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21/09/2014 at 10:09
Hope nobody minds if I post a few threads, the boards been quiet for ages and I have lots of questions.
Our nursery is currently still an office, and I'm beginning to think that it's not going to be ready by the time baby arrives. Is this a big problem? Should I be worried? Baby will sleep with us for the first six months at least so the nursery is really just an oversized wardrobe I guess. Or am I missing something?
21/09/2014 at 10:40
I suppose you are correct in that the nursery is essentially a store room until baby sleeps in there so it's just personal preference really.
21/09/2014 at 10:43
At your stage I hadn't started ours either, started it about 35 weeks and it was ready! It could have waited though as he never ever went in there until he was 6 months. I would say it depends how much you want to do there, I don't think I would have felt up to painting etc whilst I had the new baby but could easily have set everything up after he was born
21/09/2014 at 11:40
You're right it's more about storage of baby's things till they can sleep in their themselves (around the 6 month mark or later if you follow the SIDs guidelines). I found it something to focus on during my maternity leave!!
21/09/2014 at 11:44
See, my maternity leave date is currently two days after my due date, the only way I'll finish earlier is if health dictates it, so I won't have time off work pre-baby to do it.
21/09/2014 at 11:59
We got it ready pre baby (except some pictures I'm still making!) but we only use it at the moment to store all his clothes, nappies and other bits and we change him in it. But I'm glad we did it before he was born as I wouldn't want to be doing it now he is here, I wouldn't have time! We did it pre maternity leave so weekends spent painting, repairing walls, making curtains etc.
21/09/2014 at 12:15
Ours is essentially a (super pretty!) wardrobe and store room. So no, not a necessity. But a huge amount of fun that we will most likely only do once and wouldn't have time to plan and savour now they are here.
If you aren't bothered then it really doesn't need doing.
21/09/2014 at 12:19
Baby's won't be done till next year, there's a chest of drawers and wardrobe in there at the mo but I'm mid extension and house renovation so it's totally on the back burner for now. She just needs a mattress/blinds/room decorating and a carpet so I'm just going to sort it for when she's ready to move in
21/09/2014 at 12:25
Oh I'm definitely bothered, but I just don't see how it's possible. I work 6-8 hrs Saturday and Sunday and am out at work for 12hrs a day Monday - Friday. Maybe in the October week.
21/09/2014 at 13:20
I'm only just finishing A's and she's 12 weeks! I wanted to do it before she was born, even though she would be in with us, but circumstances didn't allow!
21/09/2014 at 13:43
As an NQT you've obviously got your hands full so I really wouldn't panic about it. If any get any time at half term maybe make a start but honestly it's not essential x
21/09/2014 at 16:35
We only finished ours the weekend before T arrived but it was one of those 'milestone' things I wanted to get done to feel prepared and I am glad I did, but in practical terms wouldn't have made too much difference if we hadn't.
Having said that -we used it to change him and give him his bedtime and night feeds from the word go and I do think it probably helped with the transition from crib (in our room) to cot (in his room) as he was already very familiar with it, particularly around bedtime. But even taking that into account IMO it's a nice to have, but not imperative.
21/09/2014 at 18:11
Can your H not help?
21/09/2014 at 19:08
Hey Saff. Hope NQT stuff going well. What FM said. I'm also really busy. But i spent a few weekend hrs online looking at soft furnishings. 1 visit to Mamas and Papas to order furniture. A few eves helping/ordering my H to box up stuff for storage from spare room. And then left my H to it to the rest. His dad and he spent 1 day clearing room out and will spend 1 weekend painting with his dad. Then a friend is helping him set up furniture. Even if i was less busy i still feel too tired to do much of the physical stuff anyway. This way we get the nursery we both want and H feels really involved.
21/09/2014 at 19:36
That's a really good point. I didn't paint the nursery- I took care of the furnishings/decor and went to Champneys for the night while H and my BIL sorted it for us! Could you split it like that maybe, so you can do 'your bits' in-between your NQT commitments?
21/09/2014 at 20:22
Our nursery was pretty much done before S arrived but it was very much H's project. I picked the paint and let him get on with it, I think he quite enjoyed it. We didn't sort mattress until S was about 5 months so we were preparing for moving him out of our room and things like shelves etc are still being done now as we start to use it more, so you can get away with not finishing completely. We did use it from day 1 for night feeds, then we bathed him in his little bath in there from a few weeks old, all nappy changes from the start as well, so we used it a lot right from the beginning. It doesn't have to be that way though so don't stress yourself out with getting it done. It's not no.1 priority.
21/09/2014 at 21:58
Hubby and my dad are doing most of ours. He's done the filling and base coat painting. I've made a token effort with the fiddly bits.
21/09/2014 at 22:10
21/09/2014 at 22:45
Ours wasn't done, although it was decorated. We have 2 bedrooms, and the spare bedroom was really nicely decorated, so early on we redecorated out bedroom suitable for a baby (pale blue walls with one feature wall with striped wallpaper). We then ripped out the bathroom and used the spare bedroom for bathroom storage.
My H then broke his leg (when I was 6 months pregnant), so the spare bedroom stayed as a makeshift storage/DIY area until baby arrived. Baby was in with us in a moses basket until he outgrew it, then slept in a travel cot until at 10 months we finally cleared out the spare bedroom, moved our bed into there, and bought a cot!!
So not essential!!
22/09/2014 at 05:34
Ours is decorated but as we didn't know the flavour I wanted to hold off to get wall stickers, blind, light shade etc.
We use our nursery to change and feed in at night at the moment (no way could my back hold out feeding in bed and where would we change her nappy?! But I guess once we don't need to change her in the night I might feed her in bed and not use the nursery. Just something to think about! X
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