The most stylish moKee nursery by Natassia & Thomas

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

When moKee took up a search to find the most stylish moKee nurseries we didn’t expect to have two winners – it was too hard to choose just one! Here’s the second winner’s nursery - their style and design inspiration!

 

Natassia & Thomas

Anything can inspire a nursery design and this one was inspired by bathroom wallpaper! Natassia and Thomas fell in love with the pattern and colours of a bathroom wallpaper they saw and felt it was perfect for their daughter’s nursery. They didn’t want something overly ‘girly’ and also it had to grow with Etta – so hopefully they wouldn’t have to redecorate anytime soon.

Similarly, moKee’s Mini Cot was chosen because it grows with the baby up to three years old. The Stone Teal colour complimented the wallpaper too and they liked the simple design – it doesn’t dominate the room, is cost effective and Natassia said it was easy to put together. They’re looking to get the drawer for the Mini Cot, for extra storage – Etta is only 12 weeks and as we all know babies only accumulate more things!

The nursery benefits from being a good size double bedroom in a Victorian Terrace with beautiful features such as original alcoves and high ceilings. So plenty of space for storage and they made use of the height of the rooms - having a rail hanging from the ceiling for dresses and jackets gives this nursery a quirky feel.

Other objects that make this nursery stand out from the crowd include an old school desk which they bought before Natassia was pregnant. Situated in the alcove they hope Etta will do her homework in the future. There’s also a strip of tape on it from when Thomas left Natassia a note to say how happy he was when they first bought the house.

There is also a dolls’ house in the nursery which Natassia got as a child. Natassia and her mum put it together when she first got it and painted the outside of the dolls house but she never got around to decorating the inside so she is really excited for when their daughter is older and they can build furniture, make soft furnishings and paint the house together.

The print above the desk with letters was bought when the couple had only just found out Natassia was pregnant and they were on their honeymoon. No one else knew about the pregnancy so it was incredibly special!

The soft furnishings add texture to the room - particularly the yellow velvet curtains which add a warm, summer glow to the room when the sun shines through them. Looking up, the main light has a big globe paper shade which makes it look like the moon.

You can tell the nursery was created with a lot of love and Nastassia says it was a group effort with family stepping in to help paint. The nursery is always evolving and being added to with bits and bobs and it is by far their favourite room in the house. We’re sure Etta will agree and enjoy making memories and… of course getting her homework finished!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

How to create a nursery that will grow up with your child? Read the story of Natassia and Thomas!

Blog 1 The nursery design idea by Natassia & Thomas
04 Nov 2019

The nursery design idea by Natassia & Thomas

The most stylish moKee nursery by Natassia & Thomas

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

When moKee took up a search to find the most stylish moKee nurseries we didn’t expect to have two winners – it was too hard to choose just one! Here’s the second winner’s nursery - their style and design inspiration!

 

Natassia & Thomas

Anything can inspire a nursery design and this one was inspired by bathroom wallpaper! Natassia and Thomas fell in love with the pattern and colours of a bathroom wallpaper they saw and felt it was perfect for their daughter’s nursery. They didn’t want something overly ‘girly’ and also it had to grow with Etta – so hopefully they wouldn’t have to redecorate anytime soon.

Similarly, moKee’s Mini Cot was chosen because it grows with the baby up to three years old. The Stone Teal colour complimented the wallpaper too and they liked the simple design – it doesn’t dominate the room, is cost effective and Natassia said it was easy to put together. They’re looking to get the drawer for the Mini Cot, for extra storage – Etta is only 12 weeks and as we all know babies only accumulate more things!

The nursery benefits from being a good size double bedroom in a Victorian Terrace with beautiful features such as original alcoves and high ceilings. So plenty of space for storage and they made use of the height of the rooms - having a rail hanging from the ceiling for dresses and jackets gives this nursery a quirky feel.

Other objects that make this nursery stand out from the crowd include an old school desk which they bought before Natassia was pregnant. Situated in the alcove they hope Etta will do her homework in the future. There’s also a strip of tape on it from when Thomas left Natassia a note to say how happy he was when they first bought the house.

There is also a dolls’ house in the nursery which Natassia got as a child. Natassia and her mum put it together when she first got it and painted the outside of the dolls house but she never got around to decorating the inside so she is really excited for when their daughter is older and they can build furniture, make soft furnishings and paint the house together.

The print above the desk with letters was bought when the couple had only just found out Natassia was pregnant and they were on their honeymoon. No one else knew about the pregnancy so it was incredibly special!

The soft furnishings add texture to the room - particularly the yellow velvet curtains which add a warm, summer glow to the room when the sun shines through them. Looking up, the main light has a big globe paper shade which makes it look like the moon.

You can tell the nursery was created with a lot of love and Nastassia says it was a group effort with family stepping in to help paint. The nursery is always evolving and being added to with bits and bobs and it is by far their favourite room in the house. We’re sure Etta will agree and enjoy making memories and… of course getting her homework finished!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

How to create a nursery that will grow up with your child? Read the story of Natassia and Thomas!

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Mini Sofa Talks | Episode 01: Leonard

3 min read

by Madlena Szeliga  

Today, on the Mini Sofa Talks, we meet five year-old Leonard who is a future palaeontologist and seems to have rather strange views on cruelty and animal rights. If you find yourself not following his trail of thoughts, don’t worry. All is good with you. And with him too, but he is just a toddler.

Do you like just hanging out on the sofa with your friends? Talking, spending time?

