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Nursery checklist

Starting from scratch? We've covered off all the things you need, plus a few nice to haves too.

Need to haves

A baby sleeping in a charcoal bedside crib alongside his mum.

Crib/Moses Basket

For the first 6 months or so your baby will sleep with you.

A Cuggl Westbury baby cot bed and drawer with white mattress.


Get more advice on cots from our guide to baby sleep.

An Obaby white fibre mattress in a grey cot.

Cot mattress

Even if you're reusing a cot, you should always buy baby a new mattress.

A Habitat Kids cotton geo shapes pack of 2 fitted Sheet.

Fitted sheets and mattress protectors

Waterproof protectors are great for any leaks.

A Habitat pack of 4-grey canvas boxes stacked in a kid's bedroom.


Lots of it. Some open shelving offers a great easy-reach option.

A parent watching their baby on phone through a baby monitor.

Baby monitor

You can go simple or high tech, read our guide for more advice.

A Tommee Tippee Groegg digital room thermometer and nightlight.

Room thermometer

Helps you keep their sleep environment just right.

A Habitat Kids rainbow blackout roller blind on a window.

Blackout blinds and curtains

Useful for daytime naps and sleeping through summer.

Nice to haves

A nursing rocking chair in a contemporary design.

Nursing chair

These comfy chairs gently rock and offer you support whilst feeding. Alternatively you could choose an armchair style that you like.

An Angelcare nappy bin and 4 refill cassettes.

Nappy bin

These can save you making quite so many trips out to the wheelie bin, plus they trap in odours to keep your nursery smell-free.

An Ickle Bubba Coleby Scandi white and wood open changing unit.

Changing table

You can get away with just a changing mat on a surface, but if you have the space a changing table has the benefit of more storage.

An LED night light in a room.

Sleep aids and nightlights

Sleep aids use lights, colours and soothing sounds to help settle your baby. Use nightlights to help avoid any stubbed toes on those late night feeds.

Nursery furniture ideas

There's no escaping it, babies come with a lot of gear - so incorporating plenty of storage is a priority when designing their nursery.

Clothes hanging on a wall shelving unit.

Space saving styles

Transforming a box room or small bedroom into a nursery? These pint-sized pieces and space-savvy styles make the most of tight squeezes.

A green stuffed kangaroo near white cot bed in a kid's room.

Cots and Cribs

Deciding on the best bed for your baby is a lot easier if it's been tried and tested by other parents - here are our best rated and reviewed.

A white cot bed and a white changing unit in a kid's bedroom.

Coordinating nursery furniture sets

The easiest route to a finished and beautifully furnished nursery? Browse our favourite furniture bundles.

Nursery decor ideas

This is the fun bit! Time to dial up the cuteness and layer on the snuggle factor with the sweetest selection of decoration ideas.

Cuddleco Nola Changer.

Want to keep it neutral?

If you're not sure what you're having, or just want to avoid cliché colour schemes, these neutral decorations will create an oh-so-adorable nursery.

Want to get a little creative?

Want to get a little creative?

Add your own personal touch to their first bedroom by upcycling a piece of furniture. Use a chalky finish furniture paint for a soft pastel finish.

Argos aperture photo frames.

Create a gallery wall

Arrange different sized pictures, wall pieces like a fun-shaped clock and framed photos to create a mini gallery. Top tip: try different layouts on your floor first. Once you're happy with the look, take a picture so you have an easy-to-recreate reference.

A baby sleeping peacefully.

Set a dreamy bed

Select bedding that matches the interior you're aspiring to have. From cartoon characters and playful prints to minimal and geometric designs, get one (or more) that complement the space. And, then add a matching pillow and a blanket to complete the look.

Moving up to toddler

Ready for the jump to a toddler bed? Here's how to easily transition their space into something a little more toddler friendly.

A kid's bedroom with Scandi interior.

Update their accessories

PAW patrol mad? Hey Duggee fan? By the age of two your tot will no doubt have a 'favourite thing' - but before you start painting the wall Peppa Pig pink, remember this might just be a fad. Instead just swap out their bedding and accessories to update the space without committing too much to a theme.

Habitat Eden Toddler Bed in Pink Colour.

Invest in a toddler bed

It's time to seek out their first 'proper' bed - eek! We love the playful Scandi-inspired style of our Bodie snoozer, but we've got styles with built-in storage too if you're looking for something really practical.

Children's books in a Habitat white kids book tidy.

Rethink your storage

Have a little declutter before you start - you'll probably find a heap of baby things you don't need in their room anymore. Once these are out the way (or in storage) you'll have freed up some space for toy and book storage.

Habitat Sienna Jungle Play Tent.

Create space for them to play

There's a lot of playing and exploring to be done now they're toddling about. Adding in a cosy rug on the floor, a mini armchair, or tiny table creates little pockets of play (and helps to contain some of the mess).

Habitat Eden Toddler Bed in Pink Colour.

Keep SOME things in easy reach

Make them feel like a grown-up and include safe storage styles that their little hands can reach. Low open shelving for books, mini clothes rails for dress up costumes and baskets for toys work well, and will encourage tidy habits (well, we can hope).

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