The Essential Nursery Guide & Checklist

Your beautiful bump is growing larger than the space hopper Jennifer Aniston shoved up her jumper in Friends (Season 9 – c’mon!) and you’re growing especially tired of lugging around the kind of weight Jessica Ennis would struggle to bench press – you’re experiencing all the ups and downs of the last trimester and you’ve got enough on your plate without putting together a nursery checklist. So, get comfy, feed bump a biscuit, and let us unveil those nursery necessities.

Moses Baskets and Cribs

Sleep is a precious commodity once baby has arrived, and choosing the right bed is oh so important. Chances are, your little bundle will kip in your bedroom for the first few months, so choose something that will work in your own bedroom as well as in the nursery.

clare du lune moses basket

White Wicker Moses Basket in ABC design – £99.95

Moses baskets and cribs are great for those early months; they’ll enable you to move your sleeping tot from room to room with minimal disturbance. Take for example the amazingly versatile Snuzpod, this revolutionary crib can affix to a parental bed as well as double up as a stand along crib and rocker. The Snuzpod is the ultimate ‘closer-to-baby’ sleep solution.

SnuzPod Bedside Cot

Espresso Snuzpod Crib From £199.95

Brilliant Cots and Cot Beds

Once your baby becomes a little too big for their basket, the next step up is a cot/cotbed. You might want a cot with a lowering side, or think long term with a cot that can also double up as a toddler bed. In any case, choose a bed that is well-made and complements your décor.

Oliver Furniture Cot

Baby & Toddler Luxury Cot Bed – £695.00

With an adjustable base, the Baby & Toddler Luxury Cot Bed is suitable for babies and toddlers; the side can be lowered for easy access to your little one. We also adore the Leander Cot & Junior Bed. It can convert into 5 different designs, including a junior bed, meaning it can grow with baby. Its compact design also makes it a practical solution for smaller nurseries.

Beech Wood Cot by Leander

Leander Cot & Junior Bed – £799.00

Magnificent Mattresses

Mattresses matter! A good mattress is just as important as a sturdy bed, and it’s not worth scrimping on quality. We have a great range of cosy kids mattresses to send your little munchkin into the delicious depths of dreamland, and even have a guide on finding the perfect mattress for your child.

The Little Green Sheep Cot Mattress

Natural Twist Cot Mattress From £145.00

The Natural Twist Cot Mattress has a clever double-sided design, which means that when they’re ready, you can move your baby from a firmer newborn mattress to a comfy squishy toddler mattress. We also adore the baby Organic Wool Cot Mattress. As the only mattress in the UK to be certified organic by the Soil Association, it’s a great choice for babies that are prone to allergies or eczema.

The Little Green Sheep Mattress

Organic Wool Cot Mattress From £165.00

Sheets, Mattress Protectors and Cot Bumpers

From cot sheets and mattress protectors to quilts and baby blankets, we’ve got it all covered at Cuckooland. We have a great range of bedding in sumptuously soft organic cotton, such as our Organic Jersey Cot Fitted Sheet.

The Little Green Sheep Fitted Sheet

Organic Jersey Cot Fitted Sheet From £13.95

A mattress protector is essential as it will protect your mattress from those little baby mishaps. The Organic Cot Mattress Protector is not only breathable and super soft – it’s 100% waterproof too!

Organic Cot mattress Protector

Organic Cot Mattress Protector From £28.95

Cot bumpers are really, really helpful. They cleverly stop your baby bumping against the hard rails of the cot and can also prevent dummies being dropped overboard. We particularly like the Olli Ella Set of 6 Cot Bumpettes. They come in beautiful patterns and are made from soft organic cotton.

