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JustineBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 24-Jun-16 15:09:21

Designing and purchasing for a new baby’s nursery can be a daunting experience. Do you have questions about how to create the ideal, babyproof nursery? Maybe you’d like to know more about the colours which work best for babies, or which furniture would be best for your space? Perhaps you’d like an idea of what you should be aware of safety-wise?

Leave any questions you have for John Lewis nursery expert Deborah Glen.

Here’s what Deborah Glen, John Lewis nursery expert has to say: ''I have worked at JL for over 6 years but have 22 years’ experience working within the nursery industry, I am now the selling coach for Stratford and enjoy helping customers with their nursery needs. I am also a grandmother to two boys, so use my own knowledge and usage of the products when assisting customers. Lots of customers come back to introduce me to their newborns. It's nice to see the new additions to the JL families!"

Post your questions to Deborah below by 4th July 2016 and we will send over 20 questions for her to respond to. We will then post a link to her responses on the thread ASAP.

Everyone who submits a question (regardless of whether it’s answered or not) will be entered into a prize draw to win an Uppababy Vista pushchair.

Thanks, and good luck!


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WhatWillGeorgeDo Fri 24-Jun-16 23:55:14

Hi - I'm expecting twins so spare space in our nursery has suddenly got a lot smaller (as we're fitting in 2 cots rather than just the one). Any space saving tips for the rest of the furniture we'll need would be great, along with any other twin specific suggestions! Thanks.

EasterRobin Sat 25-Jun-16 02:51:30

I worry about finding the right balance between bright/interesting/stimulating and plain/sleep-encouraging. Any tips?

Zephyroux1 Sat 25-Jun-16 06:16:26

How can I plan my baby's nursery so that it is suitable for him as a young baby but also adaptable for his changing needs as he becomes an older baby and toddler?

CurlsLDN Sat 25-Jun-16 07:10:44

What is the best bed/bedding to use to reduce SIDS risk?

Tootle10 Sat 25-Jun-16 07:29:33

My 5 month old baby will soon be moving into his cot in his nursery (he's been in our bedroom until now). He's also starting to roll and becoming increasingly mobile. What safety aspects do I need to think about in the nursery?

Batteriesallgone Sat 25-Jun-16 07:48:49

I want a floor bed for the nursery. Any tips for baby proofing the gap between the mattress and the skirting boards? Also, is there anything I can put under the (double) mattress for a bit of cushioning?

CocklesandMussels Sat 25-Jun-16 07:49:19

We live in a really old draughty house. We get ice on the inside of the windows in winter! What's the best bedding to use to keep baby warm, and how do we know if he/she is getting too hot?

Lovewatchingrainfall Sat 25-Jun-16 07:53:11

We have very limited space how do we design a small single room into something both suitable for a toddler and a new baby. Things like storage? Would a light colour be better then something stronger but darker? Any advice would be great

yorkiebilb Sat 25-Jun-16 07:54:59

We have a small room that will be turned into nursery for the new baby. How far away from the window and radiators is the cot supposed to be? What space saving advice can you give?

OhIfIMust Sat 25-Jun-16 08:02:34

Hello... If I'm putting baby straight from Moses basket to cot, do I need to protect the baby from getting limbs stuck in the cot with some kind of bumper? I've heard bumpers aren't always the safest option and might actually make the baby more likely to suffocate. Thanks

sianihedgehog Sat 25-Jun-16 08:31:58

How do you know which furniture needs to be secured to the wall to prevent it tipping onto a toddler? I know that tall chests of drawers do, but what about bedside drawer units? Or wardrobes? Or bunkbeds??

BadlyWrittenPoem Sat 25-Jun-16 08:32:30

What are the best colours to use to ensure it will last as the baby grows up? And what is the best type of flooring?

Catsgowoof Sat 25-Jun-16 08:44:32

Do I actually need a nursery?:-)

Since my kids' rooms have been mostly used for clothes and toy storage, what's the best storage for baby/little kids clothes?

NattyTile Sat 25-Jun-16 08:46:24

My room is very small, and I'm trying to future proof it as much as I can. I'm thinking of having a cotbed, so I don't have to swap for a toddler bed later in, but would that be suitable for a newborn?

Singbluesilver Sat 25-Jun-16 08:55:10

I have a 7 month old girl, ready to go into her own room.

I'd like to stay way from pink-so many girls things are pink!
What colours would you recommend?

ButtonTum Sat 25-Jun-16 08:57:16

We have an average sized room in mind for the nursery but we live in an old house so the room's an awkward shape.

As far as arranging furniture goes, what's you're best advice for positioning, i.e., cot near door or window? Changing table away from radiator? Thanks in advance!

Snooksbury Sat 25-Jun-16 09:17:28

My question is, are the cot top changers any good? Any pros or cons? I was thinking of getting one when decorating the nursery as it's quite a small space, do you think it's worth it?

SmallBee Sat 25-Jun-16 09:26:45


I'm really struggling with wardrobe styles. Most children don't have clothes that need hanging up until they are a bit older so I was looking for a wardrobe with lots of shelves.
You see a lot of places selling them as part of a bundle with a cot and nappy changing station but I am actually wondering if you think it's worth buying a wardrobe at all?

CakeAndChocolate Sat 25-Jun-16 09:27:12

We have a picture rail and I like the thought of hanging bunting from it on one wall, but I'm concerned this could be a strangulation risk as my son gets older (could possibly stand in cot and pull it down?). Do you have any alternative suggestions?

YesYABU Sat 25-Jun-16 09:59:45

How can I design my nursery to encourage day time naps? Are blackout products necessary and do they really work?

MunchyMunchkin Sat 25-Jun-16 10:03:02

Do you think changing tables are a good investment or would I be better with a cot top changer?

Atlas15 Sat 25-Jun-16 10:21:22

How can I create a nursery in my own bedroom without it taking over everything?

asuwere Sat 25-Jun-16 10:32:03

Am watching with interest; have 5 DC and never had a nursery. Is it just a sales gimmick to get people to spend a lot of money on unnecessary furniture and decor? Don't want to sound rude but I am genuinely curious if it is a sales thing. I've found a cot in my room for 6-12months, then bed in their room, with a chest of drawers for clothes/nappies to be fine.

GinIsIn Sat 25-Jun-16 11:29:22

My husband wants a really child themed nursery. I think for the first 12 months at least, the person spending most time in there and aware of the decor will be me, so it would be nicest to decorate it how I like then redecorate in a few years once our child starts to have their own preferences? Am I completely wrong?

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