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Co-ko Rocking Chair from Olli Ella

Never mind cots, I’m fairly sure the most important piece of furniture in a nursery is a decent; comfortable chair. And by that, I mean a chair for the grown ups, not for the baby. Because inevitably in the first year or two of your child’s life, you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting down with them, either feeding or reading to them or just plain old cuddling them. And it’s good to be comfortable (especially if you’ve given birth to said baby, and your body’s a tad sore from the experience).

I bought a breastfeeding chair before Daph was even born, when my pregnant back (does that make sense? I’m going with it…) hurt so much I couldn’t sit on my squishy sofa any longer. It was great, but it was cheap and pretty nasty looking, and when Daph was born and Oli hurt his back, he nicked it. Which meant he ended up sitting in it way more than I did. After a while, it started to drive me nuts: seeing a man sitting on this fugly breastfeeding chair in our living room! Eventually, we sold it on eBay and bought him a proper chair instead…

Looking back now, I wish I had invested in this beautiful rocker from Olli Ella when Daphne was younger. We wouldn’t have had the space for it in our old flat, but it’d be perfect in her bedroom here. However, she’s now too wriggly for long leisurely time sitting on mummy’s lap, so we’ve missed the boat a bit.

But for those of you who are expecting/doing up a nursery/have lovely compliant toddlers – look no further. What’s most striking about this gorgeous thing is that it doesn’t look like a breastfeeding chair – but it has all the features you’d expect: proper lumbar support, a lovely rocking mechanism and it’s stain and water-resistant. It comes in 18 different colour configurations so you can find one to suit your nursery decor. Oh and if that doesn’t totally convince you, it’s also handmade in the UK. Available from Olli Ella. Don’t be a fool like I was – invest! Your baby, back and bottom will thank you.

INTERIORS My house

Daphne’s nursery tour

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I just love this ‘D’ Flower Fairies print – possibly my favourite thing in the room

I didn’t really want to do a post on Daph’s nursery because it’s basically been a bit of a… CHALLENGE. It’s a teeny tiny room, which I stupidly while pregnant made even tinier by adding a whole wall of mirrored wardrobes. I hadn’t realised at the time that this made it impossible to fit a normal-sized cot bed in. I basically used up the one good wall with these damned wardrobes – while we needed the storage, I really didn’t think it through.

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Less is not more when it comes to shades of pink. OK?

It’s also a really weirdly shaped room, with the door at an angle – sort of cutting off one corner of a square. Plus it has an awkward chimney breast sticking out on one wall. Anyway with a lot of measuring and squeezing, we’ve managed to get in a small cot – the Mokee mini cot in fact – as well as a small chest of drawers and a shelving unit (which we already had). And a chair (although you have to move the chair to get into the wardrobe but luckily I don’t need to do it that often!).

It’s not the ideal child’s room/nursery that I had in mind when I pictured myself as a mother, but despite this, it’s actually turned out to be a really cute, happy room. When I’m feeding Daphne last thing before her bedtime, I sit in there and look around at the random mishmash of stuff (and different wood finishes!!) and I can’t help but smile. It’s ridiculously girly (especially with those pink polka dot curtains that I already had) but it suits a tiny baby girl and I feel like there’s plenty for her to look at it, all of which has some story or meaning behind it – as with everything else in my flat.

Here are some more pics… (apologies for the crap photography. The light in this room is also a bit of a challenge!)

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Don’t worry, she sleeps with her head away from the window

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A present from her Auntie Sophie

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Daphne’s great-grandmother, who she was named after, and her dad as a littlun

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We bought Florence the doorstop when I was pregnant – total random M&S purchase but I just love her!

It’s a bit cluttered, it’s probably a bit too PINK, it was done on a budget, but it’s a room full of love. As we’re house-hunting this won’t be her room for too long (can’t wait for more SPACE!), but I think it’s quite a good start, and I’m pleased with how we manage to work around the tiny floorplan and create a usable space for her. It’s my new favourite room in the flat. I hope she feels safe and happy in there.