Nolan has arrived! Our Valentine’s day baby showed up fast and furious just a few minutes before midnight. We knew ahead of time he’d live in our bedroom for the first 6 months, so that meant time to rearrange. Our bedroom is fairly average sized, so I wasn’t sure how to do it without feeling cramped.
In the end, we removed a dresser and temporarily share our favorite 8 drawer Hemnes dresser from IKEA. We also made space for a rocking chair, but ultimately moved it to the living room. I found myself never using it, and rather just feeding him in our bed instead. The bonus corner we had gained from removing the dresser meant I’d have room for a small office area. I am a photographer and really wanted to be able to edit photos in the same room with Nolan.
Areas in our room that changed: using the dresser as a changing station, having Nolan’s bassinet right next to my bed, and making sure we have a Diaper Genie. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! I don’t have to smell stinky diapers ever. It’s very nice for sharing a room with a baby. 😉 I also made a spot for his clothes in my side of the closet + gave him a drawer in our dresser.
My Next Post – I’ll go into details on what we did for Sleep Training Both Babies! 🙂
A few essentials for the new space:
1. This basket from Target for Nolan’s misc. items – pacifiers, teethers, nail clippers, etc.
2. Portable sound soother for nap time and sleep time white noise. This super affordable cordless item is AWESOME. I couldn’t live without it.
3. More baskets from Target! Ahhh my favorite store. Always has adorable baskets for items, and these I use for diapers, wipes, burp clothes, and more.
4. Cradle cap comb. Evan never had any skin issues, but with Nolan we’re currently experiencing eczema and cradle cap. I bought this comb after numerous attempts of gently scrubbing his scalp with special natural creams from Target – with no luck. Once I had the fine tooth comb, it was a total game changer. It’s practically 100% gone now!
5. This mobile is perfect because it works on practically any bassinet. It has a universal clamp that is adjustable. I love that it plays light music for 45 minutes and both of my babies enjoyed watching it go around.
6. Ear thermometer. This one is great because I still use it with my 4-year-old. Although checking a baby rectally is probably the best way (I’m no doctor but this is what I’ve been told) – it’s convenient to first start with this method to see if his temp seems on the higher end.
7. Vava nightlight. This light is perfect for a low glow that won’t bother baby during nightly changes/feedings.
8. Halo bassinet. LOVE. THIS. I had a smaller version from another brand with Evan that I loved, but this I’m loving even more. It’s perfect because it swivels so I can move him away when it’s rest time, and closer to me when he needs help with pacifier, etc. I was able to find this used from a friend which really helped our budget a lot. Facebook marketplace would be a good place to check if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a new one!
9. Wish I had THIS with Evan!! My mom introduced me, and it’s the best little tool to have on hand. I make sure it’s kept in a spot where it won’t easily get lost (it’s very tiny!). Perfect for those hard to reach areas in baby’s nose and ears.