Your challenge: Your home was what a realtor might call “cozy” before baby arrived. Despite how tiny they are, babies have a way of occupying a great deal of space thanks to all of the gear that tends to accompany them. Now that you’re looking at your space in a new way, you can’t imagine how you still store everything—let alone create a nursery for your baby.
The solution: This comes down to two words: priorities and creativity. By mindfully selecting the baby gear that serves multiple purposes and by re-imagining your space, you can make a nursery that’s just right for your little one.
Bunking up: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies sleep in the same room, but not same bed, as their parents for the first six months of life. But if you already had to perform gymnastics just to get into bed at night, this might make for a challenge. The good news is that your teeny baby doesn’t need a whole lot of space—or a permanent bunking spot. By opting for a fold-away bassinet, you can keep baby close at night and then can store away the bassinet (or relocated it to the living room) during the day.
Creating a sleep-inducing space for them: When your little one is ready for a space of their own, it doesn’t need to be a spacious suite. In the smallest of spaces, many parents before you have gotten creative with repurposing walk-in closets or by getting two uses from the room, like an office-by-day and nursery-by-night. The goal here is to give baby a calm, uninterrupted place to rest—so even having a playard that can be easily stowed away during the day will be fine by them!
Find opportunities for efficiency: When you’re working with a small space, you want to make the space as efficient and organized as possible. Think: Rather than getting a changing table and dresser, go for a secure changing pad atop a low dresser. Register for a portable swing/rocker combo rather than one of each.
Space for play: Many sweet, waking time memories are made in nurseries, too. When you have limited space to store all of your baby’s toys and gear, aim to get items that can be easily tucked under the crib, into the dresser or hung in the closet
Pro tip: Believe it or not, your baby will be a toddler before long—so strategically buy gear that will grow with them as their nursery converts to a big kid room to save yourself the storage conundrum.
You’ve got this.
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