Mel Weber I'm often asked where to start when it comes to planning a space for a new baby and this got me reminiscing about our firstborn Thomas' nursery.
If only I could go back in time and do things a little differently Looking back, one of the biggest and most costly mistakes we made when planning his nursery was to head straight to one of the large baby superstores where we bought a co-ordinating set of cot bed, changing unit and wardrobe.
We felt like we were getting such a great deal as the furniture was heavily discounted if we bought all 3 pieces, and it ticked off 3 of the big ticket items on our list of things to buy before baby arrived. Mothercare This wasn't one of our best interiors decisions and we could definitely have spent our money a lot more wisely. So with the benefit of hindsight, and now with many rooms designs under my belt here are my thoughts on how to go about planning baby's first space.
When planning a nursery, of course your baby will need somewhere to sleep. However, for their first months they will most likely be in a smaller Moses basket or bedside crib in your own bedroom so the cot bed isn't a time critical purchase and you can take your time working out your style before you commit to purchasing it.
The majority of children's clothes can be stored in drawers, and if you have some items that need hanging they can either go into your wardrobe or displayed on a hanging rail or on wall hooks. This white offering, made from sturdy, solid woods including alder for the frame and birch slats for the base, is our favourite.
A newborn would feel rather lost in a large cot bed after being tucked inside your tummy for 9 months so to begin with, I would suggest investing in a beautiful Moses basket and stand, which won't take up too much space in your master bedroom, and will provide a cosy space for baby to spend their first few months. It also has the advantage of being easily carried around the house so if baby will only sleep with you in close proximity you can move it around and still get on with things whilst baby snoozes.
Add some striking wall art, black and white photographs of the family babies love faces! The Frugality Space for mum: The next most important purchase by far is somewhere for mum to sit comfortably for long periods of time. That being said it's important that you choose a chair that's ergonomically designed to support both you and your baby whilst feeding. I'd recommend looking for a high back with arms at the right level to give you that support. Another consideration is the fabric as if you want a chair to last you will need it to be stain resistant!
If you can find one in a design you're going to love and use for many years then it's definitly worth spending a bit more and if you need help justifying the cost then think about the expensive physio sessions you might save yourself speaking from painful personal experience!
Baby Grey Changing area: Unless you're blessed with an enormous master bedroom suite, squeezing in a Moses basket or small bedside crib and a chair is usually difficult enough without then having to find space for all the other baby essentials. We actually moved our own chest of drawers with all our clothes in it into the spare room to make space for a changing unit but this was totally unnecessary.
Olli Ella Clothes Storage: Before having children, I massively underestimated the amount of space I would need for clothes storage.
They may be tiny but they grow ridiculously quickly and we found we were very kindly inundated with new clothes and hand-me-downs in bigger sizes by friends and family which I also needed to find space for. If you're tight on space in baby's room, I would always recommend a chest of drawers over a wardrobe and if you have enough space a nice wide one is perfect.
Not only does it provide lots of storage space, it also means that their clothes are easily accessible once your child is ready to dress themselves. The majority of children's clothes can be stored in drawers, and if you have some items that need hanging they can either go into your wardrobe or displayed on a hanging rail or on wall hooks.
I'll be doing a blog post on lighting very soon, but my tip would be to always look for something that's dimmable so you can adjust the level of light as required. You'll want slightly brighter light for reading stories and changing baby, and something a lot darker for nighttime feeds and cuddles. Hopefully this has given you some inspiration to think a little differently in your approach to your new baby's room.
We have now lived with our superstore 3-piece for almost 4 years as I'm too stubborn to admit it was a bad purchase but I really can't wait to swap it out for something a lot prettier once Georgia's ready to transition out of her cot.
Watch this space to see what I go for I'd love to hear if you have any other must-haves for your baby's first room or if you have any questions that I can help with.
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