5 bedroom updates I’ve made since becoming a mum (to help improve sleep!)

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Anyone who knows me, knows I love my sleep so by far the biggest adjustment I’ve had to make since becoming a mum is learning how to function on limited sleep!

But I’ve also learnt a trick or two to get more sleep and better quality sleep with a little bub so I thought I’d share these 5 bedroom updates I’ve made since becoming a mum.

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Gina and Patrick

1. New mattress

One thing I wasn’t expecting after having Patrick was terrible back pain. Probably caused from a few things like weakened core muscles, bending over to change him and poor posture when feeding him… in any case, I’ve never had back pain before and don’t want it to hang around!

Thankfully I got a new mattress from Onebed which has been a lifesaver! I will admit I was skeptical when I saw it delivered in a box but all doubts have been squashed since getting some of the best sleep I’ve had. All that latex and memory foam goodness! And not only has it been great for me, the zero motion transfer (aka extreme cushioning) confines movement so I’m not waking hubby up at every feed.

Gina and Patrick playing

2. IKEA hack for Patrick

When we first brought Patrick home, we had a lovely bassinet set up for him in our room but he refused to sleep in it… every time we put him down, he would just cry and be restless no matter how much we settled him. So we did what any new parents who have no idea what they’re doing and are totally sleep deprived would do and had him sleep in our bed. I really wasn’t comfortable with this (we only did it a few times I promise!) because as little as I knew about parenting, I knew co-sleeping wasn’t good and I would always wake up fearing the worst.

When I told my midwife about Patrick hating the bassinet, she showed me a cool pic on Pinterest where someone had bought an IKEA cot and attached it to their bed (keeping the cot panel between the baby and the bed off so you could reach your baby in the night). That day we went to IKEA to buy the cot and it was the best money we ever spent. (Last night he even slept for 12 hours only waking up for feeds! #winning)

Ikea hack bedroom updates
This IKEA hack where a cot is clamped to the side of the bed without the side panel is one of the best bedroom updates we’ve made

3. Nighttime tunes

We started playing white noise for Patrick — crashing waves, rainforest sounds or our favourite, thunder storms — but truth be told I sleep so much better with these sounds too. Why did it take me so long to discover?!

Whether you have a baby or not, if you want a more restful sleep I recommend giving ‘forest rain and thunderstorm sounds’ a try. You can thank me later 🙂

White noise bedroom updates

4. Furniture shuffle

My beloved Smith armchair has been relegated to the living room to make way for a changing station.

Turns out the space I allocated for our nursery (just outside our bedroom) is tighter than I thought and fitting his ‘proper’ cot and the change table out there is a squeeze. So I moved the armchair downstairs and that corner of our bedroom is now a baby changing station.

It’s probably for the best though because now we use the change table all the time, rather than being tempted to just quickly change him on the bed, which isn’t good for our backs.

Change station bedroom updates

5. Blockout blinds

While our bank account is still recovering from building the house, an expense we couldn’t put off was buying block out blinds. Trying to put a baby to sleep in broad daylight just doesn’t work!

After much umming and ahhing about the best window treatment to use in our house, I decided on honeycomb blinds. The modern, clean look of these suits our house best and I like how they can be recessed in the window.

So there’s a bit of insight into how I’ve changed things about to help us all sleep better. Do you have any other tips to help? I’d love you to share them in the comments below!

More bedroom ideas

PS – thanks to Onebed for providing my new mattress. Seriously, thank you!


  1. I found your blog post whilst searching on Pinterest for that Ikea cot as it’s the one we’re thinking of getting. May I ask how you attached it to the bed? I hadn’t actually thought of doing that before and was planning on having a bassinet like you first tried, but after reading your blog I’m now rethinking!

    • Hi Tracey, I definitely recommend this hack and will be doing it again for my second baby due in a couple of months – it makes night feeds so easy. I just used clamps from the hardware store to clamp the cot to my bed 🙂

  2. Hey, I have an IKEA cot like yours. How did you take the side off? Did you take a saw to it? I’d love to have the same set up you had! x

    • Hi Mandy, we simply constructed the cot just using three sides so no sawing was involved. If you’ve already made the cot, you should be able to unscrew one side? The only thing we did differently was screw new holes so the cot bed was inline with our bed – we did this by measuring the height of our mattress and marking this height on the cot frame, screwing the holes and then assembling it at that height. I hope that makes sense 🙂

  3. Lovely post! A new mattress is on my list too!! And how good is white noise! We didn’t really use til much later but when we went camping recently I realised it was amazing how soothing it really is hee hee.

    • Thanks Kaitlyn, I’m really enjoying this time even though adjusting to less sleep has been a challenge. I swear by white noise and I think it’s helping him to become a deeper sleeper too (he used to wake at any little rustle but now he sleeps like a log – that’s once he gets to sleep!). Happy Mother’s Day for tomorrow xx

  4. I too have recently become a mum and become acquainted with backpain – it might be time for a new mattress for me also. Thanks for sharing, your little one is adorable!

    • Oh isn’t back pain the worst, Amelia?! I had a great pregnancy so to feel worse off afterwards was a real surprise for me. Luckily my back is starting to get better though and I’m sure once I start yoga again it’ll make a big difference. How are you finding things? Any other tips you can share to help bub sleep better? I can’t wait for the first STTN (sleep through the night) 🙂 🙂


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