With a little one on the way, you’ll want to create a nursery that’s cosy, welcoming and practical. From the colour of the walls to softness of the blankets, every detail needs to be perfect for your new arrival... and for you. Nursery furniture plays a crucial role in this, and that’s why we’ve put together a guide to help you make the right choices.
When you’re thinking about buying nursery furniture, here are a few things to take into account:
There’s no doubt that babies come with a lot of accessories. Clothing, nappies, bedding and toys: all will need a place to live, if your nursery is to be clutter-free.
Dressers, wardrobes and tallboys offer the ideal home for your baby’s gear. If you choose carefully, they can be used throughout childhood and beyond.
Choosing what’s right for you
Before making your investment, think carefully about what you’re looking for. For instance:
If there’s one thing that’s inevitable when you have a baby, it’s that you’ll have an awful lot of nappies to change. There’s no denying that it’s a messy job. But, in our view, that provides all the more reason to make the task as convenient and comfortable as possible.
A changing table fulfils a variety of useful functions. It provides a safe surface on which to change and dress your baby, and usually offers plenty of space to store nappies, wipes and creams. It also minimises the bending involved in nappy changing, which can ease the strain on your back.
Features to look out for
Changing tray or mat
A changing tray or mat can be used on the floor, on top of a dresser or table, or over a cot (where it’s designed for this). It can be a good option if you’re on a budget, or short of space.
When buying a changing tray, keep your eye out for safety rails and a waterproof mattress.
Who doesn’t love the gentle motion of a rocking chair? It soothes and calms your baby, and helps you unwind from the stresses of everyday life. And whether you’re feeding, relaxing, or rocking your baby to sleep, a rocking chair provides safety, comfort and support.
Alongside the baby essentials you’ll need to buy, a rocking chair may seem like an extravagance. But do bear in mind that, once your child has grown up, you can put the chair to good use elsewhere in the house. If you buy it with this in mind – and choose the style and upholstery accordingly – you can consider it a long-term investment.
This is the traditional style of rocking chair. It rocks in an arc, and doesn’t contain any moving parts.
Gliders move forward and backward in a sliding motion, with very little effort on your part. They tend to be highly padded, and are usually more comfortable than traditional rocking chairs.
If you like to put your feet up, many gliders come with matching ottomans to allow you to do just that.
Features to look out for
When you’re ready for a rest or need to get on with your chores, loungers and seat bouncers provide a safe and comfy place for your baby to chill out.
A bouncing or rocking motion soothes your baby, while an angled lift provides a good view of everything that’s going on – ensuring that your baby can interact with you, even when you’re occupied elsewhere.
A high-quality bouncer or lounger will support your child’s developing spine, while safety straps ensure your peace of mind.
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We stock a selection of furniture in our Bristol store, and welcome you to come along and try it out. We have buckets of nursery-furnishing experience, and would love to share it with you! Don't forget to call first, just to make sure we've got stock!