Many new mums and mums-to-be experience a strong ‘nesting’ instinct – cleaning, tidying and making their home ready for their baby’s arrival.
Comfort Pure and Persil Non-Bio have teamed up with an interior designer and a skincare expert to get top tips on how to fully prepare and “cuddle-proof” your nursery – making it soft, comfortable and baby-friendly.
Nursery Design Tips
- Start a scrapbook by collecting images of things you like, such as furniture, fabrics, colours or decorative objects. Use a site such as Pinterest to keep everything accessible. Within a couple of months you will see the type of design and themes you like and can base your nursery on.
- Go natural with wood flooring. Some people prefer carpet but a natural floor is more hygienic and easier to clean. Add a themed rug for softness and to provide a play area.
- Accessories really personalise a nursery! Choose from a huge variety of bedding, picture frames, photos and wall letters.
Nursery Layout Tips
- The functionality of your baby’s room is crucial, especially in the first couple of months. If the layout is right, it makes everything else much easier. Keep the feeding chair and cot close together, and group together the dresser and changing table.
- The crib should be the main focus when you enter the room. You can use the location as your starting point for positioning other pieces of furniture.
- Install a dimmer on the main light or a night light, for those late-night feeds and changes.
- Treat your areas as work stations, so you can locate all that is needed while still being close to your baby.
Cuddle and comfort in your baby’s nursery
- Make sure every clothing item, soft toy and fabric is pre-washed in a non-bio detergent and hypoallergenic fabric softener, to make them clean, soft and more suitable for a baby’s delicate skin. Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure are good choices as their skincare research is recognised by the British Skin Foundation and they are safe to use on even the most sensitive skin.
- Don’t let your baby get too hot or too cold. Keep the room temperature comfortable for your baby at night, 18C (65F) is perfect. If it’s very warm, a cotton sheet may be enough for the baby at night.
- Simple bedding is better – avoid duvets, wedges and pillows for your new baby and choose a firm flat mattress which fits the cot well. Use a tucked in blanket or a grow-bag to ensure a snug and safe environment for bedtime.
- Make sure you don’t use strong perfumed products next to or on your baby’s skin, as they are very likely to cause irritation.
- Cotton is soft, static-free, absorbent and breathable, which makes it a preferable fabric choice for babies’ clothes and bedding.