The arrival of a baby inevitably brings the arrival of baby-things. Baby clothes and blankets, baby toys and books, baby furniture, baby cleaning things and baby feeding things. At first I was overwhelmed by the onslaught of things, and I tried, hard as I might, to limit the rate at which we acquired them. But, our friends and family, through all their generosity, bought us things and more things :) and eventually it became time for me to embrace the baby-things and learn how to live with them.
Here are some tips that I discovered for not letting baby-things take over our home.
- Designate a space: We have two rooms where we keep Ryan's things, his bedroom and the living room. This helps us stay organized, and it also helps the house feel like it's a home for people of all ages and not just babies.
- Storage: Find a place to hide all the toys and books. We have two primary storage areas: 1) a coffee table trunk in the living room with a lid that easily opens and closes, and 2) a wire basket in Ryan's room that holds small toys, it's easy for him to find things in the basket and put them back when he's done.
- Furniture: One of my favorite things we bought for Ryan is his Stokke high chair; it looks like a high chair, but it blends into our living space really well because it's made from dark brown wood like our other dining room furniture. We've also been careful to buy things that can collapse, which makes them easy to store away when they're not in use; one favorite is the Baby Bjorn Bouncer.
- Daily clean-up: At the end of (almost) every day, everything goes back where it belongs. Toys go in the trunk and basket, books go on the bookshelf, and clothes go in the laundry room. This makes all of the baby things feel a little more manageable, and it also makes for a more peaceful, less distracting home.
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