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We have replaced our pram that was stolen with the Valco Snap Ultra Pram and we couldn’t be happier.

If you followed my Instastory a few months ago, you would have seen the news that our pram was stolen. Every morning we would go for a promenade walk and keep the pram in the boot of our car. One morning, we walked down and Sox noticed that the electric gate looked like it was off the rails. While he was trying to get the gate back onto the rails, I went to open the boot to get the pram out and the car was not only open, but the pram was gone and our car was ransacked.

I was devastated because that pram had such sentimental value and such a story behind it.

We tried using a stroller for a little while, which certainly helped, but we found that we really needed a pram that was more sturdy for our walks and general day to day errands.

On doing some homework, we came across the Valco Snap Ultra. We drove to Kids Emporium Durbanville, where Neal showed us everything we needed to know. He is so knowledgable, so if you ever need to know anything regarding car seats and prams, he should be your go-to-guy!

We got to wheel it around, fold it up and even see if it would fit into my MINI Countryman boot.

Our previous pram was the grey and I loved the grey option of this too. I find it so stylish and versatile.

It is AWESOME and dare I say, even better than our previous pram.

10 Things I Love about the Valco Snap Ultra:

1. It’s 6.2kgs and incredibly light.

2. The hood can be unzipped and unfolded all the way down so baby is completely covered / protected from the elements. There is breathable mesh for when it’s closed.

3. It has a cover that you can slip on and off. It’s wonderful for Winter / wind.

4. It has a large storage basket, which is perfect for my shopping.

5. This is very Capetonian, but it has a flip-flop friendly brake.

6. The front wheels can be locked for rougher ground. Wheels are puncture proof and can easily be removed.

7. I’ve got into a habit of wearing the safety wrist strap…

8. The fold is impressive. It has a Clean Fold, which means the Inside of the pram seat has no contact with the outside when folded. This means the pram stays cleaner for longer! It folds so easily, without having to take it apart. There is a no pinch hinge, making it safer to fold. It also has an Auto Fold Lock – automatically secures the pram in place once it has been folded. Winning!

9. It fits into my MINI Countryman boot.

10. Last, but definitely least (actually #1)… George loves it. He is so comfortable in it. He can sit up comfortably and there is an adjustable footrest. It also reclines all the way back and flat, which is ideal for naps. It’s suitable for newborns and toddler seat compatible.

We are having a special on the Valco Snap Ultra at Kids Emporium! Don’t miss it!

Check out our Facebook page too: www.facebook.com/ValcoBabySouthAfrica

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Hop into your garden this Easter and give your friends and family a fantastic Easter egg hunt.

Hunting for Easter eggs is a great way to bring the whole family together at this time of year. Easter egg hunts will never go out of style and will always be enjoyable for the young and old. Invite your family and friends over and turn your garden into an epic journey to find an Easter chocolate treasure. Make your Easter egg hunt a lively egg-xperience, with these handy tips and tricks.

Map out the route

First things first, plan the course for the hunt. Perhaps start indoors and then have the route work its way outside and around the garden. Remember to include a few ground rules, so that the kids understand what they can and can’t do. For example, children can only collect a certain amount of eggs per child, so that each child ends up with the same amount. It’s a good idea to plan a backup hunt for indoors, in case the weather turns bad – this way the hunt can continue and so can the egg-citement.

Get egged out

Next, it’s time to hit the shops and get all the Easter eggs you need. It’s a good idea to find a wide variety of types, colours and sizes, to give the kids a range of eggs to collect. If you’re planning on inviting children from different age groups, you can colour code the eggs according to age. For example, smaller kids should find pink eggs and older kids can find green and blue eggs. That way, the little ones have a good chance of finding eggs too, and the older children can’t take their eggs. Don’t forget to get baskets, for the kids to collect their eggs in. To make even more exciting, the kids can decorate their baskets with different crafty materials.

Prepare the way

It’s now time to make clues and signs to show your hunters the way to their treasure. Place these along the route in your home and garden, and make them lively and fun. You can use signs on sticks, hanging signs or cryptic signs that are hard to see (for example, on a tree trunk). Your clues should be nicely tucked away at each point where the eggs are found, or along the path. Clues for older kids can be done as riddles, to keep them guessing and give them egg-stra entertainment. Another idea is to have all the eggs in one spot, and the children can work together, using the clues, to find the Easter treasure. Make your hunt egg-ceptional by using Easter props, like bunny ears, for the children.

Finishing touches

Signs and fun décor items go a long way towards setting a fun mood and making the hunt eggs-tra exciting. You can put a funky sign on your front door, welcoming everyone to your fabulous Easter egg hunt. Another idea is to download and print separate letters to form the words ‘Happy Easter’ and string these up on a wall or door, or even outside. Lastly, Easter themed snacks are the perfect way to fill everyone’s bellies after a fun day of hunting. Use snacks like Easter themed cupcakes, fruity egg popsicles and an Easter egg decorating station, to help your guests truly get into the swing of Easter and make sure that they have an egg-cellent time.

