In case you didn’t know, I am a stay-at-home wife and mother. My hubby and I have two beautiful babies: a 2 year old son, Warren James, and a 9 month old daughter, Eve Kelli. Yes, they are close in age. Yes, we planned it that way. Yes, we have a busy house.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
We also had both our babies while living in a 1 bedroom apartment. Thankfully, by the time our daughter was 3 months old we were in a 2 bedroom apartment.
Here are the things we used that made our crazy life possible! (The following includes affiliate links)
- Pack ‘N’ Play (or as I call it a “porta-crib”)
I love our Graco Pack ‘N’ Play! We have an older model, but I highly suggest getting a model with the changing table attachment. It was very useful when our son was a newborn and I was a very nervous new mom. It’s pretty simple to put together, and of all the porta-cribs we have used, it is the easiest to take down and set up.
I should also note that we did not buy a proper crib. Our kids use the porta-crib as their bed. My daughter is still in it, and my son used it until he was about a year and a half.
- Swing – Especially for baby #2! I never needed one with my son. Again, we were in a 1 bedroom apartment, and it was just the two of us most of the time. When my daughter came along, I suddenly needed to be able to put her down without the threat of big brother hitting her or running into her, on accident of course.
This is the swing we used for our daughter. It’s nice and small, but sturdy enough to stand firm against big brother 🙂
However, if you can splurge on the space and the money, get a spaceship: the big swing. They are magical, but much larger and need to be plugged in.
Necessary for small spaces! We were in a very unique situation with FOUR people all sleeping in the same room. We did it! And my daughter learned to sleep through the night while we were all together, before we moved to our larger apartment! The bassinet was a huge part of this.
I used this co-sleeper/bassinet because it has covering over the sides, which made it easier to help my daughter learn how to sleep in her own bed. Most of the other models that I’ve seen do not have the cover. This does allow baby to see you (which can hinder them from going back to sleep), but the cover does not allow much airflow. We had some challenges keeping her cool, especially during afternoon naps. Just a heads up!
- Play Mat/Activity Gym
This is so easy to set up and then stow away! I used it with both kids and they loved it! My son knocked it over all the time, but never hurt himself because of the padding and flexible material they use to make it. It also was probably the most motivating thing for them during tummy time and in learning to roll over. The toys also unhook from the gym, which made for easy “to-go” toys for me to toss in the diaper bag. 🙂
Here is a link to an Activity Gym similar to the one we used: Fisher-Price Activity Gym
This is all based on my experience and my personal opinion, but I hope this helps any of my fellow mamas! ❤
Soli Deo Gloria!