How to Keep your Bedroom Looking Grown Up with a Baby

If you’ve in the planning stages, or have just welcomed a baby into the world there’s a very good chance that keeping your bedroom looking nice and neat isn’t that high on your priority list. We were exactly the same when Ewan arrived (not helped that we’d started building the extension the week before his due date) but by the time Harris made his appearance into the world, we’d finished the extension, and after two years of hard word I really wanted to keep our completed rooms feeling finished. If you’ve in the planning stages, or have just welcomed a baby into the world there’s a very good chance that keeping your bedroom looking nice and neat isn’t that high on your priority list. We were exactly the same when Ewan arrived (not helped that we’d started building the extension the week before his due date) but by the time Harris made his appearance into the world, we’d finished the extension, and after two years of hard word I really wanted to keep our completed rooms feeling finished.

We appear to have made a habit of keeping the kids in our bedroom for longer than the recommended minimum of six months – Ewan was with us until around 17 months old (and still spends half of the night with Lee in his room!) and Harris at almost eleven months is showing no signs of wanting to be away from us yet. I have no issue with this, (who am I kidding, I love the night time cuddles and they’re only young once) but I don’t want my room to feel like it’s a kids bedroom so it was important for me to find sleeping solutions that worked. We appear to have made a habit of keeping the kids in our bedroom for longer than the recommended minimum of six months – Ewan was with us until around 17 months old (and still spends half of the night with Lee in his room!) and Harris at almost eleven months is showing no signs of wanting to be away from us yet. I have no issue with this, (who am I kidding, I love the night time cuddles and they’re only young once) but I don’t want my room to feel like it’s a kids bedroom so it was important for me to find sleeping solutions that worked.

When Harris was a baby we started life with a next-to-me style crib. These are brilliant as they can be used as free standing cribs, ours has a mesh panel on one side so you can see through easily. When Harris was a baby we started life with a next-to-me style crib. These are brilliant as they can be used as free standing cribs, ours has a mesh panel on one side so you can see through easily.

The next-to-me style cot with the side up.

The side can also be dropped and then they can be fastened on to the side of the bed so that they mean you are almost bed-sharing with your baby, but you still have separate sleep areas. If you’re breastfeeding – sets up like this can be so useful for the nighttime feeds! The side can also be dropped and then they can be fastened on to the side of the bed so that they mean you are almost bed-sharing with your baby, but you still have separate sleep areas. If you’re breastfeeding – sets up like this can be so useful for the night time feeds!


With Ewan we borrowed one by Chicco from my sister, but with Harris it was one of our only splurges. I bought the Tutti bambini because I thought it looked beautiful. (That was literally the only reason we picked this one). With Ewan we borrowed one by Chicco from my sister, but with Harris it was one of our only splurges. I bought the Tutti bambini because I thought it looked beautiful. (That was literally the only reason we picked this one).

In all honesty the Chicco one was better when it came to securing it against the bed, but this one still worked well. It has a shelf underneath to store all of the baby stuff (muslins, bibs etc) out of sight and it’s also got adjustable height settings. In all honesty the Chicco one was better when it came to securing it against the bed, but this one still worked well. It has a shelf underneath to store all of the baby stuff (muslins, bibs etc) out of sight and it’s also got adjustable height settings.


We also found it packs up flat, which makes it much easier to transport than a moses basket or travel cot which have always seemed quite bulky. We also found it packs up flat, which makes it much easier to transport than a moses basket or travel cot which have always seemed quite bulky.

The biggest issue with it is if you have large babies (like my nine pounders!) or ones very mobile from a young age you’ll have to swap to something bigger quite early on. (As soon as they can pull themselves up to standing these aren’t ideal).

At this point we moved Harris into a cot:


We went with IKEA’s basic cot (they don’t appear to sell it any more but they do this similar one which looks like it turns into a bed too) as it was part of the Nursery furniture that we bought when expecting Ewan, and there are plenty of nicer cots out there, but I’m so glad we stuck with a basic one. Neither of my kids have liked cots and really haven’t spent much time sleeping in them at all. As well as this, I think an extravagant cot would draw your eye more, and if you’re going to be putting it in a bedroom and hoping it blends in then I think it’s best to keep things simple.

The other solution we’ve used is a bed guard. If you have babies that wont let you put them down (I feel your pain) or bed share with a toddler that you want to stop from rolling out, we’ve found bed guards really useful:

They’re quite subtle so don’t draw the eye too much, but the one we’ve got collapses down so you can make the bed in the morning without it getting in the way (if you have a baby and manage to make the bed in a morning than you are my hero!).


The one we have is designed for a single bed. It has a metal bar that goes under the mattress and hooks under the other side, but we’ve found that it works fine in a double if we don’t use the hook – the weight of the mattress holds it in place.
Hopefully these tips give you some ideas. I’ll leave you with a few photos of Harris playing on the bed and making a dive for all my neatly arranged cushions:



For safe sleeping guidelines and information about appropriate sleep surfaces for babies/bed sharing the Lullaby Trust provides guidelines here:

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