L: Sure.

And what do you talk about?

L: Stuff. An old lady in the pan, that kind of stuff, you know.

But you mean as a dish?

L: What do you mean I mean as a dish?

I mean, well… You know, after all, I have a strange feeling I don't really need to know what you mean. Don't you talk about toys for example?

L: Neh. But if someone has exactly the same t-shirt we talk about this. It's funny, how sometimes you have the same dinosaur on a t-shirt, you know?

You plan to be a palaeontologist, is that still correct?

L: Yes.

And do you have a favourite dinosaur or something?

L: Mainly I am into carnivorous ones. And from the Cretaceous period.

Cretaceous you say?

L: Yeah. Tyrannosaurus and Utahraptor. My favourites. They fight and they bite, you know? And they look super dangerous. Except when they are on Paw Patrol, they don't.

Dinosaurs on Paw Patrol? Are you serious?

L: Yes, but it was all just a dream. Cause they are extinct.

Who is?

L: Dinosaurs, of course. The Paw Patrol is just a cartoon. It's like a dog police or dogs who help.

Do you think they are better than human police forces?

L: Sure. Normal police don't have a hook as Chase does. Or a ladder - Marshall has a long ladder. As high as a roof.

But do you wonder why Rider doesn't do everything instead of the doggies? It seems like tormenting the animals to me.

It sure does, interesting point. But you seem to enjoy Tyrannosaurus fighting and carnivorous dinosaurs. They sound quite cruel. But you are worried about the Paw Patrol doggies. Isn't it a little contradictory?

L: No, why?

by Madlena Szeliga

Let us introduce you a new talk - show - Mini Sofa Talks! We chat to Leonard, a future palaeontologist...

Blog 1 Mini Sofa Talks | Episode 01: <br> Leonard
04 Nov 2019

Mini Sofa Talks | Episode 01:
Leonard

Mini Sofa Talks | Episode 01: Leonard

3 min read

by Madlena Szeliga  

Today, on the Mini Sofa Talks, we meet five year-old Leonard who is a future palaeontologist and seems to have rather strange views on cruelty and animal rights. If you find yourself not following his trail of thoughts, don’t worry. All is good with you. And with him too, but he is just a toddler.

Do you like just hanging out on the sofa with your friends? Talking, spending time?

L: Sure.

And what do you talk about?

L: Stuff. An old lady in the pan, that kind of stuff, you know.

But you mean as a dish?

L: What do you mean I mean as a dish?

I mean, well… You know, after all, I have a strange feeling I don't really need to know what you mean. Don't you talk about toys for example?

L: Neh. But if someone has exactly the same t-shirt we talk about this. It's funny, how sometimes you have the same dinosaur on a t-shirt, you know?

You plan to be a palaeontologist, is that still correct?

L: Yes.

And do you have a favourite dinosaur or something?

L: Mainly I am into carnivorous ones. And from the Cretaceous period.

Cretaceous you say?

L: Yeah. Tyrannosaurus and Utahraptor. My favourites. They fight and they bite, you know? And they look super dangerous. Except when they are on Paw Patrol, they don't.

Dinosaurs on Paw Patrol? Are you serious?

L: Yes, but it was all just a dream. Cause they are extinct.

Who is?

L: Dinosaurs, of course. The Paw Patrol is just a cartoon. It's like a dog police or dogs who help.

Do you think they are better than human police forces?

L: Sure. Normal police don't have a hook as Chase does. Or a ladder - Marshall has a long ladder. As high as a roof.

But do you wonder why Rider doesn't do everything instead of the doggies? It seems like tormenting the animals to me.

It sure does, interesting point. But you seem to enjoy Tyrannosaurus fighting and carnivorous dinosaurs. They sound quite cruel. But you are worried about the Paw Patrol doggies. Isn't it a little contradictory?

L: No, why?

by Madlena Szeliga

Let us introduce you a new talk - show - Mini Sofa Talks! We chat to Leonard, a future palaeontologist...

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Why choose a gender-neutral nursery design?

4 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I’ve documented my nursery designs on this blog with my first son’s nursery and with baby number 2. With both we didn’t know the sex of the baby, so we had to decorate it in a gender-neutral way. But it seems that more and more people are choosing to decorate gender-neutral even if they know the sex of their baby ahead of the birth.

Is this a trend?  

Well, I think it’s definitely a sign that society is more aware of gender neutrality. The movements highlighting transgender people have gathered momentum over the past year and I think parents are more aware of parenting trends. Typically these trends have focused on parents not boxing their children into specific gender roles from birth.

I am all-too-aware that I let my son express himself how he likes. He is a beautiful mix of a person who is drawn to both what we see as typically ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ things. He loves the colour pink but is equally drawn to typically ‘boy’ toys – trains, planes and automobiles!

We have a lot of dinosaur smashing at home lately and I’m happy to support him in discovering whatever he wants.

It is clear that gender neutrality begins at the very beginning- by creating an environment for your baby that doesn’t reflect gender stereotypes is important for many parents. Even when my son arrived and we knew he was a boy, I didn’t change the nursery at all. I kept up the yellow bunting and the pink and yellow pom poms.

Remember! Gender neutral designs don’t have to be boring!  

 

You can still use pinks and blues, but make sure they are complemented by more neutral colours such as yellows and greens. Gender neutral nurseries can be anything you want them to be. In fact, I think it gives parents more freedom and creativity when decorating gender-neutral. You can create anything you want – include both rainbows and dinosaurs! Let your imagination run wild! Gender neutral nurseries allow for you to create whatever environment you wish- you don’t have to be boxed into particular gender themes.

