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Makeover: Shared Space Nursery

Darling Clementine founder Lindsay Meyer-Harley welcomes Baby Boy with a new room Big Sister will love just as much.

Makeover: Shared Space Nursery

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Bringing one baby into your home brings a whole set of life-altering changes you never thought imaginable. Some of it’s great, like the amount of love your hearts and home are filled with. And some is not so great, like your once decent-sized apartment suddenly seeming to shrink. But when bump number two comes into the picture, you realize space is the least of your concerns. Like many families, for Darling Clementine founder Lindsay Meyer-Harley the decision to go from a family of three to four was very emotional. “While we know giving Juliette, now 4, a sibling is the best gift we could give her, we know there will be a few bumps ahead as she gets used to the idea,” says Meyer-Harley. And trying to explain to a 4-year-old that her room is no longer just hers, well, now that’s scary. “She doesn't really understand why she has to give up some of her space for him, so we’re trying to be fair to her and allow her to still be herself and have her things all over while making room for her little brother. We won't live in this apartment forever, but for now we really want her to embrace this change,” she says. Despite the challenges, there are so many upsides to look forward to. “I think there's a sibling bond that will become even stronger because they are sharing a room. Juliette loves being a helper, and she's the one that is going to be there first, able to make him smile way before Mama or Papa has made it over to their room, and I think she's excited about that responsibility,” says Meyer-Harley. So after doing what any parent who knows what’s good for them would do, and asking their daughter for her permission for her new baby brother Jack (who entered this world just a few short weeks ago) to share her room, the fun stuff began: room decor. “She smiled right away and took my hand and showed me around her room and where all of his things could go. It was very sweet,” says Meyer-Harley. Sure, decorating is fun, but creating a space for both little ones that spoke to each of them was going to be the challenge. For Juliette, who Meyer-Harley says loves all things girly and pink, and for the new little one, who she wanted to make sure has his own space to grow into, finding gender-neutral and space-saving pieces was the key. Here, find out what turned this girly room for one into a gender-neutral sibling room for two. And do not forget to head on over here to enter to win a gorgeous package filled with some of the exact items this beautiful shared room is filled with! 1. Dwell - Galaxy Duvet Set “We were looking for a duvet set that was simple and wouldn't clash with the room's other colors. This was perfect, especially because we can pass it down to baby boy someday.” 2. Fine Little Day - Gran Linen Pillow Case “The pillow case fits Kevin and my style but goes well in the kids room too.” 3. BlaBla - Splash the Cat “We were so lucky that Bla Bla jumped on board and gifted us these darling dolls, one for baby boy Jack and one for big sister Juliette. We just love them.” 4. Serena & Lily - Sengalese Storage Baskets “These gorgeous baskets were the perfect addition to this shared space. We are constantly trying to contain the clutter, aren't we all? These baskets are gender neutral in color and will transition well as the children grow up.” 5. Serena & Lily - Laurel Lamp “This simple, classic lamp can be put on nightly for bedtime stories.” 6. Thief & Bandit - Newborn Leggings “These newborn leggings are just about the cutest things ever, and since big sister Juliette has a whole bunch herself, it's nice to keep the tradition going.” 7. Freshly Picked - Moccasins “I adore these moccasins, I only wish I had heard of them when Juliette was younger. They fall into the style of what we buy for Juliette so they were perfect for baby boy's first shoes too.” 8. Serena & Lily - Sengalese Storage Baskets (See description for #4) 9. Forage Haberdashery - Bowties “These bowties are so precious, we can't wait for baby boy to rock these with a casual jeans and tee look!” 10. Freshly Picked - Moccasins (See description for #7) 11. Mr.Boddington's Studio - Doctor Penn and His Buttery Croissant “We love the illustration in this print, perfect for our love of all things French!