Indulging your nesting instincts and decorating for your little one's arrival is an exciting part of pregnancy. You don't have to spend your life savings kitting out your baby's room and if you shop around you can get yourself a bargain. Here are some ideas to help you with your baby's room.
For the first few months, it's recommended that your baby sleeps in a Mose's basket in the same room as you. Once your baby is 4-6 months old you can then move him or her into a standard size cot or crib. Look for a cot with drop down sides, this will make getting baby in and out easier. Many cots now convert into a junior bed so can last for up to five years. You'll also need to buy a cot sized mattress and don't forget to buy a waterproof mattress cover too.
2. Cot mobile
There are some great interactive mobiles on the market specifically designed to soothe and comfort your baby. Some are activated by sound so will automatically play gentle music if your baby's cry is detected. You can pick up one of these online for under £15
3. Changing mat
You can buy these for as little as £5. They are wipe clean and protect your carpet from any accidents.
4. Chest of drawers
A chest of drawers helps store your baby's clothes. Keep the chest of drawers organised so that you'll always have what you need to hand. It's also a good idea to use one of the smaller drawers to store instructions and manuals for things like your pram, car seat and bottle sterilizer so that you know where they all are if you ever need to refer to them.
5. A comfy chair
It's good to have somewhere comfy to sit when you get up to do those late night feeds, particularly if you plan on breastfeeding. Just make sure the seat isn't too low so that you can easily get up and down whilst holding baby.
For more information on pregnancy health and advice go to www.nhs.uk/Start4Life