Making Room for Baby When You Have None....
In most houses space is a precious commodity. When you live in a small house with a lot of little humans you have to learn to be creative. We have 1400 square feet for three adults and six children. It's chaotic this mom life, but small space living with a baby doesn't have to be hard. It just takes a little planning and prioritizing.
"It just takes a little planning and prioritizing."
I was pretty sure we were finished having babies when our 4th came along and purged most of the baby things I had. When we were surprised by our fifth baby I was certain that we were complete so I purged even more. When our sixth little love debuted, I was pretty much starting from scratch. Here are the basic I have in the bedroom!
What you'll need..
Portable Sleeper - you want something that is compact and portable this way you can move it easily around the house or pack it in the car. I recommend fining something that elevates baby's head. When baby gets a cold or if baby struggles with reflux elevation will be necessary. Why not be prepared?
Three Drawer Storage - baby clothes are small and they out grow them quickly. My elementary age girls use them still. they stack and take up minimal space! Score!
Three Tiered Cart - This came in handy holding multiple baskets for feeding supplies, toiletries, and other baby necessities. the narrow design keeps it's from taking up space and the wheels allow for easily moving it out of the way.
Diaper Caddy - Keep this by your bed filled with nursing and diaper essentials. Late night changes will be a breeze!
Infant Lounger - Having a comfy spot to set baby either on the bed or floor is a must! If you have older children who like to help this is nice to have when they want to hold or feed their little sib. They also come with a storage bag so when not in use you can pop it under the bed, couch, or in the closet.
LED Candles- If you get nothing else from this list snag these! LED candles are a game changer with a newborn. They let off just enough light to see, but are soft enough to leave on and not disturb your much needed rest.
As a mom of many in a small space I've learned less is best.
Thing to Keep in Mind
It's easy to get lost in the sea of baby gear, but keep it simple! You don't need ALL THE THINGS. You need basic items that you will use regularly and that fit your life style. If you have a larger master then I do, or maybe even a large walk in closet, you can have more of a traditional nursery set up. Ask yourself these questions:
Does it fit in the space?
Will it simplify my life?
Is it a storage solution or a storage problem?
Will it serve more than one purpose?
Mother knows best..
The main thing to remember is to keep your needs in mind while you prepare for your baby. Try and find items that are portable, multipurpose, and fit your life style. What works for one space, one mom, or one family may not work for another.
I hope you found this short article helpful. Happy nesting sweet friend!
© 2019 Stephanie