Last Updated on May 11, 2018 by Marie Bautista
Creating and preparing the room in which your newborn is going to sleep in, even if it is going to be your own room, is a hugely important task. Although your baby won’t necessarily remember the room and it won’t have as big of an impact on them as it would if they were a bit older and could appreciate their space more, it is still an important room. Things need to be gotten right, from the decor of the room to the bed they’re going to sleep in. But, just because everything needs to be gotten right, things need not get expensive. For advice on how to create the perfect nursery for a newborn whilst working to do so on a budget, make sure to read on.
Make plans before you bring ANYTHING into the room
As soon as you know you’re going to need a nursery for the little bundle of joy that you’re expecting, and as soon as you pinpoint the room that you’re going to transform into a nursery, you need to start making plans. Specifically, you need to make a floor plan, you need to measure the room up and you need to plan out exactly how you’re going to use any products that buy in and how long you will be using them for. You need to draw out a floor plan and measure up the room in order to find the layout that works for your room size and type, meaning you will then be able to buy furniture that fits it. And you’re going to need to plan out how the room is going to develop into the future as your baby does — remember, baby’s grow so quickly, so try to refrain from buying things that will be outgrown in a hurry.
You need to do these things for one simple reason: it will stop you wasting money. Nursery’s need not be flashy places. They need cost tens of thousands and come direct from Harrods. No, they can be frugal places, but to be a frugal place they need to be planned out beforehand.
Buy second hand, reupholster or upcycle
You don’t need to buy new when it comes to your baby’s nursery, you know. There’s nothing wrong with buying second hand, as long as everything you do buy is checked over thoroughly for things like pests and bugs and non-toxic paint. And, there’s definitely nothing with reupholstering and upcycling anything in your home that hasn’t been used in a while in order to give it a new lease of life in your baby’s nursery. This could mean turning old boxes into nappy changing accessories. It could mean re-stuffing old pillows in order to make them strong enough to support you and your baby during feeding time, meaning you won’t need to shell out on a feeding chair. Or it could mean dabbling in a bit of DIY and creating your own baby mobile.
But don’t be afraid to spend big when needs be
As much as you may want to spend small at all points in creating your perfect little nursery, realistically this just can’t be done. And it shouldn’t be done either. No, it does pay to spend big in parts, mainly because when something commands a big asking price it generally means it is quality. And, when something is quality it generally means that it is going to last a while without breaking or succumbing to wear and tear, and will probably come with some sort of warranty even if it does. So, spend big on the important things in the room, like on the cots and cot beds found in there, and you’ll find yourself saving in the long run because of the fact that you won’t ever have to replace them. And, if you’re worrying about your child quickly outgrowing, say, their cot, then simply sell it on to other parents that you know when you’re finished with it. Or have some more kids yourself and let the cot then be theirs to sleep in!
There are ways to stick to a budget and save on money in the long run when it comes to creating the perfect baby’s nursery. You just need to be willing to plan the whole process out before it really gets going. You just need to be prepared to forgo buying new all the time. And you need to be prepared to spend big where needs be in order to save yourself from having to continue to spend in the future. When you do so, not only will your baby be happy with the room, but your wallet will too.