I barely slept last night, I got to sleep at just gone half five in the end when my husband took over and (thank God) got Dexter up and ready for breakfast so I could get my head down for a few hours. I’m finally sat down drinking my cold cup of tea whilst Dexter naps and I’ve definitely got stains down my top… not relevant to this post what so ever but this is my life! When we have so much housework to do and very little space for giant toys, I’m so glad that we have created an (almost) baby free zone space in our living room so when it’s time to relax there’s not toys,
books, walkers and noisy learning tools laying across the floor. We’ve managed to cram everything into the nursery – his wardrobe is used as storage as well as clothes, we cram things in spare cupboards and spaces wherever we can to be honest. This requires a regular “clear out” but it makes all the difference having everything in his room. When I walk into his room to put him down for a nap it’s bright, airy and happy! It doesn’t feel that long ago that we decorated his room and as we looked around at his unused cot, clothes etc I could feel him kicking. Shit was getting real. Now it’s just life to look around and see all of his things everywhere – our daily dose of Dexter evidence.
This might not be the most entertaining post but I was obsessed with looking at neutral nursery ideas and decor when I was pregnant. I would stash a million pictures into a folder, I’d pin on Pinterest and I’d read all of the blogs – it was such an exciting time. So I thought I’d pass along our own ideas and nursery pictures on this post!
When we found out we were having a boy we were so happy, I didn’t want to go all out and paint the room pink or blue. Especially since we didn’t know how long we’d be in this flat and if we’d have a second by the time we could afford to move somewhere bigger so we decided to go for a room that wasn’t too girly or too boyish (I’m aware that i’m being pretty stereotypical right now but you kind of are when you’re expecting. You can’t wait to buy either pink or blue). Although I must add that I bought aeroplane wall stickers despite whatever gender our baby was going to be- go me with my gender equality mentality! So we went for a bright multicoloured room. It’s the brightest room in the house and that’s saying something because me and my husband have unicorn bedding… chosen by yours truly obvs.
We went for blue and stone grey walls and then just stuck on aeroplane and cloud stickers! I always liked the thought of having blue walls so that it’d look like a blue sky. The stickers were a bargain that I found on amazon which were around £7. I wanted a set for our room!
Quick bit of advice – teddy hammocks are amazing. I would have had to get rid of most of them if we didn’t have the hammock. Most of them are my childhood toys so I recommend buying a nice sturdy hammock for stuffed toys!
We have a few shelves in Dexters room but not enough for his books. I have seen some that would look amazing for his room – you place the books on the shelves with the front facing towards you so that your little one can see and choose the book they’d like to read. I’m hoping we can get book shelves like that for a display wall when he gets to the age of two. I’d stick a bean bag next to the display wall for story time. So many ideas! Below are the shelves that we have, they’re really pretty but definitely not big enough to hold children’s story books.
As you can see, there’s quite a pattern of beanie boo’s going on in here. They’re actually mine – Jamie has bought one for me on every occasion since we started dating (That’s including my first one on our first date) but they look really cute in his room. Note: we take them off of the heater when we need to use it.
Excuse the carpet – it needs hoovering. But this is what I mean by cramming storage wherever you can. I’ve gathered a lot of storage boxes from hampers and gifts that family gave us when we were pregnant. Keep them! My husband always laughs at me because I do love a gift box but they really are useful. We used to have a nappy changing unit when he was a newborn which came with three canvas storage boxes. When we got rid of the unit we kept the boxes which are also in use – seriously, use any space and storage that you can. It makes it look so much tidier and it’s easier to organise!
We are pretty lucky to have a built in wardrobe as it’s pretty big on the inside. There’s so much space at the top too so it’s handy to store months worth of things. We have even managed to fit his old pram, old clothes and his trike at the bottom of the wardrobe. But the con’s of having a built in is that you have limited room to move furniture around if you need or want a change. We have a chest of drawers (that hold so many clothes) for most of his clothes too. The wardrobe looks nice from the outside which is all that matters but if anybody has a weird hobby of making the inside of storage spaces look more attractive and organised then let me know…
Instead of a traditional baby mobile from mother care, we opted for a hanging mobile that was found in an alternative, eclectic shop in Wales. It’s just a decorative piece for any age and it’s something I can keep when he grows out of it too.
My little boy is a total diva. Unfortunately our upstairs neighbours seem to either be into constant art performance or they have elephants for pets because they’re ridiculously noisy. I honestly don’t know how they manage to even make that much noise – even walking… anyway that’s for another day.
So we had to buy a speaker which we attached to Jamies old phone and made a Spotify play list for Dexter. It’s the only way he likes to sleep and it drowns out any noise. Now our 17 month old listens to Mozart in his sleep most nights. Classy guy!
For Dexters toys he has a fire engine toy box and a laundry pop up hamper. I highly recommend the laundry hamper for toys! Because it’s a material you can fit a lot of things inside it as it slightly stretches out. It was only about 6 pounds from pound stretcher and it honestly made a difference. Gone are the days where we’d have a pile or section of toys outside of his old toy box.
It’s given him “so much room for activities” – got to love a Step brothers reference.
Either side of his shelves he just has posters – these walls will be used for the book display when he’s a little older.
As you can see they are his dad’s posters! He’s a superhero geek and a scouser but it’s nice to have a patriotic glimpse of my husband and sons roots!
So this isn’t really decor but my son has an absolute favourite teddy he named Boomba. His godfather bought him it when he was born and he’d never sleep without it. It’s made so that if the baby rolls onto it, the teddy won’t wake them up or stop them from breathing as the material is delicate, it’s made almost like a light cushion that goes flat when it has been slept on. It’s been cuddled so much that it is pretty flat, it stinks, it’s already greying and it looks about twenty years old rather than 18 months old. It’s called the ‘Bedtime Bear’ from mother care (they have beige, pink or blue ones) and is around 10 to 12 pounds. Best bear ever! He’s the only thing that can sometimes calm our teething boy down.
So I hope this has been helpful, I haven’t got tons of ideas and I’m not a diy creative mum but there are a few handy hacks and tips in this that I’d definitely recommend to others. Like I said, I was obsessed with reading about things like this and looking at recommended products before his was born (even now from time to time but being pregnant brought a creative streak out) so I hope at least one thing or idea may have been useful as basic as they might seem!
If anyone else has any tips or recommendations for ANYTHING then let me know!