Making space for baby

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When couples learn they are about to have a baby, one of the first things they do is look seriously at their home and the space they have.

Obtaining a new mortgage for a family home can be tough for first time buyers. For those already in their own home, upgrading to a larger property can be expensive. And if you are settled, love your house, location and the lifestyle it gives you (despite it being a tight squeeze), the prospect of moving can be unappealing.

In fact, sometimes, finding room for a new baby can make giving birth feel like a doddle! Little wonder then, that many young families are choosing to make a small space accommodate a growing family.

It’s a timely dilemma for many people as well. Did you know that owing to contraceptive slip-ups during the festive party season and couples trying for a baby in the New Year lead to most babies being born in October and November?

A quarter of Brits admit to underestimating the amount of space they needed for a baby, so with many due dates fast approaching, how do you prepare for a new arrival in a cramped space? Here are a few top tips to ensure your living areas are baby clutter-free, and strike the right balance between being organised and aesthetically pleasing:

Nursery DIY
If you do not have room for a nursery, maximise unused nooks and corners. For example, by removing closet doors and replacing them with open curtains you can create an ideal space for a cot, and overhead shelving for nappies. You can even attach rails underneath the shelving to hang baby clothes. With a little imagination and DIY you can create some clever space saving storage solutions, such as changing tables incorporated into fixed shelve units, hanging ceiling baskets for toys and over the door organisers for baby toiletries.

Be showered with small gifts
Do not be embarrassed to tell your friends and family about your living situation to avoid large gifts being given during your baby shower. The last thing you need is useless large baby products, and the last thing your friends and family want to do is burden you with pointless bulky items.

Baby clutter
New parents spend an average of £950 on new items for their first child, but 13 per cent feel they go overboard with purchases they do not have enough space for when the baby arrives. Only buy space-saving things you truly need, such as a travel cot, inflatable bathtubs or collapsible buggies. And do not be afraid of hand-me-downs from friends, families or websites such as freecycle.org

Compromise is in store
The transition to parenthood involves some compromising when it comes to your belongings! Have a purge. Finding space in your wardrobe can be a real act of love for some fashionistas, but making space in the wardrobe for nappies and toys does not mean throwing your clothes away. Bag up rarely used clothes and consider storing them. The same applies to boxes of CDs, Christmas decorations, photo albums and books. None of these items will feel like critical keepsakes when your little one is born. Renting a storage unit is cheaper than moving home, and it can feel like you have gained a new spare room.