Fun subjects such as pirates, dinosaurs and trains can still be used. Who says they are meant for boys? Equally fairies and heart motifs can be mixed in.

I’m sure my son will be begging for dinosaur wallpaper and football posters in no time and I will be very happy to oblige. But until he expresses that, I’m quite happy sticking with a mix of both ‘boy and ‘girl’ designs.

 

Show your nursery ideas on Instagram and tag us #wearemokee!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Society is more aware of gender neutrality. The movements highlighting transgender people have gathered momentum over the past year and parents are more aware of it.

Blog 1 Gender-neutral nurseries are a trend now!
04 Nov 2019

Gender-neutral nurseries are a trend now!

Why choose a gender-neutral nursery design?

4 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I’ve documented my nursery designs on this blog with my first son’s nursery and with baby number 2. With both we didn’t know the sex of the baby, so we had to decorate it in a gender-neutral way. But it seems that more and more people are choosing to decorate gender-neutral even if they know the sex of their baby ahead of the birth.

Is this a trend?  

Well, I think it’s definitely a sign that society is more aware of gender neutrality. The movements highlighting transgender people have gathered momentum over the past year and I think parents are more aware of parenting trends. Typically these trends have focused on parents not boxing their children into specific gender roles from birth.

I am all-too-aware that I let my son express himself how he likes. He is a beautiful mix of a person who is drawn to both what we see as typically ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ things. He loves the colour pink but is equally drawn to typically ‘boy’ toys – trains, planes and automobiles!

We have a lot of dinosaur smashing at home lately and I’m happy to support him in discovering whatever he wants.

It is clear that gender neutrality begins at the very beginning- by creating an environment for your baby that doesn’t reflect gender stereotypes is important for many parents. Even when my son arrived and we knew he was a boy, I didn’t change the nursery at all. I kept up the yellow bunting and the pink and yellow pom poms.

Remember! Gender neutral designs don’t have to be boring!  

 

You can still use pinks and blues, but make sure they are complemented by more neutral colours such as yellows and greens. Gender neutral nurseries can be anything you want them to be. In fact, I think it gives parents more freedom and creativity when decorating gender-neutral. You can create anything you want – include both rainbows and dinosaurs! Let your imagination run wild! Gender neutral nurseries allow for you to create whatever environment you wish- you don’t have to be boxed into particular gender themes.

Fun subjects such as pirates, dinosaurs and trains can still be used. Who says they are meant for boys? Equally fairies and heart motifs can be mixed in.

I’m sure my son will be begging for dinosaur wallpaper and football posters in no time and I will be very happy to oblige. But until he expresses that, I’m quite happy sticking with a mix of both ‘boy and ‘girl’ designs.

 

Show your nursery ideas on Instagram and tag us #wearemokee!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Society is more aware of gender neutrality. The movements highlighting transgender people have gathered momentum over the past year and parents are more aware of it.

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Preparing yourself for a newborn

3 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

You have a baby and suddenly SURPRISE! Every day brings new surprises! A whole new world of questions, worries and wonder suddenly appears! I distinctly remember being surprised daily when I became a mother, so here is a rundown of what may shock and question you!

THE WORRY

I’m not really a worrier but being a mother turned me into one! Is baby warm enough, has it eaten enough, is their development normal…. It’s constant and apparently it never ever goes away.

GUILT

Questioning your own parenting is something I found difficult. Am I doing it right? Am I spending enough time with my baby, are we doing enough baby groups, is it getting enough tummy time?! Again, this never goes away!

THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU TALK ABOUT POOH

Becoming obsessed with the colour, texture and frequency of your baby’s pooh is normal. I did and found that all of my friends did too. We also talked about it way too much!

SLEEP

You won’t get any. Ever. For about 2 years. My son has just turned 3 and it’s only now that we feel we’ve got our sleep back. So, prepare yourself before you have your baby and relish a lie in and get 8 straight hours.

WORRY

Yep-I said it never goes away!

MISSING YOUR PRE-BABY LIFE

There were times when I really missed parts of my pre-baby life. Being able to pop out to the cinema, meals out where you don’t have to rush home, being spontaneous! If you are about to have your first baby then prepare yourself and get in as many meals and cinema time as possible!

HOW QUICKLY TIME FLYS

One minute they are tiny and days old, the next they turn 3! Parenting makes time fly, so try to enjoy every moment and milestone with your baby. I found that creating a yearly photo album made me sit down and reflect.

THE STUFF

Babies are tiny but they come with so much stuff. Their wardrobe will quickly rival yours!

WORRY

I did say, it never goes away!

What surprised you about becoming a parent? Comment to share your experiences!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

A new baby comes with a lot of surprises. We listed a few main things new parents will have to face soon with parenthood! Get baby - ready with us and keep going as a happy parent!

Blog 1 What to expect when you are expecting a baby?
04 Nov 2019

What to expect when you are expecting a baby?

Preparing yourself for a newborn

3 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

You have a baby and suddenly SURPRISE! Every day brings new surprises! A whole new world of questions, worries and wonder suddenly appears! I distinctly remember being surprised daily when I became a mother, so here is a rundown of what may shock and question you!

THE WORRY

I’m not really a worrier but being a mother turned me into one! Is baby warm enough, has it eaten enough, is their development normal…. It’s constant and apparently it never ever goes away.

