family home,  nursery

Planning for baby 2: more bedroom ideas

Thank you for your comments and suggestions on my previous post on the topic of kids bedrooms – it was reassuring to hear that we are not the only ones with these kind of dilemmas. I think we’ve made a decision after doing some measuring: stay put for now and use our Alma Bloom crib in our room until the baby outgrows it.
Orange & Mint nursery
Then, when the baby does outgrow it, we will move our bed into Pip’s room and put bunk beds or a cabin bed in our old room and probably a larger cot for the new baby. We’ve looked at all the measurements and it works.

There are a couple of things left to do in the interim though. One, get a mattress for the cot, which is easily solved, I just need to do it. The second is a more labour intensive thing to sort: we need to check and replace some of the blinds, particularly in the sitting room. Ideally, I want to get black out ones for the sitting room so the baby can nap in there, and also, so when the grandparents visit, they can more restfully stay over. I like the idea of VELUX Blinds – I frequently come back to these every time we think about blinds, no doubt in part remembering being captivated by the new VELUX window that my grandparents had installed in their little cottage soon after they retired to it when I was not much older than Pip. I particularly liked the hook on a pole they had to use to open the window – funny isn’t it how these things stick with you. In equally strange timings, that lovely little cottage is being rented to tenants for the first time this week – the grandparent mantle having now been firmly passed on to my parents.

I think once these have been sorted, we should be ready, sleeping arrangements wise. I am trying to decide whether we need or want an additional moses basket, or whether the baby can nap either in the cot, or in the buggy which I’ve sorted out. We didn’t have a carrycot last time (and did have a buggy which I wouldn’t recommend if you want to take it on a London bus) so I really wanted to make sure we had something I was happy with, without spending a lot of money. In the end, we borrowed my sister-in-law’s old Bugaboo Chameleon. It’s now arrived at the flat and I need to work out whether the fabric can be washed and which sheets and so on it will need. That’s the thing with a Spring baby – could be a heatwave, could be snow.

Photo by me of blossom and roses in Regent’s Park last June, apropos nothing other than to cheer me up as this dreary weather surely must pass soon. Post in conjunction with VELUX.

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