These tips and tricks will get you well on your way to hosting one of the most egg-stravagant Easter egg hunts in the neighbourhood, and ensure that a great time is had by all.

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Planning to decorate your baby’s nursery but not sure where to start? Here are 10 top tips to guide and inspire you. With Kids Emporiums unique Decor Service we can help plan out every aspect of your nursery from mood boards to the final touches. Enquire today at any Kids Emporium Store

1. Be practical

If you can, choose a quiet room close to your bedroom so you don’t have to walk far at night. Make sure that a cold room has adequate heating and a warm room has good ventilation.

If the windows let in a lot of light, it may help your baby to sleep at night if you put black-out blinds or curtain linings up to keep the room dark.

2. Be consistent

Is your home style traditional, contemporary or a bit of this and a bit of that? Make sure your nursery design reflects your style and the decor you’ve chosen for the rest of your home. That way, it won’t look out of place and you won’t tire of it.

3. Create your own mood board

Kids Emporium offers an array of pre made mood boards as well as creating one tjat suits your needs. For additional interest search online and in magazines for ideas and piece together the ones you love to create a mood board. Use it to help pick your colours, keep your ideas focused and pull your theme together.

4. Keep it simple

With all the gorgeous nursery furniture and accessories out there, it’s easy to go over the top. So think child-friendly, not childish.

Keep it simple and decide on a single focus for the room early on – it could be a piece of furniture or artwork. If you go for a neutral background and mix in age-appropriate accessories, you probably won’t need to redecorate every few years.

5. Choose soft, tranquil colours

Think about using calm, nurturing colours. When your baby gets older, she’ll have her own ideas about her bedroom, so take this special time to think about what makes you feel relaxed. With the demands of a newborn, most mums need calm more than anything.

6. Choose adaptable decor

Take into account how long the nursery decor is likely to last your baby. Wallpaper with storybook or cartoon characters may have to be changed in a few years if your child decides she’s into something else or thinks it’s babyish.

Wall stickers are a cheap, easy alternative and easily taken down when your child gets older.

7. Think safety

If you’re buying a cot ensures that the cot is deep enough, doesn’t have cut-outs or steps and that the bars are the correct distance apart.

Create a safe zone around the cot by positioning it away from windows, heaters, lamps, wall decorations and cords. Keep furniture that your baby could clamber onto away from the cot too.

8. Choose key pieces first

It sounds odd, but it’s a good idea to decide on your furniture pieces before you start decorating. Parents often choose colours first, but it’s easier and cheaper to match paint, fabrics and wallpaper to your key furniture pieces.

9. Balance form and function

The hard part of designing your nursery is making sure it’s practical and easy to use. Keep in mind the size of the room, how it will be used, and for how long it will be a nursery, and design it to fit your needs.

10. Think outside the box

Just because furniture and accessories aren’t nursery-specific doesn’t mean that you can’t use them. The same can be said for wallpaper, fabric and wall stickers. Choose items and colours that you love.

Visit the paint aisles in your local DIY store for inspiration and ideas – you may find a mix of colours you wouldn’t otherwise have thought of. Remember, it’s best to avoid doing any painting when you’re pregnant.

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From tricked-out strollers and over-the-top cribs to cradles with canopies and sound-and-lights video nursery monitors, it’s easy to get carried away when you’re buying for a baby. The dazzling selection of merchandise and wide array of adorable items for a nursery can overwhelm any parent. Here are our top 5 Nursery must have items.

Tate Cot – White
Our furniture is manufactured in South Africa.
All models are made from splinter free Supawood that is coated in lead free paint (except for the Toni range which is a laminate wrap).
Our products conform to the highest safety standards, and is built to last.
But above all they are fun and functional!
Dimensions:
1560mm (L) x 920mm (H) x 765mm (W)

Tate Compactum – White
Our furniture is manufactured in South Africa.
All models are made from splinter free Supawood that is coated in lead free paint (except for the Toni range which is a laminate wrap).
Our products conform to the highest safety standards, and is built to last.
But above all they are fun and functional!
Dimensions:
920mm (L) x 920mm (H) x 550mm (W)
The Ubbi Diaper Pail
The Ubbi diaper pail is made of powder-coated steel to achieve maximum odor control. It is equipped with rubber seals that are strategically designed to lock in odors as well as a sliding lid that minimizes air disruption, keeping the smell inside the pail. To meet the needs of today’s eco-conscious parents, this award-winning nursery essential offers the convenience and value of utilizing any standard trash bag or reusable cloth liner. This features makes it the easiest disposal system to load, use, empty and clean. Offering a modern and sophisticated twist to a once very industrial product, the sleek Ubbi diaper pail includes a child-proof lock and is available in an array of 12 colors. All the style none of the smell- a promising solution for every nursery.
AngelCare Baby Monitor

This baby monitor system in offers great value for every parent who wants a basic sound monitor combined with the advanced baby technology of a high-quality movement detector. You will be able to hear every sound baby makes on your Parent Unit, and the under-the-mattress Sensor Pad will detect all of baby’s movements so you have twice the reassurance that baby is safe.