GUILT

Questioning your own parenting is something I found difficult. Am I doing it right? Am I spending enough time with my baby, are we doing enough baby groups, is it getting enough tummy time?! Again, this never goes away!

THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU TALK ABOUT POOH

Becoming obsessed with the colour, texture and frequency of your baby’s pooh is normal. I did and found that all of my friends did too. We also talked about it way too much!

SLEEP

You won’t get any. Ever. For about 2 years. My son has just turned 3 and it’s only now that we feel we’ve got our sleep back. So, prepare yourself before you have your baby and relish a lie in and get 8 straight hours.

WORRY

Yep-I said it never goes away!

MISSING YOUR PRE-BABY LIFE

There were times when I really missed parts of my pre-baby life. Being able to pop out to the cinema, meals out where you don’t have to rush home, being spontaneous! If you are about to have your first baby then prepare yourself and get in as many meals and cinema time as possible!

HOW QUICKLY TIME FLYS

One minute they are tiny and days old, the next they turn 3! Parenting makes time fly, so try to enjoy every moment and milestone with your baby. I found that creating a yearly photo album made me sit down and reflect.

THE STUFF

Babies are tiny but they come with so much stuff. Their wardrobe will quickly rival yours!

WORRY

I did say, it never goes away!

What surprised you about becoming a parent? Comment to share your experiences!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

A new baby comes with a lot of surprises. We listed a few main things new parents will have to face soon with parenthood! Get baby - ready with us and keep going as a happy parent!

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How to prepare for a winter baby - top tips

3 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Having a winter baby?

I am and I am THRILLED! Winter-born babies are a joy – as the days become shorter and the weather colder, having a newborn in winter is the perfect excuse to stay inside, recover from the birth and hibernate until Spring!

My son was born in October and I found this to have many many benefits:

The best tv comes out at this time

And as the weather turned I felt not an ounce of guilt sitting on the sofa all day with my baby. So I am looking forward to having my second child in November and I don’t plan to get out of my pyjamas until winter is over (that’s the plan anyways).

Of course there are more things to think about in winter with a newborn, particularly when clothing them – the layers!

I’ve discussed the universal TOG system here on the blog and it is really important to think about it when dressing a newborn in winter. It’s easy to think babies need to be layered up a lot during winter but it’s far safer to have a baby on the cool side than warm, so take a look at the TOG rating system.

There are of course additional blankets that you will need in winter, particularly if you are outside in the pram most days.

There are some additional weather problems for mums.

I also found that with the constant nappy changing and hand cleaning my hands became really dry in the cold weather, so invest in a decent handcream.  

Having winter babies gives you a chance to really enjoy your home.  

The weather will keep you indoors, so make the most of it. Make the nursery a place where you can play and relax with your newborn – invest in some sensory toys and create your own sensory room for baby with e. g. Mini Mobile by moKee.

Once Winter is over and Spring and Summer arrive your newborn will no longer be a newborn!

Baby will be exploring and growing- making it the perfect time to venture outdoors and enjoy the better weather. I found that my son was at a great age in the summer after he was born, to go away on holiday. I was less anxious as a new mother and we had got ourselves into a really good routine to venture somewhere hot and new!  

Winter is coming. Embrace it. Layer up and enjoy your newborn!

Are you having a winter baby? Comment and let us know about your experience!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Having a newborn in winter is the perfect excuse to stay inside, recover from the birth and hibernate until Spring! But there are challenges as well.

Blog 1 The ups & downs of having a winter baby
04 Nov 2019

The ups & downs of having a winter baby

How to prepare for a winter baby - top tips

3 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Having a winter baby?

I am and I am THRILLED! Winter-born babies are a joy – as the days become shorter and the weather colder, having a newborn in winter is the perfect excuse to stay inside, recover from the birth and hibernate until Spring!

My son was born in October and I found this to have many many benefits:

The best tv comes out at this time

And as the weather turned I felt not an ounce of guilt sitting on the sofa all day with my baby. So I am looking forward to having my second child in November and I don’t plan to get out of my pyjamas until winter is over (that’s the plan anyways).

Of course there are more things to think about in winter with a newborn, particularly when clothing them – the layers!

I’ve discussed the universal TOG system here on the blog and it is really important to think about it when dressing a newborn in winter. It’s easy to think babies need to be layered up a lot during winter but it’s far safer to have a baby on the cool side than warm, so take a look at the TOG rating system.

There are of course additional blankets that you will need in winter, particularly if you are outside in the pram most days.

There are some additional weather problems for mums.

I also found that with the constant nappy changing and hand cleaning my hands became really dry in the cold weather, so invest in a decent handcream.  

Having winter babies gives you a chance to really enjoy your home.  

The weather will keep you indoors, so make the most of it. Make the nursery a place where you can play and relax with your newborn – invest in some sensory toys and create your own sensory room for baby with e. g. Mini Mobile by moKee.

Once Winter is over and Spring and Summer arrive your newborn will no longer be a newborn!

Baby will be exploring and growing- making it the perfect time to venture outdoors and enjoy the better weather. I found that my son was at a great age in the summer after he was born, to go away on holiday. I was less anxious as a new mother and we had got ourselves into a really good routine to venture somewhere hot and new!  

Winter is coming. Embrace it. Layer up and enjoy your newborn!

