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Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Any ideas about how to save money as we start decorating the nursery?

Re: Any ideas about how to save money as we start decorating the nursery?

The Bump Expert

First, make a plan. Before you start buying, figure out a budget, theme, and shopping list. This will help avoid impulsive purchases like that impossibly adorable toy chest that just doesn’t go. (And remember, we’re dealing with baby stuff now. Everything is impossibly adorable… time to toughen up.) And, start early. The sooner you begin working on the nursery, the more time you have to spread the costs over.

As you plan, think about the future. Though baby blue might seem sweet right now, your little one could have different ideas once he hits preschool. Go for themes, colors and decorations that will grow with your child to avoid going through the decorating process again in three years. This applies to furniture, too. Look for a crib that turns into a toddler bed or a changing table that converts to a dresser. The longer you can use an item, the better its value. Area rugs are a better choice than wall-to-wall carpet, because they are easier to clean and cheaper to replace. And, if you’re even thinking about having another child, make the nursery (particularly any major investments) gender neutral… just think, next time, all these decorating questions will be taken care of!

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Nursery on a budget?

I am almost 10 weeks along and I keep reading that we should start the nursery early but is this too early. I have seen the heartbeat at 7 weeks and I will hear the heartbeat a week from Monday. I do agree that we should spread out the cost as much as we can but I don't want to start buying things and have something happen...

snigg84 |

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I am 10 weeks alo but this is my third babyand I am going to spread out the cost as well. So no I don't think it is not early.

mom713 |

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I am 10 weeks too and I went out with my guy and looked at all the nursery stuff. The only things that caught my eye was the pink, frilly girl stuff. I am going to wait till i know if its going to be a girl before i go out and pick out a bunch of pink stuff for a little boy.

Vrod79 |

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I am 9w4d and I have in mind what I want but I am going to wait a few more months to see if I can find a deal on the set somewhere since I have plenty of time. Always looking around with plenty of time is key to finding deals, so the sooner the better.

Mrs. VanKirk |

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I'm looking around for inspiration, but honestly, I'm too tired right now to start moving furniture and cleaning out the guest room closet! I figure we'll start the serious stuff around the same time we register, which will still be several weeks away!

heatherlane |

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I hear ya! All I want to do is sleep! I've seen things I like, but I'm going to wait a little while before we do anything. (And catch plenty of sleep while I still can!)

roxcabra |

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I'm 10 weeks along, and I'm anxious to start looking, but I'm going to wait until I know whether it's a little boy or a little girl before I start buying and decorating.

Destiny323 |

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flea markets also are an awesome idea for dressers and lamps and fun unique pictures. i've been checking garage sales for everything but the crib. that we're splurging on. but i don't ever think it's too early... there's soooo much to do it will be nice to get something out of the way.

crcopp |

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I think if you find a deal go for it! I'm 10 weeks along and found a crib today. Our town has a great shop that gets a ton of jcpenney merchandise on the cheap! I'm getting a $500 crib for $215!!!

andersonjamie |

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I'm 10 weeks as well ... can't even imagine moving stuff OUT of the spare room yet, let alone start looking for things to buy. I almost bought a scrapbook for my first ultrasound pic, but I still don't know if I go pink or blue!!

jlcrobeson |

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i'm 10wks and just now starting to think about decorating! we obviously don't know sex yet and my thought is to go gender neutral on the decor anyway (this is our first and we hope for at least one more!) curious if any of you have run across cribs that turn into toddler beds? the article above mentions it but i've yet to see one!

ethanlauren |

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I am 23 weeks and we have slowly been getting the nursery ready. But that is because there are very few things out there I like. I did order the crib and glider early when we figured out what we wanted. I hear from a lot of new moms that they slept in the glider the last month b/c it was the only comfort they found. The cost of everything blew me away so I have been doing some major price analysis. JCPenney's on-line has the best deals on sheet seperates. Unless you are 100% in love with a bedding set it is much cheaper to buy ala carte. I made my crib bumper but with the sheet protector and 3 sets of sheets I ended up spending $200.00. $120 of that was the crib bumper b/c I picked a designer print. ModernNursery.com for furniture does not charge shipping or tax- cutting the cost down $160-$200 depending on where you live. Then I went into my local boutique and just plain asked what they could do for me on the glider chair instead of me buying it on-line. I snagged a great flokati (shaggy sheep skin) rug 5x8 from Crate and Barrel Outlet for $140. And I bought a vintage dresser and I am having it refinished.

Rademacher |

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Ouef Crib turns into a toddler bed. I just got mine and I really like it.

Rademacher |

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ikea also sells cribs that turn into toddler beds

AmandaandWill |

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ETHANLAUREN: Walmart sells one for like $190 that is a 4 in 1 converting bed! It looks really sturdy, it's the one I want, but you can search "4 in 1" cribs to see the beds that start as cribs, go to toddler beds, then daybeds, then full-size beds. Good luck!

Daisy1771 |

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I am 10 weeks today and steadfastly refusing to buy anything until after my Early Risk Assessment ultrasound on May 6th. We are not actually setting up a nursery as we rent still and our bedroom is the entire top floor ot the house. Baby will be in our room until we buy our own place. I have found looking at all the things I am supposed to need quite funny - especially as I know I did not have most of that when I was a baby and I turned out just fine.

jorobkenne |

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i'm 23 weeks and i just bought a bedding set last week at walmart. it had four pieces and only $60, but it's actually pretty nice quality. :) i have a crib and all my ideas planned out, but i haven't bought all of what i need yet. i'd been planning for what i'd want to do with a nursery since before i was even pregnant though. word of advice: before you have an ultrasound, i wouldn't go with your gut feeling. i just KNEW i was having a girl, but mine is def a boy! good thing i didn't give in too much to those buy-cute-girl-things urges! that happened to two of my other preggo friends too, they just knew it was one gender, and def the opposite lol. but anyway, i've been looking around a lot online for the best deals. and convertible cribs are everywhere, such as target, walmart, babies-r-us, like i said, basically everywhere. the one i have picked out is. :) and i would definitely wait to clear out the room until the second and third trimesters. the first trimester i was just sooo tired, and not to mention nauseous, all the time, i just didn't want to do anything. i promise it gets better!

sheilariannon |

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It's summer! I'm waiting for yard sales! I'm also doing it gender neutral... that way I have what I need for the next one... no matter what.

hmann03 |

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My SIL had a great suggestion- she was given a crib, but it is just a basic one from Target. The crib isn't really going to improve life for baby that much (plus we already have a full size bed for when he/she gets bigger), but a mattress will. We are looking for a crib on craiglist that we can re-finish, and we are only splurging on items that will impact the safety and health of our baby and ourselves. Ex. a hypoallergenic mattress, breast pump, etc. We are also trying to DIY as much as possible.

beachykeen1723 |

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They yellow is a gender neutral color, and I personally really like it. But what guy do you know with a yellow bedroom? What are some good gender neutral colors for baby? Something that might appeal to my fiancee, too, so that I can keep him from going all out camo (whether it's a boy or not). lol!

ambrvan |

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I like sage green with cream and brown for a gender neutral color theme. Also any bright solid colors could work.

