You don't have to have a separate room for your baby. If space is an issue and your baby will be sharing your room, your baby "area" should be a quiet, peaceful, comfortable place, and the lighting should be subdued.
Your newborn's sleeping needs are simple, and there are different options:
A bassinet (on wheels or a Moses Basket)
As baby gets older, you will need a crib. New cribs must meet the safety regulations:
The slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart
The mattress fits snugly (no more than two finger gap all around)
The side rail no longer lowers
Make sure that you remove all stuffed animals, plush toys, pillows, fluffy blankets and crib bumpers from the crib, to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant death Syndrome.
List of Bedding Items Needed:
2-3 fitted sheets
6-8 receiving blankets
List of Changing Needs:
soft changing pad
3 Packs of Newborn Diapers
24-48 Cloth diapers if using a service
Unscented Baby Wipes
Diaper pail (diaper genie)
Gauze squares and Vaseline tubes (if baby is circumcised)
Newborn zinc rash ointment (Desitin, Balmex for example)
Newborn digital thermometer
Small plastic bowl for warm water for diaper changes
You may want to keep all supplies within your reach to make changing baby easier, and never leave baby unattended.
Contact me for a consultation: I can help you with all your nursery needs.