As you inch towards the end of your pregnancy, you are likely in the midst of “nesting”. The last few months and weeks leading up to your due date are both exciting but also stress inducing because of all that needs to be done. Getting the baby’s nursery ready will make you feel much calmer and better able to enjoy the last trimester. Here are a few tips to help get the nursery organized in no time:
Invest in a Changing Table
If this is your first time around the newborn block, you probably already have a changing table on your baby registry at Target. But, for us veteran moms, you likely thought you could get away without one this time around? I thought this with my second child, and I immediately regretted not keeping my changing table from my first baby or just breaking down and getting a new or used one!
Changing tables are so useful for storage! While the top shelf is obviously best for changing little bottoms, the shelves below it can be used for literally anything. This would be the best place to put extra diapers, lotions, baby powder, diaper cream, and extra clothing that you can just grab quickly while changing the baby. You can also sort these items by using small wire baskets or plastic storage containers. Keep an eye out for a changing table that has closable doors on the bottom portion too! This will keep the baby out of whatever you decide to store on the bottom once he or she starts crawling!
Get Creative with Shelving
Babies come with so much stuff. If you were lucky enough to have a baby shower then you likely are going to need some additional places to keep it all. This is where shelves come in handy! Shelving adds a personal touch to the nursery. It also is a great place to store little trinkets, pictures, or extra toys that you may or may not need at first. If you have the wall space, you can add as much shelving as you may need. Sometimes you can make or purchase large box-type shelves that can be easily assembled and hung on most walls. Other ideas for shelf storage include books, baby monitors, and nightlights.
Large hope or cedar chests make beautiful accent pieces to any nursery. They are amazing for storing things such as extra baby blankets, off-season baby clothing, and baby toys. Let your family and friends know while you are still pregnant that you are in search of something like this. Maybe your grandma has one stored away in her attic that she’d loved to give to you? Maybe you or your partner has one that was yours as a young child? If not, hit up flea markets and yard sales because these are not only great for storage but make great heirloom pieces. These are special pieces for your baby to grow up with. You can paint, sand and stain, or decorate them to the gender of your baby.
Large plastic storage containers also are effective for storing extra baby shower items that you just may not need right when you first bring your infant home. These work especially well for next-size-up diapers! Also, consider purchasing a hanging shoe rack for the back of the nursery door. This can be used for extra diapers, wipes, and other smaller items that need a home.