A solid base Start with a warm, neutral wall colour and furniture pieces that have clean, classic lines. The more restrained you are at the outset, the more scope you’ll have to update your children’s rooms as they get older. Invest in quality items that will be in use decades from now.
Convertible cots are a smart choice Remove the side panels and you’re left with a bed that’s the right size for toddlers to scramble in and out of. Some products include bed-base extension panels, so they can be converted into junior beds for older kids – for example, the Stokke ‘Sleepi’ cot sold by Exquira and available from Bébé can be extended to 165cm in length, which is long enough for a child of seven or eight.
Babies will chew and lick just about anything, so look for furnishings that use non-toxic finishes. Or try the Noga teething rail attachments from Ikea: thick plastic strips that sit over the top edge of the cot for baby to nibble on safely.
Give your self somewhere comfortable to sit; after all, you’ll be spending a lot of time in your baby’s room in the early days.
Night lights are a must for mums on frequent call, but also provide a nice ambience for your baby. Try the ‘Oxo Candela Tooli’ set from Bébé.
Change tables minimise stress on your back and shoulders when you’re dealing with nappies. However, they’re a piece of furniture used for a relatively short time, so it’s wise not to buy anything too expensive or large. The Oeuf changing station, stocked by Metro Mum, is a clever choice. When in use, it simply sits across the top of the cot; when not needed, it can be stashed underneath.
Children inevitably end up with lots of large soft toys, most of which sit on a shelf collecting dust. Mandi Gunsberger from Babyology says, “Make a feature by arranging them on a shelf, or buy a tidy chain that can be hung from the ceiling.”