Are you having a winter baby? Comment and let us know about your experience!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Having a newborn in winter is the perfect excuse to stay inside, recover from the birth and hibernate until Spring! But there are challenges as well.

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The smallest room in the house as a nursery

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

It’s well known that second babies tend to get a rough deal – they have to put up with an older sibling, they tend to get less attention, they have to put up with the hand-me-down wardrobe and they will probably have the smallest room in the house.  

This is true of my Number 2, due in November – particularly it having to have the smallest room in the house.

My three-year old’s room is spacious and beautifully decorated – thoughtfully styled. With this nursery, however, although I’m still as excited to decorate it, there’s more of an emphasis on practicality than style. I simply have less time!

So here’s how I decided to decorate a very small nursery…

PATTERNS AND COLOUR

It’s easy to veer towards whites and veer away from patterns but strong colours can actually make the space look bigger and lighter. I went for a spotty patterned wallpaper because I loved it and thought it would make the room appear bigger. If you don’t want to commit to wallpaper, why not try wall stickers that can peel off easily.

STORE HIGH

Utilise all of the space you have! I’ve bought baskets to store on top of the wardrobe to keep blankets and anything that isn’t needed regularly.   Shelving is also a good option – this time around we haven’t needed any but high shelving can make the room seem bigger and more spacious.  

CLEVER FURNITURE

Choose furniture that can be multi-functional. We have decided to get Mokee’s top cot changing mat that fits onto the cot- this means there’s no need for a changing table. Clever!

CLEVER LIGHTING – LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT

Although we have a lovely ceiling light I wanted to make the room as light as possible so I bought a cute cloud light that emits a really soft glow.

PLANTS

I had a lot of plants in my son’s nursery which swiftly died when he was born when I neglected them! This time around I couldn’t resist some foliage and decided on succulents – easy to maintain, minimal watering and hopefully, they won’t die!

RECYCLE

There were a lot of items that were in my son’s room that he no longer cared for – like the wooden animals he loved as a baby. Re-use!

HANDMADE

I am not good at craft but I have lovely friends who are. My son’s Godmother is a true ‘fairy godmother’ and has made baby Number 2 a beautiful teething ring and spit up cloth. Handmade items are really special and you’ll never want to throw them out.

KEEP MINIMAL

I’ve decided to keep items to a minimal in the nursery because I know that once baby is born people can’t help but buy presents. I’ve asked people to not buy anything but I know it’s difficult not to!

 

How have you decorated your nursery? Share your photos on Instagram and tag us #wearemokee!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

It’s well known that second babies tend to get a rough deal – they have to put up with an older sibling, they tend to get less attention, they have to put up with the hand-me-down wardrobe and they will probably have the smallest room in the house.

Blog 1 The smallest room in the house as a nursery
04 Nov 2019

The smallest room in the house as a nursery

The smallest room in the house as a nursery

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

It’s well known that second babies tend to get a rough deal – they have to put up with an older sibling, they tend to get less attention, they have to put up with the hand-me-down wardrobe and they will probably have the smallest room in the house.  

This is true of my Number 2, due in November – particularly it having to have the smallest room in the house.

My three-year old’s room is spacious and beautifully decorated – thoughtfully styled. With this nursery, however, although I’m still as excited to decorate it, there’s more of an emphasis on practicality than style. I simply have less time!

So here’s how I decided to decorate a very small nursery…

PATTERNS AND COLOUR

It’s easy to veer towards whites and veer away from patterns but strong colours can actually make the space look bigger and lighter. I went for a spotty patterned wallpaper because I loved it and thought it would make the room appear bigger. If you don’t want to commit to wallpaper, why not try wall stickers that can peel off easily.

STORE HIGH

Utilise all of the space you have! I’ve bought baskets to store on top of the wardrobe to keep blankets and anything that isn’t needed regularly.   Shelving is also a good option – this time around we haven’t needed any but high shelving can make the room seem bigger and more spacious.  

CLEVER FURNITURE

Choose furniture that can be multi-functional. We have decided to get Mokee’s top cot changing mat that fits onto the cot- this means there’s no need for a changing table. Clever!

CLEVER LIGHTING – LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT

Although we have a lovely ceiling light I wanted to make the room as light as possible so I bought a cute cloud light that emits a really soft glow.

PLANTS

I had a lot of plants in my son’s nursery which swiftly died when he was born when I neglected them! This time around I couldn’t resist some foliage and decided on succulents – easy to maintain, minimal watering and hopefully, they won’t die!

RECYCLE

There were a lot of items that were in my son’s room that he no longer cared for – like the wooden animals he loved as a baby. Re-use!

HANDMADE

I am not good at craft but I have lovely friends who are. My son’s Godmother is a true ‘fairy godmother’ and has made baby Number 2 a beautiful teething ring and spit up cloth. Handmade items are really special and you’ll never want to throw them out.

KEEP MINIMAL

I’ve decided to keep items to a minimal in the nursery because I know that once baby is born people can’t help but buy presents. I’ve asked people to not buy anything but I know it’s difficult not to!

 

How have you decorated your nursery? Share your photos on Instagram and tag us #wearemokee!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

It’s well known that second babies tend to get a rough deal – they have to put up with an older sibling, they tend to get less attention, they have to put up with the hand-me-down wardrobe and they will probably have the smallest room in the house.

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Why children love to hide (and why they’re bad at it!)

