8 tips for first time parents planning a nursery

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re buying for a new baby. The dazzling selection of merchandise and wide array of cute items for a nursery can be overwhelming.  Before you start spending hundreds of pounds, read The Wooden Furniture Store’s tips for first time parents planning a nursery.

The cot – a nursery centrepiece

8 tips for first time parents planning a nursery

When you’re buying for a baby, there are few bigger decisions to make than which cot to buy. Start by making sure any models you consider have the correct safety legislation.  Then, think about special features you might want included, for instance, our Stamford cots have a storage drawer that can clear clutter and help keep your nursery neat.  The hardworking cots in the range will see your baby through from newborn to toddler and some even up to four.  The adjustable cot base can be fixed at three different heights and the cot sides can be removed once you little one is ready to move to a bigger bed.  The classic design and and white or grey paint finish will sit beautifully alongside other nursery furniture.

Changing your baby

8 tips for first time parents planning a nursery

The next important piece of furniture is the changer.  There are now lots of different options when buying a baby changer.  The Stamford range includes a matching cot top changer which fits neatly across the top of the cot.  Alternatively, you might choose a changing unit which includes shelves and drawers underneath to house the all important nappies and other baby essentials.  The Stamford changing unit has a recessed top to accommodate a changing mat and its classic design means that it will still be useful bedroom storage once you’re past the nappy stage.

8 tips for first time parents planning a nursery

Make sure everything that you could possibly need is with easy reach of the changing unit as the last thing that you want to do is step away from the baby and risk them rolling off.  The Stamford range includes a wall shelf that consists of two storage shelves and five wooden pegs beneath – a perfect finishing touch that can be used to display of books, teddies or dolls too.

You can’t have enough storage!

8 tips for first time parents planning a nursery

You’ll need somewhere to store all of your beautiful new baby clothes.  A baby wardrobe will usually have the option to have both hanging and shelf space, whilst a chest of drawers provides space on top to house all those baby essentials.  Whatever you decide make sure that they are sturdy enough not to be pulled down by your little one, and that drawers are kept closed to prevent trapping little fingers!

Avoid clutter

8 tips for first time parents planning a nursery

You’ll be carrying a baby back and forth in the middle of the night and a misplaced play mat, toy or book can be painful to trip over when you’re not expecting it.  So make sure you have lots of functional storage space so you have easy places to tuck things when you’re done using them.  The toy box in the Stamford range is cleverly designed as a pull out drawer rather than a hinged lid that’s big enough to house even the biggest soft toy collection.

Darkness is your friend!

8 tips for first time parents planning a nursery

Make sure the lighting in your nursery can mimic night-time at any time of day. That means a heavy enough curtain or blackout blinds to fake the dark when it’s time for a lunchtime nap.

Pick a theme

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Looking for nursery theme ideas? It’s the one space in the house where you can indulge your sense of fun when choosing a decorating scheme.  A nursery isn’t only a place for sleep – see it as a play space that will spark imagination, too.  From cute jungle themed wall paper to something intergalactic with planets around the room – whatever it is, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.

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There’s good news for modern design lovers, soft pastels are not the best nursery choice.  Did you know the best way to stimulate baby’s vision is using black and white stripes or light and dark contrasting colours?

Grey is a great colour for a nursery

8 tips for first time parents planning a nursery

Yellows, blues or pinks are usually the go-to colours for a nursery, but why not consider a grey furniture  scheme instead? This combination is not only on trend but easy to clean – stains with a baby are inevitable!

Don’t beat yourself up!

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While planning nursery decor may be fun, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get those monogrammed letters or zebra wallpaper hung up in time!

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Are you planning your nursery? We’d love to see your ideas and your tips for first time parents planning a nursery.  Use the #woodenfurniturenursery on our twitter, facebook or instagram feeds to share your ideas.