Baby Bugs Carry Cot

The Beautiful Baby Bugs Carry Cots are made with quilted denim on the outside making it very strong and durable. The inside are made with any of our 100% cotton materials. A true must have!

Don’t forget to enquire about our Decor Service!

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When you’re expecting twins, “making room for baby” is a whole different ballgame from a normal child’s room. Squeezing two newborns into one nursery can seem daunting at first, but with a little advice and some creative thinking, you can easily create a beautiful and functional space for two.

Feeling overwhelmed? We’ve got you covered. Stop panicking and start planning with these 10 helpful tips for designing the perfect twin nursery.

Start Early

When you have a couple of buns in the oven, you can’t count on hitting that 40-week mark. Twins tend to arrive early, and once your little ones have made their big début, finishing the nursery will be the last thing on your mind.

Comfort is another important consideration. You don’t want to wait until you’re so far along that even the most basic chores seem impossible! Get your planning out of the way early, so you’ll be ready for action when you hit that sweet spot early in the second trimester.

Don’t Double Up

With twins on the way, it may be tempting to buy two of everything. But unless you have an unhealthy obsession with Tetris, doubling up on furniture is not the way to go.

You may have two kids, but you only have one set of hands. You’re not going to change multiple babies at the same time, and keeping all their clothes in different dressers will only waste time and energy. Instead, opt for a single dresser and changing table combo, and invest in some drawer separators to help keep things organized.

Choose the Right Crib

One thing you will need to double up on is the crib. (While crib sharing is fine for newborns, you’ll likely want to separate your little ones once they start rolling and bumping into one another.)

For the best fit, skip the larger convertible cribs, and choose a simple crib with clean lines. Look for a small footprint and low, even sides. This will give you more placement options and will look more natural should you need to push the cribs together or place them in the centre of the room.

Tight on space? Consider buying a pair of stylish mini cribs.

Consider Crib Placement Carefully

As if finding room for two separate cribs wasn’t hard enough, you’ll need to be pretty picky about placement.

Never put a crib directly in front of a window. Your baby could easily overheat in the afternoon sun, or worse, fall through the window while attempting to climb out of the crib. Toddlers have also been known to strangle themselves with blind cords or pull heavy window treatments down by tugging at the fabric, so be sure to keep these items well out of reach.

As your twins grow older, playing with one another will begin to seem like a more enticing option than sleep. They may even try to climb into one another’s cribs! While it may not always be possible, a degree of separation can go a long way toward ensuring safer, more restful nights.

Keep Things Simple

When it comes to decorating twin rooms, it’s best to take the minimalist approach. With two babies in one room, there’s already a lot going on. Keeping the décor simple will help the space to appear clean and uncluttered.

Avoid bold colour palettes and busy patterns, and look for simple furnishing with clean lines. Keep toys to a minimum, and don’t overdo the accessories. Remember, a simple space can be a beautiful one. Need some convincing? These Sweet and Perfectly Simple Nursery Designs should do the trick!

Give It a Personal Touch

Your twins may look alike, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have their signature style!

While you want to create a cohesive look, there’s no need for matchy-matchy everything. Big-ticket items, like cribs, should match, but feel free to use different accents and accessories to give each infant’s space a personalized feel.

Having mixed-gender twins? Try painting the nursery in a shade with different accent colours for each child. When shopping for accessories, look for items that share at least one key element, like colour or shape. As long as you maintain some sense of symmetry, you’re sure to have a beautiful, well-coordinated space.

Add Extra Seating

If you have extra room in the nursery, consider adding additional seating. With two demanding little ones to care for, you’ll be happy for any help you can get! Adding an extra armchair or even a little loveseat will ensure seating for any friends and relatives willing to lend a hand.

Maximize Storage

More babies equal more stuff. If you’re going to stay on top of it all, you’ll need to get creative.

Need more closet space? Double your closet’s potential by installing a second rail. Are you running short on drawer space? Install a row of hooks, and use attractive canvas storage bags to store everything from blankets to burp cloths! You’ll also want to invest in under-the-bed storage bins for each crib, and keep an eye out for other clever space-saving ideas, such as ottomans with hidden storage.

Are you looking for more creative storage tricks? Put one or two of these 12 Inspiring Toy Storage and Organization Hacks to use.

Buy a White Noise Machine

Having a roommate can be tough! One minute you’re snoozing away, happily dreaming about your next feeding, and the next thing you know, your roomie’s hosting a midnight shindig, and the whole family is invited!

