The Nursery

ne of the delights of expecting a baby is the chance to turn the muddle that is the spare room into somewhere delightful for baby – the removal of all those old packing cases and other assorted junk and the arrival of cute wallpaper and a pile of toys.

Some paint on the walls, a carpet on the floor, but it is the little things that count. Does the furniture all match or is it cast offs from the family? Is it a single lightbulb with an old shade or is the lighting designed to help baby sleep?

In theory, choosing a cot should be quite simple – the new parents can choose what they like! A couple of useful features might sway the judgement. They may want a base teat can be adjusted; they may want a dropside. A teething rail can be useful, as can castors on the base. Safety is often taken as read, and, indeed, no retailer should be selling a cot that doesn’t meet the Standard - BS EN716:2008. What will sway the purchase is what the cot looks like. I have my own likes and dislikes and I’m sure you do too. However, it is important to have variety in the shop. Different colours, styles and, importantly, different price points!

The latest developments in sleeping places are in cribs – specifically those that are designed to be next to mum’s bed. Virtually every supplier now has one in their range, so there is a lot of choice. Some are designed to fit next to the parent’s bed. These are proving very popular and are selling like hot cakes, though I do wonder, looking at the reviews whether they are being used in a safe way. Suppliers, PLEASE make sure your instructions are adequate!

Nattou – much more than cuddly toys!

Nattou is renowned for its cast of cuddly characters, but did you know Nattou’s ranges are packed with functional nursery accessories to suit any chosen décor?

Match this to a comfortable mini-me size sofa, or musical mobile for a cot or cot bed in the same collection to really bring a nursery together with a pop of colour. One of Hippychick’s favourite pieces from Nattou are the stunning rockers. Not only do these soft ride on toys look the part, they are also extremely safe being one of the only rockers on the market to have a safety harness and non-tip feet.

Nattou’s attention to detail in their plush toys and nursery accessories is what really sets them apart. The first toys a baby is given are often treasured for years to come, a companion that they will never be able to bring themselves to part with.

Nattou has so much to offer, for full information visit or call Independent Nursery Specialist Mike Bird on 01278 434440

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The classically styled Hollie room set in cool grey from BabyStyle

The classically styled Hollie nursery set from BabyStyle will give any nursery a stunning and stylish look, and to suit any style completely it is now available in cool grey as well as the original rich walnut and fresh white.

The supremely elegant Hollie Sleigh Bed is extremely versatile converting from a cot bed to junior bed and then onto a fun and funky sofa bed as a child grows. It comes complete with an integral drawer offering important additional storage space.

The wardrobe features multi-position shelves and hanging rail option the four-drawer dresser can be used as a changer with the addition of the detachable changer top with hidden fixings, leaving no marks when removed. When no longer needed the dresser top will fit neatly on top of the wardrobe.

This BabyStyle three-piece room set can be delivered direct to your customers' homes free of charge.

Hollie room set includes cot bed, wardrobe and dresser.

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Dream and Play with hauck

Sweet dreams wherever they are, hauck offer a range of easy to assemble lightweight travel cots which are the perfect solution for holidays, trips to grandparents or for use at home.

For little dreamers, the Dreamer is a bassinet, cradle, or travel bed in one, with soft, plush edging and mattress cover. There is a pocket for storing essentials and a large viewing window. As a cradle, it rocks gently or can be kept static by twisting the base of the legs. The Dreamer has a unique one-hand fold mechanism, folding mattress and frame exactly in half using a loop in the middle of the mattress. The loop acts as a carrying handle and weighing in at 6.5 kg this is a ‘must have’ travel item.

Next, we have the Sleep’n Play Sq: At 96 x 96 cm this can be used either as a bed or a play area. With two full mesh sides and two half mesh sides you can see what little one is doing and they can see what’s going on around them. The solid half sides feature a cute ‘Jungle Fun’ design.

Finally, we have the Sleep’n Play Centre II: A traditional travel cot with two solid end panels and two large mesh window panels. Added features are a bassinette for newborns and a changing station, both can be removed when not in use. Sits on a stylish curved aluminium frame.

