Nursery Drawer Organisation

Nursery Drawer Organisation

There is so many ways you can organise drawers! For me personally I spent quite a bit of time deliberating the best way to do so. If you know me by now, you would know I do go through quite a process before I execute!

This was no different. I planned out what was going where and how the flow looked and felt to me and if it was going to bring ease into my life ( which is the most important factor).

My way may no suit everyone but I hope it gives you some inspiration or ideas if you don’t know where to start!

I decided to purchase my drawers separately, for a few reasons. First being they will be stored in my walk in robe and not on display in the nursery. Second the drawers that matched my cot and change table were nearly 10 times the price! So I went with IKEA and put them together myself ( If you managed to watch my insta story at the time it was a frustrating but empowering exercise).

What I used:

x 2 MALM Chest of Drawers IKEA

x 6 SKUBB Drawer Dividers  IKEA

x 1 Pack Clear Mailing Labels ( If you want to label your drawers and/or Dividers ) Officeworks

x 4 Large Storage Baskets ( Use to store Nappies/Large size clothing/Bits and Pieces) Kmart

Chest of Drawers No.1 :

  1. Sleep/Dream Suits and bibs
  2. Socks, mittens and hats
  3. Newborn
  4. Wonder suits/All in ones
  5. Tops/Sets/Shoes
  6. Pants/Shorts

The first set of drawers are all clothing items. I decided to do a Newborn drawer to help make the first month easier – so I literally only use one drawer. Inside I have used the dividers to seperate by type of clothing. Singlets/basics/wonder-suits/sets.

With the other drawers I have gone by type of clothing, then into size and used the drawer dividers to label them for ease.

The dividers are great and you can change out the sizes easily and the labels are easily pulled off and transferred.

When little boo is out of his newborn clothes I will use that drawer for Sets ( for example) and go by size, like I have for the other drawers. Of course the clothing selection will get bigger so eventually it may be one drawer per type and you can opt out of using the dividers. They easily unzip and lay flat when not in use.

Chest of Drawers No.2 :

  1. Towels
  2. Face washers/ Burp cloths
  3. Blankets
  4. Linen ( For Cot/ Bassinet and Change table)
  5. Baby Carriers
  6. Storage

These ones are pretty self explanatory. I used the drawer dividers for the linen drawer so I can easily identify the differences. The last 2 drawers I have used for things like instructions/warranties/gifts that can’t be used as yet etc..

Hope this helps you! All in all think about how it works to make it easy for you and have FUN!

 

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Hospital Bag Essentials

Hospital Bag Essentials

After adding and subtracting things for weeks I have finally packed my hospital bag!

To be honest Im taking a suitcase…..let me explain. I literally can’t sleep anywhere without my pillow! So that takes up one side already! I was always travelling for work and even if it was 2-3 nights stopover I would take my suitcase.

So its coming with me to the hospital! Now I tend to be a tad over organised and there may be some things that I may not use, however I am a believer in better to have and not use it, than to miss it.

The other thing to take in account is, Im not sure what path my birth may take, so I have enough to last me for 5 nights ( just in case).

That being said, if you want to go light – there will always be friends and family that can bring you things to the hospital.

I’ll link below some of the chosen items that I bought, that I will also be using postpartum.

I will also be taking in a small bag for the birthing suite, this is made up of some of the below, but mainly a change of clothes ( For after birth and shower), oils and flameless candle for birthing, snacks, laptop for hypnosis tracks, phone and charger ( will be on flight mode).

For Me:

x 10 Underwear Kmart

x 3 Maternity Bras B Free Australia

x 2 Sleep Bras

x 2 Wooly socks

x 3 Tights/comfy pants

x 1 Breast-feeding singlet Kmart

x 2 Comfy tops

x 2 Robe/Wraps from Bras and Things and Francis and Henry

x 1 Support Belly Band Mamaway

x 1 Button down sleep shirt Peter Alexander

x 1 PJ set Peter Alexander

For Baby:

x 4 Zippy Rompers Best and Less and Bonds

x 1 Swaddle Up Love to Dream

x 5 Singlets

x 1 Beanie and mittens

x 2 Socks

x 1 Muslin Wrap Aden and Anais

x 1 Blanket Anarkid

Other:

Pillow

Towel

Extra soft toilet paper and wet wipes

Travel Hair Dryer

Toiletries

x 2 Packs Maternity Pads

x 10 Breast Pads

Homemade Perineum spray and Essential Oil sprays for Labor

Laptop and changer

Snacks and Aquamamma

 

 

 

DIY Perineum Healing Spray and Padsicles

DIY Perineum Healing Spray and Padsicles

Being 38 weeks pregnant, my “nesting” and organization phase is well and truly underway!

So I also decided to make my own Perineum healing spray to help my postpartum.

The best thing about this spray is apart from being homemade, all natural and made with pure essential oils you can also use this to make “padsicles” which I will also post below.

This spray is designed to help with swelling, pain, toning and healing.

