Coco’s Nursery

With just a week to go until Coco’s due date is here, I thought I’d post some pictures of Coco’s nursery right now. 

I’m so happy with how it has turned out; it’s neutral but colourful, and I cannot wait until Coco is here so we can add some prints and personality to his or her room. 

This is our nursing corner. The wingback chair is courtesy of IKEA and Mr A has very kindly offered to turn it into a rocking chair (if I so desire – I’m not sure yet!). 

This is Coco’s crib featuring our gender neutral rainbow felt ball mobile! I absolutely LOVE it! It pops and spins in the wind when the window is open, and the colours pop against our navy feature wall. Coco likely won’t be in the crib for a little while, as he or she will be in a bassinet in our bedroom to begin with. 

This is our change station, which is actually in a walk in wardrobe. It features our DIY sewn cloth wipes, and minky / PUL changemat cover. In the drawers are our various cloth nappies that we’re using for Coco. 

It’s the cosiest space, and all we need is a new light for the room, plus a throw for the nursing chair in case we get cold. 

My maternity leave has now commenced and I’ve gotten so much done on my nesting list which feels great; cupboards are organised, clothes are washed and folded, oven is cleaned (yes, bizarre nesting craving!) and lots of meals and snacks have been cooked and frozen in preparation .. so now, we wait! <3

DIY Bassinet Sheets

Did you know that there isn’t a standard bassinet size in Australia? I sure didn’t!

We purchased a secondhand bassinet as I couldn’t justify spending over $100 on an item that might only be used for a few months. We picked up a bargain, and were able to buy a great quality bassinet for $20. The only issue was the mattress including (from the original supplier) was so thin, and covered in a PVC material that it would rustle every time we touched it – not ideal when trying to put a newborn to sleep!

I searched online for a new mattress which is when I realised there is no standard size. Our bassinet is 800mm x 400mm with rounded corners, and the cheapest I could find was over $60, as it would need to be posted – kind of defeating the purpose of purchasing second hand! I ended up getting foam which is 50mm thick, cut to the exact size required for half that cost thankfully.

Whilst I was searching online, I also realised that bassinet sheets would be hard to come by, and the few sheets that I did find were quite plain and simple.

I decided to make our own following similar instructions to those that I used for our DIY changing mat cover. They were really easy to make, and only took me an hour or so to sew up and to add the elastic in them. Check out my previous post and the link to instructions if you’d like to try your own. The best thing is there were great value ($18 for 4 bassinet covers, versus over $20 for 1 in the shops) AND I got to pick awesome fabric!

I gave the fabric a wash and dry before I stitched it up of course, mainly to get rid of any chemicals that might be residing on it, but also to prevent shrinkage after their first wash.  I used cotton for the sheets, and also stitched up a custom waterproof cover for the bassinet mattress (which I won’t show you, because let’s be honest, it’s not nearly as exciting as the sheets!).

I picked some vibrant fabric, and I think it’s gender neutral personally. It’s just another touch of personality in Coco’s nursery now :)

It’s a measly 7 weeks until we reach our due date, and Coco is baking away happily right now! There are lots of bumps and stretches which I love feeling, and we cannot wait to meet our new addition.

DIY Bassinet Sheets

 

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Delicious Green Smoothie

IMG_1832Green smoothies are my go to breakfast now, because I’m trying to make sure I get enough minerals and vitamins into me during my last trimester to support Coco’s growth spurts!

I thought I’d share my go to green smoothie recipe, because it’s just so delicious.

Ingredients

  • Frozen banana
  • Handful of spinach
  • Half a Lebanese cucumber
  • Half an avocado
  • 200g (1 and a half cup) of almond milk
  • Chocolate protein powder
  • Handful of ice

Chuck it all in to your Thermomix / blender / Nutribullet, pop it into whatever jar you’d like, and drink away!

A great way to start your day and make sure your kick start your body with healthy, wholesome ingredients.

Baby Coco’s Nursery Painting

Mr A & I finished painting Coco’s nursery over the weekend and I’m delighted with how it turned out. Here’s the colours we ended up going with; Dulux – Grey Pail and British Paints – Kara Sea

It took us about 5 days on and off to paint the nursery – I’m sure we could’ve completed it quicker, but Mr A & I were painting after work so it took a little bit longer.

Navy Blue Feature Wall

Navy Blue Feature Wall

This is not the greatest photo, as we need to get a new light in the nursery but here you can see the navy blue feature wall.

I have some great memories whilst painting this room, including Mr A busting out to Taylor Swift whilst rolling, not realising I was standing at the door watching. These are all the kinds of moments that I record in our pregnancy journal, which perhaps Coco will one day read.


We placed the chair, the cot and the navy blue jute rug in the room and I had a quiet sit down in the chair once we had finished – it is so comfy! I can’t wait to cuddle Coco in there.

At the moment I feel the nursery lacks some personality, as it’s very gender neutral, but I figure it will be easy to add boy or girl prints / items in once Coco is here.

Navy Blue Nursery

Navy Blue Nursery

 

Here’s what the nursery looks like with furniture in it. I am so pleased with how the cot turned out. I’m putting together the dresser that will double as the change table at the moment. Some additional touches to go are to mount the curtain rail and add the curtains, and turn the chair into a rocking chair with an ottoman.

I have 1 more quilt order to go, and once that’s done I’ll be starting on some DIY’s for Coco’s room. I’m planning to make a baby mobile, a quilt, possibly some bunting, and I’m looking into some DIY shelves to hold books. I have to be careful not to add to much into the nursery too soon, as I’m sure once Coco is here I’ll want to add boy or girl things. For the moment, this is a great starting base and a cosy room for Coco to grow and be loved in.

I’ll be sure to take some more photos and post them once we are closer to Coco arriving, as by this stage some DIY’s and final touches will be complete, and we’ll also have a better light in the nursery!

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Gender Neutral Nursery Colours

Mr A & I aren’t finding out the gender of our bundle of love, as we’d like to keep it a surprise until it’s game time! It doesn’t matter to us if we have a boy or a girl; a healthy, happy baby is all that’s on our mind after some health complications recently.

We’ve decided on our gender neutral nursery colours which are navy, light grey and white. Funnily enough, these were our wedding colours also! Here are the paint swatches so you can see the colours we’ll be painting.

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I love these colours as they have great contrast between each other, and I don’t think they’ll date over time. It’ll be easy to add pops of colour depending on if Coco is a boy or a girl, and this is what we’re thinking for Coco’s nursery depending on what we end up having!

BOY

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GIRL

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Depending on the gender of Coco, we’ll be adding in pops of lime green or coral in the form of furnishings and perhaps wall decals.

Mr A & I bought paint on the weekend, so we’ll be starting our nursery makeover shortly and I can’t wait! We’ve already purchased an amazing nursing chair which we’re going to DIY into a rocking chair (there will definitely be a post about this!), and the curtain rail, curtain and dresser which will double as the change table. Things may be a little quiet around here as we undertake some DIY projects and I finish up my last Harry Potter cross stitch, but I’ll keep those of you following along with our projects updated on the progress.

 

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