Does it seem like your baby owns more things than you do? You’re not alone! Space becomes a problem when you have kids. Your once roomy house becomes cluttered and cramped with baby gear, supplies and toys.It doesn’t have to be this way. Read on for some easy tips on how to keep your home from looking like the inside of a toy factory.
One of the most significant ways to free up some space in the nursery is to purchase a mini crib instead of a full sized crib. Mini cribs are great alternatives to the full size models. Not only do they free up much needed space, but they are also very safe and easily broken down and transported. Mini cribs are also quite reasonably priced. Babiesrus sells ‘The Dream On Me 2-in-1 Lightweight Folding Crib’, which retails for $129.99. The ‘Dream On Me’ has received excellent quality ratings, folds down easily and comes with a thin mattress. Another great suggestion is the ‘DaVinci Emily Mini Crib’. Target sells this model for $159.99. The ‘Emily’ crib has also received outstanding quality ratings, and has the fantastic perk of converting into a twin bed when the baby grows into a child. Keep in mind that while most mini cribs come with a mattress, it is a very thin mattress. You may want to purchase a seperate mattress for your child’s mini crib. Mini crib mattresses are quite reasonable; some retail as low as $59.99.
Space Saving Highchair
The kitchen tends to be one of the rooms in the house that fills up the easiest. Filled with appliances, counters, kitchen table and chairs and more, why strain the kitchen to max capacity by adding a highchair too? One logical suggestion is to purchase a space saving highchair rather than a full sized model. A space saving highchair sits on one of your kitchen chairs, allowing you more space to move around in your kitchen. Most space saving highchairs are designed with multiple reclining positions to grow with your child. A great example of space saving highchairs is the Fisher Price Space Saver Highchair which retails for $59.99. This particular product reclines, so it can be used from infancy well into the toddler years. This model comes in a variety of designs, has a dishwasher safe tray and removable seat covers that is machine washable. Another fantastic option is ‘The First Years Newborn to Toddler Reclining Feeding Seat’ which sells for $32.99. Like the Fisher Price version, the First Years model has a dishwasher safe tray, removable seat cover (reversible!) that is washing machine safe, and has several reclining modes. Easily transportable, space saving highchairs making dining out a breeze!
Items You Can Live Without
One of the most exciting moments in many women’s pregnancies are the moment they get to register for all their baby’s stuff. It is very easy to go nuts when that registry scanner is put in your hand! No matter how desperate your urge, there are some things that you shouldn’t register for if you don’t have the room. A few examples include changing tables, swings, jumpers, bouncers, rocking chair, etc. If your short on space, a bouncer or a swing is great; probably not both. Once your baby is more active you could always purchase an activity center or ‘exersaucer’. Also, no matter what anybody says, a changing table is not a necessity. Find a safe, flat surface, lay down a changing mat or a blanket and voila! Instant changing area.
Bins and Baskets
With babies comes clutter. Lots of it. The best solution to nipping clutter in the bud is to organize and organize well. You can purchase decorative bins and baskets to put baby’s little things in, such as pacifiers, diapers, toys, etc. Buy many and put them in each room of your house. These help tremendously in keeping everything organized and tucked away neatly.
Modular Storage Units
A known truth: Adults loves to spoil babies rotten. If your baby is like most, they will have a complete wardrobe and a treasure trove of toys before they’ve even arrived. A great way to tackle the clutter is by installing modular storage units. For baby’s clothing, you can purchase closet organizers to get the most out of your closet. Lowe’s and Ikea both have great closet organizers that are relatively inexpensive. For baby’s toys, modular storage units are a great way to save space. Ikea sells some wonderful storage units designed for a child’s room with shelves and bins to hide away all of baby’s things when not in use.
Saving space and organizing your home is simple when you know which corners to cut!