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How To Make The Most Of A Small Home When You Have A Newborn

Posted by Kerri Mosher on October 25, 2016 in Blog |

How to make the most of a small home when you have a newborn.

Preparing for your new baby is a pretty huge task. There are so many things to think about, such as what equipment you will need, whether you are planning to breastfeed and where the baby is going to sleep. If you are about to have your first child, getting things in place for your little one is an even more mammoth task. One of the most common issues first-time parents face these days is a lack of space in their homes to accommodate their baby (and all the things that come with it!). Houses these days are getting smaller as our population rises, and many young parents live in apartments too. This means that being short on space is the norm for a lot of young parents. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to up sticks and find a new property as quickly as possible. Moving house pregnant or with a newborn is never fun, and as babies are so expensive, it may also be difficult financially. Thankfully, there are things you can do to free up space in your current home to make way for your new addition.

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Move things onto the walls.

Floor space can be a real issue in many modern homes, especially in flats or apartments. Storage boxes are all well and good, but if you find yourself climbing over them just to get to the lavatory, you may have an issue. Safety is paramount when it comes to having a new baby, seeing as it won’t be long until your child starts crawling. With this in mind, consider moving various possessions and storage functions onto your walls instead. Instead of having a traditional bookshelf which sits on the floor, mount shelves onto your walls as a place to store books or your child’s toys. This will free up so much space and can also look pretty stylish too.

Choose the slimmed-down option wherever possible.

It’s no secret that certain baby items are just big and bulky – there are no two ways about it. This might seem ironic as babies are so small, but the things they need will soon start to take over your house if you’re not careful! Instead, get savvy and try to save space wherever you can. Many integral pieces of baby equipment now fold up in order to save space, as the market has recognized a need for this. Consider a fold up changing tray or stroller, and shop around to find the narrowest nursery gliders.

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Make baskets your new best friend.

Whether you like it or not, baby possessions will somehow worm their way out of the nursery and into nearly every room possible. Don’t be surprised if you somehow find bottles in the bathroom! In order to be prepared for this, pop a ‘baby basket’ in every room. That way, you can simply pop all the baby stuff that accumulates in the basket and carry it back to its rightful home. There’s nothing worse than balancing a hoard of clothes, toys and bottles on top of each other in your arms as you precariously carry them from room to room, trying to put them away. Baskets make tidying up so much easier and your home will feel much less cluttered – an essential for young families trying to be organized.

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