I might have mentioned previously that one of my sisters is pregnant with her first child. I am absolutely thrilled for her and can’t wait to meet the new arrival (I have until October to wait so I am feeling quite impatient). Anyway, with an impending new arrival in the family and for all of the hundreds of my friends who seem to be pregnant at the moment I thought I’d share these top tips as a reminder for some and new info for others, many of which were shared with me when I was pregnant.
A baby isn’t a baby for very long. Before you know it they are turning over by themselves, pulling themselves up on the cot sides, standing and then before you have a chance to blink they are toddlers running around the room. Bear this in mind when considering the amount of space in the room and how much you would have to change to alter the nursery to suit an active toddler.
Unless you have a fondness for constantly re-papering or painting a room the best bet may be to go either for a neutral colour or just one colour rather than something fussy. Kieran had a train bedroom, a Boo bedroom, a car bedroom and cute teddy bear bedroom and those are just the few that come easily to mind. I thank my lucky stars that I didn’t have to redecorate to accommodate his growing sense of style, likes and dislikes as I used removable wall stickers, pictures hung on the wall that couldn’t be reached and simply changed bedding and curtains as and when was needed. It saved us a fortune and lots of effort.
Babies don’t actually need very much, especially in their bedrooms. Again, they are not babies for long as soon you will have more books, toys, teddies, dolls, train tracks and outfits than you know what to do with. Incorporate adequate storage into your room when you set it up.
Invest in Blackout Blinds
There are a variety of solutions available for blacking out the light from a nursery window which enables little ones to settle easier for a nap during the day, go down for bed even when it is still light outside and of course eliminates the risk of them being woken by the rising sun. Choose a blackout solution that doesn’t involve hanging cords for blinds that may be reached when the baby becomes a curious toddler.
Reading back on all of that I’m almost sorry I won’t be arranging a nursery of my own again. ALMOST sorry
I love getting quality things for the boys that haven’t cost me an arm and a leg and so having been introduced to Casabu I have very quickly become a fan. Casabu regularly runs exclusive sales of a wide range of brands which include items for Mum, babies, children and more. I have regular email updates set up so that I may be alerted to new sales as with up to 50% off (and occasionally more) off these fantastic items I can’t afford not to.
The beauty of Casabu for me, other than the fact that it saves me a substantial amount of money is that they do all of the hard work for me. Regularly updated sales boast a range of gift ideas, home ideas and more for the family. Sales do run for a limited time however so it is worthwhile keeping an eye on the site or registering for emails.
This week for example there is a Krooom sale which offers a range of fabulous eco-friendly items which are perfect for imaginative play. As you can see below there are some great savings to be made.
We recently received a new play tent from Casabu which we were sent in exchange for an honest review regarding how we felt the site performed and how we as a family felt about the whole set up and the range of brands features. The play tent has been a huge hit with the boys, it came quickly and was brilliantly packaged. I hadn’t heard of the brand of tent before however was seriously impressed at the quality and the sale price of the item as it was approximately 50% cheaper than ones I had been looking at elsewhere.
Having experienced one item from Casabu I have since spent a good amount of time browsing and have already decided that this is a site which will enable me to save a fortune on birthday and Christmas presents, as well as the odd item for myself. Postage and packaging (I hate hefty p&p charges!) is only £1.99 per order and free for orders over £40 so no complaints here.
In conclusion Casabu is a fabulous way to enjoy budget-friendly shopping, find inspiration for gifts and treats and discover new brands. Despite my being introduced to Casabu as part of a blogging campaign I have been impressed enough by what I’ve seen and experienced myself to recommend it to others and have it bookmarked in my “favourite shops” file.
The boys enjoying a lazy weekend morning in their “Boy Den” from Casabu.
*We received this play tent free of charge in exchange for an honest review of Casabu and their service. Casabu have had no input into this post which is true to my own thoughts, feelings and experiences.
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