Create the perfect nursery for your little one with just ten key pieces
The nursery is more than just a bedroom. When you’re still pregnant, it’s where you first start to create your hopes and dreams for your baby as you decorate and choose each item. It’s where you lay your tiny baby to sleep. It’s also where your child will grow, learn and play. Make sure you choose wisely to create a nursery that works for you and your baby for years and years to come.
Remember; it’s safest to keep your baby in your own bedroom for their first six months of life.
Create the environment
Choosing the best pieces of furniture means your nursery will work for all
the things you and your baby do in it every day. From nappy changes to dressing and bathing, you need to be able to move around easily and you need everything in its place. Add soft furnishings, wallpaper and curtains to create a calming, cosy environment, have plenty of storage space and pick accessories to add a touch of fun.
Room to grow
As your child grows, they will move from a Moses basket to a cot, then perhaps to a junior bed and then a single bed. Their clothes get bigger and their toys more numerous. Look for pieces of furniture that will grow with your child, such as a cotbed that transforms into a Junior bed and a wardrobe that has movable rails to accommodate larger clothes. Dressers may have a removable changing unit.
You’ll need plenty of light for some activities such as nappy changes and play time but subdued, calming light for story and bed times. You also need to be able to see when you change a nappy or feed your baby during the night. When choosing the main light for the room, look for dimmable options. Then look for a lamp for story time with cute characters to keep your baby amused and a nightlight that doubles as a baby monitor and room thermometer to make the nursery perfect, whatever time of day it is.
1. The Crib
L-R: Bloom Alma mini crib £299 John Lewis. Snuzpod2 £169 The Little Green Sheep. Dragons Cocoon Cradle £3645 Dragons of Walton Street. Star print Moses basket £150 Noe & Zoe, Liberty London. Cradle including foam mattress and ceiling hook from £169 Leander (Naturalmat).
2. The Wardrobe
L-R: 3 Time a Wardrobe, £1522 Laurette (Smallable). Lawson clothing rail £126.65 Mamas and Papas. Vogue Wardrobe £3675 Dragons of Walton Street. Woody Wardrobe by Bastella with internal compartment £850 Nidle Design (Nubie). Columbus Kids’ Wardrobe £850, Great Little Trading Company.
3. The Bouncer
L-R: MiChair with newborn pod £142 iCandy. Nuna Leaf £160 John Lewis. Bouncer Balance Soft £129.99 BabyBjorn. Bloom Coco Lounger £165 Mamas and Papas. Levo Baby Rocker £148 Nubie
4. The Nightlight
L-R: Bear cary & hang lightlight £24.99 Brother Max. Zazu Nightlight Lou the Owl £34.99 Cheeky Rascals. Ewan the Dreamsheep £30 JoJo Maman Bébé. Bubble Lamp £49 Tulipop. Serenity Star £64.99 aden+anais
5. The Cot or Cotbed
Top row left: Caravan crib Maple £915 Kalon Studios (Nubie). Top row right: Cotbed Owlet Story £450 Cosatto. Bottom row left: Cadogan luxury cotbed £2700 The Baby Cot Shop. Bottom row right: Canterbury oak cotbed £585 Silver Cross (John Lewis). Right: Vantina cot £POA Anaiza (Harrods).
6. The Changing Unit
L: Noga changing table £329 Charlie Crane (Nubie). Top row left: White and oak dresser £705 Oliver Furniture (Nubie). Top row right: Changing table mint £102.34 Combelle (Smallable). Bottom row left: Changing tower £369 BundtzBendix (Lullabuy). Bottom row right: Linea changing table ££260 Leander (naturalmat).
7. Wall Décor
L-R: Elkeland wall d´cor £99 Ferm Living (Amara). Milk print £18 Rachel Powell (notonthehighstreet.com). Embroidery pictures £34 Welcome to the World Mamas and Papas. Stars garland £30 Numero 74 (Smallable). Plush animal head £55 Nubie
8. The Mobile
L-R: Rainbow mobile £28 Cam Cam Copenhagen (Liberty London). To the moon and back musical cot mobile £45 Silver Cross. Secorative haging bird mobile £73.96 Scalae Nino (Smallable). Mushroom Musical Mobile £27.95 Oyoy (Lullabuy). Mucial cot mobile £34 Mamas and Papas
9. The Nursing Chair
L-R: Henley nursing set £1375 Dragons of Walton Street. Joya rocker £1145 Monte Design (Huggle). Go-Go Glider £875 Oli Ela. Windsor rocker £2159 Katie Walker (Heal’s). Raindrops Nursery Glider £1590 The Baby Cot Shop.
10. The Rug
Top left: Natural stripe rug £69 JoJO Maman Bébé. Bottom left: After Matisse Rug £690 Sonya Winner (notonthehighstreet.com). Top row left: Kelim colour traingles rug £79 Ferm Living (Amara). Top row right: Cat children’s rug £210 Oeuf (Nubie). Bottom: Baby sheepksin rug £69.95 The LIttle Green Sheep.