I’m totally into the nesting stage of pregnancy. Nesting can happen at any point during pregnancy, but tends to go into overdrive in the third trimester, closer to labor and delivery. It’s a natural but overwhelming desire to get home ready for the new baby. Nesting not only includes setting up the nursery, but may include changing air filters, disinfecting everything in sight, re-organizing closets, or remodeling your entire apartment/house!
Speaking of houses, my husband and I recently moved into a new house. Moving so close to our due date has been stressful and exhausting! In spite of my exhaustion, I have been pretty adamant about unpacking and making sure everything is perfect for the arrival of our baby girl. We’ve installed car seats in both cars, and are still adding the last touches to baby girl’s nursery.
One of my favorite parts to setting up our pink and gray themed nursery was organizing the dresser drawers underneath the changing table. I thought about how I’d organize the drawers for about two hours prior to starting. I considered what would work best for me and Tony and even made an unconventional decision.
Check out the drawers from top to bottom below.
Since the dresser we chose has a built-in changing table on top, which is hands down the best use of space, I put diapers, diaper rash cream, wipe dispenser, wash clothes, hooded towels, bath gel, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, grooming kit, headbands, and additional changing pad liners and covers in the first drawer. We have an obscene amount of wash clothes, but I feel like you can never have too many. They can be used for practically anything including wiping up spit up.
All of the extra diapers, wipes, and so on are stored neatly in the nursery closet.
The second drawer is where I put the standard bibs, burp clothes, muslin bandana bibs, hats, socks, and the one pair of shoes we have for baby girl so far. When I mentioned earlier that I made an unconventional choice, I was referring to my decision to keep all of baby’s onesies on hangers in the closet. The reason I chose to do that is because I consider a onesie to be an outfit, especially during the first couple of months after delivery. Since baby’s clothes are hanging by size in the closet, it’s easier for me to grab the appropriate-sized onesie right off the rack.
The third drawer is where I keep extra crib sheets, receiving blankets, swaddles, and plush blankets. In case you’re wondering, all bottles, milk storage, and pacifiers have a home in their own cabinet in the kitchen. I keep them there because they need to be properly sanitized before use.
If you’re a parent or parent-to-be, I hope this post helps you figure out the most functional direction for your nursery. No one way is perfect – it’s all about what works best for YOU.