We are putting the finishing touches to our brand new little girl's bedroom. It has been a lot of fun designing a room suitable for a preschooler and a school age child but there is a little part of me that feels sad that we are finally saying goodbye to the nursery. Having tidied away the changing unit and the cot, I've realised that there are actually a good few of our nursery essentials that I still can't live without. So this week I've teamed up with Tesco to share some of our nursery essentials that we still use now - these are the things that have seen us through the first years of parenthood and are still going strong.
Safety gate: Even though Holly can make her way up and down the stairs unaided now, it will be some time before we remove the stair gate from the hallway. A safety gate at the top of the stairs is useful from the very first day that your baby crawls, right up until they are school-aged as a protection against accidents. We also use a safety gate at the bottom of the stairs to put the girls off straying upstairs when we would really rather they didn't and we used to keep it on the kitchen door to prevent them straying into the kitchen while we were cooking.
Cotbed: Gosh, our cotbed has done us proud; it is one we inherited from close family and now, after having slept three different children it is still going strong. It has been brilliant to see both of our girls grow up in their cotbed while it is in cot mode and then, after a few difficult first nights of freedom, settle into the cotbed in bed mode.
Within the next week we will finally dismantle our cotbed and store it away in the loft for another day. My little baby will be moving into her first single bed! I can't quite believe it.