Welcoming a new baby into your home is a special time. So chances are that you want to try to create the best nursery ever for your bundle of joy. While this is completely understandable, it’s not financially achievable for many people. After all, the decorations and furniture in a nursery soon become obsolete as a child grows. And spending too much initially means less to spend on clothing, books, toys and more as the months go by.
The good news is that you can still create a dreamy nursery for your baby without spending an excessive amount of money. Here are a few tips on how to do that!
Be Realistic About What You Can Spend
One of the biggest factors that can cause overspending when designing a nursery is not having a set budget beforehand. It’s a bad idea to just jump online or head to the store and start making purchases. Sit down and work out how much money you can realistically afford to spend on creating the nursery.
Once you know how much cash you have available, you can start to allocate it for specific items. It’s important to start with essential items. Make sure that you purchase a safe and sturdy crib. You also need to find a good mattress for your baby. Once you have chosen all of the essential items needed in the nursery, you can splurge on decorations and accessories to make the space extra special. Remember, buying non-essential items first means running the risk of exhausting your set budget early on, and then spending more than you had planned.
Rethink Second-Hand Items
While buying second-hand items can sometimes be a great way to save money, try to avoid buying an item if you are unsure of its origin or the care it received. For example, looking at crib mattresses, a second-hand purchase may mean a mattress that’s lost its firmness, a potential danger if it gives way under your child’s weight, or that may be harbouring potentially dangerous bacteria. Second-hand items that can be washed or sterilized, however, are often a great money-saving choice.
Try a Little DIY
Whether you’re the crafty type or not, think about creating some of the decorations for you new baby by yourself! You may want to try your hand at adding some unique decor and design a mobile to hang over your baby’s crib. Or maybe pick up non-toxic paint and canvas, then use your child’s hand and footprints to create a unique art design for the nursery walls. You’ll be amazed at how much money you can save with a little creativity!
With a properly planned budget and some forethought, saving money on the perfect nursery is easier than one might expect. Just remember to always get your essentials purchased first, then use the rest of your money (and any crafting skills you might have), to create a nursery that’s a haven for you and your baby. After all, a relaxing space for you and your baby will help create sweet dreams for the whole family for years to come!