You may feel overwhelmed by the thought of bringing your bundle home to a small apartment, but the most important thing to remember is that babies don’t need a lot of room. (In years past, many babies spent the first few weeks of their life in a re-purposed dresser drawer!) Here are some small things you can do to prepare your apartment for baby’s arrival.
Less Is More
If you do a search online for “must have baby products”, chances are you will be bombarded with hundreds of posts listing expensive and unneeded baby gadgets. You don’t need to have a nursery full of new furniture, and your baby doesn’t need a “Pinterest” worthy accent wall behind their crib. If you have a one bedroom apartment or a studio, try moving furniture around to allow room for a safe sleep space. This could be a crib, pack-n-play, or bassinet. Big bulky changing tables are also not necessary, as you can just lay a changing pad down and change the baby anywhere.
When it comes to other baby items, travel or compact sized products would be better for an apartment than full size items. For example, a travel high chair that can be clipped onto the table would be much easier to store than a full size high chair. An inflatable baby bath tub would take up much less room in a bathroom than a full sized baby bath.
Baby proofing is one of the most important ways to prepare your apartment for a new baby. This would be a good time to plug sockets, put doorknob covers on, secure heavy furniture to the wall, and maybe replace some of your sharp-cornered decor pieces. You may not think you need to baby proof until they become active, but that day comes a lot sooner than you might expect.
Living in an apartment may make it more difficult to use a stroller for travel. Unless you live on the bottom floor or your building has an elevator, you won’t want to bother with a stroller. The infant car seat can be used to carry baby to and from the car, and a baby carrier can be used for walks and shopping. There are SO many different types of baby carriers, so try a few to see which ones you like best.
Before the baby comes, you will definitely go through a nesting phase, and that is the perfect time to organize your apartment. Multi functional furniture is a great storage solution for baby items. A storage ottoman in the living room can be used for spare diapers and supplies, an under the bed organizer can be used for clothing storage, etc. Having a few “catch all” baskets around the apartment is also a great idea to store things like burp cloths, wipes, and snacks for those moments when you need a little something but can’t get up.
Last But Not Least, Make Friends With Your Neighbors
We all know that babies cry, so making friendly with your neighbors and letting them know about the new baby might help avoid noise complaints in the future.
Did you bring your baby home to an apartment? Share your best tips and tricks for small apartment living with a baby in the comments below!