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creating a place for baby when you don’t have space

We’ve all seen them–the perfect, Instagram-worthy nurseries. This one has the perfect balance of infant charm and sophistication, this one is full of lovely florals without being over the top somehow, this one is a gender-neutral, monochromatic-lover’s dream come true. Having recently brought home our fifth baby to our three bedroom house I know that those spaces are not everyone’s reality. It’s hard when you’re a nesting pregnant woman surrounded by these little squares of perfection and you know that you just don’t have the space (or maybe you don’t have the finances) for the ideal nursery you’ve always had in your head. This creating a place for baby post is in collaboration with Lorena Canals Rugs. Although I was gifted product, all opinions are completely my own.


Justine Young mom blogger writes a blog post about how to create a place for your baby when you don't have a lot of space. Sponsored by Lorena Canals rugs.


let go of expectations

Whether because of moving or space, I have only been able to decorate a nursery once, and that was only after my second child (and first daughter) arrived and we’d moved halfway across the country. I admit–I sometimes feel a little sorry for myself. Theodore Roosevelt said that, “comparison is the thief of joy”, but even with knowing that it can be hard not to compare your situation to someone else’s. I have had to accept that it’s just not my season of life right now to be able to have the picture-perfect, Instagram-worthy nursery. And you know what? My children really don’t seem to mind; nope, haven’t heard them complain once in fact. I just remind myself that someday we’ll probably have more space for the kids to have their own room to call their own that can be decorated beautifully, rather than just being crammed full of beds, dressers, and children.


Justine Young mom blogger shares a blog post about how to create a place for baby when you don't have a lot of space. With Lorena Canals Rugs.


create a cozy corner

Even if you can’t have a designated nursery that doesn’t mean you can’t set up a little corner for your newest addition. Let’s be honest, the baby will most likely be sleeping in your room for the first few months anyway (at least). Instead of mourning the space that you don’t have, celebrate and decorate the space you do have, the bonus being that your master bedroom is going to get some design love (and if yours is anything like mine, then my guess is that it desperately needs it!).

Our little “corner” for baby girl is in front of our large bedroom window, it’s a bright, cheery spot and is right next to our bed for those late-night feedings. I love the Lorena Canals rug that I picked out to place in that area because not only is it giving me a warm and comfy spot to pace with an unsettled newborn, but the neutral color will work in any space down the road. The other reason that the Pearl Grey Braids rug from Lorena Canals Rugs is perfect for this space is that–like any of their rugs–it’s completely machine washable. So any little mess that your sweet newborn might leave behind can be easily taken care of. I can vouch that their rugs will come out of your machine looking brand new and feeling soft as ever. I also appreciate that they’re handmade and contain all natural dyes with no VOCs, unlike most other rugs on the market.


Justine Young mom blogger shares a blog post about how to create a place for baby when you don't have a lot of space. With Lorena Canals Rugs.


organize and simplify

Trust me when I say that you will feel so much better about sharing a space if you give it a good cleaning and organizing first. Once knickknacks are downsized and clutter is cleared you can start making room for all of baby’s needs and you’ll be feeling much more at peace. Start the cleaning process early so you can enjoy the last weeks leading up to your baby’s arrival and you’re not feeling stressed and overwhelmed by all the mess and chaos. If you need some help taming your clutter or organizing all of your precious baby’s items you should check out the adorable storage bins that Lorena Canals offers (they also have curtains, wall décor, and blankets!).


Justine Young mom blogger shares a blog post about how to create a place for baby when you don't have a lot of space. With Lorena Canals Rugs.


How do you like to prepare a space for baby? What did you find yourself doing in the final “nesting” stages?

14 Responses to creating a place for baby when you don’t have space

  1. Melanie Pickel February 12, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    I’m getting so tired of Instagram’s curated “perfect life” thing. We had three siblings in a 2 bedroom house when I was growing up. Eventually my parents finished the basement so we had a bit more room, but it was still tight and we are all perfectly fine! And, we can actually deal with people and uncomfortable situations. Imagine that haha

    • Justine @ Little Dove February 15, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      Haha, right?? I will admit, we’re a little crammed and I would love more space… someday. But for now we’re making it work and not dwelling on what we don’t have!

  2. Erika February 12, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

    I love this! Right now we live in a small apartment so space is like prime real estate lol.

  3. michaela daisy February 13, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    Great tips! Our little one is going to be in our room too and I love the tips to make their space a little special. Thank you!

  4. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins February 13, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

    This is such a great idea! We’ll be setting our pack n’ play up in our room for 3-4 months once baby gets here and we might as well have a little bit of fun with the space right? Also, your baby girl is too cute! I can’t wait for mine to make her appearance soon!

  5. Ashley Newell February 13, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

    I love the idea of decorating the area in a master. I never did that and I would have my kids in there for about 6 months.

    • Justine @ Little Dove February 15, 2018 at 10:25 am #

      Our room is always the most neglected of the house, so it’s a nice chance to spruce it up a bit!

  6. Elizabeth February 14, 2018 at 7:56 am #

    I’ve definitely caught myself wishing I could have created one of those picture perfect nurseries. But it’s been fun having her in our room and I love all these tips to make her little space more special.

    • Justine @ Little Dove February 15, 2018 at 10:26 am #

      Thank you so much! It can be hard when you’re nesting and you want to create this beautiful space, but I just tell myself that it will come someday!

  7. Katie February 14, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

    I love this post. I never had the perfect nursery for my son, because we were renting and planning on moving in a year, but it was all I needed. My house is far from the perfectly decorated Instagram house, but it’s oky. Thank you for sharing reality!

  8. Justine @ Little Dove February 15, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    Thank you so much! Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one without a house that looks like it belongs in a magazine, you know? Even us influencers who should know better can get trapped in the “false reality” of Instagram.

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