Our Gender-Neutral “Nursery” Set-Up

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Today I’m sharing with you our “Nursery” Set-Up for Baby #4.

When we found out we were expecting again, I got the opportunity to “problem solve” and figure out how everything could work for our family, using what we already have. As an INTJ personality type, problem solving is really one of my favorite things. I excitedly accepted the challenge!

We live in a 3-bedroom home, and at the time of finding out we were pregnant again – our two boys shared a room with bunk beds, and our daughter had the other room as her “nursery” still. I didn’t really love the idea at first, but I made the decision to move her into the room with the boys. We moved her mini-crib into the boys’ room and moved ALL the toys and books and things into the other room to use as a “play room”. I wasn’t really sure exactly what I wanted to do yet, but it soon became very clear. As soon as Layten’s crib was moved into the boys’ room, she learned how to climb in and out of it – making it pretty pointless to have in there as an additional piece of furniture that we would later need for Baby #4 anyway. We actually took apart the bunk beds (originally a full on bottom, twin on top), and put them on either side of the room with a dresser in between. The boys could share the full size bed, and Layten could sleep on the twin size. The twin size that was originally the top bunk has made the PERFECT toddler bed because it already had those rails built in so she couldn’t roll off the bed. So that was easy!

The next step was figuring out where our new baby would sleep and where I would nurse and change diapers during the night, as to not wake up the entire family. That was actually the whole reason for moving Layten to the boys’ room and not forcing her to share a room with a newborn that would wake up and cry during the night. I decided to leave the comfy rocker in the “play room”, set up a changing station there, and put the crib and baby’s clothes in our master bedroom. This way, baby could nap in the crib during the day, and the older kids would still be able to use their playroom as well.

So here is our Gender-Neutral “Nursery” set up that we have in our master bedroom.


It’s a mini crib that was purchased by a family member when we were expecting Layten. I LOVE the size of it! It’s absolutely perfect! We had custom bedding made for it with Layten, but since we don’t know the gender of this baby – I’ve kept it simple this time. Simple white crib sheets… these are actually the same size sheets that fit inside play-yards or pack-n-plays. This blanket was handmade for us by a sweet friend, and I’ve used it with all my children. The cart is actually from Michael’s, and it’s an Everyday Value product for $30, but it’s also very similar to the IKEA RASKOG cart.


I love how the three tiers of this cart offer easy organization! Right now we have a shelf for girl things, a shelf for boy things, and a shelf for other baby essentials like burp cloths, bibs, blankets, and extra fitted sheets. Of course when this baby is born and we find out the gender, we will gain another shelf back – which we can use for more blankets, clothes, our sleep sack, and our Baby K’Tan newborn carrier. Currently, these things are all washed and ready to go in an extra laundry basket in our closet.

I decided to leave this comfy rocker in our “play room” so that I can use that room for night feedings and not disturb the other family members in the house. I definitely recommend getting a really comfortable rocking chair because you will be using it A LOT, especially in the beginning with a newborn. This one was a lucky find by my parents when I was pregnant with Layten for $20. No, I did not leave off a zero there. I’m so glad they found it and got it for me! It’s been perfect, and it’s also so great for snuggling up and reading books together. Layten often climbs up in this chair to look at books by herself as well – it’s her favorite reading spot!

I’m going to be adding a lamp or soft night light to this area soon, as well as a basket or tray of nursing supplies (and snacks!) to have on hand for those nursing sessions. I’m on the lookout for the perfect light. I don’t want it to be too bright so that baby will easily confuse night and day. (That battle is hard enough already – am I right?) I just need enough light to be able to see what I’m doing and be able to change a diaper during the night if I need to without turning the main bright lights on. We’ll get all that figured out though.

