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.


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