Living in a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco, setting up a separate nursery isn’t an option – so baby’s things are just being integrated into all of our pre-existing furniture! Because of this restriction, I’ve spent a ton of time reading, researching, and talking to mamas about what pieces are essential, and what we can skip. This week I’m working on setting up our space, so I’ll have more pics then! But for now, here are the main items I ended up registering for:
1. Stroller – I spent time pining over the gorgeous $800+ Nuna and Orbit styles, but then I found this gem that has many of the same features but runs way cheaper. Having the handle be tall was important for me as I’m 5’10” and this one is perfect. I also opted for a jogger, since I know I want to get back to running once baby is here, and we just don’t have space for both a stroller and a jogger. Plus, the city has some pretty bumpy sidewalks, so the larger wheels should cushion the ride for baby.
2. Carseat – this is the same brand carseat as the stroller. It’s a snap gear, so it pops into place with one simple click. Safety wise it ranked well, so I felt great about this cheaper option for a quality product.
3. Crib – I plan to co-sleep with our little babe, so having something attached to the bed was my goal. I found this awesome Ikea hack, which uses this crib style since one of the sides come off. You can then tether it securely to the bed, and voila! Baby has his own space, but can easily be slid over to nurse during the night. Win win.
4. Graco Little Lounger – In place of a full size swing, I opted for this smaller piece which still rocks and has a vibrate feature. Since our place is small, this its nicely in our living room where baby can sleep while we’re on the couch.
And that’s pretty much it! Well, as far as large pieces go. I have a bunch of plastic bins under the bed full of swaddling blankets, clothes, a boppy, floor play gym, and all of those smaller things. But thankfully our space isn’t feeling too overwhelmed with baby things, but I think we still have our bases covered!
What’s been your lifesaver when it comes to your babe?