Want to put the kibosh on these impromptu parties? White noise is the perfect solution.

The steady hum of a white noise machine creates a womb-like environment that calms anxious infants, helping them to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It also does an excellent job of drowning out potential distractions – like noisy roommates and late-night visitors.

For best results, buy two noisemakers and place one by each crib, creating a comforting “noise bubble” around each infant. Keep the volume low, but place the unit as close to the crib as possible. Noises outside of the bubble will simply fade away.

Put Safety First

When it comes to toddler hijinks, having twins means fielding double the trouble.

With a permanent partner-in-crime at the ready, twins tend to hatch more hare-brained schemes and take more risks than your average toddling disaster zone, making childproofing an absolute must.

To keep your daring duo safe, be aware of common nursery accidents and how to prevent them, and take the time to baby-proof your nursery as soon as possible.

REMEMBER:

Kids Emporium will help you design your dream nursery/ children’s bedroom from start to finish. Enquire about our free décor service today! E-mail info@kidsemporium.co.zafor more information.

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Our latest room reveal is here!!! I am SO excited to share our newest project, little client Miles’ monochrome nursery!!!

This house may look familiar to you; Miles’ baby room is right next door to Ella’s toddler room (his older sister) that I shared a couple of years ago.

Miles’ room is our take on a monochrome boys’ room. The entire space was based on black and off-white but we wanted to keep the overall feel light and airy with lots of natural wood touches. Stars always feel fitting for a kids room; and this room has nods to space in the ‘I love you to the moon’ print, the ‘dream moon’ artwork and the rocket nightlight too. Miles’ space is set up to be a dreamy place to sleep but also a perfect place to play.

As Miles started to move, the fireplace became more and more of a point of interest and safety risk. The chalkboard cover (just a piece of plywood painted with chalkboard paint) works perfectly to add such a special detail and covers the fireplace well, keeping little fingers out. I can’t wait to hear how much fun he has with this feature when he actually finds out he can draw all over it!

Pillows are perfect for setting up cosy spaces for little ones to relax. I love this knot pillow so much as it not only looks amazing but is lots of fun for babies to grab as well. It functions both as an accessory and toy, which is ideal. Isn’t the polar bear adorable too? He’s so soft and such a sweet softie to grow up with.

The mirror over dresser is still one of my favourite set ups for kids. Kids LOVE mirrors and this one will last for so many years to come. I can absolutely see Miles liking this mirror as much as a teenager as his parents do now. Miles’ mom didn’t want to have a change station as by the stage we designed the nursery, he was wiggling around too much and diaper changes were being done on the floor.

The dresser was an existing IKEA Hemnes one; we simply opted to change the handles to add a special detail that I think adds so much. The leather drawer pulls were found on Etsy.

I love how small details like the light box and little nesting dolls add a playful touch when decorating kids’ rooms. The key is using items that are both educational and decorative so (at least) two functions are covered off in one item.

I don’t know what side of this nursery is my favourite but the crib corner is sure up there! It’s simple but dreamy and the star decals provide all the magic the wall behind the crib needs.

Right under the window is the best little bench for young ones who are just learning to stand. This bench was originally going to be a window seat but as soon as we put the bench there, Miles LOVED it just as it was!!! This is his favourite place to play, pull out toys on his own and look out the windows!

For those who like to see what the room looked like before, here is a photo of the space when I first arrived. It’s always amazing to look back on where we started!

Just like in sister Ella’s room, Miles’ mama wanted a little shelf with hooks beneath it right by the door. It is such a functional set up for providing a landing place for sweaters, etc. when you walk in the room and helps to keep the space tidy.

Miles sure is one lucky little babe! Rooms like this are such a dream to create and knowing that he will grow up with memories of his time here is the absolute best part.

REMEMBER:

Kids Emporium will help you design your dream nursery/ children’s bedroom from start to finish. Enquire about our free décor service today! E-mail info@kidsemporium.co.za for more information.

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This week I got this comment on my Facebook page:

“Please do a feature on Father’s day gifts? The stuff in store is such trite nonsense and after 7 years this Mom is at her wits end? What do Dads really want? What can we do to make your day superb. No wallets, key rings or socks”

As Father’s Day approaches, I get asked this many, MANY times, and frankly I think we find getting gifts for dads so difficult because we’ve made really bad assumptions about dads.

So, this Father’s Day, let’s not do that, okay?

Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that fathers only care about tools, gadgets, sports and coffee this Fathers Day.

Rather assume:

  • That they adore their kids, so get them some framed photographs of their children for their office.
  • That they are proud of all the effort they put into raising their kids, so make a video of their children talking about all the things they love about daddy.
  • That they know they have areas of their parenting that they can improve on, so get them a humorous parenting book.
  • That they love spending time with their family, so organise an experience they can have with their kids that will make some lasting memories.
  • That they love THEIR parents, so find a way for them to spend some time with them. Or if their parents aren’t around anymore, get some framed photographs of them.
  • That they are filled with self doubt and maybe have never been told that they are doing a good job, so write a letter to them reminding them that they are.

