Nursery Organization: 5 Tips for a Clutter-Free Nursery
Little Yawn Collective - Sep 05, 2021
Most parents don’t really think about nursery organization until it’s the middle of the night, they’re covered head-to-toe in spit-up, and they’ve been searching for a clean swaddle in the dark for what seems like a lifetime while trying to soothe their crying baby at the same time.
It’s also an insanely busy place that comes with a whole lot of stuff: diapers, pacifiers, baby lotion, bedtime books, the cutest itty-bitty onesies, a changing table, and so much more.
Finding clever ways to create a peaceful environment amongst the sea of stuff can be overwhelming — especially when you feel like you’re up against those jaw-droppingly beautiful pics of sweet baby nurseries all over social media.
Sure, a stunning nursery draped in only the finest fabrics adorned with smiling suns, and happy birds will certainly rack up a bunch of ‘likes’ on Instagram, but the truth is that your little buddy might not care about the sparkly chandelier hanging from the ceiling or the fancy-schmancy light fixtures that came from France.
You see, babies don’t notice all the aesthetics of their nursery, but getting it organized will certainly help them — and you — feel more comfortable.
And when your little one is screaming in the middle of the night, and you’re covered and smothered in some sort of questionable fluid, trust us when we tell you that an organized nursery will be your saving grace. Not only will a tidy nursery be easier to navigate through in the dark, but you’ll be able to find that clean swaddle in a jiffy!
Wondering how to get organized? Little Yawn Collective has your back! Read on to discover the best tips and tricks for a clutter-free nursery.
What Should I Include in My Nursery?
It goes without saying that decorating the nursery is a blast — but how on earth does a tiny cherub no bigger than a stuffed teddy bear collect so much stuff before they even enter the world?
Life is a funny thing. It can quickly move from cozy nesting to one non-stop uphill battle of trying to control baby clutter. Yes, our little ones are undeniably darling, but their stuff can take over your life if you let it.
But don’t worry, parents — we’re here to help you declutter all the, well… clutter!
While mountains of baby blankets, hundreds of toys, and a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf are all nice nursery additions, the reality is that these things aren’t ~essential~ in a little one’s bedroom.
So, what should you include in your tiny tot’s nursery?
We’ll tell you:
A Crib or Bassinet
Your little snoozer needs a safe, flat, firm sleeping space. Whether you choose a basic bassinet or an elaborate crib, your newest family member’s dreaming spot will likely be the focal point of the nursery.
To keep the nursery spic and span, you’ll want to keep your little one’s sleeping space clear at all times. That means no blankets, no pillows, no stuffies, and definitely no bumpers.
While it might be tempting to make your baby’s crib or bassinet super snug and cozy with soft blankies and cuddly stuffed animals — don’t. Why? Because an empty sleeping space means there is zero risk that your wiggly newborn will wriggle themselves into a bad spot and not be able to breathe.
According to the baby experts over at the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest sleep environment is a bare crib or bassinet that’s completely free of comforters, pillows, stuffed toys, and bumpers. In fact, the only thing your tiny tot needs to snooze is a fitted sheet that’s tucked in tightly on all sides.
A Changing Table
In your little buddy’s first year, they will bestow upon you hundreds and thousands of dirty diapers. And while you will become highly skilled at rapidly changing these stinky nappies on the fly, it’s always a good idea to have an organized, stationary changing table in your child’s nursery.
Changing tables come in many different varieties, some with shelves for organizing diapers and other must-haves like gentle booty wipes, nourishing body lotion, and ointments. You’ll also need a changing pad and several changing pad covers.
Pro Tip: Can’t get your hands on a changing table or running low on space? No worries — you can use a dresser instead! Just make sure to always securely strap the changing pad to the dresser, so it doesn’t slip off.
Speaking of dressers…
Babies often go through many changes of clothing each day, making an organized dresser a much-needed piece of nursery furniture. Look for one with at least three drawers and feature compartments for tiny socks, bibs, and other small items.
A Rocking Chair
After you bring your sweet baby home from the hospital, there will be plenty of snuggles, cuddles, and feeding sessions going on! This is where a great rocking chair comes in handy.
Not only will a rocking chair provide you with a comfy place to sit while bonding with your tot, but the gentle rocking motion is especially soothing and can often calm even the fussiest babies.
As mentioned earlier, babies tend to go through many outfit changes throughout the day. From spit-up after a feeding to diaper blowouts and leaks, when you’re changing your little one’s outfit on the changing table, you’ll want to be able to drop the dirty clothes right into a hamper.
Find a hamper that doesn’t take up too much floor space or fits nicely in the closet. You’ll also want one that you can easily transport from your baby’s nursery to the washing machine for easy clean-up.
How Can I Keep My Nursery Free of Clutter?
Now that we’ve gone over the nursery essentials let’s talk about the best tips and tricks to keep your little buddy’s nursery clutter-free.
1. Use Under Crib Space
When crib shopping, look for one with drawers underneath or buy a cute crib skirt and some under-bed boxes to stash all those excess diapers and wipes.
Nursery organization is all about finding unused space. Keep your little nugget’s room free of clutter by storing items you don’t need to access on a daily basis in bins, plastic containers, or soft baskets under the crib.
2. Combine Your Dresser and Changing Table
We touched on this a little earlier, but it’s a great tip, so we’ll go over it again!
