there is so much fun in preparing for a new baby in your life – but i gotta admit i spend at least as much time worrying about it, too. those first few months with juliet were a challenge, to say the least, and in some ways it now feels like we are preparing for battle or something. i am especially wary of the sleepless nights that are undoubtedly in our future, so i am not just preparing our little girls’ room (for when they can start sharing it after the first few months), but i am also giving our parental bedroom a bit of a makeover.

we’ll put the baby in a cradle in our room for those first few months, so that means we’ll be spending lots of night time moments feeding, burping, changing and soothing her right there. we have already put the changing table back into the corner where it used to be when juliet first arrived, and i am planning on adding a cosy chair somewhere, too. but something that i wanted to get done much faster, was the addition of a little lamp on my side of the bed.

in our previous apartement we used to have an ARTEMIDE tolomeo micro table lamp on either side of the bed, but when we moved into this place, i hung up that black metal bedside table on my side and the table lamp didn’t quite fit on there anymore. for some reason, i stopped looking for a decent replacement, and we got in the habit of using just one beside lamp for the both of us. needless to say, it’s not very convenient whenever i want to get out of bed earlier or want to read a little longer… i can’t count the times i’ve hit my toe against the wall, stumbling around in the dark.

i figured i needed to do something before the new baby arrived and i would trip straight into her crib in the middle of the night, so i started scrolling through endless options online. i knew i wanted something timeless and that would fit with the tolomeo micro on the other side. in the end i opted for the TOLOMEO PINZA, that i can simply ‘pinch’ onto my bedside table (which conveniently has a hidden compartment that hides most of the lamp’s cable from view).

i am trying to approach the prospect of sleepless nights as positively as possible, by adding cute and nice items here and there and focusing on the nice moments we’ll share with the new baby. a good night serum and body oil on the night stand to take good care of myself, a deliciously scented lavender bag (thanks MINIMALISMA) next to my pillow to fall back asleep more easily, tiny cute clothes and beautiful muslin cloths for those midnight changes…

i’m curious to hear – what are some ways in which you prepare(d) for the many, many (AND MANY MORE) sleepless nights that come with new parenthood?

photos by stephanie duval • bedside DESIGN LAMPS by MICHELE DE LUCCHI for artemide • post in collaboration with MISTERDESIGN.BE

  • SarahB

    Get as much sleep as you can before the little one arrives, and nap when you can. I never napped before becoming a mum. A belated congrats on expecting!

  • Delphine

    Toen ik zwanger was zeiden ze ook steeds tegen mij, slaap nu maar want straks is het voorbij. Ik vond (en vind dat nog steeds) dat eerlijk gezegd echt een beetje overroepen! :-) Ja je moet ‘s nachts opstaan om eten te geven maar ik deed dat telkens met een big smile. Ik vond dat zo leuk die nachten.. je kleintje dicht bij jou nemen. Ze sliep ook de eerste weken gewoon op mijn buik in bed omdat ze niet in haar wiegje wou. Zo heerlijk die periode.. Ik ben pas moe geworden nadat ze 1 jaar is geworden. Terwijl ze toen al maanden doorsliep (vanaf haar 8 weken). Maar ook dan, met de vermoeidheid, vond ik elke wal onder mijn ogen het meer dan waard :-)
    Ja je bent misschien een beetje meer moe dan toen je nog geen kids had, maar toen was ik moe van lange nachten uit te gaan en te kateren in mijn zetel de volgende dag. Dus geef mij maar mama-moe zijn :-) hihi
    Enfin, je kent het al allemaal hé aangezien je lieve Juliet al op de wereld hebt gebracht. Komt helemaal goed!! Die twee samen gaan je hart doen smelten all over again.

    Succes met de bevalling! xx


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