What Supplies Do I Need in a Church Nursery?

baby surrounded by diaper stacks

The church nursery is a fast-paced, fun place to work and minister to little children. Unlike other ministries, you can’t get just get by with whatever is on hand. You won’t have time to track down important materials and keep an eye on busy hands. You should ask yourself this question, “What supplies do I need in a church nursery?” While most nursery supply lists will contain much of the same needs, your ministry may be a little different.

Fill your cabinets with these items and practice regular inventory checks to prevent a lapse in supplies. Here are some general supplies for the church nursery. Click here to leave your comments about this list.

Church Nursery Supply List

  • Diapers in all sizes
  • Baby wipes
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Receiving blankets
  • Fitted crib sheets
  • Crib blankets
  • Changing table sheets or covers
  • Diaper pails
  • Diaper pail sleeves
  • Garbage cans
  • Garbage bags
  • Goldfish snacks
  • Plastic food storage containers with lids
  • Small refrigerator
  • Juice
  • Water
  • Digital ear thermometer
  • Toys
  • Sippy cups

Cleaning Supplies You’ll Need

  • Plastic pails
  • Bleach
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Broom
  • Dust pan
  • All-purpose cleaning wipes
  • Toilet wand
  • Disposable wand pads
  • Rubber gloves

Suggested Church Nursery Furniture

  • Rocking chair
  • Rocking chair pads
  • Cribs
  • Changing tables
  • Television
  • DVD player
  • Christian DVDs
  • Pagers
  • Visitor information cards
  • Volunteer training manuals
  • Training toilets

stack of clean baby diapersGathering everything you need for a church nursery may seem challenging at first. Involve other church members with fun ideas to get your nursery up and running. For example, you could have a baby shower for the nursery once a year. Hold a small party to say thank you for the new nursery equipment and gifts. Don’t just invite parents of the nursery children–invite everyone! Other ideas are holding an angel tree for nursery supplies or advertising a needs list in the church bulletin.

Store extras safely away. Unfortunately, supplies can come up missing if they are not hidden away. By¬† supplies quarterly at wholesale places like Sam’s Club to get the best deals for your ministry.

Click here to leave a comment about this church nursery supply list. We would love to hear what other items you keep on hand at your church.


  1. pamela davis says

    DVDs and players can be a wonderful thing in a church nursery. Our children love listening to songs like Jesus loves me. Some of the toddlers try to sing along. Biblical stories come to life visually. It’s a wonderful way to minister to the very young.

  2. Sharon says

    It would be great to have the latest government guidelines regarding the proper crib. Recently there has been legislation regarding the type of crib that can be in a nursery for public use. Also, at what age a person should be allowed to work the nursery by themselves.

  3. Ms Peggy says

    something helpful are a container of spare shirts, pants, socks underwear to change when there’s been an accident. this item is donated thru parents many children & visitors sometimesd don’t have these in their bags. Everything else you listed is right on target!!

  4. Andrea Renwick says

    I have just been assigned the nursery coordinator at my church
    (Islington Evangel Centre in Toronto) – I am just happy for the nursery information on your website Ministry-to-Children.com
    You have just relieved some of my anxiety – the information from recruiting nursery volunteers to cleaning the nursery
    is in valuable. God Bless you and please continue to enlighten

  5. says

    Adults need shoe covers for the crawler room! Just think about everything that might be on the bottom of your shoe. Then imagine yourself crawling on the floor with all that gunk everyone tracked in. Not an appealing experience at all! I had a new mom tell me last week how incredible those little things help re-assure her when she brings her little ones into the nursery.

    Also, smock/scrub jackets. This not only keeps our volunteers’ nice Sunday clothes from getting spewed on, but it helps shield the babies from allergic reactions to detergents & perfumes used by volunteers.

  6. Heather Smith says

    Thank you! I grew up in our very small church and now that our nursery coordinator is leaving I’m thinking about stepping up but I still feel very young and new to all of this and this list is a big help so thank you!

  7. Cara Haren says

    We always put out an allergy allert sign to say what we
    are serving for snacks and have allergy alert stickers
    available at check in for children who can not have the snack provided.

  8. Joyce Hall says

    I have attempted for while now to put together a booklet
    on Nursery Guidelines, but haven’t been successful in completing it.
    Do you have a booklet that is already put together? If so I would
    like to have it.

  9. Mary E Collier says

    a first aid kit specifically with bandaids and cold pack/booboo bunny. (those two items fix any injury real or imagined)

  10. mrs smith says


  11. says

    Not sure why DVD and DVD Player would be on a list of needs for a nursery. Don’t kids spend enough time in front of the t.v. (yes, even at nursery age)? We had a t.v. and dvd player in our nursery for a short period of time and we just decided it was not something that we needed to promote in kids nursery age.

    Otherwise the list looks great and I’m happy to say I can go right down the list and check off that we have almost everything on the list. :)

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