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Getting ready to welcome your new arrival

Getting ready to welcome your new arrival is a very exciting time. There's lots of planning and preparation involved, and if this is your first baby it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. This guide is designed to make preparing your nursery and choosing your furniture as simple as possible and includes everything you should consider when creating your child's first bedroom. For added peace of mind, there's some guidance on the best and safest way for your baby to sleep.

Preparing the nursery

When planning your nursery it's a good idea to be prepared as early as you possibly can, in case your new arrival decides to put in an appearance ahead of schedule.

If you're painting your nursery, it's advisable to do it well in advance of your baby arriving home. Lead-based paint was often used before the 1970s, so if you need to strip the walls in an older house it's a good idea to get someone else to do it for you, so that you can avoid exposure to lead whilst pregnant.

Before you decide which furniture is right for you, it is important to:

  • Measure up how much space you have available.
  • Check for any access issues, such as tricky doorways. If possible assemble your furniture in the room it will be used in.
  • Ask a friend or family member to help assemble the furniture if you are heavily pregnant - so you can put your feet up and relax.

What you'll need


  • You'll need a cot, as well as a chest of drawers and/or a wardrobe for baby's clothes.
  • You'll also need a changing station where you can also store nappies, changing mats, baby wipes, etc.
  • For a co-ordinated nursery style, take a look at our great value collection of three and five piece nursery furniture sets, in a variety of finishes and combinations.
  • A comfy glider chair for feeds and cuddles is also a very useful piece of nursery furniture.
  • Brightly coloured tubs, baskets or storage boxes are a useful and attractive addition to any nursery - great for tidying away toys and all the bits and pieces that can make a small room seem cluttered.

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