When our first child was born, we lived in a 2 room apartment, so baby had a nursery. When our second child was born, we lived in a 3 bedroom house, so baby had a nursery. After that, there were no more nurseries. Baby either shared a room with siblings or shared a room with Mommy and Daddy, and it has worked out just fine.
However, when you have a larger than average family (which would be any number over 2), you have to get creative with your spaces and storage. But getting creative does not mean you have to sacrifice having a pleasant place for baby to be. I have always tried to make the area baby occupies special in some way, but this time, I had to work even harder because the space I had was much smaller.
Last night, we put the finishing touches on the bassinet and added it to the space I had carved out for baby. As you can see from the photo, it is a tiny bit of wall space between our walk-in closet door and the bathroom door. It is just the right size to the accommodate the bassinet and nothing else.
I decided this time I wanted some special decorations specifically for the space above the bassinet since it was so small and felt rather stark. Earlier this year, I met Breezy Brookshire and her lovely family at the Teach Them Diligently Convention. I knew the second she opened her Breezy Tulip Studio, I wanted one of her prints for baby’s special place. The one I chose is called A Mother’s Love. Perfect!
I found the letters and hooks at Hobby Lobby on sale. I thought by spelling out BABY, we could keep the decor versatile, but you could spell out baby’s name. I liked the neutral tones of these metal signs too. I tend to gravitate toward blues and browns anyway, even when I’m having a girl. I thought the hooks would be nice to hang a burp rag on or even an outfit for the next day.
Of course, when you are limited on space, you can’t spend all your mental energy making things pretty! I had to think about where I was going to put baby’s clothes and blankets. Often, I am able to put baby’s things in one of the children’s rooms, but because of the layout of this house, that wasn’t going to be a good option.
If you remember from my post on making a closet separation between your nice clothes and your every day Mommy clothes, you might remember how I have this extra closet in my room that stores my nice clothes. It isn’t full by any means, so it is the ideal place for baby’s clothes. But because the closet is rather small, I decided on hanging storage instead of drawers or stackers.
I chose the hanging closet organizer in the photo for a variety of reasons. It was a good price, a reviewer mentioned it didn’t have that yucky plastic smell, and it had pockets on the side. I put a basket underneath to hold blankets and we were set! (I’m in the process of washing baby clothes right now!)
Next, I had to consider diapers. We recently decided to give our large dresser to the boys and use the storage space in the walk-in closet as our “drawers.” Because of taking out that large piece of furniture and replacing it with only a small desk for my computer, we now had a corner that could be used for diaper storage and a diaper pail.
A while back on my Facebook page, I asked about storing diapers, but rather than purchasing something new, I decided to keep my old method of storage since it is so nice and narrow and compact.
I will eventually switch the newborn diaper stacker to the top level, but for now, let me give you a quick tour of the stacker and what all is in there:
The snowflake bag that is hanging off the side of the stacker is one of those bags from a sheet set that are too cute to throw away. It holds all my cloth wipes.
The basket next to the stacker is my old nursing basket (which may return to that function once baby is here). For now, it holds small FuzziBunz, disposable diapers, wipes, and some odds and ends that won’t be in use until baby gets here.
Baby will be here before I know it! It has been so nice to put together this space and feel like I am finally accomplishing some baby-related things, despite the limited amount of space I have to work with. I feel very blessed to have such a lovely place to bring baby home to.
So, have you had to made due with a small place for baby? How did you organize it? Please share in the comments!