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How to Make Room for Your New Baby in a Small Home

Your new bundle of joy is on the way, and you couldn’t be more excited! But then the panic sets in. You live in a small home and have been getting lots of new baby items that are taking up a lot of living space. How do you make room for baby? Fortunately, with a little organization and rearranging of your home, you can transform a small space that comfortably accommodates everyone in your family!

Get Rid of Clutter at Home

Before you bring your new baby home, it’s a good idea to go through rooms and closets and get rid of any unnecessary stuff that could be taking up valuable space. Baby furniture, clothes, diapers, and toys can take up a lot of room, so the more space you can clear out to make room for baby, the better.

Keep Your Baby Registry Simple

Boxes of baby diapers. Photo by Instagram user @coffeeandcoos

Photo via @coffeeandcoos

If you’re registering for a baby shower, trim down your list to the essentials, and let family and friends know you’re trying to keep things simple. Another way to avoid getting tons of baby items that will take up space in your small home is to ditch the big shower and instead celebrate with a diaper shower. Also, don’t feel guilty if a friend or family member gives you a baby gift that takes up too much space in your small home. Simply return, sell, or donate any items that won’t work in your space.

Make a Baby Corner in the Master Bedroom

You don’t need a spare room to make a small nursery! Place a portable bassinet or small crib in the corner of your bedroom and include cute wall decor to show that this little corner of your room belongs to your little one.

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Turn a Closet into a Nursery

Baby nursery set up in closet. Photo by Instagram user @babyletto

Photo via @babyletto

If you’re short on space for a nursery, try creating a baby room in a closet! Your infant won’t need a lot of space for the first year, so you can take an under-utilized closet in your home and transform it into a cute small nursery. Simply remove the doors, add a crib or bassinet, and incorporate shelves or rolling carts for diaper-changing supplies and clothes!

Create a Shared Kids Room

Shared kids bedroom with bed and crib. Photo by Instagram user @tinylittlepads

Photo via @tinylittlepads

shared kids bedroom is a great way to save space in your home and also help your older child bond with their new sibling! Make sure to give each child their own side of the room and decorate with kids room decor that will age well for both children so that you won’t have to redesign the room each year.

Avoid Oversized Baby Furniture

Especially if your infant will have to sleep in your room or share a room with an older sibling, it’s a good idea to use small baby furniture. Bulky cribs, changing stations, and other large baby gear can make small home living more difficult for your family. Stick to small bassinets, high chairs that attach to counters or tables, or multi-purpose cribs with built-in changing stations and extra storage.

Go Vertical with Nursery Storage

When creating a nursery in a small space, utilizing wall space is must! By mounting shelving and pegboards on your nursery wall, you can store diapers, wipes, clothes, toys and books, blankets, and bath towels up and out of the way.

Use a Hammock for Baby Toys

Baby sitting in front of hammock with baby toys. Photo by Instagram user @mamamadeitshop

Photo via @mamamadeitshop

Free up floor space, closet space, and dresser space by storing baby toys and books in a fun hammock. Not only is this a great option to keep clutter at bay, but it’s also a fantastic way to add decor to the walls while maximizing space for your baby’s needs in a small nursery.

Wait to Buy Nonessential Baby Gear

Baby in baby walker next to big sister. Photo by Instagram user @vivimccoy_

Photo via @vivimccoy_

Avoid buying any baby items that you don’t need right away. While being proactive might seem like a good idea, baby food processors and walkers that you won’t need for months can take up room in your small home. Wait until your baby has an actual need for these items before buying!

Opt for Multi-Purpose Furniture

Baby on changing station furniture. Photo by Instagram user @saraliie

Photo via @saraliie

Using multi-use furniture is key when you’re making room for baby in tight living quarters. Go for a baby stroller that can be used as a bassinet and car seat or a swing that converts into a high chair. Turning a dresser into a changing station is one of the best small space nursery ideas because it gives you a convenient diaper-changing spot, as well as extra storage for diapers, clothes, wipes, and more.

Install an Additional Closet Rod

Closet full of baby clothes on multiple levels. Photo by Instagram user @twigandtassel

Photo via @twigandtassel

Have extra space at the bottom of a master bedroom closet or shared kids room closet? Add a second clothing rod! Baby clothes are very short, so hanging them underneath yours or your older child’s will help you take advantage of valuable empty space in your small home.

Incorporate Hidden Storage

Storage bins under baby crib in small home. Photo by Instagram user @4_little_1

Photo via @4_little_1

If you have room under your bed or under your baby’s crib, hide a few wicker baskets or colorful storage bins there that you can fill with baby supplies like diapers, clothes, books, or bath towels. That way, you’ll keep these items organized in one place and out of the way until you need them!

When making room for baby, remember to take your time and enjoy the process—it’s all part of the fun! Still worried about how you’re going to raise your infant in a small space once they arrive? Learn from parents who’ve raised a baby in a one-bedroom apartment and try some of their handy tips!


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