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

‘PEEKABOO’!! One word you find yourself saying a lot when you have a baby! I remember my son laughing his head off at my attempts to play peekaboo with him. It’s a great way to start engaging with your baby and trying to get their first smile in the early months. And this idea of hide and seek seems to stay with them as they grow.

Hide and Seek must be the most popular game for children- but why? And why are they so bad at it?!

I’ve been doing some digging and there’s been some interesting research into this age-old game. According to child psychologists, children expect and strive to create situations in which they can be reciprocally involved with others. Children thrive off social interaction and so before they have the ability to use language to communicate, hide and seek is a simpler option.

But why are they SO bad? My son constantly runs into the same hiding place but generally leaves his head sticking out whilst closing his eyes. Why do children think that if they close their eyes, no-one can see them?

Well, apparently it comes down to the idea that children are hopelessly ‘egocentric’ creatures. Children believe that everyone sees the world through their own eyes – this theory has been universally acknowledged, that pre-school children cannot distinguish their own perspective from someone else’s shows that they firmly believe they are the centre of the universe and inherently egocentric!  

But according to a recent study in the U.S, this could be wrong.

Apparently, young children believe that mutual eye contact is a requirement for one person to be able to see another.

This is the idea of bidirectionality- unless two people make eye contact, it is impossible for one to see the other.

So, children might not think that the world revolved around them. But in reality, that’s exactly what happens!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Kids love to play hide and seek, but they are really poor at it. Why the hide and seek is the best game across generations and continents.

Blog 1 Why kids love to play hide and seek
04 Nov 2019

Why kids love to play hide and seek

Why children love to hide (and why they’re bad at it!)

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

‘PEEKABOO’!! One word you find yourself saying a lot when you have a baby! I remember my son laughing his head off at my attempts to play peekaboo with him. It’s a great way to start engaging with your baby and trying to get their first smile in the early months. And this idea of hide and seek seems to stay with them as they grow.

Hide and Seek must be the most popular game for children- but why? And why are they so bad at it?!

I’ve been doing some digging and there’s been some interesting research into this age-old game. According to child psychologists, children expect and strive to create situations in which they can be reciprocally involved with others. Children thrive off social interaction and so before they have the ability to use language to communicate, hide and seek is a simpler option.

But why are they SO bad? My son constantly runs into the same hiding place but generally leaves his head sticking out whilst closing his eyes. Why do children think that if they close their eyes, no-one can see them?

Well, apparently it comes down to the idea that children are hopelessly ‘egocentric’ creatures. Children believe that everyone sees the world through their own eyes – this theory has been universally acknowledged, that pre-school children cannot distinguish their own perspective from someone else’s shows that they firmly believe they are the centre of the universe and inherently egocentric!  

But according to a recent study in the U.S, this could be wrong.

Apparently, young children believe that mutual eye contact is a requirement for one person to be able to see another.

This is the idea of bidirectionality- unless two people make eye contact, it is impossible for one to see the other.

So, children might not think that the world revolved around them. But in reality, that’s exactly what happens!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Kids love to play hide and seek, but they are really poor at it. Why the hide and seek is the best game across generations and continents.

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The most useless baby product according to UK parents.

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

We asked and you told us!

What was the most useless baby product you bought? Speaking with UK parents we found that a Baby Bathtub was the most useless baby product bought in their baby’s first year. Coming in a close second was a nappy bin and in third, the changing bag.

But why?

BABY BATHTUB

For me the baby bathtub was useful for about a week and then got annoying and was quickly put away in storage. We only bathed our son a few times a week and found that it was perfectly fine holding him. Yes babies are incredibly slippery when wet but fairly easy to bathe for 2 minutes. They are usually really large and as more and more families have smaller and smaller homes with barely any storage, we found some interesting places to store it (hanging from a wardrobe and as a DIY pond in the garden)!

NAPPY BIN

The nappy bin was something we didn’t buy and for one reason only. I hated the idea of storing lots of dirty nappies in the nursery for any length of time. Instead we bought a small bin with a lid and any really smelly nappies were put in the main bin out of the nursery. It really wasn’t that annoying to do and saved us from spending money on an expensive, large, nappy bin!

CHANGING BAG

A changing bag was something I was really against having. I didn’t like the idea of the traditional changing bag with the pockets and the awful colours and patterns. They all seemed so big and seemed to just get in the way and fill up the pram. I also didn’t want to give up my handbag and the idea of carrying two bags was just silly. So, I opted for large, fashionable totes that definitely weren’t changing bags and didn’t scream BABY!

Comment the post and tell us what was the most useless product you bought!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

What was the most useless baby product you bought? Here's a great list of newborn baby things you don't need to buy! Read now!

Blog 1 The Absolutely Most Useless Newborn Baby Needs List Ever
04 Nov 2019

The Absolutely Most Useless Newborn Baby Needs List Ever

The most useless baby product according to UK parents.

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

We asked and you told us!

What was the most useless baby product you bought? Speaking with UK parents we found that a Baby Bathtub was the most useless baby product bought in their baby’s first year. Coming in a close second was a nappy bin and in third, the changing bag.

But why?

BABY BATHTUB

For me the baby bathtub was useful for about a week and then got annoying and was quickly put away in storage. We only bathed our son a few times a week and found that it was perfectly fine holding him. Yes babies are incredibly slippery when wet but fairly easy to bathe for 2 minutes. They are usually really large and as more and more families have smaller and smaller homes with barely any storage, we found some interesting places to store it (hanging from a wardrobe and as a DIY pond in the garden)!

