Setting up a full-fledged new nursery for your baby isn't always desired or possible, and it certainly isn't necessary (despite what retailers lead you to believe). Here are the tips you need to create just enough space for baby when you have little to "no" separate space in your home.
Downsize and reorganize - Out with the old, in with the new. When you're adding to the family, it's a great time to cut the clutter and make space. Not only will you feel better about getting organized (truly, you will feel refreshed and peaceful!), but you'll also clear up valuable space for baby's things.
One drawer, one shelf, one spot - After doing the above, consolidate your newly sparse closet/dresser and leave empty one or two shelves or drawers for baby's clothes, blankets, diapers, etc.
Save the crib for later - While baby is little, instead of a giant crib, get a space-saving co-sleeper bed, bassinet, portable crib, or similar space-saving baby bed. To minimize on multiple purchases, check the size and weight limit for the type of bed you purchase. If possible, buy something that will grow with your baby until they need a regular-sized bed.
Shared but separate - If baby will share a room with an older sibling, try and maintain a separate space in the room for baby's bed/things so that your older child still feels like their space is their own, as much as is possible.
Set up stations - Deconstruct the nursery so it lives in "stations" throughout your home, which will make caring for baby and yourself more accessible and convenient. Figure out where you spend most of your time and store baby's things in those areas.
Double duty furniture - Instead of something you'd purchase just for the nursery, like a comfy chair or glider, use what's already in your living space or purchase a comfy chair that becomes part of your long-term living room/common area furniture.
Less is more with accessories - Don't go overboard buying or registering for multiple versions of baby seats/swings/bouncers/jumpers. A bed and one kind of seat or bouncer should suffice. Seek out less bulky options that fit better in tighter spaces. No need for fancy baby mats, either -- a soft blanket on the floor surrounded by some colorful baby toys will do just fine.
Are you bringing baby home without a nursery? Share your tips and challenges in the comments!
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