When a new baby arrives it can change the rhythm and space of a home. Adding an extra family member means adding more things in the home. It’s exciting to want to buy all kinds of cute gear for your newest arrival and obsess over Pinterest-worthy ideas, but sometimes it’s just not practical or budget-friendly. After all, babies are tiny and don’t take up much space, but all of their gear does!
From cribs and high chairs to bouncers and play mats, it can be nerve-wracking to figure out where it will all go. Add on top of that all of the baby gifts you’ll receive and hand-me-downs from well-intentioned family and friends, and your space is filling up fast. If you live in a small space, such as an apartment, condo, or tiny home, you’ve got the extra task of trying to maximize your space to accommodate your new baby. But fear not, because, at the end of the day, we don’t need as much as we think we do.
For those with small spaces, a minimalist mindset, or who simply don’t want to be overwhelmed with The Paradox of Choice, we’ve come up with some great baby essentials (aside from diapers, feeding supplies, and go-to registry items) that will help maximize your space.
This mini crib is sized for smaller spaces and has two platform heights that adjust for your growing baby.
Stokke takes the bulk out of traditional high chairs with this sleek design that sits flush against any table and transitions with your growing child.
This multi-purpose product is great for drools, spit-ups, quick cleans, and to use as burb cloths, wash cloths, and even diapers.
Aden + Anais
Whether your baby loves to be swaddled or not, these lightweight blankets can be used in so many different ways.
There's no need for a bulky changing table when you can prop this changing pad anywhere in your home for quick diaper changes. It's also waterproof and fits perfectly in a bag, purse, or car.
Onesies are a wardrobe staple for babies and some may go through two or three a day.
Protect your baby's wobbly balance during play time with a foam mat that fits seamlessly with any decor.
A stroller with an accompanying car seat is a must when traveling with baby. A stroller that easily folds up, like this City Mini, will be easy to stow away in your home when not in use.
Crate & Kids
Storage bins can transition from keeping all of the baby's essentials in one place to eventually being used as a home for toys.
A roomy, sturdy, and hands-free diaper bag will be a blessing you didn't know you needed when you're out and about with baby.
No matter how big or small your space is, a digital baby monitor will give you peace of mind when you can't be near.
After you've helped your baby to fall asleep, minimize distractions with a white noise sound machine.