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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. 

  • When I found out I was pregnant, we looked for another house to rent. We were missing a room in the old one. We moved when I was around 4 months pregnant. We put laminated floor in her bedroom. There was carpet before and I really don’t like carpet. We also put new wallpaper with some lovely cute bears. My husband made a beautiful wood construction for her bath, so I could bathe her in her bedroom. It was so gorgeous and so handy to use. I had to move the water from the bathroom with a bucket, but it was done in a jiffy and the bathroom was just across her bedroom. I wonder if I have a picture of it to upload. Oh yes, here it is.
    I loved decorating her room. We did everything ourselves, and we were very happy with the result. :-)

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  • I never could afford doing what was in this article – just made space where ever I could and gave the children lots of love. Had four in one bedroom for a while, and we all managed to get along OK.

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  • If you find it necessary to move – some houses have such small rooms you still may not have room for another baby, try not to wait too late in the pregnancy to move and get settled.

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  • We had enough room and never contemplated moving.

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  • This all seems a bit drastic. What happened to just clearing out the spare room? A few bits of sturdy ply wood in the ceiling space and you have stacks of storage space for crap. I really think “buy new home” is fairly irresponsible advice.

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  • I agree with the comments so far. Newborns don’t really need that much room, just a lot of love and attention.

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  • Don’t think newborns need much space, more so when they become a bit older and require an own room.

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  • We had a bassinet, change table and comfy spot to breast feed. Didn’t need to rearrange too much at all

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  • I’m not sure that I agree with this article. It’s a bit of common sense. And newborns don’t need space. Hey are tiny. They just need love.

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