Written by Ashlea Harvey
Ashlea has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on the nursery before baby arrives. She has been wearing her Annabella Cap Sleeve Lace Shrug to dress up her maxi dresses in the cooler Cape Town Summer evenings.
Nesting seems to be the name of the game when it comes to your last trimester! You’re going to want to be ready for when baby arrives, so start preparing the nursery early, before you get too uncomfortable in your pregnancy to do too much manoeuvring or trips to the shops. Once you’ve got your cot, compactum, feeding chair, cot linen and mosquito net in place, you can start decorating the room. I wanted to do a lot of the décor myself. I made her mobile from a design I found online and I modified/beautified her mosquito net, by adding a taffeta base and decorative flowers. I bought wall stickers, rather than wallpaper, as they are movable and not permanent, and created a whole forest theme on the wall beside her cot.
There are a lot of little things that I’ve collected from Hannah’s nursery, which I found I needed, but hadn’t thought about: a bedside lamp, a basket for spare nappies and toiletries, a mobile above the compactum, two or three compactum mattress nappy changing covers, a wet wipes holder that keeps your wet wipes moist, a towel hook and block out curtains. I know how tempting it is to spend a lot of money on linens, décor and furniture, but consider the fact that your little one will only spend about 2 years in the nursery before needing a big bed, single bed linen and all the décor that goes with that. You will most likely want to change the theme of the room, so ensure that your colours/patterns are something you can work with for 2 years +.