Essential buys for your baby’s nursery

You’ve got the cot – here are the other buys you’ll need to make your newborn’s room a safe and comfortable place to sleep

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1. The Gro Company, Groegg2, £29.99, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

While the mums you meet at baby groups become your new squad by day, at night it’s the Groegg2 you’ll be calling your new best friend.

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This clever colour-changing room thermometer and nightlight is our joint gold winner, and no surprise with its stylish good looks and handy features.

You can choose from three different light levels, making it easy to check on baby in the night without disturbing their sleep, and the soft glow is really helpful during the night feeds and 3am nappy changes.

It’s also a digital thermometer, and the easy-to-understand, colour coded system indicates room temperature to help with choosing correct bedding and check at a glance that you’re little one is not too hot or cold.

Instructions and safer sleep guidance from The Lullaby Trust are included.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Groegg2:

“The large size of the Groegg is great, meaning that the temperature can be checked easily by looking at the colour alone rather than focussing on the display. It’s nice and easy to move around the house too. I would definitely recommend the product to future parents as it means one less thing to worry about especially with a young baby.” Mum of 2, Fiona

“Wonderfully easy to use and very useful.” MFM Reviews Editor Hazelann Williams

You can buy the Groegg2 from: John Lewis and Amazon.


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2. Merifor Serenity Mattress, £220, MadeForMums Joint Silver Award Winner

Merifor is carving out quite a reputation for parents of little dreamers (the Merifor Tranquillity Mattress won the MFM Gold Award for Top 10 hero health products for children). Its Serenity mattress is our joint silver winner, with a supportive pocket-spring design that adapts to your child’s changing weight and shape.

There’s much more to this product than a simple mattress, though, and its scientifically-advanced features really are impressive. The unique anti-allergy inner core, for example, prevents the growth of harmful bacteria, and reduces irritants which can affect babies’ lungs. It has crush-resistant side walls for added strength and stability to withstand little legs discovering the joys of jumping up and down. And it uses a clever heat-regulating fabric treatment to help wick heat away from your baby’s body to keep them cool.

For added peace of mind (and any accidents) you can remove the outer cover and pop it in the machine at a bug-busting 60°C.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Merifor Serenity Mattress:

“We were very impressed. Our little boy is 12 months old and still wouldn’t sleep through the night. Since having the mattress, his sleep has improved quite a bit, now only stirring briefly before settling back down himself. The quality of the mattress is also superb and the design is fantastic. When our little boy was sick during the night, we were able to whip the mattress cover off and wipe down the waterproof mattress in a matter of seconds. I then simply popped the cover into the washing machine. I would thoroughly recommend the Serenity.” Mum of 1, Emily

“Appealing mattress for parents of children with allergies or eczema, as it is approved by Allergy UK. It feels comfy to lie on.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim

You can buy the Merifor Serenity Mattress from: Mothercare and PreciousLittleOne.

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3. Naturalmat Spring Mat, from £240, MadeForMums Joint Silver Award Winner

It’s not the cheapest option but if your budget can stretch to it, this mattress really impressed our judges with its high-quality design and luxurious materials.

Voted joint silver winner, the mattress is handmade in Devon using natural materials such as organic lambs’ wool, organic coir and natural latex. These breathable and self-ventilating fibres give parents peace of mind as they help the child regulate their body temperature for a comfortable night’s sleep.

It’s suitable for newborns right up to five years – start off using the firmly supportive coir side for babies. As they grow, flip it over to use the springier latex side for older children.

The quilted cover can be removed and machine washed at 60°C to get rid of any germs, and it is hypoallergenic, anti-dust mite and naturally fire retardant.

The mattress comes with a generous, five-year manufacturer’s guarantee, and you can even order special made-to-measure sizes.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Naturalmat Spring Mat:

“This mattress oozes quality and comfort. It feels so soft and my little boy said felt comfortable and snuggly. I know if I had another baby I would want this mattress. It doesn’t feel cheap and you can tell by the materials just how great the quality is. My little boy tends to sweat when he first goes to bed but he didn’t with this. It is expensive but worth the money!” Mum of 2, Abbie

“This is a very good quality product. It has great features such as the different sides for the stage your baby is at, and the materials it is made from. My child slept well on it and it’s good to know he is sleeping on such a well-made and well thought out mattress.” Mum of 3, Amy

“A great addition to a nursery and worth the investment, but not for all budgets.” MFM Reviews Editor Hazelann Williams

You can buy the Naturalmat Spring Mat from: Naturalmat and Huggle.


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4. myHummy Teddy Bears, from £59, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner

These cute bears have a high-tech secret to help newborns to sleep! They emit soothing white noise for up to 12 hours, and have a sleep sensor that reacts to your little one waking up.

