With four babies in our house, we have a colossal amount of baby gear. It’s not that we have four of everything, but we have everything one baby would need plus multiples of many items. George and I both like things tidy and organized and we pride ourselves in having a cozy home. Having enough baby gear to rival the nearest Children’s Courtyard would cramp our style; if we let it. After all, it is our home; we just happen to share it with our four babies and two fur babies. We’ve gone to great lengths to maintain some semblance of decor and normalcy for ourselves. We tend to become overstimulated by too much stuff, especially obnoxiously bright baby items that become eye sores. When registering for large items, I chose neutral colored swings and bouncy seats rather than the bold traditional ones. I prefer for those things to sort of blend in with the rest of our furniture rather than taking center stage. We started out with a few primary colored loaner items that I just could not handle so we promptly returned them. I’m sure our visitors would agree our home still resembles a home daycare center, but I think we do a decent job keeping things comfortable for adults too. We’ve found a few ways to cope with all the new gear inhabiting our home.
Before the babies arrival, George expanded a tiny linen closet to go underneath our stairs. It’s become a haven for baby toys and gear. During the day, I rotate the babies toys so that there’s never too much out at once and to keep things interesting and fresh for the babies.
Here’s what you might see unfolding during a typical day at our house:
After the babies go to bed, we put away all of the toys and roll up the quilt. I just love seeing our beautiful rug and cozying up on the couch with Sasha and Lily. When all of the baby clutter is stowed away for the night, Sasha and Lily dart around as if to say, “We’re free!” They romp around and bark at each other. Don’t get me wrong we love the babies and playing with them, but we also love having a den where we can retreat and unwind at the end of a the day where we don’t feel boxed in by baby gear.
What would you do with baby gear multiplied by four?