Awaiting a baby is probably the most special feeling in the world!
Knowing that your family is about to expand and that you’re going to welcome a little bundle of joy that’s about to take your world to a whole new level is quite exciting – but it’s also rather frightening at the same time. Where’s the baby going to sleep? What about their stuff? How are you going to accommodate a newborn into your probably already overcrowded and cluttered home? This is the problem for most people living in small spaces who don’t know how to make room for a new person who will, despite being small at first, need more and more space in the future. If you’re facing a similar problem, here are a few ways to create more space for a newborn.
Finding a bigger place
The easiest way to solve this problem is finding a bigger home and moving all your things there. Adapting to a new place might be challenging, especially for pregnant women, but that’s why the expecting fathers need to step up and do their share of the work. Look for available properties in your area and pay close attention to the location of kindergartens, schools and playgrounds.
Once you find a perfect spot, it’s time to move – pack everything you have in boxes, hire a truck and ask a couple of friends to help you move all your heavy stuff. But, make sure you work out a detailed plan of your new home before moving as this will help you settle more easily.
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You can also start decorating the nursery in advance and, if you do a good job, it will grow with your baby in the years to come.
Reorganize the rooms
In case you can’t afford a bigger place or simply don’t want to move while pregnant, you must come up with a couple of new ideas for space organization. Since your home already has clearly separated areas for sleeping, eating and relaxing, it seems that there’s little you can do without tearing down walls and putting up new ones.
Nevertheless, some people think this is the right thing to do, so they plan out a new home design to downsize their large living room and instead create space for a smaller room for their newborn. This way, everyone’s happy – there will be a room for the baby, and the parents won’t have to give up their comfort.
However, if you’re hesitant to make major changes, you can always put a baby’s crib right into your own bedroom. Yes, this will require some adjustments and a period of adaptation, but it’s for the best: keeping your child nearby is important in infancy and it’s always better to be close when they start crying in the middle of the night.
Building a bigger home
On the other hand, if you’re in a position to build a bigger house for your expanding family, why not? Bigger is always better when you’re lacking space, and a new home can give you an opportunity to plan and design the rooms in accordance with your own wishes. Starting from scratch is difficult, both logistically and financially, but with a help of a few good friends and a good bank loan, there’s nothing you can’t do!
Still, if you feel like you’re unable to handle all the tasks on your own, you can always contact a trustworthy home builder and ask for their professional opinion. The most important thing when building a new house is designing it, which is why you need to determine sleeping areas for you and your new child. Dedicating them a separate room might seem too far-fetched while you’re still pregnant, but you can’t expect them to spend their entire childhood in a crib!
With a big house comes a whole world of opportunities, so make the most of them and give your child a space they deserve.
What stays and what goes
In the end, a vital part of this process is decluttering your home – deciding what you’re going to keep and what needs to go in the trash in order to make room for your child’s possessions isn’t easy, but just imagine how happy your newborn is going to be in their new room!
How did you make room for your baby? Share with us in the comments.