If you’re pregnant and preparing for the arrival of your first baby congratulations! This is a special and exciting time in your life that won’t ever come again, so enjoy it while you can (even the rough spots). A new baby will bring many changes to your life, no doubt, and one of the biggest is something many soon-to-be parents don’t think about as much as they should; the lack of space.
No, not outer space, but living space in your small apartment, especially if you’re having a baby in the city. Now, granted, a tiny little baby doesn’t take up a whole lot of space, but all their stuff does, and you’ll need as much extra space as possible to store it, hang it, and set it up. Cribs, baby swings, changing tables and high chairs take up all sorts of space, as well as baby’s clothes, toys and other sundry items.
Of course, just because the baby’s arriving soon doesn’t mean that your city life is over, far from it. There are plenty of ways to make a small apartment work even if your new bundle of joy comes with a lot of extra (but oh-so-cute) baggage. Now is a great time to save for a home also, and take the time needed to build a strong foundation for your career(s).
So yes, if you’re in a tiny apartment in the city you might not have a lot of extra space when your new baby arrives but, we can guarantee, you’re going to need it. This article will help, as we show you How To Prepare for Your New Baby When Space is at a Premium. Enjoy!
Your Home Today Probably Won’t Be Your Forever Home
The good news, if you don’t have enough space, is that, as a young-ish couple, the place you’re living in today probably won’t be the place you live for the rest of your life, or even for the next few years. You might be renting a small apartment in the big city because that’s where your job happens to be. You could possibly be living in a duplex, a small, rented home or even still living with your parents in their home, but this isn’t a situation that’s likely to go on forever.
You also might be working for a temporary job and when it ends, be planning to move or, if you plan to have a larger family, the home or apartment you’re in now might not be able to handle it. In short, wherever you are today with your new baby (and all their stuff), you likely won’t be there forever so don’t freak out too much about not having enough space.
The Solution to a Small Space When Baby Arrives
Whether you’re in the city, suburbs or even out in the country, if you don’t have enough room for all your own stuff and the stuff for your new baby, there are several things you can do to temporarily solve the problem.
- Store all of your extra stuff in your garage, attic or basement
- Ask a neighbor with extra space to store some of your things for you temporarily
- Rent a self-storage unit from iStorage and store your extra stuff there
What To Do About Baby’s Room When You Don’t Have A Lot Of Space
Most new parents look forward to setting up a room for their first baby but, if you don’t have an extra room in your home or apartment, doing that can be a bit of a challenge. A crib and changing table don’t take up a huge amount of space though, luckily, and you can even fit a rocking chair and ottoman with them into a small-ish room if needed. Here are a few tips for setting up a room for your new baby if space is at a premium.
Tip 1- Downsize your Home Office
If you work from home as many do these days, sacrificing your home office for the baby might be the best solution to your lack of space. Moving your desk and computer into, say, the kitchen or living room isn’t the worst thing in the world and will give you the space to set up the baby’s new room very nicely. Now would be a great time to move an extra desk and filing cabinet into a self-storage unit temporarily. Remember, you won’t be living in the place you’re living now forever, so you’ll get your home office back in due time.
Tip 2- A Large Closet Can Sometimes Suffice
If you have a walk-in closet you could possibly convert that into a temporary baby’s room until you move. It’s easy, convenient and, since most walk-in closets are attached to the master bedroom, your new baby will be very close by for nightly feeding, changing, cuddling and burping. One thing you could do is take your winter clothes, extra clothes or spring clothes if it’s winter and put them temporarily into your self-storage unit.
Tip 3- Put Baby’s Crib in the Master Bedroom with You
Since you’ll want to be close to your baby over the first few weeks and months of its life, putting the crib and changing table in your master bedroom with you actually makes sense if the room is big enough. You could also, for example, share 1 dresser, vanity or wardrobe and move the others into storage for the time being. (Don’t worry, they’ll be there when you move, clean and in perfect condition.)
How To Prepare Your Home or Apartment for your First Baby
Having a little baby around your home or apartment can be a challenge for almost anyone, especially if it’s your first baby. Many things we take for granted, like plants, electrical outlets, sharp edges and so forth, things that are ‘safe’ for adults, can be very dangerous for a baby and need to be either removed or changed until your new baby is older and wiser.
- Cabinets should be outfitted with childproof locks or guards
- Tables, countertops, coffee tables, desks, and other hard-edged corners need bumper guards
- Electrical outlets need outlet covers
- Large furniture should be firmly attached to the wall to prevent tipping over
- Fragile items need to be moved out of baby’s reach
Some of the things you have, like family heirlooms, tables with glass tops and anything else that might pose a danger to your new baby should probably be removed altogether. Renting a self-storage space from iStorage is a good solution here, allowing you to move these dangerous things away from your baby’s reach completely until they are older or you move to a new, bigger place with more space.
Remember, this is only a temporary situation. Baby’s grow up fast and, soon enough, you’ll be able to get all of your things back out of storage and enjoy them again, especially when you move to a larger home or even your forever home.
Bonus Tip- If some of the nice things you own are getting in the way of having space for your first baby, renting a self-storage unit from iStorage might be a good choice. That way, you don’t have to part with anything, all of your possessions will be safe and secure and, when you finally move to a bigger home, you’ll still have it and be able to enjoy everything again without trying to re-buy the things you love!
Preparing for your first baby if you don’t have enough space can be a challenge, it’s true, but the tips and advice we’ve given should help you get through it with flying colors.
If you have more questions, need advice or simply want to leave a comment about the article please do so in the space provided, and best of luck with your new bundle of joy!