There are five sounds and 15 volume levels to choose from, and parents can use a mobile app to change the settings or receive alerts when baby stirs. Machine washable.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about myHummy Teddy Bears:

“The myHummy is a great shape and design, and I really liked the fact that I could control it from my phone. The choice of sounds is good and varied, and it was easy to use. I have been trying to get my seven-month-old to self-soothe for naps and with the myHummy he drifted off in about ten minutes so this really does work.” Mum of 1, Emma

“I would recommend this to all new mums. My daughter is nearly 12 months and I wish I’d known about it sooner. Naps are great as the volume of the white noise can be turned up and we can go about our day jobs whilst my daughter is asleep. The app makes it so much easier to control sounds rather than the click button. The designs of the bears suit any nursery. I love the fact that the sensor turns on when baby is stirring and she quickly settles back to sleep.” Mum of 1, Katy

You can buy myHummy Teddy Bears from: myHummy and Amazon.

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5. Babymoov YOO-Travel video baby monitor, £139.99

This compact monitor is great for keeping an eye on your little one when you’re not in the room, and its long battery life means it lasts for up to 24 hours nonstop, so it’s also handy for outings.

It has a 2.4″ screen and provides wide-angle 180° night vision, which is especially useful if you have several children in the same bedroom. You can zoom in for a closer peek, and it also works as a thermometer and nightlife.

You can buy the Babymoov YOO-Travel video baby monitor from: John Lewis, Direct2Mum and Babymoov.


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6. Crane Cool Mist Humidifier, £49.99

Stuffy noses can mean sleepless nights for both your baby and you, and trouble feeding too.

This whisper quiet humidifier (last year’s gold award winner) creates a cool mist to help little ones breathe easier and offers non-medicated relief for coughs, colds and croup.

Runs for up to 24 hours at a time and has a Clean Control Antimicrobial Material in the base to reduce mould and bacteria growth.

Comes in a variety of animal designs or a sleek drop shape.

Soothes and moisturises your baby’s skin too – ideal for combatting eczema, especially in the winter months.

You can buy the Crane Cool Mist Humidifier from: Amazon, Babysecurity and Very.


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7. The Gro Company, Grobag, from £23.50

This British company’s sleeping bag was named number one must-buy in our babies’ sleepwear award category for the second year in a row, and for good reason too. Established in 2000, after an Austrian friend introduced a young British couple to a new concept in baby sleepwear: baby sleeping bags. The couple went on to build up the business with support and advice from the safe sleep charity, The Lullaby Trust.

With clear, simple advice on the box about what your baby should wear, advice on what tog to use depending on room temperature and season, the Grobag even comes with a nursery thermometer, giving parents understanding and peace of mind when creating a healthy sleep routine.

You can buy Grobag from: Amazon, John Lewis and Boots.


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8. Sleepyhead Deluxe, £130

This cult product might be a pricey purchase but parents who use them swear by Sleepyhead’s slumber-inducing properties. It can be a great tool for moving your baby from your room into his cot, helping him to feel snug and secure.

Not just for bedtime, your pod also doubles up as a changing mat and for tummy time, and can be taken away on holiday to give your baby a familiar sleep setting.

The Deluxe model is only suitable for babies up to eight months but the Grand version will see you through from nine months to three years if needed.

You may have read reports about the safety of baby sleep positioners, anti-roll products and baby nests.

The American FDA (Food and Drug Administration) issued a recent report urging parents not to use these products as they may cause suffocation.

However, we at MadeForMums spoke to the Lullaby Trust, who clarified the issue by saying sleep positioners are different to baby nests/pods:

“It is our understanding that sleep positioners are straps or wedges that hold a baby in place. The evidence shows that the safest way to sleep a baby is on a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in a cot or moses basket and we would not recommend any sleep surface that does not conform to these guidelines.”

As baby nests and pods do not have straps or wedges, they are safe to use.

Still, we always recommend you follow manufacturer instructions and check out the safety tips on co-sleeping, or The Lullaby Trust’s guidelines for sleeping safely and the NHS guidelines on how to reduce SIDS.

Read what our MFM reviewers Monaz and Hayley thought of the Sleepyhead Deluxe in our review here.

You can buy the Sleepyhead Deluxe from: Amazon, John Lewis and Mothercare.


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9. Ikea Poang Chair, from £55

A spot to sit for bedtime stories and night feeds is a good idea, so you don’t have to take your baby to a different room. It needs to be comfortable for both of you.

You may choose to use a chair you already have, or invest in a fancy nursing chair with a glider function and footrest.

Lots of mums find the Ikea Poang the perfect compromise. The 40-year-old design is lightweight and supportive, with washable covers, and will be used around the house afterwards.

The basic birch version with a natural cover starts at £55 but you can pay more to get different colours and patterns, or splash out on a rocking version. A matching footstool is also available, along with a cute child’s size Poang for just £24.

You can buy the Poang Chair directly from Ikea.

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10. Summer Infant Slumber Buddies range, from £19.99

With their soothing lullabies, this appealing range of soft animals make for perfect naptime and bedtime companions. The plush characters play soft tunes and nature sounds, and parents have a choice of 15-, 30- and 45-minute auto shut off. While your little one winds down listening to the calming sounds, they can enjoy a starry night sky display projected onto their ceiling and walls in one of three colours. Options include a bee, butterfly and elephant.

You can buy Slumber Buddies from: Summer Infant, Amazon and Asda.

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