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We all know babies have “business” to do, but taking care of that business shouldn’t mean sacrificing half your nursery space. Contrary to what real estate agents would like you to believe, having a baby does not automatically mean you need to buy a bigger house. There are plenty of ways to fit a baby into a small space. It just takes some advance planning and a willingness to think outside the box.
Need a little inspiration? Whether you’re making the best of a smaller-than-average bedroom, designing a shared space, or literally putting a baby in a closet, these small nursery ideas can make a big difference.
DITCH THE CHANGE TABLE
A newborn can easily be changed on a bathroom countertop, which gives you convenient access to water. Use a thin, waterproof-bottom change pad on any available surface, then roll it up and put it away once you’re done.
INSTALL DIAPER SUPPLY SHELF ON THE WALL
Choose a spot close to where you typically change the baby. Stack diapers, wipes, cream, and washcloths at an easy-to-reach height.
Tight on space? Skip the full-size crib and go for something that can fit in a little nook. Luckily, there are plenty of adorable mini crib options out there; you can even find some that transform into toddler beds!
RECLAIME THE UNUSED SPACE
When you have a small nursery, every square inch counts. Have space under the crib? Evict those dust-bunnies and reclaim their grubby realm in the name of sensible storage!
REPURPOSE CHIC CHAIR
A lot of parents are switching from the glider to a more adaptable chair. To maximize convenience, find a comfy, compact chair that swivels, so you can turn to face all corners of the room.
Changing units have drawers or shelves for all your nappy-changing supplies. Some have space underneath to tidy away boxes and baskets.
POCKET ORGANIZER OVER THE DOOR
Lotion, oils, medicine, thermometer, toys, clean washcloths and spit clothes, all of these things need to be stored somewhere, and what better place than hidden behind the door?
LET GO OF UNNECESSARY DECORATIONS
Bumper pads, stuffed animals, and decorative pillows in a crib take up space, create visual clutter, and are hazardous to a baby. And, let’s be honest, the baby doesn’t really care. Hang a pretty mobile from the ceiling instead.
CRIB-TOP CHANGING STATIONS
Skip the traditional changing table, and opt for a clever, space-saving alternative, like a crib-top changing station. These portable changing trays sit vertically across the crib, secured with straps and rail-hugging grooves.
If your nursery has limited space, don’t cram too much in, it will make the room hard to use and feel even smaller. Small is beautiful and less really can be more. Your baby needs to sleep in the same room as you for the first six months. But you can still use your baby’s nursery as a play area, clothes store and changing room until he’s older.
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