My baby is running out of room in the nursery and the house; what can I do to make room for all of my baby’s things? This is a common question that a lot of new parents, or even parents of several children, tend to ask. This is not a baby-related problem but more a knowledge and organization situation that can easily be solved.
When you create your baby registry, it is easy to become carried away and register for more items than you or your little one needs. New babies bring a lot of excitement into the family, and often, family and friends will also over purchase and not take the space into your home into consideration while making these thoughtful purchases.
Reasons my baby is running out of room include:
- Your nursery is small, and items are overflowing into other rooms of the home.
- Your baby is growing and outgrowing existing gear.
- You have too many bulky baby items that you do not utilize frequently.
- You have generous, loved ones that keep buying your baby things.
- Your baby needs to upgrade to a crib.
There are many things that a baby can outgrow. Your little one can outgrow toys, baby gear, clothing, or even rooms in your home if you have a lot of items. Solving all of these problems is easy, and we’ll discuss those reasons and how to solve them.
Your nursery is small, and items are overflowing into other rooms of the home.
If you have your baby in a smaller nursery, you may only have enough room for the crib, dresser, and rocking chair. If you try to cram stuffed animals, a changing table, and the baby’s fun gear like exercises, tummy time mats, and bouncing chairs, you may find the space tight and uncomfortable. Your baby has not outgrown his or her nursery. You simply need to reorganize. Only have baby gear out that your baby is currently utilizing. Keep other items in the basement, garage, or even in the packaging until you are ready to move up to those fun pieces.
Your baby is growing and outgrowing existing gear.
Some baby gear is designed for specific ages of your baby’s first year. Once your little one has outgrown his or her play mat or bouncy seat, it is time to pack it away or sell it. Keeping these pieces out in your home means they are taking up valuable real estate within your little one’s nursery. The same is true for car seat carriers and even babywearing slings. As your baby grows, he or she will become too big for some of those early pieces of gear that you utilized daily. It is time to pack them away and store them for your next baby, pass them on to family or friends or sell them, and you can put that money towards new gear that is age and size appropriate.
You have too many bulky baby items that you do not utilize frequently.
As your baby grows and discovers his or her likes and dislikes, you will find that your little one may not like some of the toys and gear that you have. Each child has specific and unique interests. You may have one baby that likes the bouncy seat but another one that prefers the play mat. As soon as your little one shows disinterest in something, pack it away to make space. You can try reintroducing it a few times to see if your little one ever becomes receptive to it, but don’t hold on to items that are not used.
You have generous, loved ones that keep buying your baby things.
Family can sometimes have a difficult time with spoiling new babies. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and close friends may be out shopping and find adorable outfits or toys and then drop them off to your home. Quickly your baby is overloaded with all of these treasures, and the closet and nursery are both full. Your baby is running out of the room because of generosity. You can nicely ask the family to consider saving that money and putting it towards college savings account or possibly getting gift cards to put towards diapers or feeding needs instead. These items are used frequently and do not take up as much space and are equally as useful for your little one.
Your baby needs to upgrade to a crib.
As with all things, your baby is outgrowing the cradle. You may have had your little one in a bassinet or a cradle, and now as he or she grows, it is no longer going to work for sleep time. You must upgrade to a crib. Cribs can be large and take up quite a bit of space. You should plan out exactly where this crib will go in your home and have it ready to use as soon as your baby can sit up or is as long as the cradle and bassinet that you may have previously been utilizing.
When you find that your baby is running out of the room, make sure you plan accordingly and also organize to create space. If your baby is running out of room in their clothing, the solution is simple; pack away or sell the old clothing that is too small and replenish the closet with clothing in the correct size. If your baby is running out of room in baby gear items, then upgrade those items to ones that are length and weight appropriate. When the baby outgrows the bassinet or cradle, assemble the crib so your little one can rest comfortably. When the baby’s nursery is overflowing with items, it is time to relocate those bulky items to keep the space spacious and tranquil. No matter which way your baby is outgrowing, you will need to pay attention and make necessary adjustments to create comfort and accommodations.