Your bump is growing, and the excitement is rising! Getting a handle on nursery essentials now will set you up for success for your wee ones' arrival. And, once you have the details of your baby's first room done and dusted, you can go back to thinking about whose nose they will have and shortlisting names.

We’re going to start our Nursery Essentials series with the most important area of all: Sleep! Read on for our list of cots, cribs and Moses baskets that will set you up for success and snuggles in the early days of parenthood.

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Your Nursery Essentials Baby Shopping List

Finding a place for your little one to lay their head is one of the most important nursery essentials to consider when kitting out a nursery. Decor, storage and toys all have their place, but you will definitely need a place for the baby to sleep.

Cots, cribs, cot beds, oh my! It can seem intimidating at first, so let's break it down.
The NHS recommends that your baby sleeps in the same room as you for the first 6 months of their life. Cribs and Moses baskets are a popular choice for parents who are sharing a room with their baby. They are smaller than a full cot and are designed to make it easy to lift and lay down your bundle of love.


Cribs For Home And On The Go

We love the beside me style cribs that allow you to easily be within arms reach of your wee one while giving them a super safe place to sleep. The Maxi-Cosi Iora Air Co-sleeper features zip-up sides to make nighttime feeding a breeze. The rocking function will help send them back to the land of nod, and for extra peace of mind it features all round breathable fabric to maximise air circulation. If that wasn’t enough, it also includes a storage basket underneath to help keep you organised and store essentials within easy reach.

 For babies on the go, don't forget to get a travel cot, these lightweight, portable blends are ideal for intrepid travellers. The Silver Cross Slumber Travel Cot does triple duty when out and about.

It comes complete with a zip-in newborn sleep pod and a comfy mattress for older babies to esure a safe nights sleep for your little one. It also acts as a playpen; perfect for keeping adventurous ones safely enteratined.

This three-in-one combo pops up and down in seconds and tucks away in a waterproof travel bag when not in use. It's the ideal solution for grandparent who are looking forward to sleepovers and playdates or for your very first family holiday.

Moses Baskets You’ll Love

Moses baskets and stands can be lightweight, making them the ideal option for moving from room to room. For a classic traditional wicker basket, take a look at the Clair de Lune range of baskets. These baskets are hand-woven from sturdy willow, which is strong but lightweight, they also feature handles so you can easily and safely move the baby once they are settled down. Why not add finsihing touches with Clair de Lune accessories like sheets and dressing sets that come in a range of gorgeous colours?

Clair de Lune Moses dressing set blue

If contemporary chic is more your style, then the Shnuggle Dreami Moses basket and Stand is the perfect pick for you. It’s a modern take on a Moses basket with a ventilated and hypo-allergenic base. The included stand performs double duty with two positions. Bed height is an easy way to keep an eye on the baby or as a rocker if they need a little encouragement to settle. 

Moses baskets are especially popular as secondary sleep spots for houses where the bedroom is upstairs. If you are looking for a baby gift, a Moses basket for the living room is the perfect practical present.

Cots To Grow Into

At 6 months, your little one will be starting to look awfully big in their crib or Moses basket, they will also be becoming a lot more adventurous and might even be attempting to pull themselves up and out of their crib.

With babies becoming more mobile, it's time to move them into a cot or cot bed. What is the difference, we hear you ask?

Both cots and cot beds will have railings to help keep your little one sleeping safely, but a cot bed will be able to do double duty and be converted into a toddler bed once your little monkey is ready for a big kid bed.  

Get a contemporary unified look with the Charnwood Verona 3 Piece Furniture set. This furniture set has everything you need to kit out your nursery. Featuring a Cot bed, double wardrobe and a dresser with a removable changing top. We love the Scandinavian feel of the bright white and warm light ash finish.

 You'll need a comfy but firm matress for babys first bed, we love the range from Mini Uno. They are hypoallergenic and give you the option of a sprung or fibre matress. Or why not try the dual sided all seasons version?


Nursery Essentials Round-Up

With a good night's sleep behind you, you and your wee one will be ready to take on the world. If you have any questions about nursery essentials, call our friendly staff on 01563 520075 or pop into the Dewaldend pram centre to try them out.

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