Planning and preparing baby's nursery is one of the most exciting bits of the nine month adventure – it won't be long before you're welcoming a new little person into your home! And with babies sleeping for as much as 17 hours a day in their first year, creating a room that's healthy and happy becomes even more important.
Experts recommend that baby sleeps in the same room as you for the first six months. A Moses basket or crib is ideal for this – they're small and compact so can usually fit next to your bed, making those night time feeds a little easier and keeping you within reach for a cuddle or a reassuring lullaby.
Babies don't need warm rooms so make sure your baby's cot isn't positioned in sunlight or next to a radiator. A room thermometer above the cot will give you peace of mind – around 18°C is ideal. If you do need to check baby is a comfortable temperature, check the neck or body rather than hands or feet.
A baby monitor is a worthwhile buy – plug the base unit in your baby's room, then keep the remote unit with you so you can hear when nap time's over. And sleeping bags are brilliant – no more kicking off blankets in the night and waking because baby's chilly. Plus poppers and zips mean minimal disturbance with those night time changes.
If yours is a compact nursery, a cot will fit your space better than a 70x140cm cot bed. However cot beds do make the most financial sense as they'll last little one from birth through to four or five.
A great tip is to draw the room to scale on squared paper and then use cut outs of the furniture to try different layouts. You could also map out the space in the room using newspaper or mark out the floor with masking tape. And don't forget to make sure there's enough space to walk around the furniture, or open doors and drawers.
Always buy a brand new mattress as old ones can get compressed and unhygienic. There are three types to choose from – foam, spring and natural. Foam mattresses are constructed from high density, non-allergenic foam block and are great value for money. Spring mattresses have coil or individually housed pocket springs covered with a layer of foam. Our natural matttresses are made from coconut coir bonded with latex for enhanced support and breathability. Which you choose will come down to budget and personal preference – if you're near a store why not pop in to give each type a good squeeze before you make your choice?
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