Preparing for a Baby in a Small Space

One bedroom apartment nursery

Jordan and I were living in a one bedroom apartment when I got pregnant. Purchasing a home has always been a goal, but the time was never right. I spent my nesting period researching how to manage living in a small space. I had no idea we’d end up purchasing a home so soon after Phoenix was born! 

Adding another human to a humble abode requires a lot of rearranging. Even though we now live in a three-bedroom home, I wanted to share how I nested without an actual nest. I hope this gives you ideas for creating a one bedroom apartment nursery!

Side note: this is written from my perspective when we still lived in our apartment.

Rearrange your belongings. Before making any purchases, first purge all unnecessary items. Jordan and I have a small storage unit (we only have one closet) so we moved all of our out-of-season clothes (living underneath our bed) to the storage unit. Rearranging always leads to purging which is a bonus!

Assess your furniture. Jordan and I have lived in four apartments (+ my parents house) and for our Nashville move we didn’t purchase anything new. We tried to make due, but we realized we weren’t fully utilizing our space, especially in the bathroom. We have rather high ceilings, so Jordan found two shelving units to replace our existing pieces.

Purchase items as needed. I’m focusing on the 0-3 month stage and will purchase other items as needed. This includes diapers. There is no need to overstock when you have Amazon Prime! We were given a crib, but our initial intention was to wait a few months since he can sleep in his bassinet in the beginning. <– He mostly slept in his Rock N’ Play.

Let friends and family know. People love babies and giving babies toys and cute clothes, but all of those things need a home, right? It’s okay to let people (who have expressed wanting to purchase a gift) know you don’t have a lot of space and to encourage gift cards or small items.

Acknowledge your reality. There might be moments of sadness when you see friends post images of their nursery, but you can still create a loving and nurturing environment in a small space. We acknowledge the challenges to living in a small space, but there are benefits such as cleaning time!

Did you have a designated nursery for your baby?

8 thoughts on “Preparing for a Baby in a Small Space”

  1. I feel like you wrote this for me hahaha. Especially that last part about feeling sad seeing others amazingly decorated nurseries. I’m due in May and like you, this is like our 5th apartment in the past 5 years, and we’re currently in our 1 bedroom apartment which our lease is up three weeks after baby is due. We’re hoping to buy in the spring before the baby gets here, but even so….I am not going to be able to have this dreamy nursery haha. But you know what, IT’S FINE!! I think it’s become another “pinterest” expectation or something. But in reality…she will probably sleep/hang with us in our room for a while and then by the time she’s old enough to sleep/hang in her own room, I’ll have something figured out. It’s just so hard not to feel like I’m almost like failing that we MAY live in an apartment and we have no space and hand me down furniture haha. I’m making it sound worse than it is, but I feel guilty bringing a child into our wild life maybe haha. ANWAYS, thank you for this. It helped me!

  2. This is great! I think some couples stress out too much about needing “more space” when they are expecting a baby. I’m slowly becoming more minimal and realizing that you need about half the space you think you do. It’s fun to be creative with space saving storage ideas 🙂

  3. These are great tips! I’m thankful we had space for a nursery, but he slept in our room for the first 10 weeks until he started sleeping through the night. He still uses his rock n play during the day every once in a while 🙂 I’m glad you were able to move into a bigger home!

  4. This post is exactly what I needed to read. We are renting a new apartment soon and it will only have one room for us and the baby, and to say the least I am stressing about space! I just want us to be comfortable and not feel closed in! But these tips are really good and helped me A TON!

    Thanks! Congrats on getting a bigger place as well!

    xoxo Lex // LexMeetsWorld

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