NAPPY BIN

The nappy bin was something we didn’t buy and for one reason only. I hated the idea of storing lots of dirty nappies in the nursery for any length of time. Instead we bought a small bin with a lid and any really smelly nappies were put in the main bin out of the nursery. It really wasn’t that annoying to do and saved us from spending money on an expensive, large, nappy bin!

CHANGING BAG

A changing bag was something I was really against having. I didn’t like the idea of the traditional changing bag with the pockets and the awful colours and patterns. They all seemed so big and seemed to just get in the way and fill up the pram. I also didn’t want to give up my handbag and the idea of carrying two bags was just silly. So, I opted for large, fashionable totes that definitely weren’t changing bags and didn’t scream BABY!

Comment the post and tell us what was the most useless product you bought!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

What was the most useless baby product you bought? Here's a great list of newborn baby things you don't need to buy! Read now!

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Nursery Furniture: What (not) to buy for your baby

3 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

When preparing to welcome a newborn it is hard to imagine how this tiny baby needs so much stuff – I certainly wasn’t prepared for the amount of nursery furniture I thought I had to buy. Advice, neither wanted nor asked for told me I ‘must’ get this and ‘baby just has to have that’.

Well, I wish I had ignored this advice as a lot of the ‘stuff’ my husband and I had bought we simply didn’t need. So here is a baby checklist which I hope explains what is absolutely necessary for a baby’s first year and what is absolutely not necessary - from furniture to baby bath accessories.

 

NECESSARY

1. Cot 

It’s the first thing parents probably decide upon and rightly so as it should last a good 2-3 years and is the main feature of any nursery. I discovered moKee’s Mini Cot when searching online for cots that weren't astronomical in price yet were highly designed and simply looked cool. Mokee ticked all the boxes and I loved the simplicity of it – it’s not huge so perfect for a very small nursery and can even fit in the parent’s bedroom. The cot mattress has lasted and still provides comfort to my son- what is absolutely necessary is a water-proof sheet too. moKee's team has a wide collection of baby textiles too! I didn’t get the draw inserts at the bottom but will definitely get one for when Baby Number 2 arrives in the Autumn –  nursery storage is essential now! My firstborn is 2 and still in his baby bed, which now has the side taken down so it is his ‘big boy bed’. Baby Number 2 will be using the same crib meaning moKee’s Mini Cot is seriously excellent value.

2. Baby Changing Mat 

Wipeable! It will get messy! moKee’s Changing Mat is particularly good as it fits on top of the Mini Cot – saving space and the need for a changing table which are absolutely NOT necessary. In fact I think they are simply a waste of money and only used for a few months. Mokee has recently launched the Pokee – a storage unit which can be attached to the side of the cot where all your nappies, creams and wipes can be stored. Genius!

3. A portable sleeping pod 

moKee’s Mini Pod is great. Sadly I didn’t get it for my firstborn and regretted it as it would have made life a lot easier! It provides comfort for the newborn, cocooning them and making them feel safe and what’s more, you can pick it up whilst baby is still sleeping, put them on the sofa and then when it’s bedtime put them up in their cot, still asleep in the pod. Sleep is hard to come by in those first few weeks and the Mini Pod definitely makes it easier to get some!

4. Nursing Chair

This is absolutely essential for any nursery! A nursery is not just for babies but also for parents too. It’s where you will spend a lot of your time in the first year so make it comfortable for you too! Whether breast or bottle, feeding can take a while and with night feeds you want to feel as relaxed as possible. moKee’s WoolChair is a good option and with a WoolStool to match it ticks a lot of boxes!

5. Moses basket 

Now this isn’t an absolute necessity but I found it really useful for moving baby into different rooms and for those first few weeks when the baby was sleeping in our room. They’re probably not useful if you have limited space – a cot will suffice- but if you want to set a Moses Basket up in your living room for when the baby sleeps in the day then moKee’s WoolNest is a game-changer. It comes with a stand meaning baby is elevated and secure. If you have an excited dog this helps to save a baby from getting a good licking!

6. Muslins 

Buy muslins and then buy some more! You will get through many many muslins each week and they are so versatile. Larger muslins can be used to swaddle baby too and are breathable. moKee’s Bamboo Muslin Squares are particularly soft and I love the colours they come in too.

7. Sleeping Bag 

Once your newborn weighs enough you can move it into a baby sleeping bag. These are great and should definitely be on your checklist! I got two so there was a spare in case of any sicky accidents and I loved moKee’s Sleepy Bag. You can zip all the way around meaning changing a nappy in the middle of night makes it super easy! They can also be used when travelling and have an opening for car seat belts and pram straps.  

8. Baby Monitor 

An obvious essential. There are many to choose from- I didn’t go for one with a video monitor as I thought I’d end up just staring at the screen rather than enjoying a film or eating my dinner. But of course, it is a personal decision and should be based upon what gives you peace of mind!

ABSOLUTELY NOT NECESSARY

1. Manual breast pump 

Too much hard work. Go for a battery-powered or plug-in one. Quicker and more efficient.

2. Nappy Bin 

A bin with a lid is a must but expensive nappy bins are not! As long as you empty the bin regularly you can avoid smelly nurseries!

3. Bath thermometer 

Use your elbow and common sense to test the water. Various thermometers I used broke and went mouldy in the bath. Dipping your elbow or wrist in the water to test the temperature is best because they are more sensitive to heat.

