A nurs­ery fit for a prince or princess

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For par­ents such as the Duke and Duchess, who don’t yet know the sex of their im­pend­ing child, a gen­der-neu­tral, muted colour scheme is the most prac­ti­cal way to dec­o­rate. “If par­ents are plan­ning on hav­ing more than one child, it’s use­ful to know that the things they buy now will be used again,” adds Tin­dall.

It’s also very on trend to be gen­derneu­tral, as ev­i­denced by John Lewis’s re­cent de­ci­sion to re­move boys’ and girls’ la­bels from chil­dren’s cloth­ing. Many chil­dren’s re­tail­ers are mov­ing away from push­ing pink on girls and blue on boys.

A room fit for a prince or princess – what­ever their gen­der – starts with the wall colour. “We see a lot of peo­ple go for grey or white and then bring in ac­cents of colour through cush­ions and rugs,” Tin­dall says.

Lit­tle Greene have paint good enough to lick – lit­er­ally. Three of its fin­ishes have been cer­ti­fied free from toxic ingredients un­der the Bri­tish Stan­dard Toy Paint Reg­u­la­tions. Try its French Gray Pale for a neu­tral grey, or a com­bi­na­tion of Pale Lime and Brighton for a brighter mix that would suit a boy or a girl.

Tin­dall says that the key to a wellde­signed nurs­ery is “not to over-clut­ter it”. While many items of nurs­ery fur­ni­ture are ex­pend­able, such as a wardrobe, one key piece is the crib. In­stead of spending thou­sands on a stan­dard cot, many par­ents are choos­ing ones that con­vert to a tod­dler bed. One good op­tion is the Mo­kee cot (£79; en.mo­kee.eu) that can be adapted into a tod­dler’s bed and used up to the age of three. The Scandi de­sign comes in six colours and has bolt-on ac­ces­sories, in­clud­ing an un­der-cot stor­age drawer and a chang­ing mat that fixes on top of the cot, mean­ing there is no need for an ex­tra chang­ing table.

A chest of draw­ers with lots of small ones is handy to help or­gan­ise baby grows, vests, tops and bot­toms; try a clas­sic tall­boy (£499; the­white­com­pany.com).

Speak­ing of sleep, the Duke and Duchess might have a nanny, but for the rest of us, any­thing that prom­ises help is worth splash­ing the cash on. Try the Sleepy­head (£130; john­lewis.com), a gi­ant pil­low that makes the baby feel tucked up in­side their cot, which can be eas­ily trans­ported too, mean­ing the baby feels just at home in a travel cot or nap­ping down­stairs.

To stop the room look­ing monas­tic, layer rugs and cush­ions. A sheep­skin rug, such as Kaiser Soft Lamb­skin (£45; baababy.co.uk), can be used on the floor for tummy time, in a cot, car seat

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