Bump to Baby
Bump to Baby Magazine
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In the home
Get your home ready for your newborn with our helpful hints and tips on everything you need for your nursery, including essential childproofing for your home.
Keep it simple when it comes to decorating, your child will only be a baby for a very short time so go easy on the floor to ceiling pastel pink bows or cute wallpaper.
Peel-off stickers are great for temporarily brightening up walls. Choose a brightly-coloured mobile that attaches to the cot to help stimulate the senses.
There are some things your nursery shouldn't be without so we've pulled together our essentials including furniture sets, bedding and mattresses along with some helpful little extras like moses baskets and nightlights.
Your peace of mind
The crawling, tumbling and general curiosity of a baby or toddler can cause great concern for parents - especially when it's impossible to constantly watch their little one 24 hours a day. Our vast range of childproofing accessories, safe beds, superior baby monitors and motivating aerial mobiles ensures contentment and safety for both you and your baby.
As your baby starts to become mobile, one of your first purchases should be a stair gate.
These simple contraptions are designed to fit most stairway widths and also works as general door gates around the house, closing off access to or exit from a room.Shop our range of Safety gates
The perfect first bed
Choosing the right cot or cot bed system is key to creating the perfect restful environment for your baby.
A newborn baby requires an average of 15 hours sleep every day, so it's important to get the right frame and mattress.Shop our range of Bedroom cots
Using a monitor is one of the best ways to help you relax or rest while your baby sleeps in another room, assured that the night's going smoothly.
It's important to remember, however, that monitors are there to help with supervision, not replace it.Shop our range of Baby monitors
As your baby will spend a lot of time on their back during the first few weeks, it's a good idea to provide them with the right kind of stimulation.
Not only will aerial mobiles help with your baby's physical development as they stretch and reach for colourful objects, it will also improve their visual and hearing responsiveness.Shop our range of Baby mobiles
Top hints and tips
Choosing the right cot?
- When it comes to choosing your cot, it's worth picking one with a drop side so you don't strain your back picking up your baby
- For the same reason, it's good to have a choice of mattress positions, which can be adjusted as your baby grows
- Always buy a new cot mattress
A designated changing area?
- A specialised changing table is a great idea or if space is tight an alternative is a cot top changer
- A wide chest of drawers that comes up to elbow height can make an equally good place to change your baby - and will provide storage for when your child is older
- Never leave your baby unattended on a changing surface - they could easily roll off and be seriously hurt
Plenty of storage?
- For storage always pick solid shelves or drawers that won't be easily pulled over by toddlers - or fix them to walls
- Baby clothes may look lovely on open shelves or rails, but chests of drawers and cupboards will keep them dust-free
- When it comes to window dressing, invest in a blackout blind which blocks out the light as this will help encourage good sleep habits
- A dimmer switch or plug in night light low-level lighting is ideal for night feeds and will make sure you don't crash into something when you're leaving the room!
Refreshing old furniture?
- Always check for flaky paint or splinters on second hand cots and make sure the drop side locking mechanism is in good order
- The gap between the side rails should be no greater than 8cm (3in) so there's no risk if your baby's head being caught between them
DIY – Do's & Dont's?
- Do fix rugs down firmly to the floor and keep all flexes out of the way so you can't trip over them
- Do put new carpet down and paint the room at least three months before your baby's due to arrive to make sure that the nursery is fume-free
- Do make sure that all the paint you use is non-toxic - look for one that says it has low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) on the tin
- Don't strip paint if there's a chance it dates back to 1965 or earlier, as the lead in the old paint could be harmful to your unborn baby (stay well out of the way of someone else is stripping it, too)
- Don't ever climb up ladders when you're pregnant - you could easily overbalance, fall and hurt yourself
- Follow these simple tips to make sure your little ones sleeps sound and safely
- Babies need to be warm - but not hot - so you'll need a room thermometer to keep a check on the room temperature, which should be kept at between 16-20 (degrees C) at all times (18 degrees C is the ideal temperature)
- Your baby's bedding should be a mix of sheets and light-weight blankets so you can easily add or remove a layer as required. Duvets and pillows are not suitable for babies under one year
- Always place your baby on their back and in the 'feet to foot' position to go to sleep - i.e. with their feet at the bottom of the cot or moses basket, this way they won't be able to shuffle down under the covers