Sometimes the baby is born before you are ready to move into a bigger house or apartment, and you are left trying to figure out how to divide the bedroom to accommodate your needs and the baby’s needs. With a little imagination and a lot of rearranging, you can have a wonderful shared space.
Divide the room in thirds. You are going to use one third for the baby area and two thirds for your area. Clear the room of all furniture and all clutter. Introduce the furniture back a piece at a time, making sure to place the baby furniture out of the way and in a location that will be ideal for late night feedings and changings.
Place the baby crib, dresser and the changing table in the area of the room you have chosen for the baby to use. Be sure the furniture does not create a difficult path for getting to your side of the room.
Decorate the walls over the baby furniture with a motif that goes with the colors and ambiance of the rest of the bedroom. Be sure to put a very soft night light on the baby dresser to make the middle-of-the-night changing and feeding easier. Include a rocking chair on your side of the room if you want to rock the baby during late-night feedings.
Arrange your furniture around the remaining two thirds of the room, keeping your theme consistent throughout.
Hang a lightweight, light-colored piece of muslin or lace from the ceiling to the floor, between your area and the baby’s area. The hardware for this project can be found at any large hardware store. The material is available at any fabric shop. Run a seam along the top with enough allowance for the rod to fit into the top for hanging, in the same manner that a curtain would be hung. You can also purchase a folding screen to divide the room. This will allow the baby to sleep while you read or watch television on your side of the room.
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