SnLBaby |

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I am doing sage green for my nursery with an owl theme. I love how cute they are with their big eyes! :) I will probably do turquoise and orange accents.

francescaraul |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

If you are on a budget, Craigslist.com is a good place to pick up some baby stuff in your area. Lots of people are posting stuff for babies that is still in the packaging or very lightly used (babies outgrow stuff so quickly, so almost everything is like new). I picked up a brand new monitor in the box, a new Graco Pack and Play, and a barely used Boppy bouncy Seat all for under a $100...if I had bought this stuff at Babies R us or something, it would have been $350 plus! Definitly worth checking out, especially if you are on a budget like me!

emilye12281 |

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If you don't already have a yahoo account, join it then go to groups. Find a 'Freecycle' group in your area and join. People post items they want/have to offer for free. I created a posting for "wanted: anything baby" and in one week have picked up several items- for free!

JenHohl |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

so exciting!

AngelaMatt1221 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

We put it out there to the family early on that we'd be interested in gift cards to hardware stores and ended up having the gift of paint for our nursery! That adds up quickly!

MumtoB |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Im 24 weeks and we know where having a girl, so as soon as we found out we added the colors to our growning colection of baby supplies... The easiest thing we found is Lay-By anything big, like Cot, Bassinet, Change Table, Car seat and Pram, then when you know what your having add the color. Gives you more time to pay off the big things that you will need, then all you have to do is pick if you want blue sheets or pink. We pay $20 a week off our lay-by and we will have our big stuff in the next 3-4 weeks which leaves us enough time to get all the girly decorative things we could want!

Hannah_M |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I'm 15 weeks but purchased my furniture when I was about 12 weeks. I found great deals on craigslist so you may want to check that out if it is in your area. I don't think it's too early to purchase furniture but I'm waiting unti we know the sex of the baby to purchase everything else. Good luck!

skylarom1 |

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A cool idea my friend had was to paint the room in a gender neutral color and then she used vinyl wall decorations that were more girly for her daughter, and when he son came around she found vinyl boy wall decorations. This way she never had to change the paint and the room looked done without having to do much...and she can bring the vinyl with them when they move. Just an Idea.

thecarrotflower |

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1. Paint goes a long way: The cheapest way to decorate is to use paint instead of wallpaper. You can also make your dollars go even further if you use neutrals such as eco green, browns, etc instead of very pink or blue so that it grows with your child. 2. Multi-Functional Furniture: Buy furniture that can double as something else. A lifetime crib, a changing table/ dresser, Ottaman with storage, etc. 3. Scour Garage Sales or Consingment Stores: Everything from changing tables, to bedding you will find at a bargain! I spent less than half of what I thought I would. 4. Check out your craft stores: If you want to do more personalization like framed art, wooden letters, etc, you can DIY and get the materials at a craft store. Use calendars for art, paint the wooden letters yourself. Even better, wait for them to go on sale. 5. Your Baby doesn't Care: Finally to resist the urge of buying everything brand new or brand name...take the time to think that your baby doesn't really care. As long as your baby is healthy and happy and has the basics...your baby is good to go :D

vega11 |

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Our nursery started when we found an 'Under the Sea' themed crib bedding set on sale for $40, and we decided to save money by making our own decorations around that (instead of buying the decorations that go with the set). So far we have bought a pack of those colorful foamy paper sheets from the craft store ($7) and drew up some stencils that looked like that the critters on the bedding and made a mobile and some wall art. Also we were going to have my niece and nephew (9 and 11) do some simple watercolor ocean scenes and frame them for more inexpensive decorations that go with the theme. We also supplemented the cute sheets that came with the bedding with a bunch of inexpensive plain white ones from Ikea to save more money. I think the key is to pick one or two expensive cute things (i.e. bedding, a lamp, a rug) and then get creative on how you expand upon it to the other parts of the room!

allevoo |

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I am a mother coming from very upper middle class family. Not be because we made alot of money growing up, but because we were smart with our money. GARAGE SALES. Dont bash, but you would be surprised at how much BRAND NEW things people sell for dirt cheep. Case in point, this weekend bought a brand new bassenett (used twice) that a family was getting rid of because their baby never would sleep in it. 20 bucks. Cant beat it :) It takes time, and lots of energy (gettign up ealy on a weekend) but I promise you, it pays off!! And typically, you know if it comes from a good family... you can tell the moment you pull up!

Akakori2 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

get a dresser that has the changing station on top of it, or you could even get a changing pad and secure it on there

merinl |

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I'm 25 weeks, and definately on a tight budget. Luckily I'm a preschool teacher and most of the parents are wanting to give me their hand-me-downs and letting me borrow things. I think this is a great idea (esspecially for the things you need short term). Once I'm done with things, like the bassinet, I can give it back and not worry about storing it. On the things I need long term, families have given me a crib, glider, changing table/dresser, swing, and an entire girls wardrobe. I guess I'm pretty lucky.

CarlySara |

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Ikea.com is great for nursery ideas and great for bargains. I decided to use there wall stickers instead of paints and borders which can be very expensive and time consuming.

deehinds |

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We got our crib, changing table/ dresser combo and glider all on craigs list. Of course we didn't buy the first thing we found, but since we started looking early we did find a beautiful set in near mint condition for $550 for all 3 pieces. Hope you have the same success!

jodieg |

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Definitely get an idea of what you want to do before buying anything. Remember simple can be beautiful. Also, think about something that can grow with the child if they will have that room for a long time. Maybe something you can easily add on or change slightly. I LOVE my nursery. It cost less than $100 including paint (that's estimating high, i'd say around $60). It's for a little girl. I painted the top part of the wall a light purple for "sky" and the bottom (about 1/4 way up the wall) a light green for "grass". I painted on one wall my own version (or rather my mother-in-law) of a cherry blossom tree. I bought a few butterflies (the ones you put on fake flower arrangements) and siliconed them to the walls throughout the room. I bought a few little items to add (all on sale at the local hobby store) but pretty much, i let the tree and butterflies be the decoration. Its pretty and simple and is perfect (for mine anyway). If you know someone who can sew, have them make the bedding. My MIL painted the tree and sewed her curtains, sheets, dust ruffle and comforter to match. It was her present but even if she hadn't, the material didn't cost much. Good luck!

