Baby Must Haves for Small Spaces

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Living in a small space definitely comes with its challenges. Add a growing child in the mix, and those space issues get even more complicated. Between the clothes, the toys, the books, the stroller and all of the gear in between, figuring out where everything goes is like a giant puzzle.

Baby Must Haves for Small Spaces

Take it from someone who learned the hard way, babies never need all the gear and gadgets you think they do. Buy, or register for, the absolute minimum, and see how it goes once baby arrives. Chances are, you’ll quickly discover what is important and needed, and what is just nice to have.

Planning a registry and in need of a little help? Check out one of Babies “R” Us Registry 101 or Completion events. Registry 101 events are targeted towards prenatal moms, and take place at your local store on the 1st Saturday of the month, while the Completion events occur on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and provide assistance closing out a registry.

With a now full year of parenthood under our belts, we’ve got maximizing the space in our tiny apartment down to a science. Here are a few of our baby must-haves for small spaces.

Folding High Chair

Short on kitchen and dining space? Forget the bulky high chairs and instead opt for something that has a smaller footprint and that can be compacted and stored away when not in use.

The high chair we opted for has a range of height settings, so baby can sit at a table or closer to the floor, and can be folded thin when not in use, sliding nicely into a closet and out of the way.

Decorative Storage Bins

When determining our storage needs, we opted for furniture pieces that were dual function, such as one that acted as both a book shelf but that also had drawer inserts that acted as storage bins to hide all of baby’s toys, books, diapers and even clothes. By adding these decorative storage bins, we are able to hide the clutter in the bedroom or living room, turning it from something that looks like a mini amusement park to a clean space.

Baby Must Haves for Small Spaces

Extra Bed Sheets and Clothing 

This may seem contradictory to the point of this post, but allow me to explain myself. If you live in an apartment similar to ours and don't have access to your own washer and dryer, laundry can be a pain. Babies go through A LOT of clothes during their first year, and having to constantly venture up and down from the apartment laundry room is less than ideal.

While having a few (and just a few) extra bed sheets, towels and articles of clothing may take up a bit more room, not having to make laundry a full day’s activity makes the extras worth it. And with those handy dandy decorative storage bins, you’ll have a place to store them.

Dresser with Portable Change Pad 

Word from the wise, change tables are a waste of money and space. Beds, couches and even the floor, work just fine. But, if a change table is needed, instead use something that is dual function, such as a dresser with an added portable change pad on top. It can be used as a change table when babe is little, and can be converted into extra storage when a change table is no longer needed.

Diaper Disposal System

If you live in an apartment or place that does not have a garage to store your stinky diapers, you must add the NEW Playtex® Diaper Genie Expressions™ to your list. 

Baby Must Haves for Small Spaces
Baby Must Haves for Small Spaces

The Diaper Genie pail is the #1 selling diaper disposal brand* (*based on Nielsen scan data) and can hold up to 50 newborn diapers. Equipped with an Odor Lock System, it seals in germs and odors, so your tiny space won’t smell of dirty diapers.

And since you’ve probably spent a good deal of time decorating your baby’s space, the Diaper Genie Expressions is now customizable to match your nursery, with six designer fabric sleeves to choose from (each sold separately). 

Baby Must Haves for Small Spaces

Babies “R” Us has a great selection of Playtex Baby products. Look for the Diaper Genie Expressions and Designer Fabric Sleeves near the diaper section at your local store.

Baby Must Haves for Small Spaces

By eliminating the unnecessary gadgets and gizmos in our tiny space, we have been able to squeeze every last possible inch out of our home to make a safe and healthy environment for baby.

Are you the parent of a little one living in small quarters? What are your space challenges? Discover these tips for better beginnings.

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Creative Ways to Save Money

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Creative Ways to Save Money

I am in no way a financial guru. Thankfully, I have my brother for that. But, as a family that is currently trying to save for a new house while paying for a ridiculous insurance bill, new car and day care, while having a social life and doing the things that we enjoy, we’ve learned a few things about getting creative with our hard earned dollars.

With these creative money saving tips, you don't need to completely overhaul your lifestyle to save money. By taking baby steps to make small changes in your spending habits, its possible for you to still enjoy the things you love and even treat yourself once in a while.

Creative Ways to Save Money

5 Creative Money Saving Tips

Turn off the TV

Not only will turning off the TV save electricity (and money), but cancelling your cable will save you even more! With video streaming subscriptions on the rise, you can still watch the shows you love for a fraction of the cost. Do you really need a gazillion channels anyways? Instead of turning on the electronics, opt for outside

Opt for Rewards Programs

When searching for a new credit card, or even a new bank, pick one that puts money or points back in your pocket. Love to travel? Look for a credit card with travel rewards. In need of groceries? There’s cards for that too! Points can add up quickly, and give you cash back on your purchases, discounts on gas and even a cheaper price just for having the card.

Visit the Library

Next time you are in need of a good read, instead of purchasing new, why not take a trip down to the local library. Not only will this save you money, but it will also save you from cluttering your house with books that you’ve only read once (and probably will never read again).

Work Out at Home

Skip the expensive fitness classes and gym fees and create your own workouts at home. Gently used fitness equipment is easy to come by, and fitness classes can also be streamed online, either for free and for a small fee.

DIY Care Maintenance

No need to be a certified mechanic to perform simple maintenance on your vehicle. Skip the auto shop appointment and do it yourself to save both time and money. 

Creative Ways to Save Money

One of the simplest vehicle maintenance procedures that you can do at home is changing your own air filters, including your cabin air filter. They are often an overlook part of routine vehicle maintenance and easy to install yourself. 

Did you know that it is important to routinely change both your engine and cabin air filters to improve airflow and prevent dust, dirt and allergens from entering both the engine and cabin? The air inside your vehicle can be up to 6x dirtier than the air outside. Dirty cabin air filters can even reduce the efficiency of your vehicle’s defrost and heating system! 

Creative Ways to Save Money

Now you can protect your family and improve your driving comfort with a FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter. Made with a special media that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda, the FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter prevents up to 98%* of dirt, dust and allergens from entering your vehicle (*road dust and pollen particles ranging in size from 5-100 microns). Clean filters mean a more efficient vehicle, and a more comfortable you. 

Creative Ways to Save Money

With spring on the horizon, dirt, dust and allergens in the air will be a plenty. With precious cargo in tow, keeping the air inside our vehicle is extremely important. With the help of the installation instructions found both online and inside the box, my husband and I were able to tackle the FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter for our mid-size SUV in as little as 15 minutes. 

First, we opened the glove box and removed the contents. We located the dampener rod on the right hand side of the glove box. Next, we pushed in on both sides while pulling the front downwards, until the stops on either side of the glove box were disengaged. The box then swung down on its bottom hinge. We unlatched and removed the cabin filter cover and removed the dirty filter, gross! The new cabin air filter was then inserted and the filter cover was relatched. After putting the glove box back into position, we reinstalled the dampener to the right side of the glove box and then partially closed it to reinstall the two glove box stops. The contents were replaced, the door closed and voila, a new cabin air filter was installed! 

With how easy, and much less expensive it was to do it ourselves, I foresee many more at-home cabin air filter changes in our future. (Please note, when installing, it is important to follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.)

Creative Ways to Save Money

FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filters can be found in the automotive department at your local Walmart. Not sure if your vehicle has a cabin air filter, or are unsure of the model specific to your vehicle? Be sure to check online

What are your creative ways to save money? I'd love to hear!

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