We've casually been chatting about what to do with the spare room to turn it into a second bedroom fit for a little one. First thing is the monster TV coming off the wall (much to David's dismay) and getting a few things along the way to try and keep this little room organised and keep some floorspace free for the new arrival too. The room has three door fitted wardrobes, which we're going to integrate some shelving inside, so we're all set for clothes and extra 'baby stuff' storage there already.
The room needs painting, probably a bright white instead of the magnolia, and we can add lots of colourful and bright things into the room to perk it up a bit from there.
I've copied this rug (1) from my friend Katie, who has it. It's completely bargainous from John Lewis at £30, will help protect the cream carpet in the room and add some colour and warmth. Eventually we could nab it for the living room further down the line too. I love this little fox from H&M Home too which is of a similar colour theme (5).
I really love Ikea children's things. They are often very bright, unisex, semi-traditional, cleverly designed and simple. The cost doesn't usually make your eyes water either. This changing table/drawer set folds and turns into a desk as the child grows up (2), the high chair (6) goes very well with what we have in the dining area of the kitchen (I'm feeling a bit stubborn that downstairs won't be overrun with a shit load of garish kids things, and a few more stylish options would be nice..). This storage basket is a lovely simple design too, and surely useful with a million outfit changes per day as can be expected (4)..
I love this cot too, which is adjustable to three heights, built in drawers, and the sides come off to convert it into a kids' bed (9), and also comes in a lovely grey which I love. I also feel like having a half-arsed attempt and keeping baby toys more traditional, and this wooden baby gym is a steal at £20 to boot (7).
I've seen a lot of new Mums banging on about this Sleepyhead thing which seems to work wonders at settling newborns and babies by cuddling them in a little bit from the sides. Anything that claims to help the progression to actual sleep seems like a worthwhile investment (3).
It's been quite fun looking through things and planning ahead.. Although a lot of the important stuff isn't as exciting; watching money disappear for sterilisers, bottles, bath supports, nappies and so on won't exactly spark much joy but it's nice to have a list to work from. Hopefully I'll be able to share some spare room/nursery progress pics along the way...