Planning the nursery or your baby's room together is a great way to involve your husband in your pregnancy. Our style and shopping tips will help you transform a room into your baby's nursery.
Putting together your baby's nursery can be one of the most enjoyable parts of pregnancy - choosing the colours, designing the layout – and of course, all the shopping for cute baby things.
Here are some suggestions on how to decorate the room along with ideas of what to put in it.
Keep it simple. When it comes to decorating, bear in mind that your child will only be a baby for a very short time, so go easy on the floor-to-ceiling pastel pink, bows or cute wallpaper.
Your little one will very soon have his own tastes and opinions so, unless you're a DIY fanatic or best friends with an interior designer, it's best to go for a room scheme that will be easy to change as your child grows.
Finally, don't forget to put a lamp - low-level lighting is ideal for night feeds and will make sure you don't crash into something when you're leaving the room after you've spent two hours getting him to sleep!
Follow these simple tips to make sure your little one sleeps soundly – and safely.
Moses basket – this way he won't be able to shuffle down under the covers.
When it comes to choosing your cot, it's worth picking one with a drop side so you don't strain your back bending over to pick up your baby.
For the same reason, it's good to have a choice of mattress positions which can be adjusted as your baby grows.
If you get your cot second-hand, always check for flaky paint or splinters and make sure the drop side locking mechanism is in good order. The gap between the side rails should be no greater than 6.5cm (21/2 ins), so there's no risk of your baby's head being caught between them.
Always buy a new cot mattress, which should fit snugly within the cot – any gaps around the sides should be no bigger than 4cm (1.5in).
A specialised changing table is a great idea if you have the cash, but they can be expensive.
A wide chest of drawers that comes up to elbow height can make an equally good place to change your baby – and will provide storage for when your child is older. Remember, never leave your baby unattended on a changing surface – he could easily roll off and be seriously hurt.
For storage, always choose solid shelves or drawers that won't be easily pulled over by toddlers – or fix them to the walls. Baby clothes may look lovely on open shelves or rails, but chests of drawers and cupboards will keep them dust-free.
As you'll spend most of your time in the first few months feeding your baby, make sure you pick a chair that is really comfortable. Choose one that has arms and supports your back – your feet should always be flat on the floor.
DO fix rugs down firmly to the floor and keep all flexes out of the way so you can't trip over them.
DO put new carpet down and paint the room at least three months before your baby's due to arrive to make sure that the nursery is fume-free.
DO make sure that all the paint you use is non-toxic – look for one that says it has low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) on the tin.
DON'T ever climb up ladders when you're pregnant – you could easily over balance, fall and hurt yourself.