My biggest mistake during my pregnancy is my pre-baby ignorance. I thought the nursery would be the only baby looking space in the entire home. HA! I think it’s safe to say that I was waaaay wrong. At this point, you’d have to be blind to not realize that we have a baby in our home, and I still wouldn’t have it any other way. However, I’m not willing to compromise style simply for the sake of baby toys. Believe it or not, it is possible to have endless baby things and maintain the tasteful style you desire. Here’s how I did just that.
Stick to a color scheme
Rainbow appears to be the color of choice when it comes to baby things. This makes sense for baby visually, but it can be an absolute eyesore when showcased in a family living room. I recommend maintaining your existing color scheme when purchasing items. Does your home have pops of yellow? Buy some bright yellow toys! (In moderation) For example, I prefer neutrals. So, gray is generally my go-to. Unfortunately, this requires a little more digging in terms of toys and baby gadget finds. The good news is that tasteful color choices are out there!
Does this mean you have to skip the bright and colorful toys altogether? Of course not! Babies love color and they thrive on it. Simply keep the most colorful toys in more discreet areas, or be mindful of putting them neatly away when not in use.
Storage for baby items does not, and I repeat, does not have to be a giant toy chest. Stylish storage is not just for your blankets or magazines…you can use those same trendy baskets for toys and other baby items too! Here are a few examples:
- Cube Storage Bins
- Cotton Rope Baskets
- Storage Ottomans
- Shelving Units
You can find all of these items in various colors. I particularly love the options available on Amazon.com. Utilize this storage to maintain a clean living space and not feel overrun by toys all over the floor.
The less you have, the less overrun you will feel. I have a hard time not buying every possible baby thing that I fall in love with, so if that’s you too…I totally get you! However, showing even the smallest restraint can help dramatically, and babies don’t realistically need nearly all of the things we buy for them.
My strategy is to purchase the staple toys in neutral tones to keep the main living/play area neat and cohesive. Then, all other jargon gets placed in less trafficked areas of our home. Here are a few basic toys I keep around:
- stacking rings
These are all simple items that you can generally find in various colors. They also tend to be fairly inexpensive, and easy to store. These simple toys keep Aspen entertained just as well as all the other brightly lit toys she has.
Embrace this new life
It’s certainly an adjustment, but don’t feel like you have to hide all signs of baby in your home. My living room features a large teepee, growth chart, stuffed sloths, and even a tasteful ball pit! I was able to find the balance of keeping the area young and fun while maintaining the neutral design that I desire. Don’t forget to have fun with it! After all, you’re blending a new little human into your family!