New motherhood is never easy. During those first months, your life changes in every way you can imagine. It’s a change worth making, of course, but change isn’t always easy to embrace. You may have done everything possible to prepare, but that planning often goes out of the window. You really can’t know what it’ll be like having a baby until it happens. Then, you very much learn as you go.

The unknown ahead should be incentive enough to do everything possible before baby comes. The chances are, you’ve been stocking up on everything you can think of. One task that you may not be so keen to tackle is that of the nursery. If you’re planning to have baby sleep in with you for the first months, there can seem no dire rush to get their room ready. Haven’t you got more important things to be thinking about? In truth, though, it’s important to have the nursery ready for your big arrival. It’ll save you a job when you could do without it. Plus, your baby will have a place to call theirs from the moment they’re born. We all need our own space and your child is no different. Besides which, you’ll be able to put your little one in there when you need a break. A pre-prepared nursery is a good idea for everyone.

But, there are challenges with setting up before baby has arrived. You want the room to suit your child, but you have no way to know what they’ll be like. In some cases, you may not even know their sex. So, what are you meant to do? We’ve got some ideas about how to create a nursery your baby can feel at home in, no matter what.

Furniture is the easiest thing to get right. For the most part, what you’ll need is pretty universal. Take a look at cots from Cuckooland and other companies like them. Look for something that’s durable, and try to stick with neutral colours like whites or browns. You don’t want to skimp on this option, so find a cot that will last a long time. Look for something that’ll suit your baby as they grow. Make sure, too, to get a changing table. Again, neutral is best. For the sake of appearances, try to match the design with that of your cot. Finally, you need to get a wardrobe for all baby’s clothes. Though the clothes may be small to start, it’s worth getting a full-size one. That way, your child can keep it with them for years to come. And, in case you hadn’t guessed by now, it’s worth keeping this neutral!

Decoration is a little harder to get right at this stage. Many parents settle on traditional pinks or blues, but it might be best to stay away from these. For one, they reinforce old gender stereotypes. Plus, if you don’t know the sex of your baby, you may have to do a quick repaint when the time comes. Instead, stick with whites, creams, or yellows. A quick search of current nursery ideas will also reveal that grey is popular at the moment. It has a real edge to it, and it looks amazing. If you want a sophisticated nursery, this may be the way to go. These colours are also a lot more calming than the glaring bright walls of many nurseries. If you wanted to, you could always add a coloured border to make things a little more interesting. For now, though, keeping things basic will make your life a lot easier.
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The additions are where you can have fun and inject some personality into the space. Even better, you don’t need to finish these straight away. There are some fantastic do it yourself ideas for nurseries, including this bump to baby photo wall. You can start this before baby’s born, and continue adding to it in the future. Wall art is also popular in a lot of nurseries, and it can look amazing. Again, though, this may be best left until after baby arrives. You could incorporate a wall design of their favourite characters, or keep it simple. And, don’t forget to stock up on a few teddies. Putting up shelves with soft toys on can add a real burst of character, and will be comforting for your little one. Bear in mind that they may take these teddies through life with them, so choose wisely!

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