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Do I need a nursery? 7 creative ways to make room for baby, even in a small space

Babies are tiny—so why do they need so much stuff—and space?

It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, with new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggesting that it’s best for baby when she sleeps in mama’s bedroom for at least the first 6 months, you have all the reason in the world to think small when it comes to your little one’s nursery.

You don’t have to upgrade apartments or buy a bigger home when you’re having a baby. In fact, count us among the uber-impressed for how these creative parents made room for baby in converted closets, upgraded offices, or master bedroom nooks.

We love these 7 small space solutions—

1. The closet-to-mini-nursery

Living in an expensive neighborhood in New York City, one dad decided to transform his bedroom’s 7ft x 5ft closet into a nursery—a move he estimates saved them $10,000 in additional rent they would have paid for a larger place. By keeping everything white, the look felt fresh and cozy instead of annoyingly cramped. Read more about how he did it at Pip and Pea.

2. The walk-in-closet to tiny bedroom

StreetEasy
StreetEasy

If you’re lucky enough to have a truly walk-in closet (we’re jealous) then the nursery world is your oyster. There are a ton of ways you can create a sweet space for your little one (check out all the inspo here.) Try streamlined decor and light colors to make the space seem larger than it really is.

3. The master bedroom nook

Fresh Mommy Blog
Fresh Mommy Blog
Fresh Mommy Blog
Fresh Mommy Blog

If your bedroom has extra space for a crib or an architectural feature that is a good fit, you can convert a small nook in your master into a corner oasis for your little one. Make it all work by complimenting your master bedroom’s design in your baby’s très chic space. Get more inspiration from Tabitha’s bedroom at Fresh Mommy Blog.

4. The office-and-nursery combo

The Sweetest Digs
The Sweetest Digs
The Sweetest Digs
The Sweetest Digs
The Sweetest Digs
The Sweetest Digs

Sometimes a mama’s gotta do what a mama’s gotta do. And sometimes that means working and having a baby. In the same room.

You can definitely combine an office space with space for baby—and strategically work around your little one’s naptime as you try to get things done while at home. Read more about The Sweetest Digs.

5. Baby bunk beds

Oh Happy Day
Oh Happy Day

Okay so this one is kind of mind-blowing, but one space-saving mama actually created her own crib bunk beds. You’ve got to see it to believe it. Read how to do it at Oh Happy Day.

6. The floating nursery

Refinery29// Gunnar Larson
Refinery29// Gunnar Larson

If floor space is truly at a premium, you can buy yourself a few months by setting up a floating bassinet. This one is giving us serious design envy. Read more at Refinery29. Find the hanging cradles here.

7. The crib + dresser combo

Land of Nod
Land of Nod

Combine the two essential elements in any nursery into one space-saving piece—wherever you decide to put baby. Bonus points if you can keep yourself to just two drawers of tiny little clothing. Via Land of Nod.

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