What you need for a nursery
Your little one will probably spend more time in the nursery than in any other room, so it needs to be comfortable and also safe.
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Selecting baby furniture for the nursery can be a costly affair. Therefore it is best to choose furniture that can easily transition as your baby grows into a toddler and then preschooler. Ingrid Loud, owner and founder of Scarlett Fine, explains how to make the best choices for your baby’s nursery.

Big trends

There is a strong movement away from overly themed rooms. Moms are now combining beautiful fabrics in dots, stripes and chevrons (V-shaped patterns) to create rooms with pops of colour. Grey is the new white. It’s the perfect base colour for a neutral shell. No longer is grey associated with drab and cold areas.

The combination of grey and citron yellow fabrics is very appealing. Wallpaper has also made a major comeback. Instead of doing all the walls, it is now trendy to do only one accent wall – and it’s far more affordable as well.

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If you are renting and don’t want to spend the money on wallpaper, a good alternative is stick on wall vinyls. These are inexpensive and can make a big impact in the nursery. They can be peeled off without damaging paint.

What you need

Moses basket

Many parents use a Moses basket or bassinet for the first few weeks. This lightweight piece of furniture means that it is portable (look out for one with wheels that folds up) and even a mom recovering from a caesarean section can haul it around the home. The snug, narrow basket can be placed conveniently close to the bed in the parents’ room too for those early days.

Baby cot

Your baby will sleep in a cot until about two years of age or when your tot moves into a bed. A good quality cot is a good investment considering the amount of time it is in use. The cot can also be passed down to younger siblings.

The initial expense might seem excessive, but if you employ the “cost per use” formula, it is not so bad. A great feature to look for if you don’t have a lot of space in the nursery is a cot with built-in drawers for extra storage.

Look for a firm mattress made to fit the cot measurements exactly. The mattress needs to fit perfectly and be firm otherwise it can pose a suffocation hazard or increase the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). The mattress should have breathe easy holes. Also, don’t place the cot near a window.

Compactum

A compactum is a sturdy changing table that can also be used as a nappy changing station. The compactum top needs to be wide and long enough to accommodate a changing mat.

Select one that is the appropriate height so that you don’t have to lean over too much. A useful compactum will have a few sets of drawers to store baby products. Buying a quality compactum that can function as a chest of drawers later on will stand you in good stead.

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Feeding chairs

A feeding chair provides a comfortable designated area to feed your baby. These chairs are designed to support mom’s back and make a great snuggling area. A feeding chair can be an expensive purchase so it is a good idea to get one that can be reused in any part of the house.

Use a neutral durable fabric to ensure longevity. However, if you decide to go for a fabric that matches your nursery décor, it can always be recovered at a later date. A slipcover made to match the nursery is also a great idea.

Nursery checklist

  • Wet wipes
  • Baby-friendly earbuds
  • Cotton wool
  • Nappy bags
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Medicine dispenser
  • Sterilising hand wash and nursery surface spray
  • Nappies
  • Baby brush and comb
  • Paracetemol syrup
  • Saline nose drops
  • Aqueous cream
  • Bum cream
  • Surgical spirits
  • Baby powder
  • Pertroleum jelly
  • Baby thermometer
  • Baby monitor
  • Feeding cushion
  • Changing mat
  • Face cloths
  • Night light

Moms on a budget

  • There’s nothing wrong with a hand me down cot. If it needs a coat of paint, stick to white or grey. Ask your paint shop for advice on primers to make it look new.
  • A custom made compactum isn’t absolutely necessary. You can use a basic chest of drawers and simply change baby sideways.
  • A budget trick to make the room unique is to paint one wall a different colour. Choose a dominant colour from your fabric or wallpaper.
  • If you have someone in the family who can sew, why not just purchase your fabrics and get them to help stitch up basic items such as curtains. This will also add a wonderful personal touch to the nursery.
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