What you will need:

Glass Spray Bottle 100ml – I used Oils of Australia

Witch Hazel – I bought mine from Coles ( Acts as a toner and can be used on swollen body parts)

1 tbsp Aloe vera – I bought mine from Coles ( Used to cool/heal inflamed skin and relives swelling)

5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil ( Aids in healing, relives inflammation and is antibacterial)

5-10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil ( Heals broken skin, irritation and tears)

5-10 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil ( Relieves pain, cramping and re-tone area)

What to do:

  1. Fill up your bottle half way with Witch Hazel
  2. Add in your Essential Oils
  3. Add in Aloe Vera ( Optional – but this is great for an added cooling effect)
  4. Shake
  5. Top up with Witch Hazel
  6. Keep in the fridge for added cooling effect

You can use this spray anytime to aid in discomfort and especially after going to the toilet. You can even spray on your sanitary pads when changing for an added cooling/healing effect.

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How to Make Padsicles:

So now we have made the perineum cooling spray we can also use the same mixture to make padsicles, with a slight variation.

What you will need:

Perineum healing spray mixture ( as above)

Maternity Pads

1-2 tbsp Aloe Vera ( Per Pad)

Large plastic sandwich bags ( For freezer storage)

What to do:

  1. Open up maternity pads and apply the Aloe Vera
  2. Spray the pad with 12-15 sprays of the healing mixture
  3. Fold the pad back up with the wings in last
  4. Put the pad back into the original wrapper
  5. Place in plastic bag
  6. Place bag in freezer

Now you have some cooling, healing padsicles to use postpartum!

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Change Table Organisation

Change Table Organisation

Finally I have set up all the bits and pieces I need for my change table! For those people that know me well, I tend to be highly organised, often times over the top.

So when it came to setting up my little boo’s room although I was excited, I know how I am – its a process! There is first a vision, followed by the pre planning, the draft plan, the approved plan, the execution and then the review! I am happy to say though Im pretty much finished!

I thought I would share the table setup for anyone else that needs inspiration!

I chose a white Boori change table to match my white/grey/natural themed nursery.

I also opted to buy a nappy caddy, I loved the idea of this due to the fact you can pick it up and take it to any room in the house to change your bub. I chose the ubbiworld white and grey nappy caddy that comes with a drawer and change mat.

The bubsfirst change mat was also an amazing find! I loved this for a few reasons! Its designed by mums and its unique to any other change mat cover. It was created to save time and hassle of nappy changes because it has a wipeable bottom half and a soft mink top half! It also comes in a range of colours to match any nursery.

I also opted for a mobile to be hung above the change table to help aid in distraction/stimulation for bub when its change time.

Baskets are available in all shapes and sizes, feature a handle on each side and are from my favorite place Kmart

Shelf 1:

My nappy caddy featuring, nappies, wipes, cotton buds, eco nappy balm, eco baby moisturiser, hand sanitiser and burp cloth ( especially for little boys – you can use the cloth when your mid change to avoid any accidents!)

Basket 1: Nappies

Basket 2: Burp cloths

Basket 3: Extra balm, moisturiser, cotton buds, massage oil, comb/brush, nail clippers

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Shelf 2:

Basket 1: Swaddles and extra burp cloths

Basket 2: Thermometer, nasal aspirator, extra baby products

Basket 3: Wipes, nappy bags, disposable change mats

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Maternity Shoot

Maternity Shoot

I really wanted to share some thoughts around maternity shoots.

Being a first time mumma-to-be and embracing pregnancy as much as I could, I loved the idea of documenting my transition into motherhood!

It can be a bit uncomfortable watching your body change and grow and knowing that for the most part you don’t have any control! And even though it is a magical experience being able to grow a little human, a changing body, having extra weight, lumps and bumps can be disheartening at times.

So I decided early on I would do the best I could with exercise and nourishing my body and I started to put love into my body and embrace all the good and bad that came with it.

So loving the extra cellulite, the extra weight, the new love handles, the stretchy skin, the extra boobs ( winning) and the extra veins! Just to mention a few.

But as your bump grows, by the time I reached the 2nd and 3rd trimester I can honestly say I loved being pregnant! I felt strong, feminine, beautiful, bold and powerful. I think all pregnant women are so beautiful ( even if you don’t feel it yourself – you are) and I urge you to look at yourself and your growing body with love and fondness, its only such a short time in the scheme of things that were are growing our little humans and then they will be here!

I really loved doing my photo shoot and I felt so comfortable and confident in my own skin. However, a spray tan ( double coat) and getting my hair and makeup done definitely helps! Also choosing the right photographer to bring your vision to light is very important. You will have these photos forever!

So I empower you to document your own journey and get yourself some nice photos done. You don’t even have to share them with anyone, they could just be for you.

Photographer Blownout Imaging

Make up Artist Ashlieghs Artisty

Hair Stylist Meraki for Hair

Lingerie Honey Birdette and Gooseberry Intimates

White t-shirt and Black long open skirt Steph Audino

Nude Cover up Want my Look

Lots of love xx