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.
Such a breath of fresh air and healthy living Laura. Beautiful! Great hints for other mamas. Wonderful, happy boys you enjoy,all three of them. Happiness always!
Thank you so much for this article. Being a first time mom and feeling like I practically need a new house for a baby nursery but this really put it into perspective. Thanks!
Laura Jean says
Thank you for your comment! It’s totally do-able! We made it successfully to 6 months with each baby in our room. I know they recommend around 6 months though to have their own sleeping space – since around 7 months they start to develop awareness of their sleep surroundings and who is in the room. (I read this a long time ago online somewhere, sorry I don’t have the article)