Any other ideas? I’d love to hear them on the AfroDaddy Facebook Page.

Credit: https://www.afrodaddyonline.com/single-post/2018/06/12/Dont-Fall-For-the-Fathers-Day-Trap

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Travel home from the hospital with your newborn – 6 things to prepare

Are you going to be parents for the first time? In this article, we have collected our best tips for preparing for the first trip you will take with your baby.

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1.    Practice installing the baby car seat in the car before the child is born

You have probably already chosen a baby car seat by now – but if not, you can read more about BeSafe’s baby car seats here. BeSafe’s baby car seats have two installation options. The first option and the one we recommend is an ISOfix base. This is an easy and flexible option that saves time every time you get in and out of the car. Alternative two is to belt the baby car seat with the car’s 3-point belt. Both options are equally safe if everything is done correctly. Whatever you choose, we recommend that you practice the installation before the baby comes so you feel safe with how to do it when you leave the hospital. Remember to always turn off the airbag if you install the baby car seat in the front seat of the car!

2.    Plan what the baby should wear when leaving the hospital

If your baby is due during the colder months of the year, it might be good to plan what the baby should wear when leaving the hospital. Babies should never wear thick outerwear in their baby car seats. Rather let them wear regular clothes and use a footmuff (adapted to be used in baby car seat without compromising on safety). Footmuffs are available in different variants, we recommend the crash-tested Voksi® Move during the winter months and during the warmer months Voksi® Move Light or the Voksi® Baby Wrap, which is a baby blanket designed to use in baby car seats. Voksi® is BeSafe’s sister brand and you will find more information about their products here: https://www.voksi.com/

3.    How to place and fasten the baby correctly.
  • If you have a baby car seat with belt magnets, start by releasing and loosening the belts of the seats completely (as shown in the user manual), open up the buckle and hang the belts onto the magnets, so that you have plenty of free space to place your baby in.
  • First tighten the hip belts by pulling the shoulder belts upwards. Then pull the central belt strap straight outwards to tighten the shoulder belts. While tightening, use your other hand to keep the shoulder belts close together, so that they cannot slip off the newborn’s shoulders. The seat belt should be tight over the baby’s chest, and you should not be able to fit more than one finger between the seat belt and the baby (1 cm).
  • Fasten the seat belts tightly! It is more dangerous if the child is too loose if an accident occurs. A padded 5-point belt is the best, it stabilises the baby and keeps them safe.

4.    How to place and fasten the baby correctly

All children are different, and therefore we at BeSafe have developed baby car seats that adapt as your baby grows. For example if you use our BeSafe iZi Go Modular i-Size, some children don’t need the extra head cushions when they are newborn or can only use them for a few weeks/months while others have them for several months. Certainly remove the cushion inserts on both sides from the headrest when the child is older than approx. 3 months or if the head is not fitting between them comfortably anymore. These cushion inserts can be removed by opening the velcro on the back of each headrest side. Remove the baby cushion (bottom part) when the child is taller then 60 cm, or over 4 months. Remove the baby cushion (bottom part) and body hugger (upper part) when the child is taller than 65 cm, or over 6 months. Also, remember that you can raise the seat belts as the child grows and they should always be at 90 degrees in relation to the child’s shoulders. But remember, as all children are different, these numbers are all just approximate – adapt to your child so it’s as comfortable and safe as possible.

5.    How long will a baby be able to sit in their baby car seat?

One question we often get is how often to stop and let the baby take a break from sitting in the baby car seat. Newborn babies should not sit for more than approx. 1 hour in a baby car seat, older babies not more than approx 1 1/2 – 2 hours to avoid them sitting in the same curved position for too long, as their muscles are not fully developed yet. If you are unsure about your specific situation, we recommend you to always consult with your midwife.

6.    Use your baby car seat with a Travel System

You can easily turn most baby car seats into a Travel System by using adapters that allow you to click the baby car seat onto your pushchair chassis. To find out which adapter fits your pushchair, please contact your pushchair manufacturer. A Travel System can make everyday life easier during the child’s first months, allowing you to hop in and out of the car when running errands without having to move them between the car and the pushchair. But do of course keep in mind not to keep them in the baby car seat for too long – a Travel System should not replace a pushchair! Read more about Travel Systems

Thanks to these six tips, we hope you will feel better prepared for the first trip with your baby. Follow us on Instagram for more tips!

