Nursery

Planning your nursery is possible the most exciting time in the build up to your little ones arrival, and also the most expensive. We managed to save over £2,500 by being savvy and buying second hand.

How big is G-Man

Let’s be honest, no little persons room is complete without a height chart showing their progress over the weeks, months and years. With his move to a bigger room not that far away, we needed a height chart for G-Man and when the opportunity was given to us to review a decal we jumped at the chance.

Admittedly, we had started to measure George on the door frame of his nursery (we had both grown up being measured like this) but we wanted something a little more fresh and funky to use.
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Review: Baby GroBags and GroLight Night Light

We were recently contacted by The Gro Company and asked whether we would review a Trundling Tractor GroBag, one of the new designs, and the GroLight.

As aficionados of GroBags since Little G-Man turned 3 weeks old, and users of a basic plugin night light which we weren’t too fond of, we were more than happy to give an alternative product a try.

Not just for tomatoes

For those new to GroBags, they are a fantastic alternative to the traditional sheets meaning that your little one can wriggle and kick as much as they like, and never kick their covers off. More sleep for parents!

In addition to the Grobag, each comes with a free nursery thermometer, helping to reassure you have the correct bedding to suit the temperature of their room.
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Review: Teddy Bear Nursery Rug

All the furniture is now in place and the nursery is finally starting to take shape with only 3 weeks until Pancake is due to make an appearance.

The lovely people over at Childrens Rooms spotted my attempt at decorating the nursery by hand rather than use stencils or stickers, and have very kindly sent us two beautiful gifts that will compliment the nursery no end.

Smiles all round

Smiles all round

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Nursery Decorating Complete – Picasso I Am Not!

The nursery is complete! Chuffed and shattered. I’d be happy if I didn’t see a paint brush or roller again for the next 12 months!

When we bought our current house, we had a 3 month period where we lived just round the corner allowing us to decorate the entire place in evenings after work. 3 ½ years have passed and last week I finally picked up a paint brush and roller once again to start work on the nursery.

Nursery Colour Scheme

As we never found out if we’re expecting a boy or a girl, to keep it as neutral as possible we opted for Home of Colour Pebble for an accent wall, and Home of Colour Soft Latte for the remaining three walls.

Usually I prefer using branded paints as I’ve always found it requires less coats, and my memories were confirmed. 3 coats were required on every wall! The colour I painted over was the usual Magnolia, so 3 coats was more than what I expected and shows that Homebase is probably not the best. You live and learn!

Anyway, once all the walls were finished and dried, next it was time for my art installation. As to frugal style, not wanting to pay for wall art stickers, my plan was to paint a big teddy bear using the left over paint. Seemed reasonable to me but it took some convincing when it came to J;

I’m going to paint a big bear. I’ve seen a photo online. It can’t be that hard, trust me!

With J working a late shift and not watching over me, I did a quick freehand sketch on the wall and then in true amateur style, just went for it.

It’s Not A Bear or Rabbit, but a Bearbit

Introducing the Beabit

Introducing the Beabit

It is meant to resemble a teddy bear, but I think it’s ears are a little too narrow and creates a hint of rabbit about it. Therefore I name this creation a Bearbit.

I know I’m far from being the next Picasso but still, as my first attempt at art since I drew stick figures on the covers of my school books some 26 years ago, I’m actually quite chuffed with the outcome.

Next step is to start building and moving Boori furniture in place ready for Pancake‘s arrival.

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Nursery Preparations Are Underway

Now we’ve passed the 30 week stage, it’s officially time we started to plan the nursery, something we’ve both been desperate to do but as of yet, haven’t had the time.

This weekend saw us having a massive clear out which resulted in a fair number of eBay listings for books while all our clothes, nik-naks and furniture headed off to our local Claire House charity shop. With only a few items left in the nursery which are due to be picked up in the next day or two, now is the time to pick up the paint, rollers etc and

The Nursery Design

I never expected it to be so hard to decide when it came to decorating the nursery as everything looks cute! Still, as we’re non the wiser as to whether we’ll be having a boy or a girl, we’ve decided to play it safe and for the time being are going to have a beige/sand colour theme keeping the look simple and minimalistic.

By sticking with a neutral colour, the white Boori furniture we managed to grab off eBay back in April and white Ubbi Diaper Pail should blend in no problem.

Finishing Touches

Initially I’m going to try and paint the bear & hippo as I’m unable to find anywhere that offers them as wall art stickers, however as Pancake grows up and demands higher quality representations of animals, I’ll be sure to get wall stickers.

Cow Blackboard Wall Sticker

Cow Blackboard Wall Sticker

One that has already caught my eye is a piece of wall art in the shape of a cow but doubles up as a blackboard.

The wall stickers come direct from China, meaning you probably won’t find them in the UK for anywhere near the price, and it’s a website I’ve used many times in the past without any issue whatsoever.

Something else I’ve had my eye on over at AliExpress are wooden alphabet letters. They can delivered for £0.40 per letter which is a saving of 50% compared to eBay.

I plan to make use of any old paints I have stuck away in the garage or shed, and when you see alternatives being sold online for £15.99, the amount you can save is self apparent.

So I guess its time to get the paint, rollers and sheets out and get turning the guest bedroom into a nursery.

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