DragonGurrrl |

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So far my husband and I have maybe spent 700 dollars. We got this great designer crib with matching changing table/dresser online for $475 and no shipping. Everything but the carseat and stoller came from garage sales. I've noticed that in these hard times it's easier to bargain with people at garage sales.

sweetpea_61_28 |

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I am 23 weeks, and I am sooo glad I waited to get nursery stuff until now because I have changed my mind a zillion times since 10 weeks about what I wanted and finding out that I'm having a boy made a huge impact on the nursery stuff that I will be buying and my colors. Also, it was nice to have time to hear what other mothers have had to say about certain types of cribs and changing tables and stuff like that. I have changed my mind 7 times about the crib that I will be buying because of different advice and reviews I have read about particular items and what to look for in nursery furniture and accessories.

h2kool@yahoo.com |

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oh and I forgot to mention .. if you are worried about spreading out costs.. try setting a little money aside each month and call it your nursery fund. (You will also be getting gift cards and stuff at baby showers, and you might be able to put that gift card money toward the money you have saved for your nursery furniture and accessories.

h2kool@yahoo.com |

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I am going to wait till we find out the sex of Baby. I think that is smart. Everythng in the room now is blue (from my high school days that I took when we got married) but all of my college stuff is pink. The nursery will still have to be a baby room/office/guest room because the house is small. I am just lucky I went from being a big tomboy to a girly girl so I do have a bedroom set out of both colors. :) I'll just add peices to it to make it mor of the baby's room, not my teen/college stuff.

bestutts |

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First off get the basics, and remember, the only thing that has to be baby related is the crib and everything else can be regular furniture. Think about refinishing pieces white or cream to match you theme. Never under estimate the power of "Oops paint" or mistake paint at your local Home Depot or hardware store ($5 is a great deal!!!). When you go to decorate, think shapes or simple animals and if you are craft, you can always paint them yourself verses buying them. You can really save a lot of money this way. If you look at the baby stuff they have now, it is basic and simple to make. If you are really on a budget and you are okay with second hand, there are a lot of second hand children stores out there that have a lot of amazing, almost new stuff. After all, baby stuff is only used for a few months to a year, don't let it set you back 5 years in debt.

veggieemogirl |

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i found my second son's bedding set on Ebay and my crib on craigslist for $100. The bedding was a discontinued PotteryBarn set and was a fraction of the cost. It came brand new with tags and everything! The one regret I had was purchasing the changing table I never used it! I ended up always using the bed or floor with lap pads for protection. I could have put that money to better use.

Corwin79 |

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i am 19 weeks pregnant and we started buying our baby stuff ( full size swing , bouncy seat,jumperoo, bathtub,travel swing, and mobile , that all match in the rainforest theme from fisher price) for all half price at the fall consignment sales at churches ! they have them in the fall and spring in most areas i highly suggest them ! all of our stuff looks brand new like its never been used nothing has even a stain on it ! we did buy our crib brand new i was looking at ones on craigslist and then i found one at target a graco for 150 about the same i was finding them for on craigslist ! Bargain shopping is amazing !

cksmith0 |

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i am 23 weeks and just finished the nursey. i got a like new glider w/ottoman for $50 on craigslist i also found a crib , dresser and changing table in cherry wood with crib papers for $200 it's beautiful !! on and it's a 4-1 crib . so don't spend alot you're going to need the extra money for diapers or something else

rohsna |

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I am 16 weeks and 2 dys, i dont find out what i am having for 2 weeks , I am waiting till we find out what we are having before we jump the gun, alot of picking out furniture with how artistic it is now a days, has alot to do with if its a boy or girl

regina&jorge |

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I found some great furniture that I'm repainting white on craigslist! I'm also doing polka dots and circles in mod colors like taupe, blues, greens, and a bright orange. I found some fabric on etsy and I'm stitching together a little quilt, and other than that...I think I'm finished! I live near Atlanta, and I also found great deals on craigslist! Good luck ladies, great ideas!

HamNCheeze |

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I have decided to use Brown and Sage Green for my colors. I may throw in a few accents here and there maybe something orange and cream.. We are having a boy, but I didn't want to go with the traditional boy color of blue. I am going to be paining canvases to decorate the nursery. We are not going all out since we will not be at this station very long. So I went to a huge second hand sale they had here called "just between friends".. i definitely recommend it to any mom or dad who is trying to stay on a budget. Happy Planning to all of the moms!!!!

hrh2010 |

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I read a couple of awesome blogs that have great inspirations for nursery decor: B:Kids - www.bkids.typepad.com Kenzie Poo - www.kenziepoo.blogspot.com Spearmint Baby - www.spearmintbaby.com Ohdeedoh - www.ohdeedoh.com If you search the posts you can find information on topics like sticking to a budget. Hopefully you'll find some good ideas there!

km80 |

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I'm 17 weeks and I'm waiting until my u/s appointment in two weeks to see what we're having first before I start. I have an 11 month old so many of the items I would need I already have, however they will be sharing a room since the house is already full (this is number 5) so if I'm having a girl I will have to change the theme from Trucks and Cars to something that works for both. Luckily we just moved into our new house so I don't have to do much but change the bedding and pick a neutral paint pallet.

Corwin79 |

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im 22 weeks. i started shopping for basic gender-neutral stuff literally 2 days after i took the test! i was hell-bent on having a Dr. Seuss nursery, but 2 weeks ago we found out its a girl and now im wanting to go all out on frilly girly stuff. i had to sell some of the stuff i already had on ebay. luckily, we didnt paint or order the furniture or bedding yet!

ambyjay1018 |

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oh and one thing i did to save a LOT of money: i wanted a chandelier instead of a mobile, so i went to a thrift store and found a small light fixture, spray painted it white, bought some faux pearls and crystals and a few other little things to put on it and presto! a chandelier that would have cost $150+ from a boutique for $40!!!

ambyjay1018 |

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awe used walmart.com for all of the furniture. You are able to buy carter and name brand furniture from walmart online and do ship to store for no shipping cost. We also used EBAY to buy the bedding set: There is JOJO bedding for babies and it is all new items for a very low price. We got a 9 piece bedding set for 49.00 and it is very good quality. We did the whole room for just under $600.00 from paint to bedding and wall decorations.

rurban |

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I went to yard sales in the nicest neighborhoods in the area. I got barely used items for the nursery like furniture for very liittle. My crib was $15, Dresser/changing table $25 and the rest came from family for free. We just repainted it to our fit our style. Good Luck!