If you’re working with minimal space, a dresser can double as a changing table after securing a changing mat on it. Also, changing tables are only used for a relatively short period of time. So, if you ask us — and any other thrifty parent — it’s well worth saving and getting dual use out of the dresser versus dropping a pretty penny on two different pieces of furniture.
3. Invest in Drawer Organizers and Storage Bins
Say no to mess and clutter and say YES to drawer organizers and storage bins!
Baby things are adorably itty-bitty, so it’s really helpful to be able to divide up big drawers into smaller sections using drawer organizers. For example, in one section, you might have teeny tiny socks, while in another, you might have mittens or hats. No more messy, jumbled drawers!
In addition to drawer organizers, storage bins are also an excellent solution to your unorganized nursery dilemma. For bins within your curious tot’s reach, stick with soft, collapsible fabric storage boxes for stuffed animals, toys, and anything they’ll want to get on their own.
Consider designating a play area in an unused corner of the nursery and line up these soft storage bins along the wall for easy play and even easier cleanup.
4. Add More Shelving
For babies, there never seems to be enough space. Thankfully, to make more room for new stuff, all you have to do is add more shelving. Incorporate shelving above the nursery dresser to organize diapering essentials or install a couple in the closet.
Baby outfits are really little, so doubling up your closet space by adding an extra shelf or two is a great way to get organized.
5. Get Some Cute Baskets
Baskets are a super simple nursery storage solution and one of the most practical ways to organize your little one’s room. Get your hands on a few cute ones and use them to organize toys, stuffed animals, swaddles, books, and blankets.
How Can I Make Sure My Nursery Is a Good Sleep Space?
As you organize your precious angel’s nursery, it’s easy for the mind to wander to all the sweet moments ahead as you read bedtime stories, sing lullabies and giggle together at the changing table. But at the end of the day, the true purpose of a baby’s nursery is to help your little one — and you — get the best night of shut-eye possible.
While a clutter-free nursery will most definitely make your life easier, there are some things you can do to help make sleep for your baby come easier, too.
Black Out Curtains
Babies require a whole lot of sleep, but not just at night — during the day, too.
To create a snooze-able space, it’s important that your little one sleeps in the dark. Why? Because darkness triggers the sleep hormone known as melatonin, which is released every night to bring on the sleepies.
While some little ones are perfectly fine snoozing in a nursery with just regular ‘ol curtains, blackout curtains help to completely darken the room, which can be especially beneficial for daytime naps and in the summer months when it’s light out for several hours past bedtime.
A White Noise Machine
Babies love white noise. And it’s easy to see why — they’ve just spent a whole lot of time in the womb. And the womb, believe it or not, is unbelievably loud. Life outside the womb, on the other hand, is uncomfortably quiet.
That’s why white noise machines are such a hit amongst babies (and sleepless parents!) — they essentially sound like “home” and can often soothe even the fussiest in the bunch.
A white noise machine is also an excellent tool in any parenting toolbox because it can help to drown out background noises such as the neighbor’s dog barking or lawn mower running that can wake up your snoozing tot prematurely.
A Great Mattress
Your little buddy will (hopefully!) be spending many hours slumbering away in their crib — so there’s quite a bit to take into consideration when purchasing a mattress. Do you want one made without allergens and harsh chemicals? Would you like the mattress to have a warranty?
To prevent the risk of SIDS and keep little ones safe and supported, a firm mattress is best like those with an innerspring design.
According to the experts over at the American Academy of Pediatrics, a crib mattress should have a hard surface that doesn’t indent when your tiny tot is lying on it. The sleeping area should be completely free from loose bedding and only contain the mattress with a fitted sheet.
The mattress should fit nice and snug in your precious treasure’s crib, so there are no gaps that can trap your baby’s little leg or arm. If you can fit more than two fingers between the edge of the crib and the mattress, you should opt for a larger mattress.
Setting the stage for sleep is vital when it comes to quality shut-eye for both you and your sweetie pie. In order for you to catch some zzz’s, your child needs to catch some, too. However, every parent knows that getting their little one to snoozeville is often much easier said than done. In other words, the baby bedtime struggle is real — but it doesn’t have to be.
Despite essential oils being a bit of a fad at the moment, recent studies suggest that aromatherapy may actually aid babies with their sleep.
Defined as the medicinal use of naturally extracted plant aromas to promote emotional and physical well-being, aromatherapy has been used reliably and extensively in medicine for thousands of years.
To help your fussy baby relax before bedtime, we recommend our gentle, melatonin-free Relaxing Pillow Spray. Made with organic lavender and cold-pressed bergamot fosters to create a proven, restful environment for sleep, simply spritz onto your little buddy’s sheets or in their room before it’s time to hit the hay.
Our signature NaturalSnooze fragrance features sleep lovin’ scents help create a space that helps with not only falling asleep but staying asleep. What’s not to love?
Babies come with a whole lot of stuff — if it’s not adorably small onesies and unbelievably soft swaddles, it’s books, stuffies, and toys as well as the explosion of childhood mementos that can quickly take over a small space (Hello, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse everything).
Without a little nursery organization, this stuff can (and will) get out of control, making life much more challenging than it needs to be. And if you ask us, parenthood is already tough as is, so when it comes to clutter in the baby’s room, we’re all about working smarter, not harder.
To keep frustration at bay, follow our tips listed above for a clutter-free nursery — hush, hush hooray!
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