We are knee deep in the baby-proofing phase around here. It seems like every day that passes, Brody is discovering something new to get into and we are discovering something new that needs to be baby-proofed. Over the past few weeks we have been tackling our home office.
Brody and I spend a lot of time in the office during the day. Whether I'm working on blog posts or planning our schedule for the week, it has become my headquarters for all things motherhood.
I wanted the office to be a refreshing space for me and a cheerful place for Brody. A place that I could sit at my desk and type up an email without having to worry about Brody getting into something on the floor. A baby friendly home office space.
After spending a little bit of time observing what he liked to get into, we set out to conquer. Here are a few tips I learned along the way when it comes to creating a baby friendly home office.
Watch For Cords
It is inevitable that you are going to have cords in your office. From the printer to the computer charger, most electronics require cords. Cords are also something Brody immediately zeros in on. He loves waving them up and down. To hide the cords, try using a piece of furniture against the wall and pulling the cords upward. This will cover the outlet and also provide a higher surface to keep the electronics out of reach.
Make Sure The Floors Are Easy To Clean
Snacks, drool, sticky fingers, the list goes on and on. I've noticed that Brody's favorite spot to hang out is on the floor right under my desk. Making sure the carpet in this heavily trafficked area would be easy to clean was essential. The best option for us has been a washable rug. Lorena Canals has an amazing collection of rugs that you can literally toss in your home washing machine. We have the Hippy Mint rug and I have to say it is so soft and baby friendly.
Accessorize with Soft Items
If your little one is a climber, consider adding a cushioned stool or ottoman to your space. Not only will it give them something safe to climb on, but it also makes a great foot rest for mom. We've been using a gold moroccan pouf.
Keep A Few Toys On Hand
After downsizing our toy collection, I pulled out a couple of favorites to keep in the office. Rather than dragging toys into the room with us, I found it easier to have set toys just for this space. His abacus, a few books, a ball, and his rocking giraffe are now permanently housed in the office. Most of the time, handing him scratch paper to tear up or old envelopes to crinkle proves to be more entertaining anyway.
Make Use of Closets
If you're like us and have converted an extra bedroom into a home office, make use of those closets. To keep our space clutter free, I opted for a desk with no drawers (don't worry, I have rubber bumpers for the edges on order). All of the extra supplies and files are kept in the closet. We even moved the printer into the closet. Once Brody figures out how to open doors, we may have to rethink things, but for the time being it is so nice to have the equipment and supplies safely tucked away.
Get The Look
Cork Board: Pottery Barn $199 / Hoping to upgrade to this cork board!
Baby Books: Amazon $6 / Pat The Bunny is a favorite!
Fluffy Pillow: Overstock $40 / We have these in almost every room of our home.
Giraffe Rocking Horse: Amazon $50 / Brody is obsessed with this guy.
Washable Rug: Lorena Canals $227 / So soft and chic! One of my favorite parts of the office.
File Folders: Kate Spade $15 / You can never have enough of these!
Lucite Tray: Zgallerie $40 / I try to keep my planner and all papers in the tray when not in use.
Zippered Pouch: Kate Spade $30 / This is where I store my monthly expenses and receipts.
PS: Brody's Graphic Camera Sweater that a lot of you have asked about is on mega sale right now. You can shop it here.