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We all love a nursery that looks super cute and stylish. But we also need the nursery to be practical and functional. After all, a nursery that is pretty but does not pay attention to nursery organization and storage will get messier before you can blink! So today we are focusing on 4 Must Have Stations for an organized nursery. With these stations in place and well stocked, your baby's nursery will not only be stylish but practical and super functional.
One thing is certain after you have a baby. You'll be changing a lot of diapers over the next few months. So how do you prepare for the many diaper changes coming your way? You set up a well stocked functional diapering station. When setting up a diapering station you can go with a changing table or a dresser. You'll also need plenty of space for storing the diapering essentials. Use baskets, rolling carts or wall storage for additional storage space. Lastly, you need a changing pad to go over the changing table or dresser where you can change baby's diaper.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE DIAPERING STATION
DRESSER | CHANGING TABLE | CHANGING PAD | CHANGING PAD COVER | CHANGING PAD LINERS | GROOMING + FIRST AID KIT | OINTMENT | DIAPER RASH CREAM | DIAPER CREAM APPLICATOR | HAMPER | WIPES | DIAPERS | DIAPER PAIL | HAND SANITIZER | BASKETS FOR STORAGE
Diapers: Don't forget to stock up on diapers. Also, sign up with Amazon Prime and have the diapers, wipes and other essentials delivered to your front door. Sign up for a free trial here.
Wipes: Yes, you'll go through a LOT of wipes. Unlike diapers which the baby will outgrow every couple of months, you can go ahead and bulk buy wipes to save money.
Changing Pad & Cover: Look for a changing pad that provides the baby comfort and security that is also easy to clean. Then get a changing pad cover to go over it.
Grooming & First Aid Kit: You'll want to get a grooming and first aid kit for the diapering station.
Creams & Lotions: Store baby's creams and lotions here as well. You'll need a diaper ointment for everyday use, diaper rash cream, body moisturizer and an eczema cream.
Pacifiers and Soothers: We like to keep a pacifier close by at all times!
Diaper Pail: Keep odors trapped with a diaper pail. Make sure to keep the diaper pail close to the changing table so it's easy to dispose the dirty diapers without leaving baby's side.
Hand Sanitizer: Yes! You'll need it!!!
Breastfeeding is hard but it is also the most rewarding. When you are not crying because of engorged breasts or suffering from mastitis, you'll find those quiet moments with your little one very special. So how do you make breastfeeding as smooth as can be? We think that creating a well stocked breastfeeding station will take so much of the stress out of breastfeeding.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO SET UP A BREASTFEEDING STATION
NURSING CHAIR | END TABLE | LIGHTING | NURSING PILLOW & COVER | BREASTFEEDING CADDY | WASHABLE NURSING PADS | HAAKAA PUMP | NIPPLE CREAM | SANITIZER | CLIP ON LIGHT | BURP CLOTHS | WATER BOTTLE | OTTOMAN
Nursing Chair :When setting up a nursing station, start by picking a comfortable nursing chair. Choose one that provides the best ergonomic support for breastfeeding. Adjustable or reclining chairs are great and chairs that have padded armrests.
End Table: You'll need an end table for your water bottle ( drink lots of water when breastfeeding), magazines and maybe snack.
Ottoman: An ottoman will give you a comfortable place to rest your tired feet.
Nursing Pillow: A good nursing pillow makes a world of difference! You'll find that positioning the baby for a proper latch is easier with a good nursing pillow. Further, with good support from a nursing pillow the stress on your arms and back will be less.
Lighting: You'll need a light for late night feedings!
Caddy: You'll love having a breastfeeding caddy or basket to put all of your nursing supplies in. It will give you the flexibility to move to another room should you decide to breastfeed somewhere else.
Breastfeeding Supplies: Stock up on breastfeeding supplies before the baby is born. You'll need nursing pads, nipple cream, burp cloths, hand sanitizer and perhaps a few snacks.
If you plan on pumping, then setting up a pumping station would make sense. To begin with, you'll need a comfortable space to pump. Maybe it's a bedroom or even the nursery. Where ever you choose, you'll need some basic pumping essentials.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO SET UP A pumping STATION
MOBILE CART | WATER BOTTLE | DISINFECTANT WIPES | NIGHT LIGHT | BREAST PUMP | EXTRA TUBING | SANITIZER | MILK STORAGE BAGS | BURP CLOTHS | SHARPIE | BASIN | NIPPLE CREAM
Cart: You'll need a place to store all your pumping essentials. You could use a caddy or a basket. But we prefer a mobile cart, which will give you enough space to store everything you need and also the flexibility to move to different rooms.
Breast Pump: Picking the right breast pump will make your life so much easier. So choose a high quality breast pump even though you might have to spend a bit more. When picking a breast pump look for a pump with multiple settings, a breast shield and has the portability you would require. We love this Medela Pump.
Tubing: Keep some extra tubing on hand just in case you notice something wrong with the tubes.
Basin: You'll need a basin or two to store things and also to carry items for washing.
Pumping Supplies: Don't forget the disinfectant wipes, sanitizer, nipple cream, breast pads, burp cloths and a water bottle.
POSTPARTUM RECOVERY STATION
While not technically part of the nursery, having a postpartum recovery station will make the first few weeks with the baby so much easier. Recovery after giving birth is hard and takes time to heal and feel better. So put together a well stocked postpartum essentials basket before you have the baby to make it easier for you once you have the baby.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE POSTPARTUM ESSENTIALS BASKET
Basket: Use a basket or caddy to store all of the postpartum essentials you'll need.
Postpartum Essentials: Read this post to find out how to set up a postpartum essentials basket and our favorite postpartum products.
Set up these four useful stations and you are on your way to an organized nursery that is functional!
Last Updated on May 31, 2019 by Tira Attygalla
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