How to style your baby’s cot (when they’re not sleeping in it!)

Supported by Lorraine Lea

The other week I shared my top tips to creating a practical, stylish and baby-safe nursery and one of those tips was to keep the bedding minimal for sleep times…

That doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of fun styling your bub’s cot when they aren’t in it though!

Because I know there are other mamas out there as crazy as me who want their baby’s cot to look as stylish as the rest of their nursery in between sleeps, and because there is zero information on how to style your cot on the internet (or none that I could find), I’m sharing my ideas on how to style your baby’s cot!

All of the styling tips in this article must only be used when there is no baby in the cot. Be aware of safe sleeping guidelines to reduce SIDS risk.

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1. Start with a fitted (and optional flat) sheet

Crisp white fitted sheets are always a favourite and create a blank canvas to begin layering your other bedding. Or for something a bit more fun, consider injecting a hint of colour like this mint set I got from Lorraine Lea.

Fitted sheet

2. Try the tucked and turned down blanket

Just like adult beds, cots look great when there are loads of layers. You can find some stunning reversible blankets now which really suit this tip of tucking the blanket and turning down the top edge or just one corner — it reveals the underside design and makes the cot look so inviting.

Fold baby blanket

3. Three cushion stack

Rather than styling the cot with toys, consider stacking 3 cushions along the length. This looks great with standard-sized cushions, like these lion cushions (set of 2) from Lorraine Lea.

I found having large cushions like these really practical for the times when I needed to use two hands and my bub was strong enough to sit with a pillow propped behind him.

Cushion stack

4. The draped blanket

As the heading suggests, simply draping a blanket over the front or end of the cot, brings more colour, pattern and texture to your cot styling. You could even look at layering a few pieces here like a stylish baby blanket over a sheepskin, or a light-weight blanket over a heavier-weight blanket.

Draped blanket

5. Stringing bunting or a garland

Another way to add interest to the cot is by hanging some cute bunting, like fabric flags, or a garland such as this neutral felt pompom garland. (Of all the styling we’re suggesting here, it’s particularly important that this is removed before sleep times though!)

Bunting on baby cot

6. Corner cushion and toy stack

An alternative to the three cushion stack is to create a sweet arrangement in one corner. A large standard cushion, smaller shaped cushion (such as a roundie, knot or cloud cushion) and a toy in front is an easy recipe to follow.

Cushion stack

7. Mega cushion and toy stack

And finally, for those of you who take the more is more approach, I’m demonstrating the mega cushion and toy stack!

There’s no set rule or formula to follow here but some tips are to:

  • use an odd number of cushions and toys as it’s more appealing to the eye
  • mix sizes and shapes
  • get playful with colours and patterns
  • introduce different textures

How else do you like to style your baby’s cot? If you enjoyed this post, tell us in the comments below!

Most of the bedding pieces pictured as well as the raccoon toy are from Lorraine Lea. You can browse their range of quality, on-trend baby products here.

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How to style your baby's cot
Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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