New mum and fashion journalist Lucy Felton was a self-confessed nesting-maniac in the run up to the birth of her baby boy Hector, so there’s really no one better to share newborn tips than the founder of lifestyle blog The Lucy Edit. Here’s where to start…
I’ll begin with this: babies aren’t easy. No really, I mean it, don’t let anyone try to tell you that the newborn stage is the ‘easy bit’. I can’t tell you how many times people have said that to me since I gave birth to my bouncing bundle of energy at the start of February. There is nothing easy about sleep deprivation and having to learn a whole new skill set overnight – all while mending physically and mentally post-childbirth. Nothing easy about it at all!
Here I am nine weeks on and nowhere nearer to cracking life with a brand new mini human. When Hector came along everything changed and all of a sudden the spare time I had in the run up to his birth seemed like a distant memory. I just wish I’d know how precious those free hours were at the time. A total luxury. If I’d known then that I really needed to cherish every second I had to myself, to indulge in packing and repacking that hospital bag, take a bath, make a nice supper, well, you get the drift.
That’s why I’m sharing my nesting hacks, from new baby buys to nursery décor – everything that helped me feel prepared for Hector’s arrival. Because when they come crash landing into your world and shift it beyond recognition, you’ll be thankful for the days spent getting organised during those last few weeks of pregnancy. Go forth and embrace the nesting!
CHOOSE TOYS THAT ELEVATE YOUR NURSERY
Toys can double up as interesting focal points and pull together a nursery scheme. Hector’s printed wooden building blocks tie in with his rainbow-on-grey decor perfectly and are stored on a shelf for maximum impact.
MAKE USE OF A COOL TIDY-ALL
Buckets in striking prints and colours work wonders for nappies, books, dirty washing, linen, you name it. Ferm Living’s Billy basket is a head-turner, and the spotty print makes me smile even on the greyest of days.
STOCK UP ON BABYGROWS
It’s all they’ll live in (and sleep in) at first. Those and vests, so make sure alongside the cute dungarees and first sweaters that there’s plenty of sleepsuits, all in ones and long and short sleeved vests ready to go.
GET YOUR CHANGING BAGS IN CHECK
One upstairs, one downstairs, plus an out-of-the-house kit too. There’s nothing more annoying than having to search for nappies mid-poop explosion! I have easy-to-reach fabric buckets with changing mats, nappy bags, nappies and wipes in the bedroom and kitchen. Plus, a well-stocked Tiba and Marl backpack stored under the pram for going out.
NEVER SAVE NEWBORN AND TEENY SIZES FOR BEST
Friends and family tend to gift newborn and up to 3 months sizes so be sure to hang them up ready to go once your little one arrives. You’ll be amazed how quickly they grow in those first few weeks and before you know it they’ll no longer fit. It’d be a shame to miss out on a cute outfit opportunity!
GET TO KNOW YOUR PRAM
The first outing with bubs is stressful enough without the added annoyance of a pram that you don’t know how to collapse. Play around well in advance, make sure you know how to get it in the car boot and try out the car seat too. A waterproof mattress protector and cosy sheepskin liner are both wise buys. Skip and Hop’s pram organiser has been a life saver too, it’s where I stash my essentials when zipping around town.
With thanks to Lucy of The Lucy Edit X