It’s no secret that life changes when you become a parent. But what we don’t always hear about is how much your HOME changes when you have kids. From the bedroom that looks like a post-burglary crime scene after a night of no sleep, to the living room full of bulky baby paraphernalia or endless toddler toys. Kids ruin houses (joke, kinda).
If you’re reading this post with a baby on the way then the chances are you’re probably consumed with making the ideal pram purchase or sourcing the best baby rocker. These are all valid buys, but there are a few other things you could invest in too that will help your home stay comfortable, look stylish and feel like your own once your tornado of beautiful baby bundle arrives.
Here are our five must-have homeware items for new parents:
Babies love sheepskins, fact. Not only does a sheepskin rug make a comfortable playmat for a baby, but you can use it as a liner in the pram for cold days, a throw on the sofa to add some depth to the room or a super cosy chair cover to settle into on those long baby feeding sessions. Trust us, sheepskin rugs make everything better.
This one (below) is from Oliver Bonas and costs £60. To see our other picks head to the bottom of this post where you can shop the look directly from the Roost Shop.
All hail the basket, the friend of clutter-phobic parents everywhere. Storage can become a serious issue when you have a baby, simply because babies (and kids generally) seem to acquire So. Much. Stuff. But a selection of baskets will keep all this stuff hidden, yet easily to hand. Muslin cloths, nappies, babywipes, toys, baby toiletry products – you name it, the basket will hide it, all in a stylish fashion.
The basket in the shot below is the Seagrass Basket from Ogetto and costs £29 and you can buy it directly from the Roost Shop curated collection at the bottom of this post. (The selection in the image at the top is from Aussie site The Dharma Door.)
Again, we come back to the whole storage issue, but it’s a biggy in any family home. Shelving is not only a great way to add interest to a plain wall but it can also come in particularly handy to showcase some of those items you want to keep out of reach of curious little hands.
In your baby’s room, for example, you might have a collection of sweet trinkets or photo frames, or a first money box – that kind of thing. Keep these precious treasures on a shelf and they’ll not only add a personal touch to the room but they’ll stay safely out of reach until your baby or toddler is old enough to know how not to break them by instantly bashing them against the wall.
This cute shelving unit comes from Out There Interiors.
3. BLANKETS AND THROWS
Evenings change drastically when you have kids. Impromptu trips to pubs and restaurants are no longer viable – not unless you have a live in nanny anyway. Instead, a night off often consists of Netflix and the sofa. Cosy throws and blankets make this all so much more enjoyable. Baby blankets are all well and good but what about something that the parents can snuggle under too?
We love this grey and Yellow and Grey Semaphore throw, £58, from The British Blanket Company. It’ll look equally good draped over a tired mum or dad as it will on the sofa.
4. WALL HOOKS
Never underestimate the millions and trillions of coats and hats that babies and kids seem to accrue. Add those to the ones already in your jacket repertoire and you’ve got a pile of stuff that will no longer fit on the back of a bedroom door or the couple of hooks you might have in the hallway. Wall hooks are also a great way of displaying some of your favourite teeny tiny baby clothes once your bub has outgrown them. Hang them on a blank wall to make a sweet feature.
If it’s hallway organisation you’re after you could do a lot worse than this offering from Vincent and Barn Ltd, £95. You could use the top shelves for little wellies or tiny shoes (broody, much?).
5. A COSY CHAIR
When you’re feeding a baby at 3am – or any time of day for that matter – you need a comfortable chair. But that doesn’t mean you have to invest in a chair that’s specifically for nursing. A chair that won’t work in any room other than the baby’s nursery. A chair that won’t bring you joy every time you look at it, or sit in it. How about spending that money instead on a chair that you can use in your living room once the baby days are over?
The Bodil armchair in Thames Blue is a bit pretty, plus it has a nice high back for anyone who might be in a 3am breastfeeding situation.. From Made.com for £499.
And because we know you don’t have time to scour the internet for all of the above, we’ve done it for you. You can buy all of these picks directly from the Roost Shop. Just add to your cart here and comfortable, hectic, sleep-deprived comfort is yours.