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New parents have a whole new world of responsibilities and tasks laid before them from the moment they learn they are expecting. From birthing plans to vaccination choices, stress can mount to staggering weights before moms and dads can say “baby buggy.” One of the more overlooked aspects of a new bundle of joy is the physical space the baby will call home, the nursery.
As seasoned parents will attest, a well-organized baby’s room makes parenting infinitely easier. Nothing is more aggravating than not being able to find the right pacifier, diaper, or snuggly during a 3 a.m. feeding. You may find both you and your new babe crying in frustration.
Get ready, Get set, Get Organized!
Being organized is essential for minimizing frustration and keeping a cool head during the more stressful newborn years, but where should you begin? Follow these simple tips to help remain calm and collected when your baby needs you the most.
Growing up, most of us had a sibling, friend, or parent whose tendency was to color coordinate and categorize everything. Maybe that person was you! Well, it’s time to channel that energy into a first-rate organizational system for baby.
Use fabric boxes in your favorite patterns to separate diapers, wipes, onesies, lotions, and creams, then store them on a bookshelf or wall shelf. Adding large, legible labels to the boxes’ front will help everyone know exactly what’s where. Utilize the space underneath the crib by storing toys, playmats, and blankets in wicker baskets.
Maximize space and functionality by using a universal changing table or a dresser with a changing table on top. You can purchase (or DIY) changing tables with a dresser of your choosing and a changing table pad.
Designate Functional Areas
In most cases, a nursery is a relatively small space, and that’s a good thing. However, you should still designate some areas for specific items. Create a diagram of your baby’s new room, then separate it into three of four parts.
One crucial area is a space for feeding and rocking. Items may include a chair, nightstand, lamp, and basket for a blanket or reading material. It’s no secret that you will spend many hours here, so make sure it’s near an outlet so you can charge your phone or even check out reputable online casinos because, hey, diapers aren’t free!
Situate this area next to the window in the room to take advantage of the view and sunlight.
Another vital area should be the changing table, trashcan, and diaper disposal system. This area may also include a dresser with changing table and a laundry basket. Having all these things in arm’s reach helps when things get a little messy, and your baby needs changing.
The largest item in the room is generally the crib and fits great up against an interior wall. This location ensures it will stay warm all year. If no interior wall is available, try to keep the crib away from the window.
The last space is equally important yet often overlooked: the baby’s play space. This area can be as simple as an empty patch of floor where a playmat and toys reside. As soon as playtime is over, all of the items can be removed, making it a clean walkway. Keeping the clutter controlled helps reduce stress and ensures you won’t stub your toe on wayward toys in the middle of the night.
Care is More Important Than Ware
Lastly, take on a minimalistic attitude toward toys and the hottest baby gadgets. Often new parents find it challenging to resist the urge to buy all of the latest baby gear. However, this attitude contributes to the clutter and can sometimes lead to large baby debt. Remember, the most important thing you can give your baby is unconditional love and care.
With these tips, you will cut through the clutter and focus on what truly matters, your precious newborn.