Products to Make Room Sharing with Baby Easier

12 Products to Make Room Sharing with Baby Easier

January 8, 2018

12 Products to Make Room Sharing with Baby Easier

12 Products to Make Room Sharing with Baby Easier
Whether you're sharing for a few months or the long haul, these will make life with your new roomie easier.12 Products to Make Room Sharing with Baby Easier

Between the middle-of-the-night feedings and new-parent anxiety, many families decide to keep their baby in their bedroom for the first six months—or longer. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends room sharing for baby’s first year because it reduces the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.

Bed sharing with a young baby is discouraged, but they do suggest keeping your little one’s crib or bassinet next to your bed. Just because your baby is sharing your sleep space doesn’t mean you have to feel like you’ve been invaded. These products can help make life with a tiny new roomie easier.

A Pint-Size Sleeper

If space is at a premium, you’ll want to invest in a smaller-than-usual crib. This compact crib comes in a variety of different finishes so it’ll blend in with your bedroom decor. Plus, it’s made from sustainable, non-toxic materials, making it safe for your little one. The best part: it converts into a twin bed, so you can keep using it for years.

An Easy-Access Bassinet

For short-term co-sleeping situations, you’ll want to consider a small bedside bassinet. This one sits on a sturdy four-point base that adjusts to your bed height. It has a swiveling nest that makes it easier for you to access your little one, as well as get yourself in and out of bed without too much disruption. The mesh walls allow for more breathability and visibility, and one side drops down so you don’t have to lift baby up and out for feedings or soothing.

A Dual-Purpose Dresser

If you’re dragging yourself back and forth between your bedroom and the nursery for diapers and onesies and burp cloths, then room sharing will become a, well, drag. This modern, minimalist dresser will fit perfectly in your bedroom, both spatially and stylistically. It has a changing tray, a storage cabinet and a three-drawer dresser so you can fit diapers, as well as onesies, in one compact design.

An Instant Changing Pad

If you’re not into the idea of having a dedicated changing space in your bedroom, you might want to consider this polyurethane pad that turns any surface into a changing table. Soft and comfy for baby, this changer is water resistant and easy to wipe clean, so you don’t have to bother with washing pad covers. Its sturdy compact design means it’s easy to store out of the way when you’re not using it.

An Extra Storage Solution

Keep your little one’s stuff out of your line of sight with these stylish underbed baskets. They’re lined, with a lid to keep the dust out, and they have handles to help you slide them in and out. These woven baskets also come in a variety of colors to match your decor.

A Plush, Foot-Pampering Rug

Sleep is essential for you and baby, so create an even quieter space with a plush rug that absorbs sound. This shag one is durable and can be vacuumed regularly to keep clean. Plus, it’ll feel so good on your feet when you’re getting up for those 3 a.m. feedings.

A Sleep-Making Machine

White noise machines mimic the sounds of the womb, helping to soothe your little one into a deep sleep. This one has various settings, as well as a timer, so it shuts off after 15, 30 or 60 minutes. Its six calming nature sounds will help you get catch some extra zzzz’s as well. Plus, it’s portable, so you can bring it to Grandma’s house.

A Hydrating Helper

If you have your heater or AC going most of the year, you probably have lot of dry air in your home. A humidifier keeps the air hydrated, so your little one can breathe—and rest—easy. This brand boosts a room’s moisture for up to 24 hours and automatically turns itself off when it runs out of water. It’s also extremely quiet so it won’t disrupt anyone’s sleep. Extra bonus: it will refresh your skin, too, while you sleep.

A Swaddle That Makes It a Cinch

As any seasoned parent will tell you, swaddles are essential to helping babies sleep. As that same parent might tell you, creating a tight, cozy swaddle with a loose blanket ain’t easy. These hook-and-loop closures make swaddling a breeze, so you can wrap up your baby burrito without the stress…or an advanced engineering degree.

A Stench-Free Diaper Pail

When you’re sharing a room with a baby, the last thing you want is dirty diapers stinking up the joint. Luckily, the powder-coated steel design of this streamlined pail locks in the odor, with rubber seals and a sliding lid for extra stench protection. While it may be a little on the pricey side, you can use your regular kitchen bags in it, which helps make up the costs.

A Sweet Space Saver

Between your stuff and your partner’s stuff, there might not be a lot of room for your baby’s things as well. When space is tight, use the wall to store books, toys, pacifiers and loveys. This floating shelf is unobtrusive, so it’ll blend right into your bedroom. It’s also available in various sizes to suit the space.

A Chic Room Divider

If room sharing is going to be a more long-term living arrangement, you might want something to delineate the space. A curtain or room divider can allow for both a nursery nook and a grownup bedroom in one room. This stylish wood divider has an open quatrefoil top, so you can split up the space, while also being able to peek in on your kiddo.

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