A Tour of Our Nursery
The arrival of our little one is likely to be only a couple of weeks away and we’ve been working hard on our nursery for him or her. I don’t know about you, but designing and creating a nursery is actually a wonderful thing to do and I’ve enjoyed the research and the actual creation of this magical room.
I know our baby won’t be sleeping in here for some time, but it’s a nice place to feed baby, change him or her and also just to be with them in their own space. It’s a beautiful, sunny room which would make anyone feel happy. We’re lucky, as although the room we’ve decided to use as a nursery is quite small, it’s got a very large inbuilt wardrobe which can easily house all of baby’s clothes and other baby kit.
So let’s start with baby’s sleeping arrangements. Baby will hopefully be sleeping in the Snuzpod in our room for the first 6 months and you can read all about why you should choose a Snuzpod here. Once baby is a bit bigger, he or she will move into this gorgeous wooden cot bed. This was one of our second-hand bargains. We bought this cot bed off a family who live just around the corner from us. We found the cot bed on Facebay. If you want to find out more about how you can buy for baby on a budget, you can read my post about this on Simply Saving.
It’s important to know that if you are buying second hand, Moses baskets, bedside cots or cot beds, that you must always buy a brand new mattress. Using a second-hand mattress has sadly been linked to SIDS. We bought an Obaby Pocket Sprung Mattress. Let’s see how baby gets on with this. Our sheets are from Dunelm Mill. They’ve got some lovely baby bits in there and I think they are very reasonably priced.
Over the cot is the gorgeous mobile that my work friends got us as part of my maternity leave present. It plays a lovely lullaby which may help soothe baby. And on the bed is Ollie the Owl. He’s from the Gro Store and he does a number of different things in order to help calm babies. He plays music when he hears baby wake, he mimics the sound of a heartbeat as well as playing white noise.
Next to the cot, I’ve bought a small chair and a couple of cushions. All from Dunelm Mill. The elephant cushion is part of the Ellie and Friends range. I spotted this when I was looking for sheets and Ellie fits in nicely with my safari theme.
You’ll also spot that Ellie makes an appearance as a handy doorstop. It’s very windy where we live – we’re very high up and so doors often slam shut. I have quite a collection now of animal doorstops.
Our changing table was another second-hand bargain. This I found on eBay and cost only £20 which is great for a piece of wooden furniture. It’s got a couple of drawers, plus some shelves behind the doors. Ideal for storing everything we’ll need for those messy clean-ups. The changing mat is from John Lewis. We’ve also hung some giraffe hooks above the changing table, so I can hang up what I’m going to need to change baby prior to putting baby on the table. We got these hooks in Next. As you can see baby already has a couple of very cute outfits, courtesy of my Mum.
The blind is a blackout blind, which I am told is essential. We’re lucky that we don’t have street lights out where we live so there’s little light pollution, but the moon can be as bright as a floodlight some nights, so this blind from Blinds2Go should do the job. I’ve also put up some bunting across the top of the room. Again from Dunelm Mill. I wasn’t sure what the best way to hang bunting was. After spending all the time decorating the walls to look as new, I didn’t want to drill lots of holes in it to hang the bunting. But after a quick search online, I came across the solution via Command. They do mini-hooks which don’t damage paintwork, which are ideal for hanging light objects. So a pack of these later, the bunting was up.
I also wanted some shelves. One, so we could put our baby monitor on it. We’ve got an Angelcare one. You can read about it here and two, so I could put a few of the more ornamental bits I had been given. You’ll notice a beautiful glazed ceramic giraffe, this was a baby gift from an old colleague. We also have a gorgeous patchwork giraffe which was made by very talented sister-in-law. These alongside, my light up giraffes from Wish and a room thermometer (which doubles up as a bath thermometer) complete the shelves.
And finally on to the flooring. The previous owners of the house had laminate in this room, which although is super easy to clean and looks lovely and modern, I fancied grey carpet to neutralise the bright paint. So we visited our local Carpet Smart, who we bought our living room carpet off last year, and bought this lovely soft grey carpet. The carpet is one of those that you can clean with neat bleach and it shouldn’t stain. Hopefully, this will give us the longevity and the durability that we might need. The giraffe rug is another purchase from Wish. I’ve bought a few things off the Wish app. I will say if it’s something you’ve not heard of before, the quality really varies and you really need to read the customer reviews before committing to an item. But I’m really pleased with my rug and my light up giraffes.
The room was painted in Dulux Banana Dream 4, which we got mixed at our local Brewers. When I tell people the paint we’ve used was called Banana Dream, they comment that it must be bright. But when they actually see the room, they see it’s more of a gentle buttercup colour and they really like it. Let’s hope baby does too.
So I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of our new nursery. I’d love to hear what you think.
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