Before investing in "baby" furniture think about your house and future home plans. Also how many children you might want to have.
We were loaned/gifted a crib, glider (which we NEVER use) and changing table and I bought a small white chest of drawers. When I was pregnant w/ DS and we made the decision for our kids to share a room for the short term (our house has 2 bedrooms up, 2 bedrooms down and I didn't want either one of them to be on a different floor from us- yet) we decided that we needed real dresser/chest of drawers. The changing station is now on top of the dresser and the mirrors for the dresser are in storage. The pieces match the white crib & toddler bed well enough and will easily transition to big kid furniture and beyond. I find the dresser to be much better storage than the changing table- which DD was able to clear the shelves of by 9 months.
Babies r us worked for us plus we used a twenty percent off coupon that they give out usually when you purchase something. we only purchased the crib and the changing table dresser since we have small rooms. the brand was babi italia eastside cinnamin and i read nothing but goodreviews. my lo has slept in his crib since three months.
boutiques are really expensive.
good luck and happy delivery
anonsouthernbell: "real" bed as that is what my parents did with me and I still have my furniture. (It was from Ethan Allen and has weathered the very nicely years
This is kinda true w/ me too- 'though I had a hand-me-down twin bed and a used set before my parents bought me a nice cherry set, it's now in our guest room.