Olli Ella Cot Bumpers

Olli Ella Set of 6 Cot Bumpettes From £39.50

Blankets, Duvet Covers and Quilts

Blankets, duvet covers and quilts are essential for naps when you are able to watch your baby sleeping. We love the snug softness of Baby Blanket in Marshmallow Design, bound to send your bundle of joy of to sleep quietly (!) in double quick time!

soft Baby Blanket in Marshmallow style fabric

Baby Blanket in Marshmallow Design From £14.95

We also have a fabulous range of bright quilts and duvet covers that are guaranteed to bring a burst of colour to your nursery. For a quilt that will be treasured for years to come, the Single Quilt in Matilda Patchwork Design has whimsy pastel colours that are perfect for little girls.

Single Quilt in Matilda Patchwork Design

Quilt in Matilda Patchwork Design From £85.00


For parents who want a touch of luxury in the nursery, we have the super soft Mini Mink Faux Fur Blanket. This ultra snuggly blanket is an opulent addition to the nursery and can be used as a blanket or mat for baby to rest on top of.

Minimink designer blanket

Mini Mink Faux Fur Blanket From £69.95


Wardrobes and Chests of Drawers

When you’ve finally bought everything from that mile-long list, you’re going to need somewhere to store it all. We’ve got a great range of nursery furniture, from stand alone items to nursery sets. Our Winnie the Pooh 3 Piece Nursery Room Set Double in Pine comes complete with a two-in-one chest of drawers and changing table, a spacious wardrobe, and a cot with a drawer for extra storage.

Winnie The Pooh Nursery

Winnie the Pooh 3 Piece Nursery Room Set £819.00

Almost all of our chests of drawers conveniently come with an inbuilt changing space. We also have a wide range of wardrobes, including the fun Amsterdam House Wardrobe in Neck Gable Design available in four sizes and countless colours!

Amsterdam wardrobe

Amsterdam House Wardrobe From £1,250.00

Toy Storage and Bookshelves

Keeping that little angel entertained is no mean feat. To organise their toys and books, we have a brilliant range of bookshelves and storage options. The Kids Primary Storage Bin Unit is a great option for housing all of those toys. The lovely bright design would look great alongside the Sling Bookshelf in Primary Colour Finish.

Kid's Primary Storage Bin

Kids Primary Storage Bin Unit From £89.95

Cosy Nursing Chairs

Embrace those early feeds and late night snuggles with a sturdy but comfy nursing chair. Our Olli Ella nursing chairs are the perfect addition to any nursery. These chairs will keep you comfortable as you bond with your baby, and will help you to retain a good posture. The Mo Ma Glider Nursing Chair is Olli Ella’s most popular design. It’s super comfy and the lumbar pillow also offers additional support. Browse our collection of nursing chairs here.

Olli Ella Nursing Chair

Mo Ma Glider Nursing Chair From £975.00

Tip Top Changing Tables

If there’s one thing you’re going to need a lot of, it’s nappies. We stock a huge range of baby changing options, from purpose-built changing tables to dressers with an inbuilt changing space. We love the classic design of the East Coast Toulouse Dresser and Baby Change Unit. Just don’t forget to add one of our soft and comfy changing mats!

East Coast Nursery

East Coast Toulouse Dresser From £299.99


Pram Accessories

When you do eventually venture out of the house we have prestigious pram accessories to make babies first ride around town a super warm and comfortable one.  Take for example the lusciously luxurious Pram Liner by Minimink. This beautiful pram liner is a versatile, luxurious and practical way of keeping baby snug when out and about.

Faux Fur and Cotton Stroller Liner

Luxury Pram Liner From £29.95


If you happen to have an Autumn/Winter baby then take the comfort level one step further with an adorable Pram Papoose by Miniminx. This super soothing pram papoose has holes for the 3 or 5 point harness and a foot muff for all round comfort. You’re sure to attract a few envious glances with this perfect pram accessory.

Pram Papoose by Minimink

Pram Papoose by Minimink From £74.95


So there it is, our essential checklist of baby must-haves for that most important room – the nursery. From cots to chairs to changing tables, just follow our checklist to complete your nursery and we guarantee you’ll be delighted with the results. Our nursery collection has mums and dads-to-be covered from birth, to toddlers, and beyond!

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