I have recetly been trialing some Persil Non-Bio washing tabs and Comfort Pure fabric conditioner. Both i have used before and I have to say they are great brands. My washing was soft and very clean and these are definately brands I would buy and trust, The makers sent me this little guide they have created to help you build the perfect nest for your baby. It has some nice ideas so I thought I’d share it with you:
Many new mums-to-be experience a strong “nesting” instinct- cleaning, tidying and preparing the house ready for their new baby’s arrival. Here an interior designer and skincare expert have created some top tips on how to fully prepare and ‘cuddle-proof’ the nursery-making it soft, comfortable and baby friendly!
INTERIOR – DESIGNER LARA MCCREE
Laura was one of the key designers on Changing Rooms and she has since worked with many celebrities such as Coleen Rooney, creating some of the UK’s most magical nurseries.
- Start a scrapbook by collecting images of things you like such as furniture, fabrics, colours or decorative objects. Within a couple of months you will see the type of design and themes you like, to base the nursery around.
- Go natural with wood flooring. Some people prefer carpet but a natural floor is more hygienic and easier to clean. For softness and to provide a play area, add a themed rug.
- Accessories really personalise a nursery! Choose from a huge variety of bedding, picture frames, photos and wall letter.
- The functionality of your baby’s room is crucial, especially in the first couple of months. If the layout is right, it makes everything else much easier. Keep the feeding chair and cot close together, and group up the dresser and changing table.
- The crib should be the main focus when you enter the room, you can use the location as your starting point for positioning other pieces of furniture.
- Install a dimmer on the main light or a night light, for those late night feeds and changes.
- Treat your areas as work stations, so you can locate all that is needed whilst still being close to your baby.
CHILDREN’S DERMATOLOGY NURSE SPECIALIST – JEAN ROBINSON
Jean specialises in baby skincare, working with mums and babies on a daily basis to ensure their delicate skin is well looked after.
- Make sure every clothing item, soft toy and fabric is pre-washed in a non-bio detergent and hypoallergic fabric softener, to make them clean, soft and more suitable for a baby’s delicate skin. Persil Non-Bio and comfort pure are good choices as their skincare research is recognised by the British Skin Foundation and safe to use on even the most sensitive skin.
- Don’t let your baby get too hot or too cold. Keep the room temperature comfortable for your baby at night, 18 degrees is perfect. If it’s very warm, a cotton sheet may be enough for the baby at night.
- Simple bedding is better – avoid duvets, wedges and pillows for your new baby and choose a firm, flat mattress which fits the cot well. Use a tucked in blanket or growing to ensure a snugly and safe environment for bedtime.
- Make sure you don’t use strong perfumed products next to or on baby’s skin as they are very likely to cause irritation.
- Cotton is soft, static free, absorbent and breathable, which makes it a preferable fabric choice for babies’ clothes and bedding.
Great advice! Do you agree? …I have always liked carpet in the baby room but boy is it calpol and otherwise stained!