once it is mounted and adheres to the back so that you can change on top.
The nice feature with this is you can take it off. If you want to use it downstairs or you want to it take to another room or you can travel with this. When you are finished, you have a clean surface underneath again for a child to grow into. The next piece that we look at is typically the glider and we are going to get into gliders in our next segment and go into the gliders in detail in the next segments.
This is a bookcase. We generally recommend putting a bookcase in the room, because you have places for trophies, picture frames, and obviously books. If the room doesn't have a large enough footprint to accommodate a bookcase, the alternative is something called a hutch which goes on top of a six drawer dresser which I am going to show you in another room over here.
As I mentioned if you don't have the space in the room to accommodate a bookshelf, the alternative is called the hutch that can go on top of the six drawer dresser. This two can be used a changing surface by placing the contoured pad in here. If you are using it as a changer, we do recommend taking off the bottom shelves, so you would not hit the baby's head or your head on here when changing.
Now that I have gone over the different choices as far as pieces that go in the room, I would like to show you an alternative to a contoured pad. As I had mentioned earlier the contoured pad is a very nice way to turn a dresser into a changing station. There is an alternative for the contoured pad which is called the flip top.
The flip top is relatively new product and it is designed so you can change the baby vertically as opposed to horizontally. Some people found it very awkward to change baby at this angle. So the idea is to change this way to lift the baby's bottom, slide the diaper underneath, and then close the tabs. When you are done using the flip tops or a changer, what you can do is just the metal brackets off the back of the dresser and what you are left with is a regular six floor dresser for a child to grow into.
Now one component that I didn't talk about earlier is the nightstand, and it sounds like an odd piece to put into a nursery, but we recommend it for two reasons. One, if you are buying a convertible crib, it's a piece that finishes off a room so a child can grow into it. The other thing is it's very nice to put next to the glider rocker to put a drink down or to put a lamp on.
Now that I have talked bit about the different components to put into nursery, Jim is going to talk about what to look for in a well-constructed dresser.