Tel: 01978 664362

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The East Coast collection

Offering outstanding quality and thoughtful features, the East Coast collection includes cribs, cots and cot beds, along with matching room set pieces.

Inviting parents to ‘Create your perfect nursery’, East Coast Nursery supply a collection of colour-matching furniture pieces in white, antique and grey finishes, to suit every size, style and budget.

Grey has become an extremely popular choice for nursery furniture over the last few years. It’s neutral and unisex, with a modern look.

The grey collection includes the Anna Cot, featuring a one-handed dropside. The open design and curved ends give it an airy, classic feel and the grey finish will complement a wide variety of bedding styles.

The Clara Dresser is one of the choices available in a matching shade of grey, to complete the room set. Its open shelves will keep changing essentials close to hand, and the top fits a standard changing mat. There’s even a convenient towel rail on one side.

To create a dreamy, traditionally-styled nursery, the Alaska Sleigh Cot Bed is the perfect centrepiece. It’s available in white or grey – again part of the ‘Create your own’ collection, with a choice of matching pieces to complete the look. It includes a large underbed drawer, and converts from cot to toddler bed to daybed, making it a truly longlasting addition to a baby’s room.

For those wanting something more contemporary, the Urban collection is a modern-styled two-piece room set in a combination of white, grey and wood finishes. The Dresser has three drawers and a sliding door with hanging rail, and the changing top can be removed, making it a versatile piece that will suit the child as they grow. The cot converts to a great looking toddler bed, for nursery furniture that will last well into childhood.

Tel: 01692 408802

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The Shnuggle moses basket range - the ideal choice for baby’s first bed

Whether the preference for the traditional hood and dressings of the Shnuggle Classic or the clean and ultra-modern lines of the Shnuggle Dreami.

Both offer a modern alternative to the traditional wicker moses basket and the perfect choice for baby’s first bed.

Made from a hypo-allergenic base, the Shnuggle moses basket range features larger size baskets which are ventilated and easy to clean. Also, by using whisper quiet materials, there is less disturbance to baby during night feeds and changing or when baby moves during sleep.

The Shnuggle Classic moses basket is the perfect combination of traditional and modern. Dressed in breathable 100% cotton covers with a ‘stay up’ hood and luxury quilted mattress included, the Shnuggle Classic is available in a choice of three colours – Grey, Cream and White – which complements any nursery or interior design. Shnuggle also offer different stand options, all of which can be paired with the Classic basket to complete baby’s first cosy bed.

The Shnuggle Dreami moses basket is an ‘all in one’ clever baby sleeper which features the same ventilated and hypo-allergenic base as the Classic moses basket. It also includes soft cotton facing breathable 3D mesh fabrics, luxury quilted mattress and a two-position curve stand – fixed bedside position and low-level rocking position.

Shnuggle’s Classic and Dreami moses baskets are light and completely portable, so can be moved from room to room with ease in order to keep baby close twenty-four hours a day. They have been designed with style, safety and functionality in mind and are the perfect choice for baby’s first bed.

For enquiries, please email

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Snüz – Ideas for happy sleep

Snüz, the multi award winning nursery brand and winners of the Queen’s Award for Innovation is focussed on creating stylish and clever sleep solutions that benefits both parent and baby.

It’s been an exciting time over the past twelve months for Snüz with the launch of the SnüzKot Cot Bed, the brand's first TV appearance with the SnüzPouch TV commercial and most recently unveiling the latest version of the awarding winning SnuzPod3 Bedside Crib. Snüz is expanding its stylish range of nursery gifts and accessories with some exciting launches in the pipeline.

The excitement doesn’t stop there as Snüz is gaining a strong celebrity fan base including Giovanna Fletcher, Samia Ghadie and Sam Faiers and Ferne McCann.

With the brand's presence going from strength to strength Snüz is expanding across the UK’s most trusted retailers including John Lewis, Mothercare, Mamas & Papas, Amazon and over 100 of the best independent stores, as well as an extensive network of Global retailers.

To find out more email or call 01386 791049

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