Adding a Baby Corner

Adding a baby corner featured

Well…I had a baby! I wanted to share the little baby corner I created in our bedroom. It is just the cutest spot for Gib to sleep…babies eventually do that, right?

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When we brought Vi home two years ago we lived in a one-bedroom apartment, so we didn’t have much choice other than keeping her in our room. Even though we now have two bedrooms, I still want to keep this baby close for the first few months. Our bedroom is small, but I am determined to carve out a little space for baby and everything he needs.

We moved in after I knew I was pregnant, so I consciously kept this corner pretty cleared out from the beginning, only adding what I thought we would need once our little bean got here. I only wanted to keep essentials in here to make it nice and relaxing and uncluttered, and I think I did just that. I am so happy with our baby nook!

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These lights are perfect for nightly feedings and changes without waking up Gib completely, just a nice, soft glow for my sleep-deprived eyes. This DIY canvas art has been my mantra in these first weeks, helping me remember to inhale the good and let go of the bad. I highly recommend hanging something you find inspirational in your baby’s space.

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nightstand: Ikea Rast | rocking bassinet stand: Jolly Jumper stand | Moses basket: old (similar here) | art: diy | supply basket: old (others I like here and here) | star string lights: Target dollar spot


One thing I learned the hard way with Vi is how much you use the same stuff over and over, namely diaper changing stuff. No matter how small your home is, it gets old going back and forth for diapers, wipes, lotion, and creams, so I made a portable basket of essentials to keep next to the bed all night and bring wherever I need during the day: diapers, wipes, lotion, diaper cream, swaddle blankets, burp cloths.

One tip I love for those newborn count-every-diaper days is to keep a set number of diapers in the basket (I keep ten at a time), which makes it easier to keep track of how many diapers baby goes through in twenty-four hours. I am awful at keeping track of diapers, so this trick helps me stop saying, “Um, like a lot?” at the pediatrician’s office.

I am a diehard Earth Mama Angel Baby fan, and I especially love their calming lavender lotion. I love lavender anything, but this is so perfectly and lightly scented (and I am not even getting a penny for this. I just really love it!). The bottom balm really works and doesn’t have that horrible rash cream smell because, yeah, I don’t want my newborn to smell like some weird version of mothballs. The Honest Co. is really more for myself. Long feeding sessions after yucky diapers that make you scrub your hands afterwards are a great time to slather on some lotion and feel a little less like a diaper-changing, milk-producing robot.

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I couldn’t help myself! Gib was asleep, so I wanted to show off some of his tiny baby things in a flatlay of adorableness. I got this marigold set before we knew if baby was a he or she, and I am in love with this bright and cheery color for either.

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June and January is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to ogle baby clothes. Since Gib is a boy I don’t get to stock up on headbands like I did with Vi, so I have made up for it with J&J’s cute colors and patterns.

hat and sleeper: June and January in Marigold (The Sleeper and The Fresh Baby Knotted Hat | pacifier clip: DIY | crochet blanket: DIY

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