Happy Friday! I'm excited to once again link-up with Kaitlyn from Wifessionals and Jen at Five 27 Jones for the series, "Preparing for a Little One." This week's topic is Nursery Organization & Ideas.
For me planning and organizing my little one's nursery was one of the most exciting things about being pregnant. About a month prior to <A>'s (early) arrival I became almost obsessive about making sure the nursery was perfect (this was my nesting-phase). I organized all his clothes and had the crib made up. Of course, there were some small things that I still wanted to take care of after his birth, but for the most part the nursery was ready by the time I had him.
The thing about being a first-time-mom and organizing a nursery ahead of time is that you really don't know the best way to utilize your space until your baby actually arrives. If you're anything like me, you'll reorganize things several times after baby's arrival. That way you know things are "just right."
Hopefully I can help save you some time with some nursery organization tips for all you future mommies.
- Don't buy a changing table. You can only use it for a short time and after that you won't want that piece of furniture in your child's room. I recommend investing in a short dresser and then putting a changing mat on top of it. This way the furniture is functional for many many years and it works great as a changing station while their in diapers.
- Keep the space simple and uncluttered. You are going to be walking in and out of the nursery in the middle of the night when you are far beyond exhausted. You don't want to trip over something when you aren't paying attention, especially if you have the baby in your arms.
- I used an old flower vase to hold his pacifiers and I love it. I always know where to find them and they are close to his crib. Plus I have tons of old vases that are just sitting around collecting dust, what a great way to recycle them.
- When you organize the furniture in your nursery be sure to take into consideration any daylight that will come through windows. You might not want to place the crib directly under a window that gets full sun at dawn or dusk.
- Keep a thermometer near your diapers. As a new mom I wasn't aware that whenever you take your little one's temperature you'll need to do it via the rectum. It helps to have everything you need in one place so you aren't scrambling when your baby isn't feeling well. Also, I use this little caddy to hold all the little things I might need when I'm changing diapers.
- Baby proof before your baby arrives. Your baby will grow almost before your eyes. It's better to have the nursery already prepped for when they decide to crawl and walk.
- Most importantly, have fun with it. If you want the diapers in a drawer, put them there. If you want to hang each and every onesie, do it. You can move just about anything so don't feel like just because you put it one way to start that it means it has to stay that way.
If you're interested in checking out <A>'s nursery and how I set it up and organized things check out this post.