- Take a good hard look at your nursery space. Is there a closet? Is it a shared space with another child? Will the space also be used as a playroom? Keeping these things in mind, be sure you have enough space for diaper storage, clothes storage, toy storage (both large and small), and other baby items which may find themselves stored in the room such as strollers, car seats, boppies, bouncy chairs, walkers, swings...you get the picture.
- What other rooms do you envision you will be utilizing for child care? Master bedroom? Kitchen? Family room? Figure out what you may be storing in these areas and create a home for them items with an appropriate amount of space. For instance, if you are going to register for 20 bottles, make sure you have enough space in your kitchen cupboards to fit those 20 bottles. Will the baby be staying in your room for the first few months? Perhaps register for an additional changing table with storage for easier late night diaper changes.
- Talk to your friends and family about things they needed and things they didn't. It's easy to get sucked into the shiny world of cool baby items, but are you really gonna use the diaper wipe warmer? You may also be able to borrow some of these items from friends and family on a trial basis.
- Don't be afraid to ask for gift cards or outside the box gifts, especially if you are short on space. It's never too early to start a college fund, get a zoo membership, ask for travel gift certificates if you live away from family, etc. If you don't feel comfortable placing items like this on your registry, talk to your close friends and family about these gifts and explain that you are limited on space.
For the month of February we are going to focus on keeping your family organized. We'll address topics from staying organized while pregnant, getting organized for baby and simple ways to teach your kids to help keep your house in order.