MaryIshSmith |

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I'm 19 and 23 weeks pregnant. I dont have a job or anything so when i do get some money i go to second hand shops, thrift shops and yard sales to find cute stuff. I buy any cute cloth items that can be washed and i buy a bunch of cheap new baby stuff, i think i might have enough diapers for the first month the baby is born. i figure i can have a yard sale just the same and sell the stuff i dont need for some extra cash once the baby is born.

glubermonster |

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Don't feel compelled to make everything match! The quality of crib sets at BRU was awful, I thought. We bought 2 separate sheets and used the myriad of gorgeous minkee and handknit blankets that we were given as gifts. I found a wonderful used European crib off of Craigslist for $125 and we have my mom's hand-me-down dresser. DD is nearly 3, and we still use an old desk for her changing table. It's that yucky wire kind, but we cloth diaper and it is incrediblly useful to stack pre-stuffed ones on the top shelf, put inserts in the keyboard drawer, put plastic toy drawers on the ankle-height printer shelf, and we use the rotating shelves for tissues, hair rubber bands, monitor, etc. Our 'rug' is the high-quality foam letters from One Step Ahead. Used baby clothing is where it's AT, too!

Lithigin |

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Ikea really helps save money with their simple, quality cribs and changing tables. We just got both and a mattress and all together it cost less than if we had only purchased a crib at babies r us. And the crib converts to a toddler bed and changing table converts to a regular dresser as the child grows.

katiecurry |

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Craigslist. Craigslist. Craigslist. And then, ebay if you get the chance. There is always awesome deals (and usually very lightly used furniture) there. It might seem like a good idea to buy a brand new crib and changing table, but unless you know someone in the baby business, it's difficult to find one for a good deal.

coletheresar |

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my husbands aunt is making us a set, and we also got a set on ebay, it is a nine peice set for 70 bucks (with shipping) and yes it was brand new. i defiantly suggest checking it out on there.

ThenCaliSays |

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I'm 32 weeks and I've been planning since about 20 or 21 weeks for the nursery. My budget is quite small so I've relied on family for the important peices. Luckily I have Aunts and Uncles who either have had babies or know people who have had babies who have outgrown their baby furniture. So far all i bought was paint and one peice of clothing! lol I plan on waiting til after the baby showers to see what i still need. It never hurts to ask for help from your friends and family in the form of old not-going-to-need-anymore furniture and such. Even if it's just a loan, your wallet will thank you!

Bekkagee |

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go to walmart.com they have the best price nusresy furniture set. Here is the one i go and the cheepest but they have it in diffirent colors for around $250 for the set. Hope this helps some. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=12016594

mommyto2princesses |

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Long before we got pregnant, I needed to paint the guest room but I knew someday it would be a baby's room. So I chose a light green because I figured it's soothing and can go with either pink or blue when the time came. I am 24 weeks now and have been getting lots of hand-me-downs from friends & family. I'm trying to stay pretty neutral with the big purchases because we plan to have another child and you never know if they'll be the same gender or not. We are having a boy and a lot of the hand-me-downs have animals on them, so I'm going with a jungle/safari theme.

sarahr1202 |

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We were very lucky - grandma bought the stroller, other grandma bought the crib and great grandma bought the dresser that we put the changing pad on, friends helped us with the baby clothes and we just needed to paint and get storage going. We found the clearance section of babiesrus very helpful in terms of decorating and we went with a theme. We feel blessed to have such generous friends and family. By the way, the baby room doubles as my home office area and our bedroom doubles as his home office area - unusual but it works out okay for now. We will need a bigger house when he gets to a big boy bed. Save, save, and save some more!

orchidwedding |

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I am 30 weeks and we JUST started stipping the lead based trim paint in the guest room of our 106 yr old house. (lost of guest over the holidays added to the delay, along with me being an interior designer...I couldn't figure out what I wanted....) Although we have had the crib and changing table in the basement for months. And have slowely been adding to the pile with new closet organizers, area rugs. art work etc... We got the criba nd achanging table/dresser at Overstock.com. Crib was orig. $550.00. We stole it of under $235.00! Cutest shag green area rug too for dirt cheap! Lots of good baby gear on there too! Also a great way for an inexpensive decor is large scale wall decals. No need to repaint, just slap them up! Then peel them off when baby turns 2 and time to re-do the nursery to a toddler room. Check out www.dezignwithaz.com lots of fun patterns. Also check out a baby/childrens conginment shop. They have lots of lightly used bedding and furniture ect. I suggest taking a dive to Upscale neighborhood stores...you would be surpised what you'll find!

dresden |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I have a 2 year old and she's going to be sharing a room with the baby, regardless of the sex. And, we're also getting ready to move in a few weeks so I can't really set up any sort of nursery until after that happens. Thankfully I have been sewing for about 15 years, so whatever I can make myself, Im going to. As far as a bed, we're keeping the crib we have now for the baby and getting a mini toddler bed for our 2 year old at Ikea. I LOVE that store. Thank god I only live 15 minutes from one!!

funnelcake_fashion |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

At the end of my 24th week I have almost everything ready in the babies room. DH did discover a wiring issue when he went to install a ceiling fan ( supposed to reduce the risk of SIDS), so him and his buddy will have to rewire quite a bit of the upstairs to get things up to par but other than that there have been few snags. I could NOT find a tabletop lamp to go along with the ABC/123 theme I decided to go with so I went to the craft store and made one. It is so perfect I love it. It was much cheaper than the lamps I found on-line (none of which were as nice looking). All I needed was a lamp kit and three wooden cubes made to look like blocks. I painted them to match the bedding I chose (mix and match items from Target since I don't want a traditional bumper) and I had a custom lamp. All of the bedding sets I found seemed really expensive and I knew I only wanted to go with a breathable bumper so i bought the bumper separately (less than $30) and purchased a great comforter (our room color inspiration) and dust ruffle on clearance (about $10 each). I am leaving the crib sheets (about $8 each) for the baby shower guests to buy and then the bedding is good to go! Keep an eye on those clearance racks and build as you go!

FirstTimeMommy2010 |

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I am 17 weeks along and I started my room a couple of weeks ago. I found a crib and a changing table on my local craigslist for $75 for both! I did splurge on a new rocker, but it was only $200, and it reclines...Its soo tempting to go and buy stuff, but I don't know the gender yet, but we do find out in 10 days!!! I can't wait!

jessnty |

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This is for ethanlauran, I found a crib at Walmart that it goes from a crib to a toddler bed to a twin size bed. Its a good investment

nychole2010 |

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Internet, internet, internet! I found a great new crib on Target.com for about 130.00, with free shipping, my TEN piece crib set for 66.66 on Amazon.com with free shipping, and our dresser for 74.00 on Walmart.com free site to store. Only buy from reputable companies that you can track and that give you legitimate contact information and order confirmations! Also, don't worry about something being bought "too soon" if it'll save a boat load of money. The reality is there is no guarantee that everything will work out, whether your 10 wks or 40 wks, so be mindful. The extra money put out by waiting just equals extra stress, and let's face neither of those outcomes are good for you or your baby.

Solbean2002 |

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I agree with pretty much what everyone has posted so far! Checking out clearance sections of stores is a great idea and come mid-summer the baby things usually go on sale. I got over $600 worth of items on Black Friday from Carters for $89 for my friends baby shower. If you're game and you have the energy, Black Friday shopping is worth it and don't forget about the online Black Friday shopping events too!

Verisi |

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The sets with the comforter and bumper are expensive, and you should not have anything in the crib with the baby. Buying them are just a waste of money. I would suggest purchasing crib sheets and blankets seperate.

amandajb1 |

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I'm 23 weeks along and we have been slowly putting the nursery together. We'd had an idea for the paint scheme early, but waited to find out if it was a boy or girl to see if we would have blue elements or pink elements in the room. We've kind of gone gender neutral to a certain extent, just in case we do decide to have another baby then we can use all the same stuff for the most part. First we painted the room, then we cleaned the carpets. We added a couple of shelves to the closet to save on money and space (this way we don't need a dresser right away). I also found a really great wooden rocking chair on craigslist.org for super inexpensive! I've been keeping my eyes open for good deals, checking antique and second hand stores for items in good condition that can easily be cleaned. I've also gotten a couple of hand-me-downs from co-workers! The best thing to ask yourself if you're on a budget is, "How long can I use this, and is it really worth the expense?" If you're only going to use it for a couple months, does it really make sense to spend hundreds of dollars on it? For example, instead of a bassinet we are getting a playard/pack 'n play that has a bassinet attachment. That way we can use the playard/pack 'n play for traveling and outdoors later, but still get the benefits of a bassinet in the beginning.

sbrowning |

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I am 35 weeks along and the nursery is almost together. We are pretty poor but lucked out that my cousin is a painter and we always watch their kids for free so he is painting the room for free! It is going to be painted like the outside. The walls will be blue and have grass along the bottom and clouds and ladybugs and flowers and such. My idea for a gender neutral room (even though we are having a girl!) is because down the road we may have a boy and this room can grow with her. It also helps for people buying us and loaning us things because its no specific color.

alysunogilby |

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Cash is not abundant for us, but garage sales and/or craigslist for detail items is the way to go! Also, my boyfriend is going to (try) to build a crib and I'd like to try to sew cute curtains for the room. I found a couple awesome vintage French children's posters for $5 each (one that says the alphabet with pictures and corresponding words in French and a colorful hand-drawn monument map of Paris). I bought cheap poster frames at Target and these are going to be focal points on the walls. Since my friends are crafty, yet fairly broke as well, I'm going to ask if anyone would be willing to *make* a hanging mobile as a shower gift.

smwilliams4 |

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There are lots of ways to think outside of the box. We used one of those mobiles that you can clip pictures onto for our baby, not everything has to be from babies r us. You can also look into a second hand crib, just make sure it meets safety regulations. Here is a great article on what to look for, and avoid. http://www.allreviews.com/baby-cribs/2009/11/16/are-secondhand-cribs-safe/ Best of luck!

kikikiwi18 |

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I was about 14 wks when I bought our crib set & our bedding. I went with the Safari theme, that way I was safe either way. I am now 23 wks and we found out we're having a girl. So we will be adding the girly touches with some of the stuff we registered for

springbride508 |

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We bought a crib off of craig's list and it was only used with really one child...it matches our house perfectly....we only spent $50 on the crib and the matching changing table both...they just wanted it out of their house to make room for new children's furniture :) it's perfect for us.....it's sturdy and it looks pretty good, too. buying that slightly used saves us money for other things that i really want new. i'm 14 weeks and already have my nursery planned out...i just can't wait! good luck!

punkin408 |

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yeah. don't be afraid to post what you still need or want on craigslist and freecycle, and check local consignment stores, all but crib and car seat are great from second hand places- and as long as you personally know the person and know they didn't get into a wreck with the car seat, that being 2nd hand is fine too. We were blessed with most of our things being cheap or free because we openly let everyone around us know what we were looking for, and what we needed, and many of our friends volunteered free items without us asking if anyone had any extra. So we have most what we will need until about 6-12mo, so instead of decor and clothing, I could register organic baby food and certain items you just worry about later so we will still be several steps ahead, no matter how old he gets.

Nifur |

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I am totally on board for buying second hand. My husband and I have been trying for 14 months and I am a decorator so I have picked up a few things along the way. i.e. a $4 changing table at Goodwill, it needs to be painted and have a new mattress but for that price. Also someone gave us a free dresser that I will paint. I am also using the existing white drapes in the room but adding a pattern blackout roman I will make underneath. Don't be afraid to do stuff yourself, like painting and sewing, and I personally love etsy.com for fun unique baby decor items at great prices. I definitely agree that a room that can grow with the child is best so that you aren't spending loads of money when they are 4 and hate winnie the pooh, or the color purple. :) Have fun creating!

woollypetals |

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When i was 8 weeks my husband and I found a deal on this furniture set that included 2 cribs, a dresser, a changing table and 2 night stands that the couple bought a year earlier for $3,000. They had to get rid of it because he was in the military and we bought it for $370. Some deals you just cant pass up!

krs369 |

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second hand or DIY is where it's at! For you SF Bay Area, moms, I would suggest the White Elephant Sale. It's in Oakland in February and March each year. Their selection is incredible! Last year i was only just starting to consider a family and I saw really nice Eddie Bauer highchairs, jogging strollers, cribs, etc. You could tell it was from rich families who had one kid and were DONE. The volunteers there are all grandmothers and they take their job very seriously. They are very strict about testing the width of the crib slats, strength of the construction, etc. (I know because I volunteered with them, and they kept teasing me for being a "kid.") Now that I am trying to have a kid of my own, I am saving my pennies for next year's sale, where I just know I'll find what I'm looking for. http://www.whiteelephantsale.org/

mzclaire |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I started just buying little things online that i knew i wanted and didnt want to wait for. I was about 12 weeks. I don't think it's too early to start getting the things you know you want and might not get at your shower.

cosmogrl270 |

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I personally think 10 weeks is too early to start purchases. No harm in saving the money you WOULD spend though. I am 23 weeks and haven't really bought anything substantial, but we do have a substantial savings, shopping list, and baby shower planned. I would def. start researching items like monitors, swings, etc. I would also spend this time researching questions like, "Do we want a bassinet?" There is so much info out there and if you buy things now, you're almost certainly going to change your mind over the next 30 weeks. Good luck!

