Think a one-bedroom apartment isn’t big enough for a growing family? You’d be surprised how easy it is to make room for a baby even in the smallest of dwellings! Investing in space-efficient baby gears is key to making every square inch of your small apartment work harder.
The great thing about living in a small, one-bedroom apartment is that you can focus more on choosing the right products for your little one as opposed to wasting money on things that the baby won’t be able to maximize. With the right baby gears, you can raise your baby and make more room to satisfy the growing demands of your household!
Let’s take a look at gears that should be high on your list of baby must-haves:
A Compact and Portable Crib
The crib is, of course, the heart of every nursery. It serves as a safe haven for your baby to snooze and play! Now, cribs come in different sizes, some are larger to give more room for the baby, others are on the petite side, which is perfect for a rental or a one-bedroom apartment.
Since space is an issue, opt for a compact crib, one that comes with wheels. The size of the crib should be small enough to fit the bedroom without taking too much room. If the crib that you like does not have wheels, you can always buy a set of caster wheels at your local hardware store and attach these on the feet of the crib yourself using screws and a screwdriver.
Assuming that a compact crib with wheels is still too bulky for your apartment, you can opt for a co-sleeper bassinet, one that folds flat for easy storage. A co-sleeper bassinet is perfect for nursing because the baby is just a few inches away from the bed. It’s a great alternative to a small crib and it allows you to soothe a fussy baby without getting up during those early weeks.
A Portable Changing Pad
A changing station is nice to have but for the space-strapped, this piece of furniture is too bulky! Unless your apartment has a massive bedroom, there are more space-efficient alternatives to a full-sized changing station. One such alternative is a portable changing pad.
A portable changing pad turns any surface space into an instant changing station for the baby, including the bed. This baby essential folds flat and is made of a sturdy yet stain-resistant material that wipes clean. It also comes with several pockets so you can store diapers and other changing essentials like rash creams or ointments, etc., while on the go. A changing pad is made for busy parents so it can be stashed in a diaper bag.
A Rolling Utility Cart
We’ve featured IKEA’s RÅSKOG in the past but it’s worth a mention again simply because this rolling utility cart is winning over space-strapped parents all over the world. I have two of these and I’m telling you, the RÅSKOG is worth its weight in gold!
The RÅSKOG is a multi-shelf utility cart with a compact design. It is meant to stretch what little storage space you have left in any room. Having a baby means dealing with mounting clutter and the RÅSKOG will definitely come in handy if you need flexible storage. This utility cart could hold a variety of baby essentials, including diapers, bath items, baby toys, even baby clothes. You can also use the RÅSKOG to transport certain baby items from one room to the other.
For instance, you can use the RÅSKOG to hold bath essentials and just wheel the whole thing in the bathroom during bath time. When you’re hanging out with the baby in the living room, you can wheel the RÅSKOG to carry your little one’s soft toys, coloring books, and other activity essentials. Really, you can find so many uses with the RÅSKOG and yet, it’s so affordable!
Compact and Foldable Stroller
Going in and around the city becomes infinitely easier with a lightweight, compact, and foldable stroller. As you know, strollers are not made equally, some are designed with fitness in mind, others are made for leisurely walks. The size, added features, and portability will vary greatly too. Don’t make the same mistake I did. If space is an issue, get a stroller that’s made specifically for urban living or traveling, such as lightweight strollers. If you travel a lot, opt for a travel system stroller so you don’t have to buy a separate car seat.
Lightweight strollers may not be as sturdy or feature-rich as your standard stroller but it’s lightweight, easy to navigate and it’s designed to work on a variety of terrain. Since portable strollers fold flat, you can simply stow it under the bed or hang it on the wall when not in use. We’ve already outlined some of the best compact strollers for city living and it’s worth revisiting if you’re shopping for a stroller.
If there is one major piece of furniture that you should add to the list of baby must-haves other than the crib, it’s a dresser. No, we’re not talking about a changing station that doubles as a dresser although that could work too, but a regular dresser.
A regular dresser has plenty of room for storing baby clothes, bath essentials, and various baby supplies. Since a dresser does not stand too high, you can use the top as a makeshift changing table for the baby. You can also use the top of the dresser as storage space for changing essentials. This way, your diaper essentials are always within easy reach. There is no need to buy a separate dresser for the baby if the budget or the space doesn’t allow it. You can share the dresser you are using right now and just make the most out of the space it provides. Baby clothes won’t take much room anyway especially if they are folded.
Collapsible Baby Bath Tub
A regular baby bathtub can be quite bulky especially if you live in a one-bedroom apartment. You can enjoy the functionality of a full-sized bathtub sans the bulkiness by opting for a collapsible baby bathtub.
A collapsible baby bathtub is designed specifically for small spaces. The collapsible design means it’s perfectly portable, easy to store, and travel-friendly. It also grows with the baby! Ideal for newborn to toddler, the Boon expands partially or fully to accommodate your growing baby.
Make daily feeding much easier and comfortable for you and the baby by investing in a good maternity pillow. Just like most products on this list, a maternity pillow serves a variety of purposes apart from nursing.
You can use it to burp the baby or to prop the baby after feeding so your little one can relax, nap, or ease his/her tummy after feeding. You can also use the pillow to support the baby’s back and neck muscles, allowing your baby to refine his coordination skills.