The Baby Nursery: Where to Save and Where to Spend
- Fads come and go. Spend less on décor that will change as your child grows.
Accent items such as sleep sets, lamps, or curtains can change with your child’s whims and fancies as he or she gets older while the bones of the room remain unchanged. Many stores offer lower-priced items that can add to your baby’s nursery without draining your wallet. These trendy accessories can change from year to year, depending upon your child’s likes and dislikes. And decorative accessories are available in an array of designs and styles, from footballs to fairy princesses, crayons to cowboys. They are also affordable enough to be replaced year after year.
Fashionable yet inexpensive items for Baby’s room are getting easier to find. Bigger chain stores have affordable nursery décor in a vast array of styles, colors, and themes. Keep in mind, accessories bought or (better yet) made for your child over the years, or on special occasions, will always stand the test of time better than quick store buys that simply fill up space. Keep it inexpensive or with heirloom meaning.
- Safety is first and style is secondary.
Do your research, and don’t scrimp on price where your baby’s safety is concerned. When choosing a mattress for your new baby, for example, look for products that address safety concerns such as SIDS and antibacterial protection.
Experts also warn against dangerous accessories. Mobiles are great ways to add color and movement to your child’s nursery but should be removed once the baby starts to pull to a standing position. This is also the time to make sure that the crib is positioned away from a window that has a curtain or blind cord. Decorative pillows and stuffed animals should be removed from the crib when the baby goes to sleep. Also, when choosing a bumper pad, make sure you pick one that fits securely around the crib and has no loose straps, ties, or ribbons that can find their way into your baby’s mouth.
- Give old furniture new life.
Instead of buying all new furniture for your baby, take a look around your house or attic and see what furniture can be reused in your nursery. An old bureau, for example, can be painted and adorned with nursery-style drawer pulls. Drawer pulls and doorknobs now come in an array of styles ranging from hand-painted floral to alphabet blocks to basketballs.
Flea market finds are also making their way into Baby’s room. An old wicker hamper picked up at a yard sale can always come in handy as a diaper pail or laundry basket. An antique trunk could be given a fresh look for the new baby’s room and used as a great storage place for baby’s winter clothes.
Simple hand-painting and crackle-paint kits are available at most hardware or do-it-yourself stores. So when you throw a coat of paint on the wall in preparation for your baby, paint an old coat rack in whimsically bright colors for your nursery at the same time. Decoupage is an easy way to give old pieces of furniture a facelift, too. And a luxurious slipcover is a great way to spruce up an old nursing chair, yet it can be easily cleaned in the washing machine after a few of your baby’s messy feeding sessions.
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