Every parent wants to do what's best for their baby, but with so much information out there it's easy to get confused. Our advice guide gives you a practical and common sense guide to preparing for your new arrival.
Babies don't always arrive on time, so it's important to make sure the room you choose as the nursery is ready well in advance of your due date. Here are a few tips to help make creating your nursery as easy as possible.
If you're planning to paint the nursery make sure you 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 ask somebody else to do it so you can avoid lead exposure.
Whenever possible try and assemble your nursery furniture in the room it will be used in. This way, you'll avoid any potential access problems once the furniture is built. If you're heavily pregnant, it's a good idea to ask some friends to assemble the furniture for you – so you can put your feet up and relax.
The optimum nursery temperature to keep your baby comfortable is 16-21°C. In fact, 18°C (65°F) is just right. Don't place your baby's cot too near a radiator if you're planning on using central heating.
Light makes a room look airy and inviting, but it can also make your baby feel restless and uncomfortable. Avoid placing the cot in direct sunlight, and consider blackout blinds so your baby can rest without distraction.
It's very important to know and understand the safest way for your baby to sleep. We recommend your baby should be laid out in the feet-to-foot position on the mattress. This means your baby's feet touch the end of the cot, so they won't be able to wriggle under the covers, as this could restrict breathing. Top tips for safer sleeping include: