I have been literally been looking forward to this post since we found out we were expecting. I was obviously excited to pick out tiny baby outfits, cute little socks, and yes, even tiny little diapers. However, one of the things that I was most excited for was picking out items for the nursery! From the very beginning, though, I knew I wanted to keep it all on a budget, and I’m happy to say that we were able to do so. With the help of family and friends, we were able to completely outfit our nursery relatively inexpensively, and here is how we did it.
1. Pick a Theme Early
You may remember that I mentioned this tip when I shared about planning for your wedding, and the same applies here. Depending on when you find out you’re expecting, you have roughly 9 months (more like 10) to plan and prepare for baby. That gives you plenty of time to space out your purchases and shop around to look for the best prices on nursery items. While we were probably 3 to 4 months into our pregnancy when I really decided on our Beatrix Potter theme, I knew all along I wanted something relatively “vintage.” Even knowing that helped me to shop early for furniture and other accessories.
2. Plan Your Splurges
While I love getting a good deal on anything, I have always been okay “splurging” on an item or two, especially when they mean a lot to me. As we planned for our nursery, I knew I was okay with a heftier investment on our crib and mattress. Aside from that, we were able to keep everything else on a pretty tight budget.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Craigslist
Don’t get me wrong, you don’t necessarily want to purchase a secondhand crib (or car seat), but some furniture items can easily be purchased on Craigslist, at a consignment shop, or even from a yard sale. We scored these adorable matching Mommy/Daughter rockers via Craigslist. We paid around $50 for the set, and with a little elbow grease and a couple coats of white paint, I had something adorable (that I’ll eventually be able to pass on to my sweet babe).
4. DIY It
I knew I needed something to pull all of the colors and patterns in our nursery altogether, so I decided on making some pillows and bunting to do so. Had I tried to purchase these outright, I could have spent anywhere from $50 to $100 on these décor items. Instead, I made them myself and paid less than $20 for all of it (thanks to a great sale at Jo-Ann Fabric and a great coupon)! Plus, I was able to get a custom look that incorporated all of the colors I needed.
5. Accept Gifts
Probably ¾ of our décor items we received as gifts. The adorable hand painted pictures, A to Z bookends, stuffed characters, tea set, rocking horse, quilts, and more, we all received as gifts! Letting people know what our theme was and sharing a few ideas of items we wanted for the nursery was perfect because people were happy to bless us with special gifts that fit within our theme.
If you’re planning your nursery, remember you can do it on a budget. We did, and I am just in love with it! One of my favorite things in the nursery are our adorable $0 pallet bookshelves! Let me know in the comments if you’d like to know how we made them, and I can do a quick post on them for you! 🙂