So, you’ve got a baby on the way and you’re worried your apartment might not have enough space? Well, no matter what your living situation is, you’re going to have to do a little work to make some space for the baby and all the accessories and supplies you’re going to need. You may also find that you’ll need to get rid of a few things you never thought you’d have to, but that’s part of raising your children. If you’re currently looking for ways to save some space in preparation for a new baby, we’ve got you covered. Here’s Osprey’s 10 Tips for Making Room for a Baby.
1. Utilize hidden Storage
Hidden storage is tried and true method of saving space. If you can, look for furniture that doubles as storage space. Shelves, beds, cabinets, tables…plenty of everyday furniture items come with options for hidden storage. If you’re trying to make room for a baby, storing items for your infant, as well as books and other every day miscellania, in hidden yet accessible places is a great way to free up some room.
2. Opt for a smaller Crib at first
Let’s be honest; cribs can take up a lot of space. And for the most part, your typical infant does not need a very large crib at the beginning. You’ll want a larger setup once you get closer to toddler territory, but for the first few months, a small crib will do the trick while saving you a lot of space.
3. Stash away things that aren’t needed yet
As a new parent, you’re likely inundated with all sorts of baby gear (clothes, toys, supplies, diapers, etc) gifted to you from relatives. While gifts like this are extremely helpful, often times many of them are a little ahead of schedule and won’t be necessary until the baby gets a little older. Those 2-year-old-sized ‘jammies aren’t going to see much play for a while, and that 200 piece Lego set is probably a bit out of your baby’s league, no offense. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of new stuff you get right when your baby’s born, but if you can, try and prioritize the things that you absolutely need now over things your child isn’t quite ready for yet, then pack and store accordingly.
4. Changing Tables aren’t as crucial as you might think
Just like cribs, changing tables can take up a lot of room. If you’re searching for ways to make room for your baby, consider alternatives to the traditional changing table. You can get a crib with one attached, or you can do what many have done and create a makeshift changing station using a changing pad and a table, your bed, a dresser, or any other surface. Changing table can be nice, but they certainly aren’t necessary.
5. Wall mounts for the win
Wall Mounts are a fantastic storage trick for the entire family! Seriously though, whatever it is, if you can hang it on a wall, do it. Mounting a bike on a wall is nothing new, but you can also hang a stroller on most bike wall mounts, which will save you a lot of room. Wall mounts and wall hooks are a perfect little trick to keep items of everyday use out of the way while still having them be easily accessible.
6. Create a baby corner in your bedroom
Not everyone has the space for a baby room or a nursery. But your own bedroom is the next best thing. If you can, rearrange some furniture to create a little baby zone in the corner of your room. This way, your child will have their own space and they’ll never be far from you. With the right configuration, you set up a crib, a changing station, and storage for clothes, diapers, and other necessities withouth taking up too much room.
7. Cast off your less important possessions
How badly do you need to hang on to that foosball table? What about your record collection? Your baby doesn’t need it, so how badly do you? It’s a hard part of growing up and raising children of your own, but a crucial one. If you’re looking to create room for a new baby, you’ve got to be able to rid yourself of your own toys and possessions, or at least throw them in storage.
8. Minimal, high quality items, toys, etc.
Less is more, especially when it comes to your baby’s first set of toys. You’re better off opting for fewer high quality, functional toys tover lots of small, easily destructible ones. Your child is going to be rough on their toys, no two ways about it, so if you’re looking to save space, get a few toys that’ll last, rather than lots that won’t.
9. Reconsider your essentials
Along with your foosball table, there are likely things that, as an adult, you’ve always thought you needed to keep near, but that you may have to reconsider now that you have a baby. That’s one of the blessings of having a new child – they completely rearrange your priorities to allow you to see what’s really important. Your mountains of photography equipment may be in service of your personal hobby, but if you don’t absolutely need them (i.e. they are a part of your livelihood) the space is better suited for your baby.
10. Utilize your Community’s Amenities
Many new apartment communities include fantastic social spaces that can provide some extra room to play and spend time with your child. Osprey’s community lounge and outdoor areas are perfect for getting out the apartment to spend some time with your baby without having to go far! Plus, Osprey also offers additional storage for rent, right within the building for easy access. So, if you need some extra room and you don’t want to completely get rid of your things, that’s always an option. If you can, utilize your community’s amenities to help make life a little easier when you have a new baby, that’s what they are there for!
Having a new baby is an exciting time in life, but it does take a little planning and forethought. If you find yourself with an overly cluttered apartment and you’ve got a baby on the way, try to utilize a few of the tips listed above. It’s not rocket science, but you might have to make a few difficult decisions regarding what you actually need to keep around and what you should store.