4. Baby bathtub stand 

Unless you have serious back issues you will rarely use a bathtub stand!

 

And what do you think? What is the most important product to buy when creating the nursery? And what wouldn't you recommend? Share your opinion in comments!

Baby's room needs to be just as functional as it is fabulous, so stock up on simple newborn essentials. Find out what's needed & what just a nice-to-have with these nursery buying guide.

Blog 1 Newborn Baby Nursery Essentials: What (Not) To Buy For Your Baby
04 Nov 2019

Newborn Baby Nursery Essentials: What (Not) To Buy For Your Baby

Nursery Furniture: What (not) to buy for your baby

3 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

When preparing to welcome a newborn it is hard to imagine how this tiny baby needs so much stuff – I certainly wasn’t prepared for the amount of nursery furniture I thought I had to buy. Advice, neither wanted nor asked for told me I ‘must’ get this and ‘baby just has to have that’.

Well, I wish I had ignored this advice as a lot of the ‘stuff’ my husband and I had bought we simply didn’t need. So here is a baby checklist which I hope explains what is absolutely necessary for a baby’s first year and what is absolutely not necessary - from furniture to baby bath accessories.

 

NECESSARY

1. Cot 

It’s the first thing parents probably decide upon and rightly so as it should last a good 2-3 years and is the main feature of any nursery. I discovered moKee’s Mini Cot when searching online for cots that weren't astronomical in price yet were highly designed and simply looked cool. Mokee ticked all the boxes and I loved the simplicity of it – it’s not huge so perfect for a very small nursery and can even fit in the parent’s bedroom. The cot mattress has lasted and still provides comfort to my son- what is absolutely necessary is a water-proof sheet too. moKee's team has a wide collection of baby textiles too! I didn’t get the draw inserts at the bottom but will definitely get one for when Baby Number 2 arrives in the Autumn –  nursery storage is essential now! My firstborn is 2 and still in his baby bed, which now has the side taken down so it is his ‘big boy bed’. Baby Number 2 will be using the same crib meaning moKee’s Mini Cot is seriously excellent value.

2. Baby Changing Mat 

Wipeable! It will get messy! moKee’s Changing Mat is particularly good as it fits on top of the Mini Cot – saving space and the need for a changing table which are absolutely NOT necessary. In fact I think they are simply a waste of money and only used for a few months. Mokee has recently launched the Pokee – a storage unit which can be attached to the side of the cot where all your nappies, creams and wipes can be stored. Genius!

3. A portable sleeping pod 

moKee’s Mini Pod is great. Sadly I didn’t get it for my firstborn and regretted it as it would have made life a lot easier! It provides comfort for the newborn, cocooning them and making them feel safe and what’s more, you can pick it up whilst baby is still sleeping, put them on the sofa and then when it’s bedtime put them up in their cot, still asleep in the pod. Sleep is hard to come by in those first few weeks and the Mini Pod definitely makes it easier to get some!

4. Nursing Chair

This is absolutely essential for any nursery! A nursery is not just for babies but also for parents too. It’s where you will spend a lot of your time in the first year so make it comfortable for you too! Whether breast or bottle, feeding can take a while and with night feeds you want to feel as relaxed as possible. moKee’s WoolChair is a good option and with a WoolStool to match it ticks a lot of boxes!

5. Moses basket 

Now this isn’t an absolute necessity but I found it really useful for moving baby into different rooms and for those first few weeks when the baby was sleeping in our room. They’re probably not useful if you have limited space – a cot will suffice- but if you want to set a Moses Basket up in your living room for when the baby sleeps in the day then moKee’s WoolNest is a game-changer. It comes with a stand meaning baby is elevated and secure. If you have an excited dog this helps to save a baby from getting a good licking!

6. Muslins 

Buy muslins and then buy some more! You will get through many many muslins each week and they are so versatile. Larger muslins can be used to swaddle baby too and are breathable. moKee’s Bamboo Muslin Squares are particularly soft and I love the colours they come in too.

7. Sleeping Bag 

Once your newborn weighs enough you can move it into a baby sleeping bag. These are great and should definitely be on your checklist! I got two so there was a spare in case of any sicky accidents and I loved moKee’s Sleepy Bag. You can zip all the way around meaning changing a nappy in the middle of night makes it super easy! They can also be used when travelling and have an opening for car seat belts and pram straps.  

8. Baby Monitor 

An obvious essential. There are many to choose from- I didn’t go for one with a video monitor as I thought I’d end up just staring at the screen rather than enjoying a film or eating my dinner. But of course, it is a personal decision and should be based upon what gives you peace of mind!

ABSOLUTELY NOT NECESSARY

1. Manual breast pump 

Too much hard work. Go for a battery-powered or plug-in one. Quicker and more efficient.

2. Nappy Bin 

A bin with a lid is a must but expensive nappy bins are not! As long as you empty the bin regularly you can avoid smelly nurseries!

3. Bath thermometer 

Use your elbow and common sense to test the water. Various thermometers I used broke and went mouldy in the bath. Dipping your elbow or wrist in the water to test the temperature is best because they are more sensitive to heat.

4. Baby bathtub stand 

Unless you have serious back issues you will rarely use a bathtub stand!

 

And what do you think? What is the most important product to buy when creating the nursery? And what wouldn't you recommend? Share your opinion in comments!

Baby's room needs to be just as functional as it is fabulous, so stock up on simple newborn essentials. Find out what's needed & what just a nice-to-have with these nursery buying guide.

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