Bringing home baby also means accumulating more baby stuff. Just when you have your nursery stocked and ready to roll, you are showered with more clothes and gifts. So take it from two moms who will tell you that it’s important to have empty storage bins and extra space in the nursery in anticipation of your family and friends generousity. Here are a few tips to ensure you have a place for everything:
1. Keepsake Boxes: Once those announcements make it out, the well wishes will come pouring in. And who could bare throwing away sweet, welcoming sentiments? Find a decorative paper suitcase or hatbox. Not only will it look great on the shelf but something you’ll want to keep for many years to share when he/she gets older.
Ecru Luxe Keepsake Box, Axis/Imex Nesting Boxes, Stitched Suitcases, Amy Coe Storage Boxes
2. Crib Drawers: They don’t work with every crib style but if your leaning toward modern, it’s a smart option. Considering the amount of wet sheets and blankets you’ll be swapping out in the middle of the night, it’s nice to have them handy (and not to have to overstuff your already full linen closet).
Sahara Trundle By Arington
3. Toy Storage: Think easy clean up so think bins. There’s nothing like scooping up toys from the days activities and having the room pulled together in a flash.
Via Toy Box, Toy Storagepalooza, Ikea Trofast System, Nantucket Storage Bench
4. Stuffed Animal Storage: This is a category beyond the basic toy storage. You may only have a few cute ones to display now but trust us, they will come. It’s like they multiply and magically appear overnight throughout baby’s first few years of life.
5. Bookshelves: There are a quite a few good looking book shelf options out there but if’s difficult to endorse many of them because the reality is, they just don’t hold enough books. If you choose fashion over function, just be prepared for an overflow plan.
Catalina Magazine Rack, Oeuf Classic Mini Library, Floor Book Bin, Bratt Decor Chelsea Bookcase
6. Plastic Bins: Not quite display worthy but incredibly necessary. Stock up (on the XL size) before baby arrives so when your six month old is wearing nine month old clothes, you’ll have a place to neatly store it all away. Oh and a label maker comes in handy too!
And remember, this just for baby. Wait until we list toddler storage ideas to include costumes and art storage! Have additional storage suggestions based on your experience? We would love to hear them!