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Let’s talk babies. I’m finally in single digits until my delivery date with baby number 4 and I cannot wait. Being pregnant is a blessing but doing it while moving across the ocean is hard. Even though I am ready to meet this baby, I am feeling kind of sad since Mac is still so small. He’s 15 months now and while my older 2 were almost exactly 2 years apart, these two little dudes will be closer together. They will also be sharing a room and since we’re in a new house, that means I get to decorate a dual nursery! Hello nesting!
While Mac is over a year old, he is having trouble adjusting to the altitude here so he still gets to use his bottle in addition to sippy cups. Will he be done with them in 2 months? Who knows. If it goes like it’s going now, I’ll be diapering and bottle-feeding two very shortly so I thought I would share a few of my favorite tips for keeping your nursery and kitchen organized.
First things first, I needed organization supplies and baby stuff. I went to Target, no, I went to SuperTarget because we are on the mainland and it is just down the road. Target has everything you need for your baby registry. Everything. Some of the things I use aren’t kept in the baby section, that’s how good Target is. I picked up the Playtex Baby™ Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners Newborn Gift Set because there’s 2 sizes of bottles inside for both my boys. After you’ve picked up all you need, let’s get to organizing!
Diaper Table Organization
For this organization tip, you will need:
- Gift tags
- 2 baskets
The first thing I did was label the gift tags in the current size diapers that we use. The boxes will be right next to each other, and since no one wants to grab a too-small diaper when you’re in the thick of changing a squirmy toddler labeling the boxes is key.
Since babies tend to grow up (despite my best efforts, no baby has stayed tiny), I use the twine to tie the tags on with a bow. This allows you to replace the tag when your little one moves up a size.
I keep my baskets on a shelf just underneath the changing table pad. Right next to it, are extra change table covers because blowouts happen y’all and searching around for a replacement pad after a big mess isn’t fun for anyone.
Inside the drawers, I keep extra wipes and extra diapers that don’t fit in the baskets. I like to buy the big boxes of both because babies go through diapers like it’s their job. It pretty much is.
Keeping the Kitchen Clean
To keep your kitchen from becoming overrun with bottle pieces, you will need:
- Playtex Baby Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners
- 2 drawer organizers
- 1 counter shelf
- Bottle brush
Babies tend to eat, sleep, poop, repeat. I like to keep the bottles on the counter. You won’t have to reorganize a cabinet and you’ll always have the bottles nearby.
Playtex drop-ins have a soft, disposable liner that collapses as baby drinks to prevent air from mixing with the milk and inside baby’s tummy. This is important because it helps reduce colic and other spit-ups. They’re so easy to use, just match up the size (4oz or 8oz) , place it inside the bottle, fill it up, and you’re ready to feed!
Since these bottles use drop-in liners, you will need 2 different sizes of drawer organizers. For the liners, I used a smaller one and then the bottles and all it’s pieces go in the larger one. Using a counter shelf means you don’t have to take up as much counter space as you might have which is nice if you are short on counter space.
My best tip for washing bottles is to do it as soon as possible and to leave all the pieces separate as they dry and while they’re in their storage bin. Bottles take a while to dry completely so if you leave all the pieces separate, they will dry faster.
These tips have helped me keep myself sane through 3 kids and I’m hoping they will continue to make things easier with number 4. Right now, you can pick up your own Playtex bottles at Target. They’re on Cartwheel from now until September 3, 2016! What are your favorite organization tips?