By Sarah Snyder-Castañeda
We’ve all been there before. Trudging through piles of baby toys, books and stuffed animals, only to step on the pointiest toy possible. (After only getting 3 hours of sleep, this feels great by the way!) What do your closets look like these days? Are they full of baby shower gift bags filled with outgrown clothes? Is it a boneyard of carriers, bassinets and disappointing gadgets? You’re not alone. And there is a solution.
Depending on your space and your preferences, you can find the best options that will work for your home or apartment. A little organization can go a long way, and it can eliminate endless searches for that one particular item you can never seem to keep track of. Keep reading for some great ways to make your storage space a bit more manageable.
You can save tons of space by using compatible and collapsible items that break down for storage. Of course, if you’ve already purchased a stroller or larger item that is not collapsible, this may not be a reasonable option. Instead, consider a wall mount in your garage or near your home’s entrance (if space allows).
Strollers are not the only baby gear that may have a storage-friendly function. Many baby jumper seats are collapsible as well, so you can fold it up and slide it under the sofa or coffee table. You may want to choose a baby bouncer that converts into a rocker, which is great for a small living space.
There are many products on the market that allow you to keep baby’s gear more organized. You can purchase a collapsible bathtub to make more room in the bathroom. A nursery organizer attaches to baby’s crib and it can hold diapers, wipes, powder, lotion and much, much more, which will free up some counter (or floor) space.
Portable high chairs have become extremely popular because you just plop it on a kitchen chair and your baby is ready to eat. This can be a huge space saver if your kitchen is a little tight on space. Corner hammocks can hold stuffed animals, blankets and other baby items which keeps them organized and off the floor.
Instead of a huge baby swing, you may want to consider a bouncer. It will take up much less space, and your baby will still get the swinging motion you want. Most bouncers are not only compact, but they are portable as well. They have the same music and vibration that a swing has, so you really aren’t missing out on much.
A pack-n-play or foldable crib can be a huge space-saver. Although some parents prefer a traditional crib, you will only use it for a few years until your baby is ready for a toddler bed. If you are in an apartment or have multiple children in the same room, a foldable crib may be super convenient. Maybe you have your baby’s crib in the living room. If you have guests over, you can fold up the crib to make a little bit more room.
There are many ways to add a little organization to your space, and a little organization can go a long way. From breast milk organizers to wall-mounted changing tables, there are tons of options available for any type of space, no matter how small.
Another trick is to take a look around your place to see where you can add some storage options. You may want to consider an ottoman with storage space inside, or a toy box that can hold toys and also provide additional seating for your guests. Items that have dual functions are also great if you are limited on space. For example, a play-yard with a changing station included may remove your need for a changing table!
Being organized can make taking care of your baby a little easier and will make your place less cluttered. Between 3 a.m. feedings and multiple loads of laundry a day, you don’t want to spend time searching for your baby’s favorite toy or bottle. If you put in a little effort, you can add time-saving, functional items that will help you stay organized, no matter what time of day it is.
What are some of your space saving solutions? Tell us about it in the comments.
Sarah is the writer (and brains) behind Baby Brain, a blog about baby gear and new mom life. Check out her recent post on best car seats for small cars. Finding ways to balance working mom life with new mommy life is another topic she enjoys blogging about. When she isn’t at her 9 to 5, she's playing superhero with her baby girl, making bento boxes to take to work and geeking out on Game of Thrones with her husband. Connect with her on Twitter or Pinterest.
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