Bringing home a new baby is overwhelming. From changing diapers to breastfeeding to sleeping, your baby requires around-the-clock care. With so much to do, a baby’s nursery can get messy quickly. Good nursery organization helps new parents keep things tidy much easier.
The most important part of nursery organization is making sure the nursery fits the mother’s needs and the needs of the baby. This involves creating a storage space for everything, setting up stations around the room, and building a habit of tidying up. Great organization makes cleaning up easy.
This article will go into depth on more organization for your nursery.
Good storage solutions make tidying up the nursery a whole lot easier. There is a lot of baby stuff required for diaper changing, clothing, and everything else! So having a good routine to help organize your nursery will help make sure all the baby stuff is tidy and accessible when you need it.
One solution is cubbies! Cubbies are grid-like shelves that add vertical storage space and help you maximize space in general. You can also buy baskets that fit neatly inside the cubbies. Anything you put in the baskets is hidden away, stored in its own place. You can even buy labels for the baskets in the cubbies if you want a super organized nursery.
Cubbies also hide any mess and are a quick solution for tidying up. They can look simple, or be decorated with colors, designs, and shapes. If you prefer everything tucked away, and do not have a shelving unit in the closet, you could also get one that fits there. Then all you have to do is close the closet doors and everything is tucked away.
A utility cart is another great option for storage. The wheels on the cart allow you to bring the cart to wherever you need, whether that be across the room, down the hallway, or another part of the house. Whether you’re a new mom or a Mama or multiple little ones, having a mobile diaper station could be a game changer. Things are always within arm’s reach!
Stock your utility cart with items you need to access quickly. Most people fill their carts with diapers, wipes, extra onesies, pacifiers, burp cloths, a sleep sack, and blankets. Having these items ready to grab makes cleaning up the baby much easier.
A utility cart is also a great place to put any items that don’t have a place like small accessories. Toss those items in the utility cart and they will be stored away until you need them next.
This video from “The Organization Station” details how to get started on your own nursery utility cart. Baby’s accessories suggested in this video include baby nail clippers, lotion, saline, and a body pillow to make nursing more comfortable.
Try baskets for storing blankets and swaddles. Place an open basket near the changing table, rocking chair, or crib. Stock the basket with clean blankets and swaddles. The blankets and swaddles will be easy to find and grab. Baskets won’t fit an entire supply of diapers, but you can always put the backups in the closet!
You can also use baskets for storing items like burp cloths or sheets. A messy emergency can turn into a quick clean-up when items like these are available immediately.
Setting up stations in your nursery helps keep messes confined to one area of the room. And, having a good organization system can help you find anything you need faster. Wire baskets and wicker baskets are my top favs right now – They go with everything!
A diaper-changing station is vital to good nursery organization. Having a designated place to change your baby’s diapers will help keep the rest of the room clean.
You can keep diapers, wipes, baby powder, diaper cream, and lotion ready at hand in your diaper-changing station. Sorting these items into baskets can help keep everything in groups, organized.
Keep a garbage can with a lid (or whichever diaper pail you use) next to your diaper-changing station. Here, you can dispose of dirty diapers and wipes and the smell won’t spread through the whole room. Make sure the lid is tight. This option is best for newer babies… You may need to upgrade to a diaper genie as they get older!
One of the best ways to set up a diaper-changing station is by using a dresser. Place a comfortable changing pad on the top of the dresser for the baby to lie on. Make sure the pad is far enough away from the edge that the baby isn’t in any danger of falling off, and that the bottom has a bit of grip so it doesn’t slip around when the baby moves.
Use the top drawer to store diapers, wipes, and other essentials. Storing these items in the top drawer means they’re easy to access but are out of the way.
Other things besides diapers and wipes can be kept at a diaper-changing station to make things even easier. Keep a pack of anti-bacterial wipes in the drawer for wiping off the dresser or your hands. A thermometer is a small thing to store and very helpful when you suspect your baby might be sick.
Having extra diapers on hand is so important. It’s great to have diapers and diaper creams in a few different places so that they’re readily available if you need to change in a rush. I would advise having a basket of them near your changing pad, an extra drawer full in the dresser, and a bunch tucked away in the closet or your storage unit for when you need to restock.
I also keep some near the door! This way, when you’re leaving the house you might see them and remember to grab extras.
Set up a nursing station with a rocking chair and keep nursing essentials close.
Create your nursing station with a comfortable rocking chair and ottoman. Find an ottoman that opens for extra storage space. You’ll spend a lot of time with your baby in this station, so make sure the chair is comfortable and cozy. A nursing station is a great place to put your utility cart, especially if the cart has a flat top to double as a side table.
Put a small table or shelf near the nursing station to hold essentials like a breast pump, blankets, or burp cloths. A lamp with soft lighting near the rocking chair is perfect for nursing in the middle of the night.
Even better than a lamp with soft lighting, find a night light for the nursery that won’t disturb the baby. A night light that’s always on saves you the trouble of fumbling for the light switch or stumbling to find the lamp. A soft, dim light can provide enough lighting for a midnight diaper change without completely disturbing your sleep cycle or the baby’s.
Other things you will probably want close to this station are burp clothes, a burp cloth (or 6), and pumping gear if you prefer to pump here.
Keeping a baby’s wardrobe organized can be difficult once the laundry starts piling up. Babies also grow at an alarming rate, meaning you will likely have a lot of baby clothes. You may need different sizes of onesies before you have time to get to the store. With so many baby clothes, it’s important to keep this part of the nursery organized. There’s nothing worse than being in a rush and not being able to find something for them to wear!
Organize a baby’s closet by size. Store clothes of similar size together.
Make sure the baby’s most-used clothes are easy to find. Put onesies in a drawer by themselves so you don’t have to sort through other clothes. Store socks in pairs, already matched together.
A great way to keep things organized, but still easy to find, is using acrylic organizer bins. These bins are clear, allowing you to see what’s inside. These bins keep things separate but still offer easy access to anything you may need. And, these are great for seasonal clothes. You can just swap things out between seasons.
If you prefer to hang some of the clothes and have extra hanging space, you can also get little baby hangers!
Fold clothing so it stands up in the drawer. This will help you see everything at once, and you won’t be digging through drawers to find a certain onesie or shirt.
Drawer dividers or small boxes can help with organizing a drawer. You can purchase drawer organizers or you can use a clean shoebox, a gift box, or a basket.
We hope that you have found some helpful tips for nursery organization! Babies have so much stuff and it can feel overwhelming trying to keep all things baby organized and in one place. The biggest tip is to create zones (or stations) for things so that any messes stay in one part of the room. It’s also great to get closet dividers or a drawer organizer to separate like items. If your baby nursery is in a small room, maximize vertical space by organizing baby products in cubbies.
Do you have any favorite ways to keep an organized room, or have your own nursery organization tips? We’d love to hear them!
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