You don’t need a bigger home because you’re expecting multiples. You can make your current space work for you with these clever space-saving hacks. By Martine Hendricks
So it’s time figure out where your precious bundles will sleep and exist as they grow – and for some of us, it’s not as simple as relocating to a bigger home.
There are many ways to make the most of your space and create an environment that works for your multiples and the rest of your family.
The sleeping arrangement
Comfort is key and having your babies nest together is recommended since they bond and feel supported (just like they did in the womb). A bigger cot is a great way to do this. Most kids’ furniture shops will be able to customise a cot for you that will suit your space and budget.
Other nesting options
- Get cot dividers so that, as they grow, they still have their individual space.
- Moses baskets are ideal if you choose to have them sleep separately.
- For twins, a normal sized camp cot or wooden cot is more than sufficient.
- For triplets, a wooden cot is recommended, as the base will usually be spacious and sturdy.
- For quads, have them nest two-by-two in single cots.
Think space saving
Plastic storage boxes will be your best friends in this instance.
- It stacks perfectly.
- Most of them have lids to keep baby items in tact.
- They come in a range of sizes.
- Depending on the height, they can be stored almost anywhere.
- You can store or pack just about anything in them.
Most cots will have unused space underneath then, making it the perfect spot for flat plastic storage boxes..
What a hack!
If your babies are rooming with you, swop your TV stand out or resell it for a dresser. With the dresser you can still have space for your TV, but the drawers and cupboards will provide extra space for baby stuff.
More of the space, less of the hassle
It’s about using what you have and tweaking the aesthetic to invite your multiples into a homely and happy space. As time goes by and your little ones grow, you will know when it’s time to get a bigger home. Believe me – you’ll know.
Here are some more ways to efficiently add or change so it works for all:
- Think about getting a fold-down changing table.
- Remove cupboard doors.
- Get baskets to fit into your open-plan cupboard.
- Shelving is a great way to add holding space without removing other elements.
- Baby clothes are small, so instead of one rod in the cupboard, place another rod halfway down so there is more hanging space.
- Other foldable or convertible items work wonders!
Now that you have an idea of how to use the space you have, always be realistic about current needs for your babies – they seriously don’t need as much at one time as you think. Don’t overthink it and don’t overcompensate. Really, don’t sweat the small stuff.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.