There are a million things on a new mom’s mind when the time finally comes to bring baby home. As organized as you may think you were before the big day, there are so many unforeseen challenges and changes that arise once you get into a routine at home. Maybe all the newborn clothes you washed and folded so perfectly don’t even fit your 9.6-pound baby. Or maybe he actually kind of hates all those cute sleeper swaddles you had all bought and ready to go because everyone swore by them.
The transition from hospital to home can be overwhelming enough. Anything you can do to help things go smoothly once you’re home will be a huge help. That includes making sure stuff like all those cute little clothes are organized in a way that is easy and convenient for you. Time is precious as a new mom. Baby snuggles and naps should always come first.
If you’re a new mom or dad trying to figure it all out, you probably feel like those first weeks you are simply in survival mode. Your brain is a little fried and you can barely remember what day it is let alone where you put all the baby socks or where the onesies are that actually currently fit your little babe. The good news is this is totally normal and you’re definitely not alone. The better news is we’ve gathered a few easy clothing organization solutions to help a little with the transition from hospital to home.
If you’re wondering how to organize baby’s clothes, keep reading for our top five tips and products to try.
1. Keep daily used items close to the changing table.
In the first few weeks, your baby grows so much. You may feel like they are constantly growing out of their clothing and onto the next size up. If your changing table is on your dresser or close to it, keep those current sizes in the top shelf. If you change your baby in another room like the living room or your bedroom, keep a basket close by with all his or her current clothing and accessories for easy access. This way you won’t be searching for something that fits.
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2. Use size organizers in the closet.
Size labels for the closet are super helpful when organizing your baby’s clothing, especially after your baby shower when you are overwhelmed with the amount of clothing your little one received. Hanging items are easier to see and grab rather than folded ones.
Most baby clothing already comes on plastic hangers that have the sizes marked so all you need to do is hang them right up in the closet with the coordinating size organizer. Unfortunately, a lot of those cute clothes you got for gifts will end up going unworn with the tags still attached if the size or season was wrong. Organizing the clothing this way allows you to better notice the clothing they never ended up wearing so that you can make some returns if necessary. Another trick for easy returns is to keep all of the gift receipts in the pockets or attached to the hanger.
These little plastic discs may not seem like much but can make a huge difference. They are inexpensive, fit most standard closets racks and can be found on most shopping websites.
*Bonus tip: The same size organization rule applies to shoes and accessories too!
3. Drawer dividers can have multiple purposes.
Drawer dividers don’t have to be just for clothes! Use them for burp cloths, towels, swaddle blankets and more. Keep some in the bathroom with all his or her bath products too.
Dividers are another inexpensive product that will help organize baby’s wardrobe, as well as other things. Baby stuff is small. Small things tend to get lost and disorganized faster. By using these organizers, you can keep everything contained in an organized way that is easy to see and access.
4. Organize by item type.
Keep socks with socks. Dedicate a section of baby’s dresser to short sleeve clothing and another to long sleeve clothing. If it’s a warm day, you’ll know exactly where to grab something with short sleeves. Or if it’s chilly out you’ll easily be able to reach for the long sleeve onesies. When you have a screaming child in front of you, every second counts. 😉
5. Keep a hamper close by your changing table.
With a hamper in range, you can literally take the dirty clothes off baby and toss them directly into the laundry basket. As a new parent, your hands are always full, literally. It’s amazing what you realize you can accomplish with one hand while the other holds the baby. Keeping everything you need close by makes navigating through the day that much easier.
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When it comes to your precious newborn, nothing is as important as the time you spend with them… and naps of course. Time flies so quickly it’s important to cherish every moment and not have to worry about the little things.
The dishes can wait and the world won’t end if the laundry gets done tomorrow. If we can make a few small changes around our homes to keep things a little more organized, it will allow us more time to spend with our little ones… while also keeping our sanity.