As pregnancy begins to overtake my life with the weeks quickly counting down, I thought I'd introduce a few more baby related posts to my blog. I know that this won't appeal to a lot of my readers but I think an equal amount of you will probably love this sort of thing and, in my experience, I've been reading blog post after blog post about pregnancy and babies, to help me get my head around whats about to ensue.
Today I'm going to share a few snaps of our spare bedroom - a.k.a. "The Nursery" - as preparations are now well underway.
We purchased this gorgeous white sleighbed-style cot bed from Kiddicare a good few months ago for around £250 (it was on offer at the time). It was our most expensive purchase but it's also crucial and will last our little girl until she's about 3 or 4 years old, so it's a worthwhile investment. S put it up earlier this week and it now feels so much more real that, in just a few months, we will have a little baby here although - admittedly - we probably won't be moving the baby into the nursery until around Christmas time, as we plan to have her sleeping in the Moses basket (which my Mum kindly bought us from Babies R Us) in our bedroom for the first few months.
As I'm pretty inept in the DIY stakes, I decided that whilst S cracked on with the cot, I'd put up some decorations in the bedroom. I ordered these cute alphabet stickers on eBay a couple of weeks ago and I was in my element putting them up around the cot. I also created a cute little display using the adorable woodland stickers that I'd found in Babies R Us. Both sets of stickers came in for under £5 in total.
We also bought our pram at around the same time as the cot bed, but we haven't put it together yet (in fact, it's still in the box!) as it seemed so premature to be getting it out already. I think we spent around £150 on the pushchair and that seems pretty reasonable compared to some that I've seen online and heard other mums talk about. There's no way you'd catch me spending close to a thousand pounds on something that is only going to last a year or two! This is the pram we purchased, I love the cute fox print design.
I'm off to IKEA again to purchase another of these versatile Kallax units. I think they're ideal for storing not only the babies clothes but toys, nappies and books too. The cute canvas boxes are also a brilliant optional extra as they add some colour and personality to an otherwise quite bland storage unit. These are only £20 each and the boxes are around £2.50 each, which I think is a great price.
As well as all the pretty little things, we've also had to - of course - purchase some more essentials, such as a Baby Monitor from Kiddicare, a baby bath from Babies R Us and a little baby seat from Argos which I'm sure will prove a real help once the baby arrives.
Of course, the nursery is also jam-packed with the likes of nappies, baby wipes, feeding equipment and the likes, but I thought it'd be fun just to share some of the prettier bits and pieces we've bought so far. We've managed to get just about everything and just have the clothes to get now, which - I think - will be one of the funnest things to buy!
I'll be doing separate posts on both Baby Clothing and My Intentions to Breastfeed nearer the time. Thank-you for reading!