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Nursery: 1 Year Deep

It was my intention when I started this post to update you on some functional storage solutions that I had come up with for my little guy’s little nursery. Then I decided that maybe it would be more helpful for any future moms out there to give you my two cents about how the nursery functions. What I like, what I don’t, what I’ve changed and what I’ve added over the last year.

A Sorry Excuse For a Photo.
First of all, earlier this week it looked like a onesie explosion up in here. I quickly ran out of storage for the little dude when Finn outgrew ALL of his clothes and Gus was not ready to grow into them yet. Plus I had an over-flowing pile of onesies and baby outfits that Gus was just outgrowing. This space needed some severe tidying ASAP.

I went out and got a new Malm dresser from IKEA and put it in the back of his closet under his hanging clothes. It matches the other dresser in his room but is slightly shorter. We got the three drawer style for the closet instead of four. I figure if he ever wants move the dresser into his bedroom area when he’s older it will match his other chest of drawers. This dresser is solely for all of the clothes that Finn has outgrown and is waiting for Gus to grow into. It’s all organized by size and type – shorts, pants, long and short sleevers. So glad I finally did this, I should’ve done it a long time ago. It feels good to be organized.

I also just recently ordered up Gus this cool ombre-esque crushable yellow hamper. I know, I know: one year deep and no hamper? We did so much of Gus’ changing downstairs on the living room floor or up in our bedroom that it really wasn’t super necessary for him to have his own hamper until just recently.

Other things to note about this closet set up: there is a pile of Bum Genius cloth diapers on top of that dresser and as of last week they are no longer being used. What happened? Gus recently started peeing through them constantly and no matter what method or approach I tried I just couldn’t lessen the times per day that I changed his diaper along with his entire outfit. Now let me say this: it’s been 9 months and I have loved these Bum Genius diapers everyday until the last month or so. They were seriously pretty great and it made me feel awesome to think of all the money we were saving and happy to know that we weren’t contributing to diapers rotting in the MPLS landfill. I am totally chalking all this leaking up to Gus chugging a decent amount of bottles per day during a growth spurt. I’m saving these and am planning on trying them out again when his eating/drinking/peeing/pooping habits have all changed with his growth. If anyone has any great suggestions for ways I could try and get less leaky diapers let me know. The inserts (yes I used two) are totally soaked. Anyway. TMI. Leave a comment if you’re interested in my kids’ bodily fluids and I will let you know all about it.

In anticipation of cold dry winter months I picked up this humidifier. I’m going to mention this because I like that this humidifier is in the shape of an elephant. It’s cute, so sue me. Crane makes a whole line of animal-inspired humidifiers and they are way more adorable than those totally uggo off-white ones and they cost about the same amount.

Also to be noted, IKEA makes a yellow metal garbage pail and they rule in kids rooms. They look good and they come in a lot of fun colors. Scoops-endorsed.

Ask me about my curtains, please!! You may remember I made these myself but what I really want to tell any of you soon-to-be mothers out there is this: GET YOUR CURTAINS LINED IT IS SERIOUSLY THE GREATEST AND BEST THING YOU COULD EVER DO FOR YOUR NURSERY I AM NOT KIDDING. Our noisy kid-filled house makes it hard enough to get Gus down for his naps; I can’t imagine adding a brightly lit bedroom into the mix. So if you like sleep and you’re gonna be a mom soon you should probably do this.

One item that I debated over quite a bit was turning my Eames chair into a rocker. Remember, I talked about it A LOT. I’ve posted about how I really feel about it once before but the verdict is still YES, I love it. The question for the future is now how will it function in the future, seeing as it hasn’t been used much ever since Gus started holding his own bottle during his nighttime wake-up sessions, roughly 3 months ago. It may work it’s out into other parts of the house very soon.

P.S. The knitted pouf (pictured all the way at the very top) rules, I love it. Get one if you haven’t. They are SOOO functional in a nursery.

I can’t take photos of the little dude’s room without including some of the cute things he’s received too. I love these little wooded blocks that were sent from our friends “The Detroit Allens”. Gus loves them too, can you tell? He’s got baby goo all over them. I also love that little “Gus Welcome to the World” drawing that you can spot two photos up. Finn’s Uncle (not really his Uncle, but practically his Uncle) Matt made that little watercolored note for him.

Okay that about wraps it up. If I forgot to mention something ask me, I’d love to answer any questions on nursery, nursery function, nursery design, adding another kid to the fam, kids, babies, diapers etc etc etc. Hit me up, dawgs.

in Gus, Nursery
9 comments… add one
  • jessica May 2, 2012

    Is it essential for the kids to have a separate room? I have a four year old and am planning on having another by the time he is five. Would it be too insane to have them in the same room together? I can’t quite wrap my head around this…also, the nursery still looks amazing!

    • Scoops May 3, 2012

      Jessica – I don’t think it essential. Think about all these old houses. So many of them only have 2 or 3 bedrooms and people used to cram them full of kids. Although I have no personal experience in raising kids in the same bedroom, I’m sure it’s totally possible. Me and my brother grew up in the same room until I was 6.

      Finn has already been talking about sharing a room with his brother. I think when Gus is a little bigger they might do that for a little while, until they get to that pesky age where they need their own space again.

  • Angela May 3, 2012

    I love the nursery, and I’m glad Gus loves his blocks! I gotta get the hamper for our room, it’s so much better than the mesh one we have now that showcases every dirty piece of laundry Emitt goes through.

    • Scoops May 3, 2012

      You can’t beat the price on that hamper, and it hold a ton. I hauled the entire families laundry in it the other day.

      Hope you guys are all doing well. Emitt looks like the funnest kid in town, I hope we get to meet him someday.

  • Anne May 7, 2012

    We have one of those Umbra hampers for our kids’ room and it is awesome! I don’t know why I don’t have one for our room, too, as it’s totally the best hamper ever.

    And while I have no advice for you about your BG problem, I can relate. Both my kids were crazy wetters when they slept and no cloth diaper could contain the mess, no matter what I tried. Moved to disposables for naps and nighttime and that solved it (actually, I had to double-bag my youngest kid for a long time because not even one of those huge nighttime disposables could handle his pee). So yeah, no solutions for you, but I’ll be checking back to see if anyone else chimes in with advice!

    • Scoops May 8, 2012

      Hey Anne!

      I am glad I am not the only one with leaky kid diapers. I think I’ll do exactly what you did when I try again in a month or so. Disposable’s at night and nap time and BG’s during the day.

      I hope someone posts with the most awesome solution, that would be great!

      Thanks for your input!

  • Hannah May 15, 2012

    Have you tried soaking your diapers in Rockin Green? If there is any detergent build up on them, then they will either smell funny or leak. Just a thought. Good luck!

    • Scoops May 17, 2012


      Thanks for the pro tip! I will totally try the Rockin Green.

  • Tanya May 25, 2012

    I had the same problem with my BG. I ended up changing the inserts to hemp ones (JoeyBunz) and they have worked great! SO much more absorbant and actually quite a bit less bulky.

    I second trying to strip them as well (I use the blue Dawn method).

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