CHECKLIST – WHAT YOU WILL NEED DURING YOUR BABY’S LIFE REGARDING SAFETY IN THE CAR:
  1. Pregnancy belt – From week 8 until the baby is born. Read more about why you should use a pregnancy belt >>
  2. Baby Car Seat – From when the baby is born until approx. 6-12 months. Read more about how to know when is time to change car seats >>
  3. Toddler Car Seat – From approx. 6 months until approx. 4-5 years. Read more about why you should let your child travel rear facing as long as possible>>
  4. High Back Booster Seat – From earliest 4 years until approx. 12 years. Read more about high back booster seats >>
CREDIT: www.carseat.co.uk/going-home-from-maternity-ward/

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Planning the perfect nursery for your perfect little bundle of joy can be a daunting task. How do you want to welcome your baby into the world? As a world traveller, a princess, a space explorer, a lover of your favourite animated character — or would you prefer a black-and-white palette, bold colours or soothing monotones? The possibilities are endless. It can help to start with some basic guidelines to hone your vision or to create one if you are struggling to come up with an idea. Here are thoughts on seven components to give you a strong framework for creating your ideal space.

Colour. Whether choosing a neutral colour palette, like this charming nursery in greys and beige, or something bolder, colour choice provides the foundation for your vision. Peaceful tranquillity, enchanted princess, world traveller — it all evolves from wall colour.

Function. When shopping for cribs, dressers, armoires and more, it is easy to find yourself overwhelmed with options. Consider the functions that work best for your space and life. For instance, if you can accommodate a round or oval crib as the room’s centrepiece, go for it, but consider the increased difficulty in shopping for that infant bedding in a nonstandard shape.

Convertible cribs are a wonderful way to provide function through the stages of growth. You may want to search for a convertible crib with a headboard strong in structure and detail so it will translate well from baby crib and toddler bed to full- or queen-size bed later. If you’re limited for space, consider a sleeker crib or piece of storage furniture that has less of a footprint. Baby changers take up a lot of space with a singular function. The Keekaroo Peanut Changer and other products like it are skid resistant and can be placed on a chest of drawers or shorter book shelf to create a multipurpose piece.

Your comfort. If you’re on a budget while nesting, there is one place not to cut cost: the rocker or easy chair. Whatever your seating choice, you will log many hours of the day and night keeping your little one soothed, fed and rested. Your comfort is essential. A rocker or glider is also another way to bring in a pop of colour while prioritizing your cosiness.

Materials. That brings us to a choice of materials that are safe for baby and family. Steer clear of wall-to-wall carpet. Babies make thousands of messes that become harder and harder to clean, plus the glues and fibres can be hazardous to infants’ systems — think of how often their mouths and hands spend in close proximity to the floor. Area rugs offer the opportunity to spot-clean, replace, easily change themes and add colour or creativity.

Decals. Wall decals, wall decals, wall decals. Decals come in myriad of different themes and are a brilliant and inexpensive way to change decor as your child grows. Fear of commitment is removed in as easy a step as peeling it from the wall.

Play. Children learn and develop best through play. Be sure to make room for childish fun and play in your design plan, whether that be a dress-up costume rack or your standard toy bin. Lack of clutter works great for photos, but the clutter of toys that incite playful learning is essential.

Touch of whimsy. Whether your design is sophisticated chic or conservative, don’t forget to add a touch of fun and whimsy. Your idea of whimsy could be a teepee or a rocking poodle. Either would make a playful addition to any design theme.

Perhaps these ideas have inspired you to come up with your own must-have features. (Please share them in the Comments!) Get creative, express your vision and have fun creating a lovely space for you and your child to bond and create beautiful memories.

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Steph Withers – Founder and Editor, Chalk Kids

When it comes to children’s decor, my eye is always drawn to white, airy rooms with playful details to add warmth and colour. Jenson’s gender neutral nursery is a perfect example of this, with his sweet ladybug bedding and special wooden toys out on display. There’s space to let him play unrestricted, with stylish storage boxes to tidy away any clutter afterwards. It’s also a room that can easily grow with him for years to come. Whilst monochrome is the trend of the moment, it can be surprisingly tricky to get right. The key is to find a balance and you can do this by adding in more soft tones and textures such as wooden accents, a fun wallpaper or contrasting prints. Not only does it make the space more interesting, but it doesn’t restrict you to one overly coordinated look. Have fun with styling and sourcing your key pieces and it will shine through in your child’s room! Image Credit: Holly Nicholls from Jenson & Beau

Emma Green – Interior Designer

I wanted this nursery to be a tranquil yet timeless space. The combination of subtle greys, soft pinks and white furniture is timeless and effortlessly stylish and ensures longevity. Taking inspiration from the vintage wallpaper tree art, I have accented this with brighter pinks and lime greens to punctuate the scheme and add freshness. The cotton curtains, have a playful embroidered band across the bottom featuring cats and birds, adding interest and fun to the scheme and contrasting well with the brighter pink linen blind. There is a useful mix of both open and closed storage. Contemporary pieces (such as the bunny nightlight and the grey acrylic storage stool) are mixed with vintage finds (including the wallpaper used for the tree and the antique children’s books) to create a unique room and one that complements the rest of the home. A sweet sanctuary.

