Oh baby! Super-stylish nursery essentials
Looking for stylish baby essentials? We've found a stunning range of changing mats and nursery bedding made right here in the UK from local baby biz, The Gilded Bird. Wanna see?
Having a baby or know someone who is? When kitting out the nursery, finding gear that is functional and fabulous is the equivalent of looking for a nappy pin in a haystack. Options usually flip flop between plain, twee or wall to wall Disney. Cue a toddler tantrum from the style savvy.
But not any more. Berkshire-based mum-of-three Jeanie Bird created The Gilded Bird because she couldn’t find a quality changing mat she loved. Just because it’s a baby basic doesn’t mean it has to look it, right? Rather than ‘making do’, Jeanie designed one. Let’s be honest, your baby couldn’t give two hoots what this stuff looks like, so you might as well enjoy it while dealing with an explosive nappy.
The result was a stylish anti-roll changing mat, inspired by the Berkshire countryside and made in the UK. A local artist (also a mum) has now created 12 hand painted designs for The Gilded Bird that are printed onto wipeable, durable and non-toxic PVC and moulded over multiple layers of thick and soft foam.
The range has expanded to include five different types of changing mat, splash mats and a new range of beautiful bedding and cot sheets.
It’s a jungle out there. Particularly when it comes to babies. The OG anti-roll wedge mat in this gorgeous safari print is a stunner. The beautiful hand painted design (on toxin-free wipeable PVC) is exclusive to The Gilded Bird and is made with practicality and comfort in mind. It’s made with extra thick, high density foam and the raised side give extra comfort and support. It’ll fit most change tables (69cm x 44cm x 8cm). Price £29.99.
Love a Scandi vibe? Moving away from traditional blues and pinks, this flat changing mat is a cool gender neutral print to die for. It’s got raised sides, made with non-toxic PVC (read: waterproof and easy to wipe clean) and fits most change tables. Love it. Price £19.99.
Take a walk on the wild side and save your floors! God I wish I had something like this when my boys were small. There is truly nothing more messy than a toddler with food. The Gilded Bird’s range of wipeable and waterproof splash mats have you covered. And it’s huge 100cm x 125cm. Great for under a high chair when more food ends up on the floor than in their mouth, protects floors during the bath time tsunami and, the phrase all mums fear, messy play. Price £16.
If I gave my boys free rein to decorate their rooms it would painted red with Paw Patrol plastered all over the walls one week and Arsenal FC the next. So they have an advisory roll while I’m in charge on the paint brush. The Gilded Bird’s brand new bedding is a game changer. Fun prints, made from super-soft organic jersey cotton and fits a toddler bed/cot bed perfectly. Each set comes with a pillow case and duvet cover. Price £39.99. Cotbed sheets £25.99.
Going away with a baby requires Ninja-like packing skills and planning. So much stuff, so little space and stress levels reaching code red. While I can’t change any of that (sorry), This travel changing mat will at least make nappy changes prettier and more comfortable for your bundle. Most travel mats are super flimsy, but this one has squishy soft foam, is super lightweight and will make emergency floor changes a doddle. Price £14.99.