Give the Nursery a Summer Refresh with Our Top Picks
With the big Spring clean out of the way, it’s the perfect time for a Summer refresh – nursery addition! If you’ve chosen to totally redecorate the baby’s room or you’re simply looking for a few Summer essentials, this season’s nursery bestsellers will get you off to a great start.
Along with a few helpful tips, tricks and top picks – you’ll be ready for your nursery spruce up! Say hello to yellow, make space for their sun hats, sandals and sunglasses and discover clever cots to keep babies cool. Our nursery guide has Summer-thing for every little one!
1. Temperature Control
A hot topic in the summertime – keeping your home and its residents cool! It’s certainly easier said than done, but there are a few things you can do to keep your baby comfortable and safe.
As advised by the Lullaby Trust – babies require a room temperature between 16 and 20°C. Too hot or too cold and the risk of SIDS increases. Unless you have air conditioning or the ability to easily control the temperature of your home, it’s no mean feat keeping little ones cool in the summer months. It’s always good to add a room thermometer to the nursery to keep a close eye on changing temperatures, but there are a few other things you can do to maintain a safe sleeping space.
If it’s time to pick out a cot, choosing a design that promotes good air circulation would be perfect for the summer months! The Vox Paris Cot Bed features open slats on all sides to help with airflow and prevent overheating. Similarly, the side panels of the Vox Bosque Baby Cot Bed have been made from a lightweight mesh fabric to keep babies safe and cool. Both designs have a height-adjustable bed base to suit every stage of development and you can easily check in on your tot, for added peace of mind.
During the Summer, light layers, breathable bedding and clothing should help keep babies at the right temperature. To check if your baby is too hot, place your hand on their chest or back of the neck to gauge their body temperature and remove layers if needed. The Panda London Bamboo Fitted Cot Bed Sheets have been made from 100% organic rayon, helping keep babies cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter. As well as promoting climate control, the 320 thread count sheets are antibacterial, hypoallergenic and wick moisture and odours away – especially good in the hot and sticky months! Machine washable, tumble drier safe and arriving as a set of 2 – Panda London has made it easier for babies (and their parents) to get a better night’s sleep!
Along with breathable bedding, the Mother&Baby Pure Gold Anti Allergy Coir Pocket Sprung Cot Bed Mattress is a must for the changing seasons and temperatures. Made with natural and organic materials to provide anti-microbial and anti-allergy protection and promote temperature regulation, these layers have been paired with a completely waterproof membrane and machine-washable cover, ensuring their cot will be fresh, clean and free of bacteria. Also designed to eliminate allergens, babies will sleep soundly and safely in the Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring!
2. Space for Summer Essentials
As soon as the temperature rises and Summer is in full swing, it’s time to say goodbye to our winter wardrobe and welcome back our sunnies, sun hats, sandals and suncream! It’s the same for our little ones too. And with every growth spurt, they’ll be flying through summer clothes like they’re going out of fashion. That’s why a spacious nursery wardrobe should be top of your wishlist when tackling a summer refresh!
The compact Galipette Sacha 3-Door Wardrobe makes good use of the space it takes up and offers storage solutions for your baby’s summer essentials. Tucked behind the 3 soft-close doors, everything from their swimming cossies to their 0.5 Tog sleeping bags can be stored away on the hanging rails and shelves.
Suiting babies, toddlers, kids, tweens and teens (and even us adults), the Vox Concept 3 Door Wardrobe has room and then some! Available in a choice of colours, each comprising 6 closed cubbies, 2 drawers and a generous hanging space with rail – arrange their outfits by age range and get their autumn and winter wardrobe ready, ahead of time!
Part of the Vox collection, if you had to pick just one piece for your Summer refresh, it has to be the Leaf Changing Unit. The convertible dresser starts as a baby changing table with a removable attachment, shelves and a cupboard. Keep easy-to-grab essentials in the open cubbies – perfect for when your hands are full, and utilise the extra space behind the main unit for nappies and changing mats. Then when potty training has begun, convert it into a kid’s dresser and continue using the furniture for many Summers to come!
