safety and softness:
preparing a baby nursery

baby nursery furniture

With a little one on the way, organising and decorating your baby nursery can be an exciting project for you and your partner to share.

You can bond over interior design and wallpaper choices, while really hammering home the fact that you'll soon be welcoming a new addition to your family. There's a bit more to it than choosing pastel paint colours, of course. Here's how to create a baby nursery that both you and your little one will love.

furniture for your baby nursery


plan before you buy

Creating mood boards on websites like Pinterest is a practical and inspiring way to work out exactly how you want the room to look. It also makes it easy to find inspiration about colours and furniture designs so that you know exactly what to look out for when you go shopping.

plenty of baby blankets for your nursery


measure carefully

You can use graph paper to plan the layout of your baby's room before you go furniture shopping. It's a good idea to measure the walls, floor and windows with a tape measure so you don't fall in love with a piece of furniture before realising it won't fit.


choose your essentials

The amount of furniture you buy will depend on the size of the room. You'll definitely need somewhere for your baby to sleep (a cot or cot bed and mattress), somewhere to change them (a changing table or mat), and somewhere to keep their clothes (a wardrobe or chest of drawers).

smiling baby standing in their cot smiling baby standing in their cot


keep it nice, simple and snug

There's so much cute stuff out there, it can be tempting to buy it all. Try not to over-decorate, as your little one will grow out of it in a few years and you'll have to start again. A neutral colour and a few adorable accessories should do the trick for now. So baby doesn't get too hot or too cold, use a room thermometer to check that the room stays at a comfortable 16-20 degrees.[1]


check your standards

On a 'safety' note, if you're buying a cot, make sure it conforms with the BS EN 716-2:2008 standard. This means it's deep enough, the bars are the right distance apart and that there are no dangerous cut-outs or steps that your little one could injure themselves on.


finally, make sure it's safe

The nursery will need to be baby proofed, so make sure you cover any plug sockets and tuck away any wiring or cords that could be tugged on by baby. Then plan the room out to make sure that safety always comes first. Place the cot in the centre of the room away from radiators, windows, and any furniture they could escape onto.


why mothercare?

All our cots are tried and tested, we simulate a 10kg child jumping on a cot base 1000 times in 5 different places... that's 5000 boings!

Our premium ranges feature "ssshh" soft close doors and drawers, that's all because we don’t want to disturb baby or pinch little fingers.

All our cot sides and ends are tried and tested for strength with up to 25kg of pressure applied, all so little explorers can’t pull them apart.

So you can rest assured reading your little one a bedtime story, all the edges on our cot beds and junior beds are tested 5000 times with a 100kg weight to simulate mum or dad sitting on the edge of the bed reading a story.


[1]. What's the safest temperature for my baby's room, Baby Centre, October 2015