The trouble with adding a new member to the family, along with the adjustment period with a new baby and a toddler, is mainly: where am I going to put all of this baby crap? I recently washed most of the baby’s new clothing and folded it (or, I should say the babysitter did it for me!) but I had no clue where it was going to go. In my mind I am not even sure where the baby is going to be getting changed or dressed.
The plan is for the baby to sleep in bed with us at first for nights, and I will put the baby in the Hushamok hammock for naps. And hey, if the baby really loves the hammock, I will throw him in there at night too. It will be right next to my bed so I can get him whenever I need to nurse him . He will need changing in the middle of the night but I won’t want to wake my son, so I am going to not only need somewhere to change him (on the bed?) I need a place to put his diapers. I will also need a wet bag for our room.
During the day I will change the baby on the changing table in my son’s room, most likely. Unless my older son is napping. Then bedroom again. I feel like a nomad of diaper changing and he isn’t even here yet.
Same goes for clothing changes, which I am sure will be frequent. My first son had massive spit ups until he was 10 months old! No, he did not have reflux or food/ dairy allergies. I was just lucky I guess. We went through gobs of outfits and burp cloths. I feel like I need 2 wardrobes; 1 for our room and one for “playroom” bedroom. Same for a stash of burp cloths. ACK!
As it stands, the changing table in my older son’s room is stuffed with diapers and inserts. I have 6 baskets, 3 full of diapers, 1 full of extra inserts and cloth wipes, 1 with the “overflow” of diapers, and one with newborn diapers and wet bags. But I need the newborn diapers in the top basket, not the bottom one. I have to rearrange my whole system to accommodate. At this time my top 3 baskets are arranged, left to right: Daddy Friendly Diapers, Daddy “meh” diapers (he can use most but he doesn’t like to), and Daddy Don’t Touch (diapers I need to review or ones he sucks at putting on). Now one needs to be Newborn Diapers. (I included my changing table tour from a few months ago)
I am also unsure where I am going to put the Mamaroo, which I am so excited to be reviewing! Will the livingroom be good for it? If the baby naps in it will the livingroom be too noisy or unsafe (think- toddler who likes poking eyes). Then, should the bedroom be a good home?
None of these things were issues with my first son. I could do whatever I pleased and I had a wonderful 9 months of nesting! Now I don’t feel the need for any nesting. I have no desire to wash and fold tiny baby clothes and I certainly don’t feel like rearranging furniture or drawers of clothing. My birth kit still needs some things and I am slacking.
With Fletcher I was very excited about the “stuff” and arranging it (and of course having a new baby). With this baby I am excited about the birth and how my son will bond with him.
As an organized person, this drives me nuts! I need order!
Any tips on having 2 young children, 1 “bedroom,” and no storage space?!?