Oh, baby! There are so many things to organize when having a baby.
What should you register for? And which things do you really need? Where do you put all the things? And where do you put the things if you know if want another baby?
Also, did I mention that mommy brain is a real thing and it may even get worse after the newborn phase? I am pretty much a walking, talking example of that.
Oh, baby indeed! You really do need to have some sort of game plan in place if your goal is to maintain a reasonably organized home when baby comes. But never fear, today's guest is perfect for this topic because Erin Barbot an awesome professional organizer from the Washington DC area. AND she just had her second baby girl 4 months ago. This makes her the perfect person to be chatting about what baby stuff you truly need and what to do with the stuff between kiddos. (Be sure to check out Erin's Instagram for tons of awesome organizing ideas and tips).
ERIN'S REGISTRY SUGGESTIONS
Here are links to the suggestions Erin made for your baby registry:
And here are the things she said may not be necessary:
- Steer clear of the baby toys on the registry. Baby really won't play with them. And it helps you from needing to "organize them later." If you really want to register for a toy, look for high quality things that your child will play with when they actually start playing with toys.
- Erin also suggests keeping newborn clothing to a minimum. Those babies grow so fast! Instead, you will be better off registering for larger sizes when the baby isn't growing as fast. (Think the 6-12 month range).
- Don't register for a breast pump...you can actually get one for FREE with the Affordable Care Act. It is super easy. Just check with your OB, midwife or insurance company to get your free pump.
(Links are Amazon affiliate links)
ORGANIZING YOUR HOME FOR BABY
- Set up baby changing stations in your home so you don't have to go far to change the baby.
- Make sure to create an easily accessible donation bin for the clothing or toys when it is outgrown. This makes it easier to collect those donations because, trust us, finding time to go through drawers is hard.
- Finally, Erin recommends putting limits on the amount of gifts that come into the home. And doing it from the start is easier than trying to course correct later. This has really helped her stay in control of all the stuff that is coming into the house. (One way we help combat this in our house is a GIVE BACK BIRTHDAY PARTY).
HOW TO STORE ITEMS FOR FUTURE BABIES
Erin suggests keeping bins of clothing by size if you plan to use them again in the future. In addition, she recommends placing what you need first at the top of the bin so you don't have to go digging to find what you need. Get rid of anything that is stained or you didn't like. No need to store what you don't love. And you ARE going to by clothes for future children. Because you will feel guilty using all hand-me-downs.
If you would like more information on Erin and her organizing services, you can find her below:
And after months of growing a baby, birthing a baby and sleepless nights, I am sure you will be in the market for a cocktail. Erin has shared on of her favorite cocktail recipes for a Boulevardiers...a cousin cocktail to the Negroni.
- 1 1/2 oz Bourbon
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
Mix in glass over ice. Garnish with lemon wedge or twist, orange slice or maraschino cherries.
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