Your baby shower came and went and now you have all these high tech baby gadgets and supplies to add to your growing collection.
You've spent the better part of a year collecting every cute outfit you can find and your family does not stop delivering stuffed animals.
No matter how much you protest.
All of this stuff becomes overwhelming.
There's barely anywhere to store it all and without some organization it's almost impossible to see what you still need before the big day.
Getting yourself organized will keep you feeling stress free and prepared to welcome your little one.
So before you drown in a sea of onesies and stuffed giraffes, let's get organized!
Sort out those tiny outfits
Get a system going for all the baby clothes you've acquired. Sort out clothing by size, occasion and season, keeping all the everyday jammies accessible. When you sort all the baby clothes out by size, it'll be easy to see what has been outgrown and what might give your little one some more wiggle room.
Have a safe haven for sleep.
Before you go crazy unpacking all the baby accessories you have, the first thing you should do is figure out your newborn's sleeping arrangements. Create multiple sleeping areas if possible, one nursery area and sleeping accommodations in the common space. Organize the bedding for chilly nights and summer, keeping the bed linens neat and tidy just in case you run into some accidents.
Think age appropriate.
You might have gotten some really cool toys and playpens for your baby. The fact is, they're just too small to use it right away. Keep toys and baby accessories packed away if your baby needs to grow into it. Free up some valuable real estate in the nursery and you'll be happy to not trip over all the clutter.
Plan ahead wherever you can.
Planning dinners ahead of time will be a huge relief once your little one arrives. Make some meals ahead and pop them in the freezer, they'll come in handy for those exhausted postpartum nights when you can't bear to making dinner. Your family will definitely appreciate the convenience of this take-out alternative. Your postpartum doula can pop the dinners right in the oven where it can be ready before you know it.
Keep that nursery stocked!
Keep your changing station fully stocked with different size diapers and plenty of wipes and salves for irritated bottoms. It's important to mention that you don't have to go diaper crazy. Organize an area that has different size diapers to choose from, you'll be surprised how fast that little hiney is going to outgrow diaper sizes. If it helps you stay a little more organized, label the shelf or basket that holds the diapers so you can easily identify sizes.
Getting yourself organized will be a huge weight off your shoulders and you'll be able to relax and enjoy your baby's arrival.
Don't over-think your nursery organization, keep it simple and easy to navigate.
Not every organization method works for everyone and they'll be some trial and error as you navigate what works best for your family.