Your baby being born is just around the corner – and it’s time to start thinking about the nursery. There are so many things to consider when it comes to creating a space for your baby to grow in… but first and foremost, it’s all about saving as much money as you can. Sure, you want the best for your little one. Sometimes, though, the best doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. Here are some tips and hints to keep your spending to a minimum while still providing your baby everything they need to be happy and healthy.
Set a budget
The first step for anybody trying to keep their spending in control is to set a reasonable budget for themselves. Make sure you consider what you need compared to what you don’t, which we’ll touch on next.
Needs vs. extras
There is an overwhelming amount of furniture items that can be set in a nursery, and deciphering between the items that are a necessity compared to items that aren’t can be difficult.
- A crib
- Crib mattress
- Two fitted crib sheets
- Thin cotton blankets
- Two waterproof mattress protectors
(as you can see, the sleeping arrangements are pretty important)
- Changing table
- Rocking chair
Now, these are just a few of the many pieces of furniture you could purchase for your little one’s nursery, but if you’re looking to cut some things out – these extras would be a good place to start.
Start shopping early
In most cases, you’ll have a good eight months to be able to prepare the nursery, so start looking for deals and sales as early as possible. This will also help you stretch out the spending so it’s not a huge expense in a short period of time.
Don’t get too held up by how it looks
First priority should always be function, not fashion. Not only this, but the temporary furniture you use to decorate the nursery do not have to match each other or be the most beautiful furniture you’ve ever laid eyes on – it will be gone in what feels like a second.
DIY a few things
If you are a DIYer at heart, then you will be thrilled to consider taking inexpensive furniture and decorations and turning them into cute and fun pieces of work – some colorful pieces can make any nursery stand out while still saving a dollar here and there. Simply adding some painted wall art or changing the knobs on an old dresser will help more than you might imagine.
The nursery is a fun project to work on while you are pregnant, and spending time to make it the space you imagine doesn’t have to include spending too much money. Try to start early and shop the deals – and don’t forget to set a budget for yourself – and you’ll soon be decorating like a pro (and at a reasonable price, too).