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BABY STEPS

Our comprehensive nursery, travelling and playtime
guide for the little ones in your life.

 

nursery Furniture

Create a safe, comfortable space for your newborn to rest and grow.

 
Changing area.

Changing area

A changing table or station is a really useful addition to your nursery. By keeping your changing mat, nappies and wipes all in one place, changing your little one becomes much easier and helps keep your nursery clean and tidy.

If there is not quite enough room for a table, a cot-top changer cleverly turns your cot into a space-saving changing table.

Nursing area

A nursing chair is designed to give you comfort and support as you feed and spend time with your new arrival.

Many nursing chairs also come with a footstool and a gliding function, letting you gently lull your baby back and forth. Add soft lighting for a truly soothing spot for you and your baby.

Nursing Area.
Plenty of storage.

Plenty of storage

From clothes and bedding to nappies and toys, you will need plenty of storage to keep all your baby essentials organised. Chests of drawers and wardrobes with plenty of shelving will let you store away those extras that will soon accumulate.

Changing tables also offer a great storage solution for all your nappy-changing basics.

Furniture sets

A furniture set lets you fill your baby's room with nursery furniture essentials all in one go.

With sets that include combinations of cots, changers and storage solutions, it's a simple way to create a beautifully coordinated and functional nursery.

Furniture sets.
 

SLEEPING SAFE & SOUND

There's a lot of equipment and furniture needed to complete your nursery, and a large amount of aspects of baby's quiet time to consider. Here's how to help your baby sleep safely and soundly.

 
Moses basket, crib, cot or cot bed.

Moses basket, crib, cot or cot bed?

Cribs and Moses baskets – Suitable for your baby up to 3-4 months old. The movability of a crib or Moses basket lets you keep your baby close to you in those first few months.

Cots – As soon your little one starts to become active and outgrows their crib, you can transfer your child to a cot or cot bed. Most cots can also be used from birth as they let you raise and lower the base position, with the highest position for newborns and the lowest for when your baby can stand.

Cot bed – A cot bed allows you to remove the sides, transforming your cot into a small bed for your developing little-one – so you can continue using it as your baby grows.

Choosing the right mattress

Whether you're buying a new cot or re-using one you already have, a new mattress is important to ensure a safe and sound sleep for your baby.

The mattress you chose should be firm, flat and ideally have a washable cover for easy cleaning. There are a range of options, from foam to hypoallergenic, with more expensive mattresses offering a more sophisticated sprung base for ultimate comfort.

Simply make sure the measurements fit your cot or cot bed so that there is a snug fit between the mattress and sides of the cot, as this will ensure a safer sleep.

Choosing the right mattress.
Bedding.

Bedding

The safest cot is a clear cot, free of pillows, duvets, toys and loose bedding. Sheets should be firmly tucked in, below shoulder height of your baby. A cellular blanket has a breathable knit to prevent baby over-heating.

Alternatively a baby sleeping bag that fits snugly around the shoulders is a safe option that avoids the risk of having loose covers.

See our top tip section for more advice on keeping your little one safe in bed.

Baby monitor

For peace of mind a baby monitor will let you listen in on your little one and be the first to know if they stir.

Many baby monitors are also now video enabled so you can keep an eye on your baby, without the risk of disturbing them as they sleep.

Baby monitor.

Top tips for a safe & sound sleep

  • For safety it's recommended that your baby should be put to sleep on their back, and moved back to this position if they roll over in the night.
  • Placing your baby in the 'feet to foot' position, where your baby's feet are placed at the bottom of the cot, makes sure they can't wriggle down under any sheets.
  • Place a thermometer above your baby's cot and check that the room stays at an average 18°C (65°F) – this is the perfect temperature for baby.
  • Remember, a safe cot is a clear cot, so take out any toys, pillows and loose bedding to ensure the safest sleep for your baby.
  • Be mindful about falling asleep with your baby in your arms – the safest place for baby to sleep is in their cot or crib.
 

DECORATING THE NURSERY

Comforting night lights, charming soft furnishings and other special finishing touches will help make your baby's room a welcoming place for you and your new arrival.

 

NIGHT LIGHTS

A soft glow from a night light can create a comforting and soothing surrounding as your baby settles down for sleep, and lets you tend to them in the night without turning on any bright lights.

Some simply plug in to your wall socket, while others attach to the side of the cot – just make sure they are securely fastened to the cot to avoid any risk to your baby.

Baby mobiles

Mobiles that securely attach to the baby's cot, and out of reach of little hands, can provide comforting music and project soft lights to help soothe baby to sleep.

Avoid mobiles that are too visually stimulating for sleep time, as this may prevent your little one from drifting off.

Blackout blind

A black out blind or lined curtain is a simple way to make sure your baby isn't disturbed by outside light. Simple to put up, these are an easy way to make sure natural light does not affect your baby's sleeping routine – just make sure you keep the cord safely out of reach of little hands.

If you are away from home you can also get travel blackout blinds to replicate the same sleeping environment for your little one, wherever you are.

Top tips for decorating the nursery

  • Choose a tranquil, soothing colour scheme. Think calming creams and soft pastel accents – something that will make you and baby feel relaxed.
  • Make it adaptable. Consider how long your nursery décor will last your child as children's characters that are popular now may not be as popular in a few years. Wall stickers let you decorate now and can easily be removed should your developing little one outgrow the décor.
  • Make sure it's functional – However you chose to decorate the room, make sure there is plenty of space to move around. Not cluttering with unnecessary extras will keep this room a relaxing space, and avoid any late night stubbed toes!

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