Congratulations, you’re expecting! This is undoubtedly the most important and exciting 9 months of your life, with so much to look forward to and to expect, its time to get planning and make sure everything is ready and in place before your little bundle of joy arrives!
One of the biggest things that parents-to-be like to arrange is the cot room or nursery. Like everything to do with a baby, it can seem like a huge expense. You can’t walk through a baby store, open a magazine or watch a reality show without seeing lavish and extravagant purchases or one of a kind nursery items. It can be difficult to feel under pressure to mimic what other people are providing for their babies, especially if your social media is plastered with it too!
Some people prefer to make one big change to make a room feel fresh and new, whether that be wallpapering or fitting a new floor; click here for a little inspiration. Or choose one expensive thing, such as a cot, and do the rest on a budget.
No matter how you choose to do it, we can all agree that as long as your baby is loved and cared for, it won’t matter if your baby sleeps in a designer crib at night or not! Here, we’ll look at ways you can furnish and have your baby room ready, without breaking the bank!
Don’t forget safety regulations
Before we begin, always make sure that wherever you get your nursery items from, that they comply to the latest safety regulations!
Hand me downs
The quickest and easiest way to furnish a new nursery is to get in touch with other new mothers! Babies have lots of stuff, so a parent with items that their baby has grown out of will be more than happy to pass it along to make some room! A Moses basket or bassinet is only good for around 3 months, so many parents are happy to hand this along. The same goes for clothing. I even know some parents that even return what they’ve received as the original owners are having another baby! And thus, the cycle starts again!
Never underestimate what you can find in a charity shop! Most baby items are barely used and probably in good condition. But don’t just look for baby items, look for things like a chest of drawers, or maybe an old antique rocking chair.
Think practically when decorating. Remember, babies grow quickly so you may find yourself removing that Peppa Pig or garden fairy wallpaper in a couple of years. Think neutral colours, and maybe a nice border instead.
And remember, you can do all this yourself (but don’t strain yourself!) your baby will not judge you if the wallpaper or border is a little wonky or there’s a little paint on the light switch. Just enjoy creating a special place for you and your baby to enjoy.