Baby on the way? Congratulations! Now, before you surrender yourself to a life of Technicolor plastic in place of your favourite Eames chair, take a moment to consider what your baby really needs. The answer: not much. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the “must-have” lists on parenting blogs, and recommendations from friends and family, but take a deep breath before you get ahead of yourself.
Yes, your life is going to change in a huge (and amazing) way, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your home has to as well. Whether you’re panicking about trying to fit a crib in your tiny apartment, or worried that the home that you spent years perfecting is about to turn into Sesame Street, we can help. Check out these 13 baby-approved items that are small on space and big on design.
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Mini CribIf there is one item you must have, it's a place for baby to sleep. If space is an issue you'll be frustrated by the huge size of most cribs, and then ecstatic to learn about the Bloom Alma Mini Crib. It's small enough to fit in a closet fully expanded, or under a bed while folded. Lockable wheels make it mobile, and its convertible mattress heights will let baby sleep comfortably until she's 12-18 months.Bloom Alma Mini Crib
Bouncy ChairA bouncy chair is a new parent's best friend, and you'll definitely want one. Usually excessively large and colorful, there is rarely anything subtle about adding one to your living room. However, the paediatrician-designed Baby Bjorn bouncer is chic, simple and loved by babies and parents alike. Best of all, when not in use it folds completely flat for easy storage.Baby Bjorn bouncer
StrollerYou're probably going to want to leave your house from time to time, so a good stroller will come in handy. One that is super compact and customizable to your life is even better. Enter the Bugaboo Bee3. With virtuously endless colour options and the ability to fit in your coat closet when folded, it's both stylish and practical.Bugaboo Bee3
High chairWhen your little darling starts eating solid food they'll need a safe perch from which to throw Cheerios at you. There are lots of great highchairs on the market, but none as cool as Phil and Ted's Lobster chair. It easily (and securely, we promise) clamps on to virtually any table, making it great for travel and collapses to store in any free nook or cranny.Phil and Ted's Lobster
Change TableThis European made (of course) ByBo Nathi wall mounted change table is a space-savers dream. Not only does it allow you to change baby head on rather than sideways (so much easier), but it doubles as storage. You have to jump through a few hoops to get it in Canada by ordering directly from the manufacturer, but it's worth it.ByBo Nathi wall mounted change table
Bath TubIf there's one thing we know for sure, it's that babies are messy. Between exploding diapers and endless spit-up, you'll be bathing that bundle on the regular. The Puj tub is made of a soft foam that adapts to fit in any standard sink, so you can comfortably wash babe whenever the need arises. Best of all, it stays completely flat when not in use.Puj tub
Play matTummy time is an essential part of a baby's development, and what could be more inviting than an Auskin Sheep Skin Rug? Used all over the world to encourage allergen resistance and foster calmness in little ones, this rug doubles as a play mat and a home decor classic. No one will no mind if you leave this soft thing laying around.Auskin Sheep Skin Rug
Baby GymA perfect mate to your sheepskin rug, the Ikea LEKA Baby gym is a great way to have your baby work on their fine motor skills with this playful apparatus. Since it's not attached to a larger mat like most play gyms, this structure can move from room to room to entertain baby anywhere. And who doesn't love a good Swedish design anyway?Ikea LEKA Baby gym
DresserThe great thing about baby clothes, in addition to them all being ridiculously adorable, is that they're all very small. What we mean is, you don't need a big cumbersome dresser to store their duds. The Ikea Rast is perfect for any nursery, no matter the size. Since it's made from a durable solid wood, it can also be painted any colour or pattern that suits your fancy.Ikea Rast
Baby CarrierBaby carriers are a great way to keep baby close, while keeping your hands free. Whether you're trying to get some chores done, or spending a leisurely afternoon strolling through your favourite art gallery (ha ha), the Sakura Bloom Ring Sling is your ideal companion. Lightweight, beautiful, and it fits in your diaper bag. Try doing that with an Ergo baby carrier!Sakura Bloom Ring Sling
Nursery chairLook, a lot of people are going to insist that you need a Dutailier glider (or similar) but let's face it: they're big, and far from beautiful. Just like there are plenty of fish in the sea, there's a nursery chair for everyone. The Monte Joya Rocker is modern, stylish, and could easily fit into any room in your home. Especially since it's only 25" wide.Dutailier glider
PlaypenPlaypens like to offer the illusion that they are light and compact, but the fact is that most are not only bulky, but quite heavy. Enter Phil and Teds Traveller play pen. It's the only one on the market that claims to be lighter than the baby itself. Its sleek design won't distract from your current decor, and its convenient carry case lets you easily take it wherever you may go.Phil and Teds Traveller
HumidifierSadly, your baby is probably going to be congested in the first few months, but this common ailment can be helped greatly by a good humidifier. Rarely do we come across something as cool-looking as it is effective, but the Crane Cool Mist Teardrop Humidifier fits the bill. Available in a handful of colours, this stylish machine will help the whole family sleep better.Crane Cool Mist Teardrop Humidifier