Once your kiddos have transitioned into full-size beds, and your family's baby days are officially over, every mom faces the question of what to do with their very first sleep space. You may have seen our gallery of the best ways to repurpose your crib, but then there's the question of what to do with that miniature mattress. Here, we've rounded up 10 clever ways to give your crib mattress a new life — from a dog bed to a reading nook, and beyond!
- Car Seats: I know a car seat may be the last thing you want to buy new for your baby, but here's why you should: car-seat designs are constantly changing and evolving. Older car seats may have been recalled (many are), or maybe it was in a crash or has missing parts. Even if a secondhand car seat looks perfectly fine, you don't want to take the chance and put the safety of your baby in jeopardy.
The sleep system's unique, washable Pebble Wrap serves as both a mattress pad and crib sheet with a eucalyptus-infused cotton that eliminates odors and repels fluids, dust mites, and other nursery pathogens. Modern nursery items like these are incredible and on lots of mama's wish lists, but how many parents can actually afford them?
As you know, daylight saving time begins tomorrow at 2 a.m., so you should move your clocks one hour ahead then. But before you go skipping away with all of your new sunlight, there's another task at hand: change the batteries on your smoke detector. You should do so at least twice a year, so it's best to just get in the habit of doing it when you change your clocks. Another thing to do this weekend is flip your mattress. To keep the wear even, you should flip your mattress both ways at least twice a year — and vacuum it while you're at it. That way, you won't have to worry about when you did either task last!
If you're low on cash for furniture, or just want to try something unique, make a daybed out of shipping pallets. You may spot some on the street, but you can also ask a local warehouse if they have any to offer or sell cheaply. Paint or spray paint a pair of them to match a cushion, and then stack them. You can either order a piece of custom foam to fit (try FoamOrder), or use a few small floor cushions or one long one as a makeshift mattress. I love how this one was painted white to blend in with the wainscoting. What do you think?
Start a good habit this Winter: flip your mattress. At least twice a year, you should flip your mattress to keep the wear even. This will also help keep your mattress clean. Vacuum the top of the mattress, and if you use a box spring, vacuum that as well. If you have an issue with dust mites, consider adding an allergenic mattress pad to your bedding mix.
TeamSugar member CityGal is throwing a holiday party in her tiny New York City studio, which has French doors dividing her "bedroom" (only room for a bed) from her minuscule living room/oven-less kitchen. In other words, her party will be a little bit like the Flight of the Conchords episode when Jemaine throws a party in his new apartment: the empty cleaning closet.
No one's gonna rain on Citygal's party, though! She's created room for her guests by flipping her mattress on its end, which she'll conceal behind a curtain. This opens up the bedroom, making more space for the party-goers. You gotta do what you gotta do! If her trick's not for you, try my primer on maximizing space for a party.