Babies seem to require a lot of stuff. Some of it is necessary and some of it is not. We try and only buy what is necessary, but "necessary" is a word subject to broad interpretation, and as such, I find us accumulating more and more baby contraptions with every passing day. That being said, I have no doubt Helina has less stuff than many of her peers (that is, with the exception of those living on a sailboat smaller than 54 feet). However, considering Helina's favorite thing to play with is her burp rag, I don't feel too bad about failing to outfit her with every baby product under the sun.
Even though we strive to get by with as few things as possible, on any given day, the interior of our boat resembles some version of this:
So, how do we keep from being overwhelmed with baby gear in a small space? For starters, we don't leave everything out at all times. The photo above is accurate as far as what we own, but also a bit misleading. In general, when Helina isn't using something, we put it away. This practice helps us preserve our sanity, but I also think it helps Helina stay calm. I've noticed that she gets a little stressed when there is too much stuff around her (she either takes after me or she is tuned in to my stress level), so I try to not surround her with too much at any given time.
We also make sure that at the end of the day, all baby-related items are out of sight, so our salon remains an adult living space and not a child's play room.
So where does all of her stuff go? Right here (look closely):
|Hidden Baby Gear|