Though our nursery might not be Pinterest-worthy, I thought you all might like to take a peek at what we have planned for when Baby gets here! Because our space is so limited, our rules for baby gear were that it had to be compact, fold-able, dual-use, or travel-friendly. After a LOT of research, I was able to find the perfect stuff to fit our lifestyle (we hope, I’ll update once Baby gets here). I put brand names in the post so people can find these items if they are interested, but please know that I have no affiliation with any of these companies.
Here it is! So glamorous, right? Let’s start with the basics: the mattress. Any boater will tell you how difficult and frustrating it is to get sheets for a v-berth mattress. Nothing ever fits quite right, and forget about a mattress cover. Luckily, we have an amazing friend at our marina who runs a canvas shop who offered to take on the impossible task of custom bedding as our baby gift. We have an insert that completes the triangle, but we needed the bedding to have a special fit when it is removed in order to have easy access to the drawers underneath (read: lots of velcro). It won’t be used as a bed again for quite some time, but I’m happy that the mattress will be protected from poop/spit up in the coming months.
Turning around from here, to port is the in-room sink (handy for diaper changes) and starboard is the closet. I’ve used a shoe hanger over the back of the door for quick-access items (socks, hats, pacifiers, swaddle blankets).
Inside the closet are diaper supplies, clothes, and pump supplies:
And we can’t forget about the books! The other side of the v-berth wall shelves will be for toys when Baby is old enough.
Now for our gear, starting with the stroller. We chose the Mountain Buggy Nano travel system, which is pretty much the lightest travel system on the market. The stroller is 13 lbs and can be folded up to fit in airplane overhead bins. The car seat is only 8 lbs and can accommodate a child up to 44 lbs.
Baby will sleep in our bedroom for the foreseeable future, and will be in the Summer Infant SwaddleMe bassinet right by our bed. This bassinet can also fold up flat for easy storage/travel. This is the setup:
Once Baby is ready to transition to a crib, she will be in the Lotus travel crib by Guava Family. The crib is very easy to pop open, and stores super easily. It will be strapped down/secured onto one side of the v-berth mattress (how we accomplish this is TBD at the moment). This is it all folded up:
For bath time, we have the Luxx baby folding bathtub which hangs in a small locker inside our shower.
For diapering, we have the Bumbo changing pad, which is easy to wipe down, portable, and heavy enough to stay put. I am already totally in love with our diaper backpack, which is by Bag Nation and has SO many pockets. It is currently our hospital “go bag”, which is why it looks so stuffed.
I can’t WAIT to use our high chair. It is a Phil&Teds lobster high chair that folds up so tiny when not in use. We also have a completely collapsible baby bottle drying rack that will come in handy.
Last but not least, have you ever seen a cuter life jacket?? If you’re looking for a life jacket for your little one, there are very few on the market that are certifiably safe for infants. This one is a Stohlquist Infant PFD for babies 8-30lbs.
That’s all of the major stuff we’ve planned for. If anyone else has suggestions for baby gear in a tiny space, please share! Hopefully this was a fun insight into how we plan on making boat and baby work. Now we wait…
Taylor and Conor
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I have two tiny kids but we had a house- a few things for you:
1. The baby tub will not last long, and it gets messy quick because babies love to move around much to our chagrin when we have to clean it all up.
2. You’re over-prepared for this whole baby event,,,we were not as ready but reality hit very quickly.
3. They make V-Berth Sheets that can be found on Amazon or other sites, but you’re so right, they don’t always fit the best, custom sheets are best.
4. Bumbo changing pad is neat,,,,but the bumbo seat was the best thing ever just to sit on the table and have baby stay in place.
5. I suggest something called a “Johnny Jump Up” for the boat is you can find one and hang it up, the baby won’t ever notice the boat is rolling or you’re on the move, cause the jump up rocks and he can bounce from the floor on it.
6. There’s going to come a time soon when you’re both exhausted, baby is crying, it’s very cold in the middle of winter there and you look at each other and ask why the hell you’re trying to do this on a small boat? Don’t give up, don’t let that stop you from the life you’re living because it’s unique and I want you both to understand how many other people want to do what you’re doing,,,,but they’re afraid or they won’t take the leap. Keep it up-
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Thank you so much, Chad! Your words of encouragement made me a bit teary. We are so nervous but excited for this next chapter, and it is amazing to have fellow sailors cheering us on.
Thanks great ppost