I am in the process of organinizing my space for a hopeful newborn ( I am TTC )<br><br>
I would love to see pictures of how you have organized your "baby spaces."<br><br>
I intend to CD, BF and co-sleep.<br><br>
Thanks for helping,<br>
<a href="http://www.liandal.com/AllenIV/BabyRoom.htm" target="_blank">This is ours</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> DS is 2+ now and we're about to change the decorations (I'm over this one, it was my pre-TTC fantasy so I'm ready to move on) but we'll keep the basic layout the same. CDs are kept in the secretary desk you see to the left of the changing tabletop.
-Do not succumb to any premade list about the stuff you need. You do the research, talk to others (IRL and on MDC), figure it out for yourself and make your own, streamlined list.<br><br>
-Do not keep stuff you can't use because you got it as a gift. (DD got 27 blankets- all of which were handmade- as gifts. It was awful, because they were all beautiful, but we gave most of them away.)<br><br>
-Do not spend money on new "baby" furniture or decorations. It is outgrown sooo quickly. Get stuff that can be used at least until childhood.<br><br>
For example: I knew that I wanted some fabric lined baskets for DD's changing table (huge, deep shelves for storage). All the baby ones were painted in Easter egg pastels. I bought the natural ones with plain linen lining. Besides being cheaper (6 for $10 @ Big Lots), DD can use them forever because they don't look "babyish". Or, if she doesn't like them, I can easily reuse them in some other area of the house.<br><br>
The lamp and rug that you buy should not come from a "baby" department.<br><br>
Our basinette, crib, matresses, and changing table were hand me downs. DD's dresser and bookshelf were both small items of wood furniture that we had knocking around for a while. The rocker and stool were very slightly broken and came with our house. We sanded (and fixed) everything and painted it white (which is also the color of the woodwork in her room). So, even though it was not a "set", everything coordinates. When her basinette was replaced with her crib, nothing looked out of place. When we replace her crib with a white toddler bed, and her changing table with a white toybox, it will all still coordinate. It was also very easy to find matching wall mounted shelves and curtain rods. (Another problem I have with bedroom furniture sets is they tend not to come with bookshelves. Although now, since I've seen the pp's way cool outward facing bookshelves, that problem is minimized.)<br><br>
-If you plan to use cloth diapers, you will need to set aside more room for them than what stuff designed around sposies allows. Sposies are small and lightweight. CDs are bigger and bulkier.<br><br>
-All you really need for a newborn, clothes wise, are tshirts and sleepers. Once the baby is older, organize the clothing by outfit. It makes laundry and dressing easier.<br><br>
-Go ahead and buy the tiny hangers.<br><br>
-Rather than picking a theme, I chose a color (white) and a fabric (actually I bought several of the same large tablecloth). DD's walls are green. All her furniture, woodwork, shelves, picture frames, etc., are white. Her changing table shelves, 5 gallon pail diaper bucket, matting for pictures, memory box, etc. are all covered in the tablecloth. (It's striped, sort of springy colors.) This has the advantage of being cheap, but also it allows me to integrate things into her room without them looking out of place because they aren't part of the (Noah's Ark, Winnie the Pooh, Moon and Stars) theme. Also, as she grows, it will be very easy to eliminate the "baby" fabric, and therefore easier to redecorate.<br><br>
-If you buy a cosleeper, try to get it used. DD hated hers. She's fine sleeping on her own during the day, but at night, she wants to snuggle. Even the cosleeper was too far away.<br><br>
-Even though your nesting hormones will probably want everything *perfect* before DC arrives, try to chill. It will be easier to figure out the best systems once the baby is actually there.
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<div style="font-style:italic;">-Do not spend money on new "baby" furniture or decorations. It is outgrown sooo quickly. Get stuff that can be used at least until childhood.</div>
Leta's post is brilliant, all of it. This point was my big one -- the grandparents gave us $$ for a baby furniture set, and we bought it. I so regret that.
Thanks for the compliments! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I got the bookshelf idea from here (MDC) - they are just raingutters! We get SO much use out of them, and SO many compliments too. Be sure to use lots of drywall anchors - board books are heavy!<br><br>
I also agree with Leta's post. The furniture in my pics belonged to my dad when he was growing up. I refinished it when we were still TTC as a project to keep my mind off of the process. It looks good as new!
I've been thinking about this today, and I just wanted to add one more thing. Every family does this differently, so I just want to throw this out there for you to think about. You mentioned that you were planning on co-sleeping, which I totally congratulate you for - we love it!!<br><br>
It -is- nice to have an additional quiet, safe place for ds/dd to lay down during the day if I'm not with them; our crib serves that purpose for our family. Even though we co-sleep, dd lays down during the day in a crib for naps & ds just graduated from his crib to our spare room bed for the same purpose. It's nice to have some place that the kids feel comfortable laying down in...where I know they'll be safe if I'm not sleeping with them (i.e., my 6 month old can't roll off the bed).<br><br>
In that spirit, though, don't buy an expensive one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> It is nice to have the option, though, IME.
I had a hand me down changing table for my first, but got rid by the time she was one or so and never used one for the next three. I kept a basket with diaper supplies and a changing pad on each floor of the house. It was so much easier to change on the bed or the floor. I also found small round laundry baskets that I got at the dollar store really helpful for storing toys.
I like the idea of my little one having a space of their own to rest during the day for naps. Did you have to do anything special to have your baby sleep without you next to him/her for naptime?<br><br>
I co-sleep with my now 13 year old son and he had difficulty sleeping without me ever.<br><br>
For my current baby, we don't have a baby space at all. DD is 2 1/2, so we have a play area for her (her room where she doesn't sleep). For the baby, we have the diapers stored in a trunk in the living room, I change him on a pad on the couch or the floor, the wet pails are in the kitchen under the sink. We co-sleep, so no crib. For naps, he sleeps on a twin-size quilt on the floor in our room. Really, there's nothing special you need for breastfeeding. A regular pillow (or, I have a favorite one that is foam on one side) will suffice to hold the baby on. We don't even have a rocker this time around because we don't mind bouncing him around in our arms or dancing around. It's good exercise, and it's not like DD would just let me sit down and rock anyway, she's just all energy and wants you to be around here as much as possible.
I have a few tips!<br><br>
1) a stuffed animal hammock(i beg people not to get ds stuffed animals and he still has enough to fill a hammock, hes 9 months old!)<br><br>
2) Buy a convertable crib, one that changes into a bed<br><br>
3)Dont buy a change table, buy a pad(the ones with the grooves) for like 25 bucks and set it up on top of a dresser, use the dresser for diapers/faceclothes/anything bum change. it keeps it tucked away and even cleaner looking then a change table and then you can reuse the dresser later!<br><br>
4)Dont paint the room a "baby color"<br><br>
5) We have plastic hangy things frm the dollar store and have ds' burp blankets hanging right next to the change station<br><br>
6)We have a whole wall around ds's window of built in shelves!! Wonderful for all the crap you get given to, and theres room for framed pictures, books EVERYTHING, and then theres a little window seat.<br><br>
7)Under crib storage containers, i got plastic bag like things that zip up and fit under the bed for all oof the baby clothes that i decided to keep if were blessed with another baby.<br><br>
We currently live with dp parents so I really didnt want to go all out in his room when we'd be moving out(yahoo very soon) but i am stressed out that i have to go through all of this stuff and pack it and reset it up!