Bedding and Furniture
When we were having our first child, we didn't have any money to set up a baby nursery. So the idea of buying kids table and chairs, or nursery furniture was a bit beyond us. But then our baby arrived and we needed things like a baby mattress, and kids room furniture, so we had to think about it anyway.
The thing about babies, is they actually need very little. Somewhere safe and warm to sleep, a clean space on the floor for nappy changing and playtime, clothes, and food. Plus parents to cuddle and lots of love, of course.
That said, when our second child was on the way, we went out of our way to set up a bit of a modified nursery, despite our tiny house. We bought baby furniture, including some kids room furniture for our older child.
The baby nursery, while lovely, isn't necessary. That said, it can be a lot of fun to set up a nursery with girls bedroom furniture (or boys bedroom furniture, depending on the flavour of baby you're having). A baby nursery can also be a great place to escape to if you've got older children. Especially once your baby gets older and begins to be distracted during feeds. Baby furniture is often sturdy and useful.
My recommendation for baby furniture is go to a dedicated baby store. Then you can work out exactly what baby furniture you need, and then shop around either online, or at department stores later that night. There's no pressure to buy on the first visit. In Sydney and Melbourne there are lots of baby stores.
Baby cots especially come in a variety of styles, and having a number to look at, to put the sides up and down, to measure, can be really helpful when you're looking for the first time.
Your baby nursery should be easy to put together, safe for everyone involved, and not break your budget. Really. Nursery sets are often gorgeous, but sometimes you can find individual pieces for a better price separately.
However. All that said, don't scrimp on your baby mattress. Those are important. They need to be safe, meet safety standards in Australia, and fit your cot well.
Kids furniture is a little trickier than baby furniture, mostly because kids are a bit more rough and tumble than babies generally are. Your child needs sturdy furniture they can't hurt themselves on. Children bedroom furniture should meet safety standards, be stable and easy to clean, and not have any sharp edges.
Kids table and chairs should be similar. Sturdily made children wooden table and chairs should last for years, and suit most rooms. Kids room furniture should also be kid sized. There's little point to a chest of drawers if they can't reach the toy drawer to get out their own socks and underwear.
Kids furniture is an investment in their future and should be thought of as such. Babyish furniture won't age well and your child will outgrow it, both in size and style, faster than you'd probably like.
All in all, the picking of nursery furniture for your future baby nursery is an important job, and you've got to do what works both for your own aesthetic style and your budget.