3. Holiday-themed Furniture
If you’d like to recreate that Summer feeling in the nursery, there’s no better inspiration than your favourite holiday destinations! Whether that’s a seaside escape, a tropical island or a sandy shore, share your favourite places with your new favourite person and create a nursery you and your baby can both enjoy!
Inspired by seaside settings, the Galipette Celeste 3 in 1 Cabin has been designed to look just like a beach hut! Use yours as a cot bed canopy, an open wardrobe or a junior desk and get the most out of your furniture. Pair with the Vipack Casami Beach House Cupboard and Vox Vintage 3 Piece Cot Nursery Set and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the coast each time you step into the nursery. Along with beach-themed decor, a driftwood mobile and ocean soft toy critters to keep your little one company, you can reminisce those summer getaways!
Not sure about the seaside theme? Choose your own destination inspiration, stick to a summer mood board and frame a few holiday snaps to adorn the nursery walls. You can keep adding to your gallery wall with every Summer holiday!
4. Bring the Sunshine In
When you think of Summer, which colour springs to mind? It has to be yellow! Uplifting, joyous, cheerful and sunny, you can’t help but feel happy when you’re in the company of yellow! For that reason, we can’t think of a better colour to choose for a nursery update. Paint the walls in your favourite shade, pick out a patterned wallpaper to showcase this sun-drenched colour or if DIY is out of the question, choose furniture, decor, accessories and lighting to bring the nursery to life.
The Ickle Bubba Dursley Rocking Chair and Stool comes in a choice of 3 colours, but our bestseller – is the Sunshine nursing seat! Padded and upholstered for added support, with removable cushions for easy cleaning, create an inviting spot for you and your baby to relax. Even on dark days, you’ll feel like you have your own personal sunshine!
The Vox Concept Baby Cot 3 Piece Nursery Set also comes in a choice of colours, but new parents can’t seem to get enough of the yellow chest of drawers and matching wardrobe! All paired with colour block panels and doors, it’s a modern take on this lively colour.
Style the Dursley Rocking Chair and Vox Concept Nursery Set with the Pacific Cotton Ball LED String Lights and you’re onto a winner! Handspun with cotton threads in an array of dopamine-inducing colours, each set is completely unique. They instantly add a summery feeling to any room – day and night. USB-operated, simply attach them to a power supply and enjoy their warming glow!
5. Light and Bright
If you’re not feeling yellow, but want the nursery to feel light and bright this Summer, you can’t get better than white! But is that playing it safe? When you have mucky pups in tow, white is far from the safe option! So, how do you use white in the nursery without worrying about stains, smudges, marks and scratches? You choose designs like the Vox Spot Cot Bed and Obaby Stamford Sleigh Space Saver Cot 3 Piece Room Set.
Both made from durable materials, with child-friendly finishes that are easy to clean – the nursery will look and feel fresh long after you’ve decorated. The Obaby Stamford Sleigh Space Saver Cot also comes with teething rails, so not only will your white furniture stay white, but your tot’s pearly whites will be protected too!
6. Soft and Soothing
To contrast the bright and bold colours of summer, you can still achieve your nursery refresh with soft and soothing shades instead. Look to nature and neutral tones to give a subtle nod to the season.
The Galipette Sacha Cot Bed has been finished in a two-tone colourway, with white rails and sustainably sourced natural pine and beech side panels and legs. Creating a cosy nest for your newborn, the gentle shades and patterned wood grain can be tied together with any choice of bedding. Creating a space that quietly says summertime, pair with rattan accessories, woven rugs and pastel colour pops – and that’s where the Vox Tuli Bookcase comes in! Available in white or pastel green, tots will have a home for their bucket and spade, and all the other summer toys in between!