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preparing for baby

Waiting nine months to meet your baby can seem like a century away and for lots of us, the eagerness and longing to meet our babies when we're pregnant is pretty overwhelming. However, once you start investigating what it will be like to be a parent, you'll find that having a few months to prepare and get used to the idea can help you to feel more relaxed when the day finally arrives.

You may feel bombarded with the amount of 'stuff' tiny babies need. Everywhere you go, you'll see mums with an endless array of baby paraphernalia, from slings to baby bottles, muslins to top-of-the-range pushchairs, but what do we actually need?

The truth is that tiny babies need a lot of stuff. Everywhere you go, you'll see mums with an endless array of baby paraphernalia. But how do you know what you really need?

Research is essential. Two of the biggest purchases are the pushchair and car seat - the major items that can make your life a pleasure (if you choose wisely) or a pain (if you don't). But there's a lot more that you need for life with a new baby.

Stores have trained staff with lots of experience to advise and guide you through your choices. Everything you need comes in a huge variety of colours, designs and prices so you can buy the things you need in a style you're sure to love.

Planning your baby's nursery is exciting but also tricky if you haven't found out the sex of your baby yet. We have a huge range of nursery furniture, from compact storage and narrow wardrobes for small nursery spaces, to Oak finishes and nostalgically traditional whites… Most of our cots have wardrobes, changing tables and accessories to match so you can buy the basics and then add your own decorating style.

Some dos and don'ts to help you feel prepared for your new baby:

  • Don't feel you need to buy everything in one go – you can buy items as and when you need them – for example, if you choose to use a Moses basket, a cot is only needed when your baby grows too big for the basket.
  • If you don't know the sex of your baby, paint your nursery in neutral colours and accessorise once your baby arrives. If you want it all finished in time for bringing your baby home, we have lots of unisex nursery collections suitable for girls and boys.
  • Ask your mummy friends about which baby equipment they found really useful, but remember what works for one mum may not work for another. Take their advice but follow your instincts!
  • You'll no doubt be offered lots of baby equipment from friends whose children have grown older, but never accept a second-hand mattress or second-hand car seat. Always buy a new mattress for a new baby because an old mattress will not have retained the firmness needed to support a newborn. The same goes for car seats; if you don't know the history of the car seat and whether or not it has ever been in car crash (making it work less effectively) you should always buy a brand new one for each child, suitable for his height and weight.
  • Make sure the paint you use to decorate your baby's nursery is non-toxic and the room has been fully aired before your baby sleeps there.
  • Read up on breastfeeding before you begin. Breastfeeding is wonderful (and free!) but is tricky to master at first. Ask your midwife if your antenatal class runs a breastfeeding workshop you can attend before the birth. Ask other mums you know who breastfed for their top tips before you get started – this can really help you to get the hang of it.
  • Don't plan to do anything too strenuous in the first few weeks after you give birth. You need time to recover and spend time with your baby. Try to limit visitors in the first few days too, otherwise you'll feel overwhelmed with people wanting to meet your baby when all you want to do is be with your baby, getting to know one another.