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.
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.
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).
We painted the walls in Homebase’s Sanctuary Candlelight and the curtains are ‘Biscuit’ in the blackout range from Dunelm.
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!
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.
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.
Hopefully, baby no. 2 will be very happy in here.