Nancy Straughan – Organic Fabrics and Eco Friendly Homeware

I love the calming and clean atmosphere this space has, which I think is really important for a child’s room. As a Mid Century design geek I love the simple wooden mobile hanging above the cot, the print of the wolf cub matches the earthy tones of the wood and cushion perfectly. I also love the idea of having photography of baby animals in a kid’s room, its just the right amount of cuteness whilst still feeling a little grown up. I’m a big fan of Middle eastern textiles and I really like the slight juxtaposition of the candy coloured persian rug and monochrome block printed throw. I chose this image as it has a great balance of mature style with cute elements and I think a room like this could be easily adapted as the child grows up. Image Credit

Alex Gladwin – Blogger

I love so much about this baby/toddler room interior. The bunting across the blind really sets a tone for the room and I love the lights hanging off of the ladder, they add a touch of warmth and cosiness to the room – which is exactly how every baby or child’s room should feel. I love that the floors and walls are bright. There’s a blue, white and grey theme which is fantastic because it suits a young baby as well as being grown up enough for a toddler. We’re re-doing our boys’ rooms this year and this image among others is where we’re taking inspiration from. I plan to use a light laminate floor like here and opt for light walls too, contrasting it by using colourful accessories. I think that when it comes to children’s interiors it’s fine to want to go modern, but it’s important to make sure that the room both reflects your child’s personality and is fun and young at the same time. Image Credit

Jen Littlebirdie – Interior Blogger

I adore a nursery that is simple, bright and happy – this space in Australia made me smile the second I spotted it. From the clean white walls (that can be easily touched up when the toddler years start!), bold illustrations on the walls, to the cosy chair with cool cushions for feeding or cuddles, it’s my idea of a gorgeous room. I love that midcentury style cabinet with it’s display of vintage toys and fun artwork. It also offers a useful storage solution for all those little things that constantly need tidying away. If I was going to be decorating a baby’s room again, this is a look I would be completely inspired by. It’s perfect for a girl or a boy and a space that they can grow into too. The only thing I would be looking to add is something hanging from the ceiling. Babies love to look up, so a mobile or a garland would be great above the cot. Image Credit

Kara Janelle – Interior Blogger

Personally I like a child’s room not to have a theme, instead adding decorative touches, so that they can grow with the room. I tend to always steer towards bright pastels and pattern for children, I think it brightens a room and makes them feel clean but cool at the same time. The photo shows a beautiful bedroom for a little girl. I love how it is totally neutral whilst colourful – this room could happily be for a girl or boy of any age. My top picks for a children’s room would always be second-hand furniture painted in beautiful colours, bright simple bed linen, key timeless decorative pieces that can be passed down, photos or artwork to reflect their personalities and loads of storage. Image Credit

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Jacinda Malloy – Interior Stylist

When I began Benji’s room, it was all about getting to know him. Benji has a twin brother so I wanted to make sure when designing their rooms that their different personalities were expressed.  I soon found out that Benji’s favourite color was blue, so blue was a must. I also found out that Benji was interested in travel, the world, and had a very inquisitive mind. These two details were then the theme for my design. I used a large blue rug so that blue was prominent in his room but I didn’t want it to be dark and dreary so I chose a yellow to lift the blue and then used accents of both blue and yellow around the room. To inspire his travel goals, I added a world map on one wall and commissioned a small hand painted compass mural on another wall. I love this space as it’s light, bright, stylish and still reflects Benji’s fun, adventurous personality.

Ursula Wesslingh – Interior Designer

I wish I had designed this room – I love everything about it. The bleached natural pine floorboards and tall white walls are a perfect canvas for those pretty vintage pieces and more colourful toys. With a restrained colour palette like this, a child’s room always look stylish, no matter how messy it is. I love kids’ rooms that aren’t filled with matching furniture sets from children’s ranges. Finding meaningful, beautiful pieces gives kids’ rooms personality – it takes time, but this is how the best interiors develop, organically. Quirky details such as the hat collection add fun, whilst the unexpectedly small and contrasting orange pendant adds punch to this calm monochrome scheme. Image Credit

Michaela Mildenhall – Interior Blogger

I love the Scandi simplicity of this girl’s bedroom. Loft rooms are like a dream for most children – they are cosy, snug and a bit different. With this lovely white backdrop you can create a calm and uncluttered space – the mixture of white, pink and blue accessories make the room so modern. Current trends for girls’ bedrooms are veering away from the pink saturation approach of latter years, and moving towards something more creative and meaningful. You can decorate a room like this with slightly more nursery-like accessories to begin with and then up-style when your girl grows older. This can see your child through from baby, towards secondary school age – saving a fortune in decorating costs. On a final note, what’s not to love about the wonderful crepe lanterns and the cute lamb wall art?!Image Credit

