Moms don’t always agree on everything, but one thing everyone can agree on is that babies are expensive. While some of those costs are inevitable, like diapers and formula, you can certainly set a reasonable budget and cut back on some aspects of your little one’s exciting new life. One of those areas is your baby’s nursery.
Most people dream of an HGTV-worthy dream nursery, where every detail is carefully coordinated to a stunning color theme. Even if you don’t have a TV budget, there are many ways you can decorate your baby’s nursery on a budget and still create a dream space where you can spend that valuable bonding time. Try some of these tips whiile you begin planning.
Look For Pieces That Can Adapt
Try to find pieces that will stand the test of time and can be used later on once your baby isn’t so little anymore. For example, invest in a convertible crib that can modify to a toddler bed once your little one is ready to upgrade, or a change table that doubles as a dresser they can keep using as they grow. If you avoid cutesy, baby-specific pieces, decor items can seamlessly translate into a toddler’s room once you no longer have the need for a nursery. This will save you the need to buy new pieces as you go.
Rethink the Expensive Baby Bedding
One of the first things you’ll realize once you start shopping for baby items is that bedding can be very expensive. There are also many overpriced products out there that, despite their popularity, have actually been ruled out as safety hazards, like crib bumpers and blankets. All you ultimately need is some fitted sheets and a waterproof mattress cover, which don’t need to break the bank. You don’t need expensive bedding anyway – if you choose cheaper options, you can switch out the look from time to time to keep things fresh.
Don’t Rule Out Second Hand Items
Buying second hand can help you find a major deal on some of the essentials. Hit up your local garage sales, thrift stores, and even online marketplaces like Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace to find secondhand items. Babies grow quickly, so decor and furniture are generally still in good condition when it’s time for parents to sell it. That also means you won’t be using it for a long time, either, especially for infant-specific pieces. Even if the item isn’t the finish or color you’re looking for, you can always refinish it with a coat of paint or new stain, which will still be less expensive than buying a brand new piece entirely.
Opt For Paint Over Decorations
Instead of buying decorative art pieces, consider painting fun designs or images directly on the wall. There are plenty of stencils you can find online with a quick Google search that could serve as some inspiration. It’s much less expensive to buy a few cans of paint instead of splurging on paintings, canvases, or wooden letters. If you’re not artistic, perhaps you have a friend or family member who has that creative flair who’s willing to help you out. This option also gives you the ability to give your baby’s space a personal, unique touch that reflects your family’s story and personality.
Keep it Simple
There’s no need to go stuffing your baby’s nursery with tons of different items just to fill it up with decorations. This will only end up in wasted money that could have been spent on something more practical. In fact, a simplistic look with just the basics can have a classy, modern look with some touches here and there. Consider how you use the space in the room strategically to avoid overbuying items.