Throwing a baby shower is a great way to involve your friends and family in the process of preparing for your baby’s arrival. To streamline the gifts you’ll receive, though, especially if you live in a small apartment, you’ll want to do a bit of planning ahead of time. Your little bundle of joy will surely need a lot of things, but it’s important to choose the items carefully so as not to risk overcrowding your space. Read on below for a few practical suggestions:
A space-saving crib that grows with your little one
Having the space for a full-sized crib is nice and all, but you’ll find that your child will quickly outgrow it. The Babyletto Gelato mini crib, available on Kids n Cribs, is a 2-in-1 solution with a minimalist footprint: fully assembled, it’s only 34.50 inches wide with a depth of 40.50 inches. When your kid grows up, it can easily be converted into a twin bed that they can continue to use through the years.
What else makes the Babyletto Gelato mini crib so great? It’s made with sustainable, beautiful New Zealand pine wood and CARB II-compliant MDF that goes well with any interior. It also has a lead and phthalate safe, non toxic finish and is GREENGUARD Gold Certified.
A collapsible bathtub
Another item you’ll need for the baby is a tub for baths, but it, too, will be quickly outgrown. They also happen to take up a lot of space, which can be problematic in a small apartment.
An easy solution is to add a collapsible tub of sorts to your registry. You can also find them listed as “sink inserts” and can be laid down flat when not in use. Look for ones that will cradle your baby comfortably, and then you can just hang them up after bath time.
A dual purpose dresser
When you live in a small apartment, every inch of space is precious. You may not have the room for a full-sized changing table when you also need to cram a dresser and other large pieces of furniture in the nursery.
Fortunately, it isn’t at all hard to find a dresser that also doubles as a changing table nowadays. To make the most out of the piece, look for one where the changing pad can easily be removed from the dresser so that you can keep using it long after your baby grows out of diapers.
A foldable and functional stroller
Car seats and strollers are large pieces of baby gear that also tend to take up a lot of space in the home. Still, you’ll need a safe way to take your baby home, and they’ll help immensely when you’re out and about with them.
Here, again, you’ll want to look into 2-in-1 products that combine an infant car seat with a stroller. Consider a product with wheels that can easily be folded up so that you can stash your little one in the backseat in a snap after a nice morning walk.