emilyparra |

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yea...I think 10 weeks is too early to purchase anything big. Wait till your chances of miscarriage are way down at the end of the first/beginning of the second trimester. My husband and I bought one cutesy, neutral outfit before my second trimester just to satisfy our baby shopping urges. lol Now that I'm 23 weeks however, I've started cleaning out her room, and registering for her shower. I'm not painting anything pink and I've picked out a neutral theme (animals) but I did decide on a pink and purple bedding set. I wanted SOMETHING girly. lol We will definitely be having another little one and we're hoping for a boy so at least we won't have to repaint or anything.

shaymichelle89 |

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My place has one bedroom, mine =[ .. I'll move to a bigger place eventually.. Anyway my room is cream/brown/and green. So I figure I would go with nature themed getup rather than spending the extra money on paint and so on.. I'm 19 weeks, I find out in a week, SO EXCITED!! So I have been looking around and pricing out furniture, cribs, strollers, the works.. My sister is an artist and has promised me some beautiful paintings that are colorful and cute to brighten up the nature theme. Her example was if you are to have a girl, how about a lovely giant pink and yellow owl with green spots and a purple beak. Gotta love her =]

jamilynn790 |

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i would put money away now and then instead of buying stuff before 5 months, unless u dont want to know the sex, otherwise u get ur hopes up for a certain gender and it could end up being the opposite..and gender neutral stuff disappointed me when i found out i was having a girl everything started looking boyish

Salazara |

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I'm at 10 weeks and we haven't actually started buying things yet. We have been reading books to make a list of what we want. We are going all black with the big furniture (crib, rocker, etc.) because we already have a black dresser in the guest room that will become the nursery. We will just use a lot of colorful accents and nice wall paint once we know the sex. Everything I've read so far has said that you should not buy a used crib or car seat for safety reasons. Is that incorrect?

uofmpanther |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

My nursery has to be the least used room in the house, especially since I breast fed. My infant sleeps in a co-sleeper next to the bed. Don't even kid yourself, it is just plain silly to have to walk down the hall ever 1 1/2 to 2 hours to breast feed an infant, the nursery can wait. Also if you want to save serious $$$ on crib bedding I got mine off of overstock.com a 10 piece set for about $139 vs $300 and up in the stores. I have never used the bumpers nor the quilt it is all just for looks, you need baby blankets and sheets. My first crib mattress was a top of the line mattress that cost about $200, don't spend that much money. Just bought another crib mattress for my toddlers bed only spending $50 and honestlt there is no difference. You learn a few things after the 1st baby. I have also never used all the burp cloths that all the stores told me I'd need.

sdrudolf |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I'm 23 weeks along with our first pregnancy - baby girl! The key to remember is that spend on what is needed the most. While it is easy to overindulge and buy all the frilly stuff, remember, the baby will grow up fast and quick and everything from clothes, toys, furniture, decor will need to change as well. That is why, look for the best deals - we have family and friends from church who are willing to give us baby furniture, good and sturdy, that we can use until our baby gets into the toddler age. You don't always have to buy brand new. Save for the more important stuff, like food, diapers, medical visits, even savings for the baby! Like one mom suggested here, look around at garage sales and swap meets. You can also be creative with your nursery without overspending. Aks the help of family and friends to decorate your nursery or remodel if need be. Just always keep in mind to spend for the really important things.

yasminmike |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

the best thing we have done to save money (long-term wise) is buy grown up stuff that we can use for a long time after the baby is no longer a baby (multi-purpose baskets, a chair I love and will want in my house after nursing, a beautiful lamp, etc.). as for colors--I heart orange for a boy or girl--so energetic and fun...mine has orange with white and brown and gray to calm it down a bit.

lotusmama |

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Instead of buying all the prepacked wall decorations, think about taking fabric or pictures that you take and framing them, this way it is a cheap and easy way to change as your child grows!

samsson |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

My best advice for a nursery on a budget is shop sales and collect those coupons they go along way which is why I tell all my friends to register everywhere because almost all stores offer 10 to 20% off everything left on your registry. Also cut conners you don't have to buy the dresser or changing table new you can shop craigslist and buy old or vintage looking ones and refinish them or paint them or if you check out knockoffwood.com she has plans of r a lot pbk dresser and changer and you can make your own for half the price we made my daughters and honestly you can't even tell and everyone asks where we bought it. Also just by the basics the baby won't care or notice if the room doesn't have a lot. My daughter is coming up on one year and we are still adding stuff. When she was born we just had the basics crib bedding and shelf in her room. Since I don't have an endless pile of money I've slowly decorated and added to her room by watching for sales and looking online for deals. Everything in her room was one the more expensive side but I've gotten almost all of it for at least 50% off or more making it very affordable.

BetsyDavis |

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My husband and I bought our first house when I was 6 months pregnant (I'm at 38 weeks now! = ) ) so you can imagine money was tight. My strategy was buy absolutely nothing until after the shower so that I only buy what I really need. Even after the shower gifts still trickled in from people who couldn't attend, out of towners, online purchases, etc. So once all arrived and I saw the holes I found ways to fill them on a budget. Take a look at how at came out http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2024358&id=139001069&l=4e5a6ffb18 Decor wise - only the crib and the nursery bedding set were new. I bought the rocker/gilder & the toy storage bench on Craigslist. Took some spray paint and clearance fabric from Walmart to give them a facelift. Also, the curtains I bought in plain white from Kmart and gave them the same Walmart fabric treatment. And the wall decor I made using a pack of cardboard flowers as stencils. It was a pack of 12 for less than $3. I used them as a template for the paintings and the fabric cutouts, then painted the cardboards and stuck them on the walls as well. The shelf was a lucky find on the street outside my neighbors house with a "free" sign. A little spraypaint, some shower gifts on top. And as for her name I skipped Babies R Us' $6 per letter option (Jayelle has way too many letters for that) and opted instead for a pack of foam sheets from Walmart for $5. I printed letters at home, used them as stencils and cut them out of foam. The dresser/changing table was a hand me down that spray paint and $6 worth of new fixtures, and some leftover ribbon from a shower gift spruced up very nicely. If you want to do it cheap, this is my suggestion. And I have to say, I'm still very proud of how it turned out. =)

yaykarin@yahoo.com |

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Im 23 weeks and i just put a 4 in 1 crib w/changing table on lay-by for 250 and it comes with your choice of a free $60 matress or a crib set. Found it at K mart

vannahrob |

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I am 22 weeks and have just recently decided on a theme for the nursery. I have much more energy now that I am over the "sick" phase of pregnancy, so I have now have more patience browsing websites to pick out what I want. I already bought the crib, which is a convertible crib, so it will be used until my baby boy is much older. I also bought bedding, but I am waiting to buy everything else until after the baby showers so I know exactly what I still need. Start creating wishlists on different websites now, and then when you decide on an actual theme, you can go back and register, using your wishlists as guides. I defintely recommend comparison shopping. Look around online and make sure to factor in shipping costs vs. buying in the store. If you have friends or family that are willing to part with furniture or other items, take them up on it. Remember: The baby has no idea if you spent $5 or $1000 so don't overdo it and put yourself in debt.

