Your Baby's Nursery: Planning, Organization and Storage
Given how many things a baby requires, especially in their early months, these nursery organization tips are a must-know for any parent looking to make their lives with an infant a little easier.
A good starting point would be to create zones in the nursery. Break the nursery layout into different zones - sleeping area, diaper changing station, nursing nook and your baby’s closet. Once you have the designated zones allocated, it’ll be easier to organize and maximize the space in each zone.
It’s best to have your nursery setup ready before the little one arrives but keep in mind that keeping your nursery forever aesthetically pleasing is almost impossible. It’s more realistic to have your nursing organized in a relatively neat and practical manner!
1. Sleeping area
Whether you’re starting with a smaller bedside cot or a full-sized crib, be sure to keep the sleeping area free of any loose items for safety to prevent any risk of suffocation. Leave the soft toys and decorative items for later months when they’re older.
The safest sleeping position for a baby is on their back, it’s recommended to use a baby nest for sleeping. The Doomoo Cocoon: Organic Cotton Babynest features an extendable bottom and adjustable strap to keep your baby secure.
You can never have enough storage space. Hence, opting for cribs with storage drawers is good for keeping any spare waterproof protector or crib sheets for easy reach.
2. Diaper changing station
Make sure your diaper changing station is at a comfortable height so it’ll be easy on your back as your newborn most likely requires a change every 2 to 3 hours, and less as they grow. A classic pair would be to double up your changing station atop a storage dresser to maximize space. Not only does it keeps items within arms’ reach,but it also increases the lifespan of your furniture as your baby outgrows the need for a diaper changing station.
A side trolley with lockable wheels for your baby’s necessities, like diapers and burp cloths, does wonders for portability and convenience. Keep your space neat with Lollibly EZ Crates as they make great storage organizers. Available in 4 colours and 2 sizes, these foldable crates are easy to assemble and lightweight without weighing down any of your drawers.
3. Nursing nook
Have a cosy little nursing nook for all your breastfeeding and nursing sessions! A nursing chair is your best bet as its gentle rocking and luxurious comfort make it surprisingly enjoyable to stay in the same position for hours. More importantly, it soothes any fussy babies with its gliding motion.
Keep a little side table or a storage basket close by so you can easily place your phone, toys (or even snacks!) within arms’ reach. You are bound to spend a lot of time sitting while breastfeeding or pumping. Hence, choosing the right nursery chair is crucial. Opt for one with an in-built recliner for maximum comfort and space efficiency or one with a storage ottoman to keep any cover-ups or supplies.
4. Baby dresser or closet
Babies change clothes 2 to 6 times a day, depending on the frequency of any little ‘accidents’. Don’t underestimate the time you’ll spend doing your baby’s laundry or folding the clothes. Hence, having an organizational system is essential in keeping those drawers looking somewhat neat.
The last thing you want is to rummage through the drawers to find a particular piece, especially if you are in a hurry. Organize baby clothes by categories in drawer dividers and make sure each section is visible when you pull out each drawer. You can also get baby hangers to hang their clothes instead of folding everything.
From diapers to burp clothes to onesies and adorable hats, babies own way too many things for such a tiny human bean!
Enjoy the process
Things may get overwhelming sometimes, but trust the process and enjoy the journey. Afterall, parenthood is such a beautiful thing, even with its ups and downs. For those new to this exciting journey, feel free to drop by Hatchery Cribs to browse our one-stop baby showroom or reach out to us if you need any advice!