“ 12. Solly Baby Wrap - Striped Baby Wrap “We are loyal Ergobaby users, but this time around I wanted to have something not as bulky that would work when it's freezing cold out, and I wanted to tuck him into my coat when running Juliette to school and back. The stripes are just darling, and we love how easy it is to put on.” 13. Aden + Anais - Mum + Bub Skincare "The Aden + Anais Mum & Bub skincare line is my favorite for Juliette and now for baby boy. I like that they can use the same things -- much less clutter that way!” 14. Serena & Lily - Menagerie Bookends “These bookends are the perfect way to keep the room childlike without being overtly childish.” 15. Ammo Books - Charley Harper Books “Books for littles are always the best gift to give and receive. We love Charley Harper's illustrations too -- baby boy will have plenty of books about trucks, superheros and other such ‘boy’ things soon enough, but for now, we love these basic books that both genders can love.” 16. Kid O - Red Plane “We've been buying Kid O toys for Juliette since she was a baby, so she'll be happy to share them with baby boy (and play with all the new ones we'll be buying for him).” 17. Aden & Anais - Diaper Changing Pad “I love the gender-neutral star print for the changing pad. It is a large print that will be seen right when you walk in the room." 18. Fine Little Day - Apple Papple Poster “The darling fruit prints brought a sense of whimsy to the room without being too girly. Juliette loves them, but they'll fit right in with baby boy and his style.” 19. Hillary Kids - Eiffel Tower "We are total francophiles." 20. Aden + Anais - Mum + Bub Skincare (See #13) 21. Goat Milk - Baby Onesies/Clothing “Organic clothing is the way to go with little ones whenever possible. I love these basics from Goat Milk, they are soft, cozy and come in gorgeous colors that aren't so obvious, like the mustardy yellow.” 22. Hazel Village - Embroidered Animals “This one has Jack's name embroidered in a heart. Hazel Village is one of my favorite brands -- we've sold them at Darling Clementine since we opened, and their animals make the perfect gift. I love that they offer name embroidery -- how sweet is that?” Pirum Parum Poster 23. BlaBla - Large Doll (See #3 for description) 24. Carly Megan - Custom Crib Sheet “The Alma Mini Crib is small and perfect for city spaces, but it's hard to find crib sheets that fit. We were so happy Carly Megan was able to custom create a sheet with the brand’s signature antler print. How cute is it?” 25. Oeuf - Boy Flag garland and Eiffel tower (not shown here) “Oeuf is a Darling Clementine favorite, and always will be. We were so excited to incorporate some pieces from their lovely collection into Juliette and Jack's room. The eiffel tower was a must have.” 26. Bloom - Alma Mini Crib “This is THE perfect crib for city dwellers with a small space (This also would be perfect to have on hand if you have visitors with little ones, as it folds up so easily and can be stored without taking it apart). It fits perfect in the space and is in such a lovely grey color.” 27. My Moon - Polka Dot Blanket “Grey is one of my favorite colors, and polka dots give it a sweet childlike feel, but it'll move well into toddlerhood because it's not too babyish.” 28. House of MIa - Baby Set (hat & blanket)/Toddler leggings & headband “I love supporting small businesses, especially ones run by amazing women. House of MIa is one of my favorites. I love their simple and modern designs.” 29. Max Wanger - Huge City Print “I've been a fan of Max's work for years and am so happy to have this print at the centerpiece of the room. My kids are city kids and though we may dream of wide open spaces and farm country sometimes, the city and its energy will always be at the center of our lives. This print is a perfect way to express that. Plus Juliette loves the pink building :).” 30. Serena & Lily - Sengalese Storage Baskets (See description for #4) 31. Fine Little Day - Pirum Parum Poster (See #18 for description)

After

Congrats on your gorgeous new boy Lindsay! Photography by Evan Gubernick

We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!


A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.

$239.99

A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.

$219.99

A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.

$379.99

A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.

$29.99

A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.

$99.99

A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.

$15.99

A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.

$79.99

A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.

$99.99

An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.

$24.99

A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.

$59.99

And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

$35

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