Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Baby Clothes Organized

You have seen some pictures of Lila so far. You probably haven't seen her in the same thing twice! She has SO many clothes! She does wear them twice and three times, but she has a lot of choices! This is the result of smart thrift shopping, garage sales, and generous gifts. As a result I have a lot of excess stuff for her. I seriously hope we have another baby girl someday so that I can see some of this stuff again! I thought I'd share my tips to be organized:
Everything you need should fit in a 27"x16" space. The height depends on how much stuff you have:
I love The Container Store's "Our Box" collection. They're clear, they're strong, they stack great, and they're really inexpensive. You've seen these in my coat closet (the shoe boxes), Lila's closet (the accessory box for her shoe boxes), and in my basement storage room for Christmas decorations. Many people like to store in solid colored containers so they can't see the chaos. I like the accountability that comes with clear! We don't have a garage or a shed and only have an unfinished storage room in the basement, so I have to be organized since this room has many purposes.  

Here's how I did it:
- The bottom two boxes are things I won't need unless I have another baby. You want things you won't need at the bottom so that you don't have to take the pile apart. The left box is newborn non-clothes. I have extra disposable diapers, some boy Aden and Anais receiving blankets from a garage sale (just in case!), the newborn inserts from her swing and carseat, etc. The box on the right is all of my newborn/0-3 clothes. 
-Next in the pile are things I won't need for a long time: 12-18 month and 18-24 month clothes. 
-Next in the pile is a big box of non age-appropriate toys. I have books she will be able to destroy with paper pages in there and lots of garage sale finds (pretend food for when I buy her a kitchen set and ABC magnets for now).
-At the top of the pile is an empty box for when she starts outgrowing her 6-9 month clothes. The missing box lives on her closet floor and as she outgrows 3-6 month clothes I simply throw them in the laundry with her clothes that fit. Once I fold them with my other clean clothes I put those clothes in her outgrown box. Once I've gotten all of her 3-6 month clothes packed up the pile will rotate. I'll put the 3-6 month box where the 12-18 month box is and move that to the top of the pile where her 6-9 month box will be since that will now be on her closet floor. 

Here are the details:
-I used these reusable dry erase silicone labels. If I find I don't have a lot of a certain size I can erase and re-label. I did that with her newborn clothes when I realized I could fit them in with her 0-3's easily (they erase so well that I was finding I had to rewrite it multiple times. I ended up labeling with wet-erase). 
-The big box is the jumbo box.
-The other boxes are deep sweater boxes.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Baby's Room 4 Months In

I have a 4 month old. Holy cow. It sure goes faster once they're born! 

Lila's little collage has grown to include a print I got from my former employer the day I resigned (It says "The Best is Yet to Come"), and two "Lila" prints made by her grandparents. Chris's parents made the one in stones on the right in Puerto Rico and my parents made the one in sand in Massachusetts. Lila's birth announcement is also framed. 
We got this storage cube from The Container Store. I use it as a nursing foot stool since I feed Lila in the rocker during the night now that she's moved into her room full time. I store swaddles and things inside. 
I moved the camera from across the room to the corner of the crib so I can even see her breathe during the night. 
The quilt my mom made for her is on the floor during most of the day for reading and tummy time:

The stuffed animals have left Lila's crib so she is absolutely as safe as possible. She was also gifted a little rocking chair that sits in the corner:

So there is a quickie update on how her room has evolved as she has grown! 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Letting Go

My mom told me the other day that every day after you have a baby you're preparing to let them go. They get more and more independent by the day. Three months in and I can completely see that!
I'm soaking up all of the cuddles and eye contact since she is getting increasingly mobile:
She has mastered tummy time and seems like she wants to roll or crawl! 
We have all of the paraphenaila everywhere to get her upright: 
She is getting tall and won't be able to be in the moses basket for much longer:
So we've started transitioning her across the hall. She naps here daily now and has started doing part of the night there too.
I just had to move her straps to the top slot in her car seat:
 And she sits up in her stroller without her car seat now:

My word this is awesome, fun, rewarding, and heartbreaking. I still can't believe I have a baby and she is going and growing up on me! 


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ikea Hack: Pretty High Chair Insert

Before Lila was born I insisted we buy her Antilop High Chair from Ikea. It had been briefly discontinued so when I saw that it was back I jumped on it! You can't beat a high chair for $19.99. I decided the insert wasn't necessary. Well now that I have an almost mobile baby that is dying to sit up, etc. the insert seemed like the perfect thing to pick up to give Lila a different view of the kitchen.
The problem was that red and blue stripes didn't really go with my kitchen. So I decided to get it and use it as a template to go over the inflatable pillow that was also included
So here is what I was working with:

So I laid out my fabric folded in half and traced the big part first:
I used fabric chalk that rubs off. Then I started chopping:
I cut the fabric about a half inch larger than the cover as a seam allowance:
After cutting out all of my pieces and grabbed my pins:        
I also lined up my velcro. This seemed easier for me than a zipper, like Ikea's. 
I also pulled out my bias tape. It's hard to see, but there are two little white loops hanging from the cushion. These are to thread the seatbelt through. I used bias tape for my loops:

After everything was pinned I went to town:

Here it is once I flipped it right side out:
Here it is in action with the insert inflated:

I think she likes it!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DIY Fabric Baby Gate

I'm actually writing a post about sewing. I'm amazed. My poor college sewing teacher Mrs. Brooks would be too! I've moved past curtains and pillows and made a baby gate- thus ending the stairs safety crusade. 
This idea was born when I saw retractable mesh baby gates and didn't like the price. I went to Pinterest and started shopping around and saw this post and this post about making fabric baby gates. I mainly used the photos and the idea of using bias tape and command cord bundlers from the posts. 

After I got some ideas for what I needed, I measured my space and hit the fabric store. I found home decor fabric for 50% off and was able to score 2 yards for for $12.99. 
First I measured out the space and cut two squares of the same size to fill the gap. Then I pulled out my bias tape and eyeballed the length needed to make a loop to hook into my cord bundler. 
I formed my loop and pinned it in place:
When the fabric is opened up this is what it should look like. 
I also cut out 6 much bigger strips that would be my velcro section to attach to the post. I sewed on velcro to each of the 6 strips:
Midway through my little lady woke up and was complaining that she wasn't asleep. I love wearing her! She passed right out and we continued:
So then I laid my two velcro straps on top of each other (like they're spooning) and pinned them between my fabric. I folded my fabric in half so I could pin the loops and the velcro in the same place on both sides:
Here's my velcro in action because I like pictures:
Then I zigzagged the edges to death to be sure my loops and straps were in there good:
I sewed 3.75 sides of the gate and flipped it right side out like you would if you made a pillow cover:
I gave each loop a really good tug to be sure that when Lila is pulling them they won't give. Never ever put this at the top of the stairs, no matter how strong your sewing job is! 

Then I attached my cord bundlers (they come in a two pack, so  I need a third before Lila starts crawling!) and used them to hold the loops:
I LOVE that this is temporary! It can be put away whenever I don't want someone to see it and it's super fast to re-attach:
Now I know I seem like I'm going overboard with safety but this is in place for her naps. Oscar is still fresh from being rescued and majorly attached to me. Whenever I would carry her up asleep for her nap or to bed, he would loudly tromp up after me and require many loud whispered "Oscar!"s before he would then clomp back down the stairs. All of this clomping and tromping would wake Lila up. This is an anti-Oscar following device and it's worked like a charm!

I was hoping it would also deter the cat during naps

But he quickly figured out how to get up so the gate at the top of the stairs also has to be closed. But back to the gate...
Awesome huh?!

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