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12 Hacks to Make Room for a Nursery in a Small Home

12 Hacks to Make Room for a Nursery in a Small Home

Welcoming a brand new baby into your life and home is one of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever know. But it can be extremely stressful getting ready for the baby, especially if you live in a tiny space with just one bedroom, and you don’t have the means (or desire) to move. That’s where these 12 useful nursery hacks come in handy!

1. Maximize Hidden Storage

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    image from Brave New Home

    If you live in a one-bedroom apartment, your nursery will most likely need to be in the corner of your bedroom. The space underneath your bed will be your greatest asset, and you might also utilize the space under your dresser or the inside compartment of a chair. Use these hidden spaces to store clothing, extra diapers, and more.

    2. Use Fold-Down Technology

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      image from Decorpad

      If you aren’t sure what this looks like, just research tiny homes and you’ll get a pretty good idea. Essentially, you can use fold-down technology to store the crib and changing station against the wall when you’re not using them, and simply pull them back down when it’s time for baby to go to sleep or be changed.

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      3. Portable Nursing Caddy

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        image from From Faye

        You definitely need a place to store all of your nursing supplies so that you aren’t leaving nursing bras or nipple cream out in the open. A portable caddy that you can hang on the side of your crib or changing station is the perfect solution!

        4. Forgo the Closet

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          image from Emily May

          You can do without a closet for the baby. Just use a nice, compact dresser and/or changing table to store the baby’s things. You can worry about the closet when your baby gets a little older.

          5. Use Vertical Storage

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            image from Brandi Korte

            You can always find more space when you look up. Stack the baby’s accessories high on one wall of your bedroom using shelving. Just keep a stepstool nearby when you need to reach the extra diapers on the top shelf. Make sure you put the baby down first, please!

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            6. Find Collapsible Amenities

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              image from amsd2dth

              A pack-and-play probably isn’t your first choice when it comes to your baby’s sleeping arrangements, but it will help you find the space you need. Not all collapsible cribs are hideous–don’t worry. You can find a selection of nice cribs and changing stations to keep your room clutter-free.

              7. Utilize Wall Space

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                image from Travis Isaacs

                Instead of using a cubby storage shelf on the ground, build it high on the wall. You can store everything you’ll need for a new baby in a simple 12-cubby shelving unit above your baby’s crib, and it won’t take up any space on the ground.

                8. Do Double-Duty on Furniture

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                  image from M Sundstrom

                  This might be surprising but your crib, dresser, and changing table could all be the same piece of furniture if you play your cards right. It will soon become your favorite piece of furniture for it’s versatility alone.

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                  9. Hanging Storage

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                    image from Apartment Therapy

                    With just a couple of towel rods and some hanging plant baskets, you can store everything the baby needs. Simply attach the rod to the wall, hang the baskets, and fill with toys, books, clothing, diapers, and more.

                    10. Peg Board Changing Station

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                      image from greeneyedmom

                      Another great way to utilize wall space above the changing table is to create a pegboard changing station. Attach a few baskets to the pegboard and fill them with diapers, wipes, ointments, and more. Don’t forget to add a cute decoration to match the pegboard to your room’s theme.

                      11. Optimize Closet Space

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                        image from Apartment Therapy

                        If you’re blessed with a large closet, use it to make room for the baby. Push your clothing aside and store the baby’s things in there. In fact, if you have enough room and a small crib, you could turn a portion of the closet into your baby’s entire room.

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                        12. Suspended Toy Display

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                          image from DIY Inspired

                          Finally, don’t waste ground space to store your kid’s toys. Use plant hangers to stock stuffed animals and blocks and use suspended magazine racks to hold books. It’s both an extremely cute and clever way to use your limited space!

                          Featured photo credit: Toddler Room Play Kitchen Kindergarden/Brendacfeyc via pixabay.com

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                          Last Updated on June 13, 2019

                          5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

                          5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

                          Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

                          You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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                          1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

                          It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

                          Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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                          2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

                          If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

                          3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

                          If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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                          4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

                          A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

                          5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

                          If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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                          Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

                          Featured photo credit: Becca Tapert via unsplash.com

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