When becoming a new mom everything can seem so overwhelming. While the daunting task of organizing 25 new burp cloths, uncountable socks and numerous bibs may seem trivial to your husband, to a nesting mother to be…THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS.
My answer to it all was IKEA. The dresser I chose was the Hemnes 8 drawer dresser in white stain.
The price was a bargain ($249) compared to the nursery furniture I was finding at all the baby stores.
For some reason manufacturers slap the style name “nursery” in front of the word furniture and suddenly the dresser is now super cute and worth like $500 more. No thanks!
While at IKEA I also picked up a couple packs of these storage cubes. I then ventured over to Hobby Lobby, which side note was my first time going into one and WHOA, that place is dangerous for a Pinterest obsessed person such as myself.
At Hobby Lobby I picked up some clear crystal drawer knobs to replace the darker boring ones that came with the dresser. They were a little over $1 a piece on clearance so I couldn’t pass it up. Plus these knobs helped girly up the piece and the look is, if I don’t say so myself, just adorable.
I knew that a changing table and a dresser were not in the plans for this nursery, so I combined the two ideas into one (which is not a genius inventive decision on my part, its clearly all over Pinterest which is where I got the idea).
I wanted all essentials for diaper changing and mostly used items and clothing worn to be all in one place. Of course every girl has to have a closet as well, but I’l share that in a later post…let’s focus!
I chose to have the changing pad on the left side of the dresser which set the tone for where all my top row items would then be arranged.
Starting in the top left and work my way through all the drawers and end on the bottom right.
Top left perfectly holds a significant amount of diapers (my daughter is currently a size 3). When she was in newborn diapers, I was able to pack even more diapers into this drawer.
Next, the 3rd top drawer holds the refill packs for the wipes to add to the wipes warmer. I keep the wipes warmer on the dresser next to the changing pad. I also have the refill packs of Boogie Wipes (highly recommend) kept here. I have two of the IKEA cubes packed with all sorts of go to items such as diaper rash cream, nose bulb syringe, Neosporin, Aquaphor, teething gel, band aids, travel lotions, travel body wash, product samples, etc.
We use the travel sizes when we pack her for a night at her grandparents which is super convenient to have. In the containers standing propped against the drawer I have larger items that I didn’t want to take up space in the cubes; saline spray (use all the time), spray bottle of just water, pacifier wipes (never used) etc.
The 4th drawer is where I keep things not often used or no longer needed. In one cube I have the first blanket she was in at the hospital, another cube holds all the jewelry containers and month stickers I used to take her photos for the first year. I also have her pacifiers placed here as well. She used these for a few days when she was just a few weeks old and then never again (just wasn’t her thing I guess).
In the 2nd row of drawers I have 2 larger sized drawers. In the first drawer, I have her clothes that I don’t hang, this would be her shirts, shorts, tutus and pants. I also placed her bibs in the bottom right of this drawer as well. I was always trying to match her bib to her outfit so this became easier to have here.
In the left drawer I keep clothes that she has not yet grown into. These are also items not needed to be hung. Larger pants, shorts, shirts, onsies and socks.
To the right of this drawer is again mostly linens. This is where I keep extra thicker blankets (ones not used for swaddling), extra crib sheets, extra and outgrown zippy’s (aka swaddles) and boppy covers.
More nursery posts to come!