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About 8 minutes after bringing our twin babies home, I realized that the baby nursery I worked so hard on was, well, DUMB. Okay, maybe impractical is a nicer way to say it. Keeping items you need to use several times a day stashed away in a bedroom is pretty ridiculous when you think about it. Unless, of course, you love the nursery so much that you want to spend the entirety of your existence in there. Then don’t read this list of 5 things that you should never keep in your baby’s nursery.
Your baby’s clothes. You think I’m nuts, but hear me out. Do you know when you’ll have time to do laundry? When your baby is napping. Do you know when you’ll have time to put those clean outfits away? When your baby is napping. Where is that baby napping? In the nursery! Find storage for your baby’s clothing in the laundry room or another bedroom because that’s where it will end up.
The changing table and diapers. Where should you keep this stuff? Wherever you’re going to spend the most time with your baby. For me, that was my living room, for you it might be somewhere else. I’m sure some people are horrified by the idea of keeping a changing table in a common area of the house, but, when you think about it, doesn’t it make sense to keep the changing table and diapers where you keep the baby? Sure, it’s easy to walk down the hall or up the stairs to your baby’s nursery now, but I think you’ll find it takes a bit more effort when you’re a few days postpartum. If a changing table in the family room is out of the question, you can store a changing pad and some diapers nearby.
The diaper pail. Please, don’t keep a bucket of poop in your baby’s nursery. I know a lot of people who do this, but I’ve never understood it. Put it in the garage or outside the back door. If you haven’t purchased a diaper pail yet, I highly recommend the Diaper Champ. Just set the soiled diaper on the top and pull the handle. You don’t have to shove a dirty diaper though a tiny hole with your hand. (If you’ve ever owned a diaper genie you know what I’m talking about.)
Your nursing supplies. You may already know this, but newborn babies nurse constantly. I, like many new moms, had pictured sitting in that cozy nursery rocking-chair while nursing my sweet boys. What really happened? I was parked on the couch watching Netflix with babies attached to my nipples for 14 hours a day. (I really, really wish I knew about Outlander back then.) You’ll end up nursing your baby where you like to hang out the most, so that’s where you should keep your My Brest Friend nursing pillow and anything else you like to have with you while breastfeeding.
The baby. Well, at least not overnight. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that babies sleep overnight in the same room as their parents for at least six-months and preferably the whole first year of life. These new recommendations are probably the best evidence that nurseries, although fun and traditional, really aren’t all that useful today.
So what exactly is the purpose of a nursery? It’s a really pretty place for your baby to take daytime naps.