Get your nursery sorted
Keep your nesting urge under control, and make sure you need what you get.
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When I found out I was pregnant with my first child all I could think of was: my baby needs this; ooh, that’s nice; she will definitely need that. Luckily my partner’s not very impulsive when it comes to shopping. I think I would have been surrounded with a whole lot of furniture I didn’t need because after giving birth I realised that all my baby really needed are my boobs!

Here are a few hints and tips which might be handy since buying baby furniture is such a huge investment.
  • Make sure you have space for the furniture. It’s pointless investing in a chest of drawers if you can’t get it in the front door.
  • It is advisable to shop around and visit a number of furniture shops so you can see everything that is on offer.
  • Ask what the furniture is made of. Chipboard can swell up when it gets wet. And your nursery furniture is going to get wet...Pine can crack and splinter, which can become dangerous for your baby, so make sure it is properly treated. Supawood is a safe alternative, as it is a very stable and solid material.
  • Keep in mind that your baby will grow and become an active toddler, so make sure the furniture feels solid.
  • Babies have a tendency to chew on furniture. Get a guarantee that the paint is lead-free and toxin-free.
  • Remember to check that the drawers can open and close easily, especially using one hand (because you might have a baby in the other). The drawers should also be deep enough to accommodate bulky items.
You will need:
  • Somewhere for the baby to sleep – a crib, cot or Moses basket.
  • A cupboard or chest of drawers for the baby’s stuff to be. Babies have a lot of stuff.
  • A flat padded surface for nappy changing is nice to have, but you might end up doing it on the bed eventually anyway.
  • A big box or basket to accumulate soft toys, rattles and assorted gifts you don’t really know where to keep.

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