Lots of parents start out in close quarters, me included. So whether you’re in a studio or one-bedroom apartment, living with loads of family members, or simply constricted in space. You can totally make it work, starting with some ingenious space-saving solutions. I’ve written this guide to help you pick the perfect crib for your baby’s nursery. There are plenty of ways to fit a baby into a small space. There is no need to stress that just because baby is coming along you need to buy a bigger house. This is simply not true. All it takes is some advance planning and a willingness to think outside the box.
One way to save space in your nursery is to start with a mini crib. Mini cribs are smaller than standard cribs. Mini cribs are also very portable and easier to move around versus your standard bulkier cribs.
I love the look of this adorable mini crib from DaVinci. Smaller than a full sized crib; at around 27 inches wide it will fit through standard doorways, while still having plenty of room for baby. Suitable until baby is 35 inches, it gives your little one plenty of space to grow into. This crib can also convert to a twin bed, which is certainly an added bonus and means that you won’t have to swap it out for a new bed once baby is ready to transition.
Another best selling mini crib is this one from Delta. Taking up 35% less space than a traditional full sized crib, it’s perfect for smaller spaces. However, don’t let its small size fool you. This crib has tons of great features. The crib features a 1 ” waterproof mattress and adjustable 2 position mattress support that allows the crib to be used as a bassinet, changer and/or play pen. Plus, it has wheels allowing it to be easily moved from one room to another. And, when not in use, it folds up small enough to store under a bed or in a closet.
Crib and Changing Space Combination
This elegant crib comes with a changing table attached; making it an ideal purchase for parents looking to save space in the nursery. Made of solid wood and wood products, this crib is non-toxic and will grow along with your baby. This crib converts from a full size crib to a toddler bed, to a daybed, to a full-size bed.
Designed with infants in mind (up to 15 lbs) this adorable bassinet has an adjustable and removable canopy, is highly portable, offers a calming nightlight and soothing music, while also offering two large storage baskets.
This lightweight bassinet features breathable mesh and can hold an infant up to 25 lbs. It offers a convenient and accessible storage area underneath that snaps on and off. Plus, besides being combat when fully open, it also folds down to an even smaller size when shut. Great for small apartments!
Playard as a Baby Crib
Pack n Playards are a popular choice with parents for a good reason. For those of you looking to save on space, this pack n play from Graco is a fantastic alternative to a more traditional crib. Besides the versatility of a play area and a sleep area all in 1, this crib also offers a wipe-clean fabric that resists messes for changing baby’s diapers. Plus, you can fold it up and take it with you when you travel.
Tips for Saving Space
If you’re living in a small space, you’re probably wondering just how are you going to be able to accommodate all of the things baby needs without moving to a bigger apartment or house. No only is it doable, it can also be fun and creative! Here are my top tips to help you save space while making room for baby.
- Use hidden storage
- Store baby items in empty spaces that don’t really serve any other purpose. For example, you can store diapers and wipes under the baby crib, or under your bed. Get some storage boxes such as these (link to storage boxes on Amazon) and you can easily roll things that you need out from under wherever.
- Get creative
- Are you a bit crafty? Combine your creativeness with your need for storage of baby items with an idea such as this one. Need to store baby board books but don’t want to spend a ton of money on new shelves? Do as I did and get some cost efficient spice racks such as these (link to racks on Amazon). Paint them whatever color you would like and you instantly have beautiful, creative storage for those tiny baby books that don’t seem to quite fit anywhere else.
- Make use of wasted space
- Existing furniture can be multi-functional. That dresser that you use to store baby clothes can also be used as a changing table. Use the top of your existing dressing as a changing table by simply adding a changing pad on top, and getting a basket to place next to it with diapers and diaper cream.
- Empty wall space isn’t just for decorations. A great space that is rarely used in a room is the wall space behind a door. Instead of leaving this space on the wall in the nursery empty, why not add a couple of hooks and hang up baby items such as coats and hats?
- Repurpose Items
- Another often-overlooked opportunity for creative storage space is the back of the door. This can be a closet door, bedroom door, or bathroom door, any door will work. Take this shoe rack (link to Amazon) for instance; instead of holding shoes, it can also hold small baby toys, hair berets, books, baby bath items, etc.
- Rotate baby items
- It can be very tempting to constantly have all of baby’s toys within reach. After all of the careful research you’ve done to pick items to help with baby’s growth and development, you want to make sure that they have the opportunity to use these toys. However, the best thing for baby, and for your space, is to rotate baby’s toys rather than having them all at once available. Your child will feel like the toys are brand new every time that you cycle through them, and you will have saved space in your home. Win-win all around!