I was hoping some of you city dwellers might be able to give me some
pointers and ideas for doubling our bedroom as a nursery. It looks
like our family won't be able to move to a bigger place before the baby
is born (in March), and I'm trying to get some ideas on how to make it
work best for us. There will be NO closet space for baby.
Re: repost: Small space living
here is a link to the portable and mini cribs at target just to get ideas:
They also sell them at babies r us. For some reason I can't get the website to work for for me right now, but maybe you can try going to the BRU at Union Square. The third floor has all the furniture.
As for the rest of the house, you can use the fisher price space saver high chair https://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2508005&cp=2255957.2273443.2255981.2256180
I love mine and have been using it from day one to put dd in while I make myself something to eat, etc.. It reclines, so your baby doesn't have to have head/neck control either. Its $49 everywhere I looked, and I got mine from amazon for free shipping and no tax.
As for closet space, I can't help you there, I have a dresser for my dd and use that as a changing table as well.
If I think of anything else, I will post, or if you have any questions.....
Also, you should look into getting a better mini crib mattress. They are like $20. The ones that they usually come with suck.
We have a regular sized crib but it's not a bulky crib - Delta Luv Jenny Lind style. Even with the bed at it's lowest setting, we are able to put baskets to store her clothes in underneath. We have a matching changing table next to it it contains her linens, diapers, and diaper changing supplies. We hung a net in the corner of her alcove to hold all her plush toys when not in use.
Also, we cycle her toys and clothes out as she outgrows them. (It all went to storage but we have a cheap storage facility outside the city.) We got rid of the activity mat at 7 months, swing at 8 months, exersaucer at 8 months. The bouncer is going next but she still uses it to drink her morning and night bottles in so we'll replace it with a child's bean bag or chair. (Never owned a jumperoo, bumbo, etc) It might be crowded in your space for a few months after baby if you have all these items but they are short-term.
We didn't purchase a high chair until she was ready to use it (able to sit) at 6 months. Before then, we fed her in her bouncer. We ended up getting a bulky high chair b/c we don't have a table, just breakfast bar, and I wasn't going to pay $$$$ for one of those Stokke chairs. If you have a table, I'd suggest the space-saver high chair or one that hooks onto the table.