There’s no doubt that once you have a baby, their stuff can magically appear in almost every room of your home. But your home doesn’t have to look like a daycare center or kindergarten classroom. So, how do you avoid this? By creating “baby zones” in the home to keep toys and gear organized and out of sight.
Start with the kitchen, where baby clutter can seriously take over countertops if not given a proper home. If you have a pantry, clear a space large enough to hold containers for bottles, binkies, bibs and baby food, which you’ll eventually need. Use clear plastic containers that can be washed and sanitized periodically. For baby food jars, use a double lazy Susan. Keep each category of item separate so you can easily grab what you need.
Then cordon off a section of the family room that is specifically for your baby so you’re sure you have enough space and all your baby gear and toys stays together. Use baskets with lids for toys and books so, at the end of the day, you can put these away and enjoy the adult space you’ve created. Take the toy baskets out in the morning when your baby is ready to play.
In the bathroom, create space for baby shampoo, lotion, tub toys and baby towels. Use space under the sink or a shelf above the toilet. If you have a linen closet in the bathroom, clear off an entire shelf for these items. Placing them together allows you to easily see what you have and what you may need to replenish. Group like items in their own containers. For example, shampoos and baby wash in one, towels in another.
Some parents choose to have newborns sleep in their room at night to avoid walking to the nursery for middle-of-the-night feedings. If this is the case, create a baby zone in your master bedroom where you place the essentials that baby needs during the night. The Luv U Zoo™ Playard is perfect because it has a changing table for babies less than 25 lbs. and a bassinet for babies less than 15 lbs.—perfect for the first couple of months. It also contains storage for diapers and other baby essentials. Later on, once baby is sleeping in their crib, remove the Playard and replace items in the “baby zone” with a small basket of toys so if you’re dressing or folding clothes in your room, baby has something to keep them occupied.
Baby zones can be created in any room, but baby products don’t have to be everywhere. Be particular about placing the zones so you can maintain easy organization of his things.