This is our changing table set-up. It’s very simple… just a changing pad we already had with a new gender-neutral cover and this caddy from Thirty-One stocked with a pack of diapers, wipes, diaper creams, and lotions that we already had on hand. Simple simple. The credenza is a piece I’ve had since I was in high school, and it’s so function. It stores some of the larger toys like the big Paw Patroller on one side so that it’s accessible, but hidden. The other side has “some” of the diapers and wipes so they are easy to grab. Our closet is also stocked with diapers and wipes…. we have been so blessed with those for this baby!

And that’s it! Our “nursery” (if you want to call it that) set-up is pretty simple and minimalistic, I think. I wouldn’t have it any other way… less to organize, less to clean, and less to take up my time with. It’s so funny how you let go of so many things… the more children you have. I have done this in so many ways this time around… Minimalism is the way to go!

40 Week Bumpdate

 

Current Pregnancy Stats…

How far along: 40 Weeks, 1 Day

Countdown: Well the countdown has counted down… I guess, technically, I still have a maximum of 13 days before I reach 42 weeks and I’m strongly encouraged to be induced for safety reasons. I’m pretty sure, baby will decide to come on his or her own this week though. 41 weeks has been the optimal time for delivering my last two babies.

Size of Baby: Soccer Ball, Watermelon, Pumpkin…. etc.

My Body Changes: I had a cervical check at my most recent appointment. My cervix was dilated already to 2cm, but easily stretched to 4cm. I did let my doctor go ahead and strip my membranes as well so since then I’ve had some show, cramping, contractions, and pelvic pressure. Of course, all of these are still random and seem to come and go so we’re just waiting it out to see.

Must Have Items: Tums is still a necessity for me… sometimes I feel like the heartburn or indigestion are just attacking me, even when I’m sitting up straight.

Sleep: I’m really trying to get as much rest and sleep as I can right now, but I’m so anxious that it’s really not an easy task. I’m thinking about baby and labor and delivery and pregnancy symptoms 24/7 now… just waiting on go time.

Cravings: At this point, I would say I’m craving hospital food… just because I’m so ready to be there and have this baby. Really, I’m past the cravings. Food isn’t that exciting to me right now. I’m just trying not to make too big of a mess in the kitchen so we have been eating out more this past week. I’ve got some easy meals prepped and ready to go for this next week as well.

Baby Movement: It seems like baby is moving a little bit less the past couple of days just because I feel like he or she is getting engaged and in position. I do feel movements enough during the day not to worry though. All is good.

Gender: Since this is baby #4 for us and we already have both genders and clothes for both, we opted to not find out the gender of this baby until it’s born. Yes, I’m tired of saying “it” or “the baby”, but we’ll be able to call it by name soon enough. 😉 We really don’t have a preference for either one this time, and we just think it will be fun to be surprised!

Trust me- I’m just as anxious as you are to know!

Names: We do have a name picked out for both genders, which we are keeping a secret until after baby is born. Both names do start with letter “L” though, of course, and they are unique in that we don’t know anyone personally who has these names, but we didn’t just make up names either. We can’t wait to call our baby by name and share this with you!

Challenges this Week: Hurry up and wait. It’s funny how you spend so much time planning and preparing for a baby to come… getting all the things done. And then – you just have to wait until they are ready. I really have tried as best I could to mentally and emotionally prepare myself for going past my due date again (but let’s be honest- no mama REALLY wants to stay pregnant any longer than she has to). The biggest challenge is overcoming all of that growing impatience and anxiousness.

Nursery Progress: We are not doing a nursery for this baby, but here’s how we’ve decided to work this out. All three of our children share one bedroom. Our two boys share a full-size bed, and our daughter has her own twin size bed. Our second bedroom is used as a playroom… but this is where we’ll keep the baby’s things mostly. We’re going to set up a changing station in that room for the baby, the baby’s clothes will be stored in that closet, and there’s a comfy rocking chair in there for night nursing sessions so that we don’t wake the others in the house. The mini crib is in our master bedroom currently.

And that’s it. So now… we wait!