I’ve mentioned on here before that we live in a relatively small house…it’s actually a granny flat we built 4 years ago. We planned to live it until we built our 4 bedroom home next door, which we’re in the process of doing right now woo whoo! But until its done we’re sharing a 2 bedroom space as a family of five and for the most part it totally works.
If you’re anything like me, you might get a tad jealous when scrolling through Pinterest and you see all the elaborate and adorable nursery ideas. Before moving into our current home we shared a 600-square-foot-one-bedroom condo with our 2 year old Waylon. When we moved in here I had the best time decorating Waylon’s first room. Then we had Zeke and the boys ended up sharing a room and now we have Ruby! Three kiddos in a two bedroom house, phew things are getting a little bit more cramped. I take it on as challenge to only keep the things we absolutely love in our living space.
I’ve always wanted to have a proper nursery for my newborn babies but that’s just never been an option and frankly it doesn’t make sense when you cosleep. *A quick note on cosleeping…I never set out to cosleep I just figured out with our second son Zeke that I slept better and so did he. It just works for us… so I make the most of our master bedroom and made space for Ruby.
The boys have bunkbeds and there’s a crib in their room so in about 6-9 months we will probably try sleep-training her in their room if cosleeping is no longer working out. At about 6-9 months old Zeke started rolling around and kicking me in our bed so I knew it was time for a crib. I used the Ferber method to sleep train Zeke in the same room as Waylon and to my surprise it worked and he only woke him up a couple times. Click here to read more about the Ferber Method.
Having a small space to share with an infant actually makes things easier because you learn what is truly essential. Here’s a list of our essential items in our shared nursery/master bedroom.
- Sidecar bed that attaches to the bed for optimal cosleeping. We had a friend build ours but I found a great DIY on Pinterest which can be found here.
- Rocking Chair: I looked around for a while to find a rocking chair that fit our small space and was comfortable… I found the Embrace Rocking Chair from Article and love it.
- Rolling organizer to house diapers, wipes, creams, pacifiers, blankets, and some clothes. Repurposing tip: I used a mason jar to hold pacifiers and a decorative pot to hold lotions, creams and Ruby’s hair brush.
- Organizer boxes to hide in the closet that house sheets and or items that you’re not really for yet like larger sized clothes, teethers, or keepsakes.
- A basket for lovies, baby wraps, and blankets.
- A hook on the wall to hang baby slings or wraps.
- Sound machine that you like to listen to as well… we’ve been through a few and our favorite is the Marpac Dohm Sound Machine.
- Changing pad: I love this changing basket from Plum and Sparrow. I covered the pad with stylish fabric and put a Gathre changing mat on top so I’m not washing the cover all the time.
And just for fun I updated our bed with this Dark Blue Cotten-Linen duvet cover from Anthropologie and velvet pillow cases with pink linen sheets and tassel throw from Kip and Co for a pop of color!
Thats it! Pretty simple and efficient.
PS: We keep most of Ruby’s clothes in the boys’ room; they all share one closet and one dresser.