I recently shared with you diapering mishaps and how to avoid them, today I am going to share with you the 3 stations every new mom needs in their home. Bringing a newborn home can be overwhelming, let’s break it down so that your home is a place of peace for you. I have found that having stations in your home can cut down on the stress of every day life.
Diapering is a very full part of every day motherhood, here are a few things that has helped me with the inevitable changes that come!
Newborn: When your baby is really small it is nice to have a diaper station in at least 3 areas of your home. For me, this was next to my bed, (while my baby was sleeping in a pack n play next to me), in the nursery, and in the main living space that I spend a good amount of my day. Each station should have your essentials, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and extra supplies. The extra supplies could be an extra onesie, sleeper, burp cloth, or washcloth.
If it is too much for you to set up different “Stations” consider creating a basket or tote that you can bring around different areas of the house with you. Another clever area that can work well is having a diapering station in the kitchen if you have a butlers pantry area or nook that would work well. You can define the space with a changing bad and keep the supplies in the cupboard above or below the counter-space.
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I am not referring to the gaming console…ha ha. Your baby’s stage of life will dictate what this station looks like, but I have found that it will save your sanity if you decide how much space you have to dedicate to the playing zone and stick to it. I like to keep a toy bin in the family area that I can switch out a few of my baby’s favorite toys. The rest are kept in a play room. I have to clear out and rotate this area fairly often, but I find it most helpful if you don’t let the area explode.
Every night I do a clean sweep and use a large laundry basket to pick up all of the extra things that end up on the floor. If your bin is overflowing it is time to locate the items somewhere new or rotate the toys your child is playing with. As your children get older they can help with the clean sweep. It can be a lot of fun if you set a timer for 5, 10, or 15 minutes and do your last clean sweep before everyone gets ready for bed.
What should a play station have in it?
Studies have shown that our child’s minds will benefit most from toys or activities that engage the mind and the senses in different ways. I like to keep it simple with blocks, imaginext figures, little people, and shape sorters.
You can see a list of my favorite baby toys and sleep sacks here.
Setting up different sleep stations for your baby through out their lives can be a really nice way to develop healthy sleep patterns and comfort.
The most important thing you can do you and your baby is to develop healthy sleep patterns. I have found it most convenient to have a sleep area in my room that is close and safe, but in the first few months I will also set up a sleep station in a main living area or nursery. I really like the rock n play, pack n play, or little bouncers that make moving your baby around with you convenient and safe.
Make sure your area is free of large comforters, stuffed animals, or other items that present a choking hazard.
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