Are you expecting a baby? Congratulations! Have you started to plan your nursery and don’t have a clue where to begin? It can become a little overwhelming, especially with all the colors, themes, and furniture available. And with so many options it’s far too easy to spend upwards of a thousand dollars, or more, furnishing and decorating your baby’s nursery.
So if you’re on a budget like most of us, there are some ways to save yourself some money. The absolutely best way to save money is getting one from a friend or relative for free, or possibly borrowing it.
Of course this isn’t always an available option, so you might want to think about buying things second-hand. Look at your local garage sales and thrift stores. Before you go, make sure you have the most recent safety standards on hand.
You want a crib to meet those standards, so you’ll want to bring a measuring tape with you. Don’t get a crib bumper pad. If your infant rolls over they might end up with their mouth up against it. Depending on their age they might not be able to roll away and they’ll suffocate. It’s better safe than sorry in this area.
Of course, you don’t have to go shopping second-hand and there are ways to still save money. First, trends come and go, so if you are planning to have more children you might want to think about a gender neutral nursery. Secondly, don’t skimp on the safety.
The bare minimum you’ll need to start your nursery:
A crib – Look for a convertible bed, one that will grow with your child from infancy to toddlerhood to their teenage years. You’ll save money in the long run. The cribs above are priced under $200 and the Conversion Rails are $110.
UPDATE: Research co-sleepers or family bed sharing. You don’t necessarily need a crib.
A changing pad – Don’t worry about a changing table, you don’t “have to” have one. All you need is to place the changing pad on the floor or an existing dresser. The floor is a great option if you are physically able to, you won’t have to worry about your infant falling off a tall piece of furniture. This eliminates any worry about accidents. The portable changing pad (the left) is only $4.95, while the others (the middle and right) are between $75 and $100.
An even easier (and cheaper) way is to use a towel.
A diaper pail with a good seal – You won’t want to hold back on this. Make sure the seal is solid to eliminate any and all odors.
If you still have some money left, a quick and relatively inexpensive way to brighten and customize your nursery is with paint.
You’ll probably be painting when you are pregnant and if you plan to do it yourself look for paints low in harmful chemicals, like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Read “The Ultimate Guide to Natural and Earth Friendly Paints” for more information on what to look for and companies that carry them.
You can paint a wall mural to further customize the nursery. Using an old projector and an image you can trace it onto the wall and paint in the lines. Or if you’re not the artistic type you can buy wall decals or stickers.
It doesn’t matter whether you spend $100 or $1,000, you can create a stylish nursery for your little bundle of joy. It’s more important to spend quality time your child.