blondiebeth |

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We are 17 weeks this week and will find out in 5 days if boy or girl. Because we don't want a neutral room we have waited to decorate but have cleared the spare room at least. Looking forward to getting inspired and decorating soon

jogonz |

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Amazon and eBay are lifesavers when it comes to children's bedding. I'm having my third baby and bought both of my children's bedding that way. I washed it when it arrived just in case but both were in nearly perfect condition for just $40. I already have a boy and girl and I am 23 weeks with a baby girl. Up until now, my son and daughter have been in the same room with the cutest sunny green color. Her bedding and decorations were pink and green and his were blue and green. I wasn't sure how it would work but I LOVE the way it turned out! My son will be getting his own room now so the other room can go all pink and green and I shouldn't have to change much of anything. I'm bidding on matching Pottery Barn bedding sets for the girls. They have a matching crib set and twin set that are pink, green, and yellow. By getting it online, I'll be able to get them for $80 for BOTH instead of over $600 if I bought them new! Definitely plan ahead but that doesn't mean that you have to start moving things out right away. Look online for cute pictures and bedrooms your can copy. Also, Target is great at having copy-cat Pottery Barn styles for a fraction of the price!

Muffie08 |

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I'm 25 weeks and we just cleaned out the spare bedroom last week. When I moved in, I painted it a soft, pale green with white trim, which will work out great as the baby's room. We're not finding out the gender, so I've decided to go with a safari theme. I just ordered some bamboo insultated shades for the windows, which will help retain heat in the winter, since the baby's due in Jan. We registered online at both Target and Babies-R-Us. My mom has already bought us a convertable crib and mattress and she even offered to purchase the combo changing table/dresser. We're going to wait until after all of the baby showers (my family, his family, and my work) to start purchasing the majority of whatever else we need. We picked up a great book "Baby Bargains" which has helped us figure out exactly what we need and what is just a waste of money, since this is our first child. I'd highly recommend it!

laura_and_josef |

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My husband and I are big time savers...we love saving on everything. Our goal is to retire soon....with that being said...here are a few tips on how we saved while beautifully decorating our lil girls baby room: We got all the furniture second hand. We shopped online, resale shops, and even got our crib, rocking chair, for free through family members. To make sure everything matched, we painted all the furniture white. While all this furniture can cost you thousands of dollars, we only spent a few hundred dollars in buying and painting. For the bedding and other fabrics, I did not want to buy it second hand, as it would have direct contact with my baby, So we started shopping early, looking for sales, and applying coupons as well. Also, you might want to check with family and friends, many times family plan on buying high ticket items as gifts. And lastly, plan your babyshowers early, that way you will have plenty of time to shop for items that you did not get as gifts. Have fun!!!

thesmarts1 |

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I am 17 weeks and I have decided if it's a girl I will do Disney Princess. The baby will be sharing a room with my step-daughter and her stuff is already Disney Princess. I figure why do half princess and half something else and besides I like Disney Princess stuff :) If it's a boy I think we are leaning to Mickey Mouse. They have some stuff that Mickey is in cars and my son's room is in Disney Cars.......does it sound like my family loves Disney lol. Wow when you type it out it sounds a little obsessive with Disney haha. Anyways I don't know how else I should plan my nursery already when I don't go to the doctor for 2 weeks to find out if I am having a boy or girl. I think if you don't know the sex then it's to early to plan............you know unless your like me and just plan two themes and decor lol :)

CWP610 |

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I think buying all new furniture is unnecessary. Consignment stores and Craig's list are full of great cribs. I definitely don't need a changing table: use a chest of drawers!

prothumia |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

How much should I start at for a budget??

mlosano |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Budget your money and your space. DIYs can really stretch out your money! And so can Craigslist. Don't buy a changing table. Go with a dresser. Don't buy a crib bedding set. Buy 3 or 4 crib sheets and a simple coordinating bumper if you like. Check out Chic & Cheap Nursery. Awesome ideas on how to save!

naa2114 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I'm 23 weeks along. We just (this passed weekend) moved into a bigger place. Now it acts as the storage and office... but once baby comes, it'll be a full blown nursery. I am waiting until the baby shower to get anything major (we have a good family, and I am almost positive we will be getting a lot of the needed furniture during that time). But I actually did break down and buy a little onies, that is hanging in our closest for now!

califsweetie |

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I've been scouting discount places such as TJ MAXX, Ross's, Tuesday Mornings, etc... I found my crib bedding on sale at Tuesday morning for literally half the cost of the exact same set I found online at Target. Shop these sort of stores every few weeks and you are bound to find a deal on nursery stuff.

jayshelle |

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I am 23 weeks and have purchased the bedroom set and working on decoration! It helps in knowing what we are having so I can pick a theme ect! Such a exciting time in your pregnancy to nest and make the babies room there own!

angielynne77 |

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I'm 23 weeks and started buying items at 13 weeks to spread the cost out. And on most things, USED is the way to go! I like to call it "pre-loved" as most of my friends had items in excellent shape. i also found Just Between Friends - a consignment sale that travels around.. what a life saver! We are making the bedding and buying basic white for sheets... cheap and easy to clean! I will pass along my pre-loved stuff to someone else when we are done. Babies rarely use up everything they are given...

careyself |

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I'm 20 weeks with a baby girl and haven't really picked a theme yet, but I found some gorgeous antique handkerchiefs at a local resale shop that I'm going to make into wall art - I bought 10 handkerchiefs with yellow, pink, and pale blue designs for $12! I also found some lovely white handmade lace - it's aged, but I can have it cleaned for cheap and it will make a stunning canopy over the crib. In the same store, I found a big, old-fashioned bird cage for $15 that will look darling and also be useful for storing spare blankets, plush toys, etc. Antique stores and consignment shops are gold mines - and since they're often not part of a big chain, you can sometimes argue down prices. I've never been a mom before, but it seems to me that by putting a little creativity into a room, you can really show your love for your baby while also saving money for the really important things.

