It’s official: our nursery is completed. Baby, you are now welcome to come whenever you darn well please. Any woman who’s been pregnant (or any man who’s had a pregnant wife or girlfriend) knows that moms-to-be take baby preparation very seriously. I’ve wanted everything to be perfect. No, it’s more than a want… it’s a persistent voice in my head nudging — nay, tormenting — my psyche until everything is just right. Do I sound a tad crazy? At times I feel it. I guess the preferred description is “nesting.” Ah, yes, that makes me sound less crazy and more cute.
So this cute nesting phase I’ve been going through can get rather expensive. After all, what parents-to-be don’t want the very best for their baby, even if it means spending a little extra? But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few months, it’s that I can both stick to a budget and still be happy. Using the budget we’ve decided on for baby preparations, I can pick and choose which items are worth a higher price tag and which items I’m willing to buy cheap or used.
Which leads me back to the nursery. I had a limited budget to work with, but I was still able to get it to a point that both Johnny and I are happy with. So what kind of nursery can be created with less than $400? Let’s have a look:
a. Bunting (Homemade): free (I used yarn and free fabric swatches.)
b. Butterfly Mobile (Homemade): $15.00
c. Crib (Walmart): $99.00
d. Fitted Sheet (Amazon): $14.95
e. Mattress (Amazon): $52.99
f. Vintage Glider (Craigslist): $30.00
g. Frame (Michael’s): $10.00
h. Wood Shelf (IKEA): $5.00 – no longer available
i. Frame (Target): $3.99
j. Frame (Amazon.com): $10.00
k. Changing Pad Cover (Amazon.com): $9.99
l. Changing Pad (Amazon.com): $13.69
m. Dresser (Walmart): $95.00
n. Rug (Pottery Barn): $40.00 on sale
To see more photos of the nursery, click over here. If the thought of seeing more baby human room photos bores you to tears, keep on reading.
Some of these items were gifted (such as two of the frames). And other items we already had (the shelf and rug), so we ended up only spending about $335 total on the nursery.
Obviously, our choices, theme, and style make us happy but wouldn’t appeal to others. We wanted some items to be new and others we were willing to check Craigslist for. For us this room works out for a couple reasons:
- Neither Johnny nor I like pink much.
- We wanted gender-neutral furniture that would work if Our Freaking Baby #2 is a boy or just in case Our Freaking Baby #1 was hiding something during its gender ultrasound.
- We consider a lot of this furniture an investment for future little humans, which is why we were willing to get quite a few things new.
I can’t help but feel giddy every time I walk past our nursery, and the fact that it didn’t rob our wallets is just icing on this baby cake. What baby items are splurge-worthy to you, and on which ones have you found the best deals? What’s the most you’d be willing to spend on furnishing a nursery or kid’s room?