Edit: Now that we are about to (coming July 2015) have our second child, I’ve written an updated posting about having 2 kids and 2 adults in a 2 bedroom apartment. Part 1 of a 2 part series is up now!
I am so excited for this post!! So much thought and energy (oh god the energy) went into making our 1-bedroom apartment baby-friendly without going overboard into baby-landia, that I am bouncing around excited to reveal the finished product to you. This weekend we went on a rampage to finish up purchasing 99% of all the baby stuff. Note: Babies-R-Us is a demon store and you should avoid it at all costs. Oh god it was awful. I wasted an hour of my life and everything was either over priced or non-existent. Target is a much better solution.
Anyways! I digress… As you will see in the photos, our bedroom was pretty much a blank canvas, so that made it a little easier. My number 2 priority (number 1 being: to find furniture that fit and was functional for baby and me) was making sure our bedroom was still a relatively grown up space.
We bought things that we would have wanted in our room even without a baby. I mean… a mobile is pretty baby-centric, but I chose one that isn’t floating cartoon characters, ya know?
For info on all of the furniture items check out my Baby Stuff Post.
The one thing I am giving myself a big pat on the back for is not feeling like I’m stepping over myself in the bedroom. We added a huge dresser and a crib, a diaper genie, and a shit ton of baby clothes just in this space alone, and I think we’ve arranged it and stored it in a way that makes sense.
The prints above the bed are from The Hello Poster Shop. The whale is part of my attempt to incorporate more fish for Gabe the little Pisces. The volcanoes were just something I thought were funny and yay science!
The posters above the crib are from my favorite broken-up band, and I’ve been carrying these prints around for years. Thankfully they went with my gently suggested color scheme. They fit with my whole, “Hi! This is my bedroom, a grownup, adult bedroom! Oh yes, and we have a baby” thing.
The ombre yellow fish mobile is from EveryDaysBeautiful on Etsy. And here is where I confess something: I could have, probably, made this. But! I am not crafty. I hate craft projects! I wish I loved them, but I do not. And this is why I love Etsy – I can pay other people to make fun shit for me. And yellow is my favorite color, and it matches our fun rug from Anthropologie that was a wedding gift and is the nicest thing I own. And fish! For Pisces! Winning all around.
Here is our dresser/changing table. The changing pad is secured with velcro tape onto the top of the dresser so it will not slip and slide out of place, but I can remove it to hose it down if necessary. The cover for the changing pad was too small after washing it (argh) and kept bowing the pad, so I’m covering it with one of the swaddling (and easily washable) blankets we have. The lamp is from Ikea and cost, like, $30 or something. The robots are the greatest! The decals were super fun to put on, super easy, and removable! They are from RadRaspberry Vinyl Wall Art on Etsy.
All of the baby clothes we have fit into this dresser (along with two drawers for me! haha! I get more clothes storage too!) and I saved the far left drawer for diapers, wipes, and diaper cream. If I need to move them up on top, I have the space, but standing at the changing table and having this drawer open should be fine. I love not having a bunch of stuff out willy nilly… it may be totally naive of me thinking it will stay this way, but I’m definitely going to try.
Oh yes, and we’re doing disposable Huggies Pure and Natural diapers. And as long as baby Gabe’s rump is cool with them, then I’m cool with them. I read a lot a lot a lot a lot of reviews on disposable diapers. I wanted to get green or natural options, and I thought Seventh Generation was going to be a good choice, but all of the reviews said they leaked, especially overnight, and that people were using them during the day and then switching to something else at night. That makes no sense to me. And I know people rave about cloth diapers, but they aren’t our first choice for convenience. Maybe later down the road, but we’ll see.
And that’s it! We’ve been building this room since November, gathering, researching, purchasing here and there. Mostly, I wanted to prove to myself and the world that this actually is doable. Our apartment is a little bit less than 800 sq feet, we didn’t have a baby shower (though our parents and grandparents helped out with buying some big ticket items), and we are pretty middle-of-the-road financially. I don’t want to be in a 1 bedroom for more than a year of baby’s life. I don’t want to be in a situation where my kid can stand up, look at me and say, “Mom, it’s time to wake up,” ya know? But this is working splendidly at the moment! And though pregnancy and parenthood are giant sacrifices, making room for baby doesn’t feel like one.