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    Getting ready for your new arrival

    It's one of the happiest moments in your life - bringing baby home and starting life together as a family. So it’s worth thinking about how you could start preparing for that day while you’re still feeling fit and able.


    Decorating baby’s room

    Creating a peaceful, safe and relaxing space for you to nurture and care for your baby is a great way of using some of that excess creative energy you may be experiencing as a mum-to-be. Especially as decorating baby’s room later on in your pregnancy might not be all that easy.

    If you’ve got a collection of interior design and baby magazines, why not start cutting them up to make mood boards? You can also store colour schemes and decorating ideas on Pinterest.

    Try to use non-toxic paint on the nursery walls if you can. And take care when you’re decorating – your energy levels will be high in your second trimester but you need to be sure not to overdo things. Why not get friends and family to help?

    Choosing furniture

    Start thinking about the crib, cot or cot-bed you’d like to buy so that you can budget for it. Many mums recommend having more than one mattress or mattress protector so that baby always has somewhere dry to sleep if an accident happens.

    A changing table is a good idea – the height can make all the difference to your back – and you’ll need a chest of drawers for baby’s clothes, too. AVENT top tip? Hang a mobile above the changing area to keep baby entertained during nappy changes. Find a comfortable chair for nursing as well – and be sure to let others do the heavy lifting.

    Monitoring equipment

    Setting up a baby monitor in the nursery means that you can keep an eye on baby when you’re out of the room. A monitor that lets you talk back and reassure baby with your voice is a good idea and you can get video ones, too.

    Very young babies can’t regulate their own temperatures very easily, so many monitors measure temperature and humidity as well.


    Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.

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