Sarah Hayford – Interior Blogger

Kids are a great joy of family life, but one thing that can be difficult is decorating a bedroom of someone that grows so quickly before your eyes! I’m really big on gender neutral design and looking at this room, you wouldn’t be able to tell whether or not it belonged to a girl or a boy. It’s so bright and natural with bits of contemporary and Scandinavian design. Little elements like the blackboard, bean bags and lights are used to give the room a warm feeling even though the design is really simple. I love where the bed is placed in the corner by a large window too.  My top tip for decorating kids bedrooms is to maximise storage and to keep things simple, kids change their mind and get bored of a lot of things very quickly, we’ve all been there! Image Credit

Mandy Colliss – Interior Designer

Shoe horning three children into one bedroom is no mean feat and to pull it off this stylishly is quite a challenge. Three boys inhabit this small room; each has his own super cool platform bed suspended from ropes at differing levels, an individual wall light and artworks adorning their space. A colour palette of earthy grey looks wonderful teamed with natural wood and uplifting warm yellow. Every bed is identically dressed in crisp white linen and highlighted with a textural grey blanket and accented yellow cushion. Each child has an equal portion of the room so sharing should be a joy and not a trial. In fact, I can quite imagine these boys enjoying bed swapping every night! My top tips would be that when furnishing a small room, limit your palette of colours and materials – using too many will visually clutter a room and make it feel much smaller. The adage “less is more” is so true! Also, wall mounting furniture makes a room feel bigger – it’s all about being able to see under and around things that tricks the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it really is. Image Credit

Geraldine Tan – Interior Blogger

This is a photo of my 8 year old son’s room, styled and photographed by myself. It’s a modern Breton themed bedroom.  I styled this bedroom in the autumn to bring a fresh, bright and happy feel to the room. I made sure that a cosy feel is maintained, with the soft throw on the bed for bedtime tucking in and the cushion for casual lounging. Everything is positioned conveniently, such as the comforting bedside light, an accessible bedside table for his drink and storage below his table for toys. Next to his bed is a laundry bag which encourages tidiness. To the right of his bed is a large shelf of favourite books, recently converted to his workspace. To the left of his bed is an empty area for running around with friends. Image courtesy of Gerladine Tan.

Danielle Parisi – Interior Blogger

This girl’s bedroom designed by Petite Vintage Interiors features some must-haves for ultimate fun and style for little ones. Pastel colours are great in children’s bedrooms, mixing pastel colours makes it really easy to achieve a scheme that is soothing and still loads of fun. I love the pink and mint features that stand out in this bedroom! Next, the wall stickers are a great addition. They are easier, quicker and cheaper to use than wallpaper. Little dots, triangles or clouds are just some of the many choices available. Making storage fun is also important by using cleverly shaped side tables and shelves. The house-shaped shelf used as a side table here is a great example. And you’ll score highly on the fun factor! Image Credit

Gaby Davies – Interior Blogger

We are in the process of transforming our little one’s nursery into her big girl’s room. I’m going for a Scandinavian style with a touch of colour just like the one in this picture. The ingredients to achieve the perfect kids’s Nordic style room should include geometric patterns – you can use them in items of bedding or storage like boxes and bags. Cool prints to hang on the wall using washi tape. Picture Shelves are great for displaying art, books or small toys/decorative accessories. Adopt a minimal colour palette: black, white and one or two pastel colours. Finally, introduce a Charles Ray Eames table and chairs and an old fashioned looking white metal bed. A must to achieve the perfect Scandinavian look! Image Credit

Lara Jarvis – Lifestyle Blogger

When it was time for our toddler to upgrade to his “Big Boy Bedroom” I knew I wanted to design something which would be able to grow with him over the years. The basis of the room is classic stars and stripes, which means we can mix up the accessories as his tastes change. Taking inspiration from our travels around America and their comic book stores we used bright red as an accent colour against greys and whites. Comic covers from our special dates; birthdays, anniversaries etc. hang on the walls next to handmade comic book bunting, framed posters and Superhero silhouettes, with lighting and canopies creating a cosy feel. Super storage solutions hide all manner of clutter and provide a great display area for favourite toys and books.

Rosie Kinsella – Interior Designer & Director

The key to successful children’s bedroom design is clever storage. Make storage practical, accessible and easy to use, so that children have a place where everything goes. Encourage children to have an input into the colour scheme or theme, if they buy into the idea of the room from the start and have a hand in how it is planned and arranged, then they are more likely to take pride in keeping it organised and tidy. Baskets, trays, cupboards with doors and drawers are all good options. If you have the luxury of space then try to keep storage to the outer edges of the room so that children have a clearly identifiable place in which to play. Room to play in a free and unstructured way allows children to be more imaginative in their learning. Image Credit

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