3 Nursery Organizing Hacks – Preparing for Baby
You’re pregnant with your first baby. So many conversations revolve around what to buy for your baby’s nursery. You’re in Babies ‘R Us trying out all the latest gear. Your registry is full of the coolest toys, most popular products, and more! You find yourself searching Pinterest for ideas for nursery organizing and it all seems beautiful! You’ll probably try out a few things, store all the stuff, and then one your baby is born you barely use the nursery at all. Consequently, you’ve spend a lot of time and energy for a room you use several months later.
Does this sound familiar?
In this post, I’m going to offer 3 nursery organizing tips that will actually help you in the postpartum time. These tips are portable and can be used whether you are cosleeping or if baby is in a nursery. Then, you can apply these tips as your baby grows and your needs change.
In the first few weeks postpartum, you are on a great healing journey. Firstly, you are healing from birth. Secondly, you’re intensely tired. Create a diaper station on each floor of your home, in the places you spend the most time with your baby. For example, this could be your living room, bedroom, or nursery. You can buy a few cheap changing pads to have nearby, or even a few receiving blankets will work. Get a basket or bin and fill it with a day’s worth of diapers, wipes, plastic bags for trash, coconut oil, and whatever else you might use at diaper changing time. If you have other children, consider buying something with a lid to avoid exploration.
Your postpartum doula can change and refill your stash each day.
Consider diaper storage for your needs. If you’re using cloth diapers, this site has some great practical ideas for storage.
Become a Clothing Minimalist
What size clothes is your baby wearing right now? Probably newborn or 0-3 months. Take any extra larger clothes and get them out of your space and into storage. Emphasize skin to skin as much as possible in the early weeks. You can get by with about 10 onesies/sleepers per size. You need MUCH LESS than you think. If you can remove any clutter, it can really feel relieving. If you only have what you really need, then you won’t need elaborate systems or furniture to store baby’s clothes.
Place several onesies/sleepers (whatever it is you are dressing baby in…) in your diaper change station for easy access to fresh clothing.
Create Space for Yourself
Mothers are so overlooked in the process of planning for life with baby. In the few weeks after baby is born, you will need to use the restroom frequently. Your body is flushing extra fluids and you will be bleeding. Create a station for yourself in your bathroom that has all of your pads, extra underwear, peri bottle, and other comfort items. Place it right on the back of your toilet or other place in arms reach. Moving around is hard enough. Let’s make this as easy as possible.
Create a station for yourself in baby’s nursery, your room, or wherever you spend time with your baby. Stash some water bottles, snacks, a good book, a phone charger, or anything else you might want in arms reach. Firstly, consider yourself while you plan your baby’s space. Do you need a place to rest in baby’s room? Secondly, consider putting a place to rest in baby’s room such as a floor bed or a futon. In planning your nursery, YOU are just as important.
Lastly, in planning your baby’s nursery, consider being flexible and be able to adapt as your baby grows and your needs change.