6.16.2013

the most valuable nursery item (so far, after just two weeks)

well, at this point, anyway. 

mind you, little mr. re-nest #2 isn't sleeping in his nursery yet (he has a preference to be right next to his mama, in his cozy bassinet), but there is one item that we have found to be super-useful  for those very necessary and very true truths of new parenthood: you will be up at insanely late/early hours (however you may look at it), and when you are up at those hours (and half-comatose), there will be the need to change the diaper. like, now. and if you are like us, the nursery will be down the hall, and right next to the room where your dear parents are trying to sleep during their visits, so changing a not-so-happy baby at those insanely late/early hours in the nursery are not the best way to host precious family members who are here to help you and unload the dishwasher and cook and do laundry for you. enter the greatest $8 you could ever spend and a creative way to ensure that your guests get to sleep.

the land of nod i think i canvas wide drawer.

land of nod i think i canvas wide drawer in blue. available at landofnod.com
yes, for just $8 your life with a newborn can be just a little bit easier. 

during one of my many trips to the land of nod outlet in naperville while pregnant, i found these canvas drawers/bins. i bought three of them for little mr. re-nest #2's room, knowing i was going to use them for:

1. one on the floor next to the rocker to hold burp cloths. i had this in little mr. re-nest #1's room and it was such a big help.

2. two on the dresser/changing table (one on each side of the changing table pad). one to hold diapers. the other to hold wipes, butt paste, hand sanitizer, etc. again, had something similar in little mr. re-nest #1's room and such a huge help. everything is in one very convenient place.

the i think i canvas wide drawer is just big enough to hold all of these items in one place. so, when we brought little mr. re-nest #2 home and we had night #1 where the diaper had to be changed immediately and we had to take a screaming baby into his room (while parents were sleeping in the next room), we realized there had to be a better way. starting on night #2, we took one of the bins, loaded it up with extra diapers, wipes, extra clothes and an extra swaddling blanket (because as we very quickly reminded, leaks do happen. a lot.) and placed it in our bedroom. so, the screaming and diaper changes could be contained to our bedroom/bathroom. no joke, it seems like the easiest, most simple thing to figure out and have, but it wasn't until having a second child and the desperate need to keep the nighttime peace for everyone else in the house did i make the connection that this little drawer could bring a little glimmer of simplicity to middle of the night changings. 

even with this tiny drawer and the peace it's brought, i'm still tired. so, i'm off to take a nap. enjoy!

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