The Nursery

Interiors

A gender-neutral circus nursery | Life by Naomi

When Ben moved into his Dinosaur Bedroom in August, we could make a start on the baby’s nursery. Like most parents, we wanted to have the nursery completed well in advance of the baby’s arrival, even though he or she won’t actually sleep in it for a few months. It gives us somewhere to change the baby, and it also lets us have all the clothes and paraphenalia set up.

A gender-neutral circus nursery | Life by Naomi

Ben loved his new room as soon as he moved into it, and was immediately saying, “The baby can have my old room.” He’s a bit obsessed with passing things on to the baby, and has insisted that we keep his old shoes and clothes, “for the baby.” I’m hoping this sharing and kindness will continue, but suspect we might have a tricky time on our hands when he does have to learn to share with his brother or sister.

A gender-neutral circus nursery | Life by Naomi

Anyway, we had kept everything from Ben’s nursery, which was the Mamas and Papas Jamboree Range. Mamas and Papas don’t actually make this range any more, although it’s not too dissimilar to their Zim Bam Zee range. I loved it when we chose it (nearly 4 years ago) as it was fun, colourful and gender-neutral. Ben loved his monkey and lion toys, and still cuddles monkey most nights (that will not be getting shared with his sibling).

A gender-neutral circus nursery | Life by Naomi

A gender-neutral circus nursery | Life by Naomi

We painted the walls in Homebase’s Sanctuary Candlelight and the curtains are ‘Biscuit’ in the blackout range from Dunelm.

A gender-neutral circus nursery | Life by Naomi

We snapped up the nursing chair before Ben was born on Preloved, and it has been worth the £100 or so we spent on it – you will spend so much time sitting in that chair! I found if I fed the baby in bed, it would disturb Tim, so even when he was still sleeping in our room, I’d go to the nursery to feed. It also meant I could have a light on and happily read my Kindle while feeding. The blanket over the chair is one I knitted for Ben – it took me hours!

A gender-neutral circus nursery | Life by Naomi

The cotbed is the Howarth from Mamas and Papas. I’d highly recommend getting a cotbed – Ben slept in this one until he was nearly 3. We lowered the mattress when he could stand, and took the sides off when he was about 2 and a half, although I know others have done it much earlier than this. Needless to say, we bought a new mattress.

A gender-neutral circus nursery | Life by Naomi

The only thing we haven’t been able to find since our house move is the mechanism for the mobile. I can’t think where it has got to! Once I’ve had the baby, I’ll be hunting around in the loft for a likely-looking box. Before he was sleeping in the cot, I often used to put the baby in the cot while I popped to the loo, and the mobile would keep him entertained for just long enough.

A gender-neutral circus nursery | Life by Naomi

Hopefully, baby no. 2 will be very happy in here.

A gender-neutral circus nursery | Life by Naomi

I’m linking up to this week’s Home Etc with Mummy of Boy Girl Twins and The Twinkle Diaries.

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By Naomi

Comments

  1. Reply

    What a lovely, lovely space! I love gender neutral themes for baby rooms — the sickly sweet pinks and blues leave me cold to be honest. I LOVE bright colours teamed with white for little ones 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us on #HomeEtc

    1. Reply

      Thanks Caro, I’m so glad we went for gender-neutral designs the first time round, even though we knew Ben was going to be a boy and I suspect this baby will be a boy too. I like the opportunity to use bright colours too.

  2. Reply

    Ahhhh love this. Such cute colours and adorable pieces. We had to go gender neutral as the twins were sharing a room and were boy & girl! So know what you mean 🙂 Thanks for linking up – loved this post. Jess xx

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  3. Reply

    This is such a lovely room, especially that it’s gender neutral! I love the blanket and chair, looking like a brilliant space to relax and raise a little ball of wonder! xx

    1. Reply

      I hope so! We were told to get a comfortable chair as we’d spend hours in it… and it’s true!

  4. Reply

    I love that its gender neutral but still had colour. how cute passing stuff down to the baby.

    1. Reply

      I love the colours too! Thanks for stopping by.

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