The excitement of a new baby is a wonderful time for any family, but with it comes the tough process of making a comfortable yet kid-friendly space for the little one to be cared for as well grow up in, through to toddler and beyond!
Any parent will tell you that the new room needs be affordable, practical and suitable for both parents and child for the first few years of its life. There are a lot of factors to consider, so we’ve teamed up with Oak Furniture Land to put together a concise list featuring a few must-have items that should take pride of place in any modern nursery.
The cot is not only the focus of your nursery but arguably the most used item of furniture – possibly on par with the changing mat – in the room. Made to last from painted acacia hardwood, this Daisy Solid Oak 3 in 1 Cot Bed is a great investment that will stand the test of time. Being able to adjust the bed height is a key feature as this will make lifting easier for parents, especially those with existing back problems. One of the sides can be removed to change the cot to a day bed, and as your baby grows into a toddler, the day bed can then be transformed into an amazing toddler bed frame. For further customization you have a choice of mattresses as well as hidden under-bed storage.
Once you have the perfect sleeping arrangement don’t neglect the other important item that can help secure a peaceful night’s sleep for your pride and joy. Babies tend to sleep longer in a dark room, so blocking out as much light as possible is ideal. Look for thick, blackout curtains like these Next Pencil Pleat Curtains. You may also want to add a blackout blind to make sure the early morning sunlight is kept out until they are ready to rise.
Choosing furniture which can be reused in another room is a great idea when purchasing goods for your nursery. For example, this Grey Fabric Rocking Chair will fit into another bedroom or sitting area after you’ve used it for rocking your little one off to sleep. Accessorise with some patterned cushions or blankets and it will suit any decor.
You might think a changing table wouldn’t fall into this category, but this Solid Oak Baby Changer Dresser from Oak Furniture Land can offer a clever solution.
The top is sturdy and safe meaning you can happily use it as a convenient baby-changing station, and in the future simply remove it to reveal a regular set of drawers. Featuring strong dovetail joints and solid hardwood, they also feature soft-close mechanisms so as not to disturb your sleeping baby. The drawers themselves are so classic in design that they would be suited to any bedroom, hallway or living room with ease.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you’ve got enough storage in your nursery, because you’ll always need more than you anticipate. This Solid Oak Nursery Wardrobe is a beautiful addition to any nursery and was designed with your baby in mind. It boasts soft-close drawers and doors, and wall ties are supplied for extra safety. It has two fully adjustable hanging rails which can removed when larger sized clothes are required, and the shelf can be adjusted or removed as your needs change over time.
Other moveable storage items are worth considering too. A toy box will come in handy as the months and years go by, as will a few baskets in different sizes to help tidy away blankets, bibs, cuddly toys and the rest. These Teddy Baskets would look adorable stacked on your changing table.
It can be tempting to go a bit wild decorating with canvases and wall stickers, but why not purchase at least one item that can be displayed in their room for years to come? These Light Up Letters are suitable for boys and girls and will tie into any colour scheme you pick in the future.
We also love this simple Wall Clock which will act as a learning tool for when they need to tell the time.