Our Baby’s Cot : 4 Weeks To Go

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Coming from a traditional farming family, my mum (who I forgot to take a photo of) has kept everything from when Amy and I were little. So our cot, nappies, clothes and high chairs are all stored away in their shed waiting for one day when a grandchild was to come into the picture.  Lucky for mum she has only fourish weeks to wait now, not long.

My mum calls the cot a bassinet, I am hard pressed to see it as a fancy bassinet for our little one. I would of expected something fancy like a cane woven basket that looks like a swan or an elegant hand sewn masterpiece. Nope. Its a stretcher for a baby.

The stretcher is made out of wood, which folds up to next to nothing and then has a canvas tub like piece of material to hold the mattress and baby in. It also comes with a piece of wire which sits up over the top of the bassinet to put a piece of mosquito netting over – genius. We don’t have fly screens on our windows and all sorts of bugs and critters come and go as they please. So our little one will have a safe sleeping spot from nasty bites and any unexpected creepy crawlies.

Our bassinet dates back to 1961 when my mum was born. She  slept in it when she was a wee one. As did Amy and I. Its now on to its third generation.  It’s pretty exciting having something like this in the family. Not only does it resemble something so practical that everyone in our family loves it. Its a little piece of our history as child bearing women.

Practical is my middle name and I love anything that will work well in our itty bitty space. The bassinet can be folded up and moved around with ease and it doesn’t way a tone. The mattress is made out of natural fibers – Tea Tree Bark. The same as my mum had. Its just had a new cover for it. The canvas was taken off the stretcher and washed and put back together. All the women in my family have helped to put this thing together for us. Our bub is so spoiled.

Mum kept the bassinet and washed the canvas, I used my best handyman skills to put it back together. Dad supervised and made the piece of wire to hold up the mosquito net which mum is making. My friendly neighbour down the road re-cased the tea tree mattress for me as she is a sewing wizz. Amy made the bed for the very first time for when bub comes home. Me well I put it next to my bed so I would get use to walking around it at night time when I go to pee 500 times without kicking my toe. Practice makes perfect. So thank-you to all who have helped get this wonderful sleeping space for our baby ready. All we have left to do is wait for its arrival.

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Our bassinet next to our bed, I have enough space to get in and out with my big belly and I am still yet to kick my toe.

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Aunty Amy, making the bassinet up with mattress, mattress protector, sheets from when we were little and loads of love.

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Another weekly photo progression of my belly growing. Once again its hot today, so yep, looking hot and bothered today.

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8 Comments

  1. What a lovely exciting time for you Lizzy 🙂

  2. Just beautiful lizzie, such a lovely family affair full of tradition & love. What a lucky little bubba x

  3. What a comfy bed for baby and very practical to have it within arm’s reach. You’ll be a great mum Lizzie. x

  4. That is very special Lizzie, I love your practicality. So many new mums get so carried away with loads and loads of new ‘stuff’ when really…it just needs to be safe and functional. Good luck to you are your family of wonderful, strong women!

  5. Lizzie how gorgeous and cute your bubba’s bassinet looks next to your bed. To know that the bassinet has been handed down from your mum and you have all used it as babies is very special indeed, and it’s been the work of all your loved ones to get it ready for your new little one which is special too. I have the rocking chair my Mum used when she breastfed my sisters and I and it is still battling on in my son’s room. My husband uses it to read stories to Bodhi before bed each night so it’s still serving a purpose. Not long now to the bubba’s arrival, it’s getting very exciting for you all!

  6. I can’t see all your photos due to computer problems today, but I can see the cot and it looks lovely. So many Mum’s to be go out and buy all this expensive ‘stuff’, but seriously, you don’t need it. Babies need your time, love, food (milk), clothes and somewhere safe to sleep and that’s about it. As uncomfortable as you may feel, try to relax and enjoy these last weeks of pregnancy. xxoo

    • Thanks Julie, yes, I am trying to be comfortable in my own skin. I just feel like I would sink in the ocean if I fell in. It is a great excuse to be come friends with our couch though.