When the baby is on the way, it seems as though a growing bump is inextricably tied to an expanding to-do list. There are the standard needs, of course: the crib and the stroller, the changing table, and the rocking chair. Then there's guessing how many diapers are necessary—is 10,000 enough?—and how many onesies are enough. Once the nursery is finished, then expectant parents have to prepare the rest of the home. Believe it or not, that preparation should include the laundry room.
Although it takes up less square footage than a living area and doesn't demand as much attention as a kitchen, a laundry room is an indispensable luxury of a modern home. A baby only makes a laundry room's importance more of a fact. But the potentially harmful cleaning supplies, the heavy mounds of dirty clothes, and the understandable disarray of essentials can make this a treacherous room for a little one. That's why it's important to make it baby-friendly, starting with the detergent used to wash onesies to sturdy furniture once the tyke learns to crawl.
We found items that expectant parents need in order to create a baby-friendly laundry room, and as it turns out, it's a list that works for everyone. After all, since this collection includes pieces that will prompt organization, cleanliness, and overall order, it's a to-do list that ultimately has your best interests in mind.
Just need to wash that tiny onesie? You don’t need to turn the whole machine on: Opt for a machine with features like the LG SideKick™ Pedestal Washer to get smaller loads done in a short amount of time.
This Crate and Barrel hamper combines style and function with a handmade rattan structure that's sturdy enough to remain upright if a little one decides that it's in the way. A sleek lid also keeps curiosity at a minimum, too.
Ironing boards may be essential to any laundry room, but they can also be bulking and unstable. Streamline your space—without sacrificing this tool—by getting an ironing board that hangs over your laundry room door. It'll also keep from being an unlikely obstacle course for your growing baby.
Store seasonal linens, cleaning supplies, or other odds and ends in these weaved baskets. Whatever you decide to toss inside—in order to keep the floor clear, of course—the herringbone pattern will ensure that it all looks good.
If you have a laundry room that's on the smaller side, then this shelf can still maximize available wall space for storage. Group two or three together for cleaning supplies, or use one to stock an iron.
A mix of metal and wood brings texture to this minimalist bookcase, which can be used in a laundry room to store cleaning supplies, an iron, and any other supplies your home may need. Keep the bottom shelf stocked with safe products, just in case your baby wanders in one day.
And speaking of keeping shelving nice and neat, you can use these wire baskets to store items like linens, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies in organized bundles.
Combine shelving and a place to dry clothes with this efficient item, which is ideal for smaller laundry rooms. The rack's angled frame will also keep clothes from resting against the wall.
This bamboo drying rack will come in handy after washing delicate loads, and then it can be easily collapsed and stored away when not in use.
Even a laundry room can use a rug, and this sustainably made option can withstand the demands of this space—and offer some comfort during the chore. Its recycled polyester material makes it shed-resistant, and it's also reversible, so you wouldn't need to clean it often.
You and your baby will stay safe around this "smart" iron, which has features like iTouch technology that prevents burns and automatic shut-off after 30 seconds if it's knocked over. It'll also get clothes looking crisp in no time, too.
Keep this item stocked on your laundry room shelf for those inevitable clothing stains—in fact, this item could even take up its own basket.
This bio-based floor cleaner works on numerous materials to ensure that your growing baby can eventually wander through your home on all fours without worry.
This gentle laundry detergent is made with the soft, sensitive skin of babies in mind and has a built-in fabric softener. So your laundry room will be safe for a baby, and its detergent can be, too.