jmcastolenia |

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I am 17 weeks, and we find out next week what we are having. Depending on what area you are in, there are baby expos, consignments, etc. that are specifically for moms-to-be. I just went to a church sponsored consignment sale and we were able to buy a matching convertible crib and changing table for $90. We got a basinett for $16 and a high chair for $10. Gender neutral things, but things that will be easy to replace covers for if we don't like them once we find out the gender, etc. I agree that consignment sales and small places are a gold mine!

rkmgconn1219 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

To spread out the cost of everything since myu husband and i arent able to have baby showers we have been buying pieces here and there. I waited until 15 weeks to buy our crib (walmart) to pratically know that everything was going well. Im 24 weeks now and we have gotten the mattress, a rocking chair, a changing table/dresser, some clothes, and a carseat. I get deals emailed to me for baby slings and stuff and whenever i go to the grocery store (usually 2-3 times a month) i always pick up a pack of diapers and wipes. this way we arent spending all our money at one time. Its always easier to spend $100 than it is to spend $1000. Also shopping resale sights (craigslist, ebay, or if ur in cali, camppendletonyardsales (myfav. )) helps alot! we found alot of baby clothes and furniture from other families that is perfect for our nursery. A little paint and retouches can change an entire piece. Also if you email or call diaper/wipe/or formula companies you can ask if they have any manufacturers coupons and that you want to try their product. i got from Huggies alone a book of like $100 worth of coupons. it helps to much haveing a $5 off coupon for a $15 pack of diapers or wipes. lol

TMPriest09 |

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I definately agree with taking time to plan. We started very early partly because all of our family and finds are out of state and wanted to help out. One piece of advice I have is to not take uy used furniture unless yo know who it is from because all it could take to case an injury to the baby is one missing screw... Otherwise for decorations garage sales and thrift store work great... you can also make a lot of cute decorations by going to a craft store too,which is what I hope to do.

mjurovich |

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I feel bad after reading all these post.... I am 24 weeks expecting twins and I'm just now starting to work on my babies nursery. Trying to find deals has been an issue especially when buying for 2. I guess I need to get a ball and start shopping!

ebarbee523 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

i had actually bought a bedding set years ago that is gender neutral and it came with the mobile lamps wall art everything so i got very lucky with that. i also noticed walmart has furniture sets i found one that i like that comes with a 4 in 1 crib changing table and dresser that for like 250 so im probably going to go with that. im only 11 and a half weeks so im waiting to buy the bigger stuff for a couple more weeks at least

tlhannon89 |

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In the middle of May I am going to this big baby sale at cities convention center I will be in my second trimester.I am hoping to pick up the crib and changing table at least.Don't know what I am having but plan on doing something gender neuteral.First thing before nursery is waiting for my sister in law to move out and making sure its very clean( Carpet needs a good washing.)

Killerbee5577 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

To be honest, our baby's room is for her bedtime routine and for sleeping. We only have a crib, rocking chair and dresser with changing pad on top. The room is tiny. We have books up there for bedtime stories, but to be honest she didn't need much. We painted the walls a dark mocha color and once she was born and we found out we had a girl, we bought a Dwell Studio bedding set on clearance at Target.

smartowl |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I found the most beautiful crib on Craving List for $50! It was hardly used because their baby slept in their bed! It was a steal. I am also using a current dresser as my changing table and doing open shelving from Ikea for a closet! I ordered a custom quilt and pillow from Etsy and am doing everything else simple..... painting my own mural and getting crafty. You don't have to spend a lot... I suggest going vintage and redoing it yourself!

katkestler |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Craig's List, not craving list!

katkestler |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

1. Scour your house and storage spaces for anything you already have on hand that can be used. 2. Make a list and have a plan for the abcolute basic necessities that your nursery needs. 3. Find things on Craigslist that are in good condition and inexpensive (or can be easily refurbished). 4. Ask friends and family if they have any nursery items that you could borrow or trade services for.

Brianajoy129 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Hello Ladies I am 23wks 5days and I am getting registered for my baby shower. We are having a boy. I saw on her some talk about the convertible beds. I am getting one myself so let me share some info. Babies-R-Us has the best ones. They are solid wood as opposed to pressed wood and the final price "includes" the mattress unlike the ones at Walmart and some other stores that you see them for $150-180. The one I chose is solid a "dark chocolate" wood crib with attached changing table that turns into a night stand once it becomes a full sized bed (after becoming a toddler bed). My nursery is white and it will be painted Sage which is a very pale lime green leaving the closets, doors, ceiling and all moldings white. I picked up a white leather recliner on Craigslist for $35. I will find tree and monkeys wall decals for a soft jungle motif that will match the chocolate furniture very nicely. The decals are all removable and easily changed. I hope this helps...or gives some ideas. Congratulations Ladies. My advise for the 10 weekers...wait until you hit the 16-18 week mark. You will be at less risk then and you will have a little more energy AND you will know the sex of your baby...

kimmie0909 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I am 23 weeks iwth our first child and we started early on the nursery for several reasons. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, we started thinking about big items such as the crib and started planning for costs. I did buy the car seat/stroller at 8 weeks because I got a great chico combination for 1/2 the price of what sells at Babies R Us. Around 12 weeks we started searching for the big items, found what we wanted for a good price, but did not make any purchases until I was 15-16 weeks along. We bought the bedding after I found out it's a boy, however everything else we've bought along the way and continue to buy will be neutral colors. We started early because we are on a budget and want to spread the costs out as much as possible. It was the best thing we could have done. Now the nursery is ready except for some wall art. Now I can relax (or try to relax) the next few months.

lynzlou312 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I am 26 weeks now and just really started buying a lot of our stuff last weekend...it is so much fun to be setting up the nursery finally but i'm glad i waited until now. It is a good time passer and now that i feel more comfortable being at home and relaxing it is nice to have something to do and a reason to get up and move around a lot. As far as saving money my husband and i found a WONDERFUL gently used store a couple towns over from where we live and have gotten a lot of the expensive items like swing, changing table, dresser etc from used stores....even the swing comes completetly apart so everything can be washed even though i can't find a single stain on it. It was still just as exciting as buying it brand new and they only hold a baby up to 25 - 30 ilbs so it is a waste to spend the retail price of $169.99 on it when i got it for $65 dollars (it is the graco sweetpeace swing) i even went online and printed out the owners manual for it. For a dresser we ended up getting a beautiful cherry wood used dresser that doesn't even have a single scratch on it for $195 that matches our crib instead of a $300 plyboard piece of crap they sell at babies r us and such. I cannot recommend it enough to buy used i promise it is still just as exciting when you get it home and you can get all of the top of the line things you really want instead of buying the cheaper not as good stuff brand new....decorating is the most fun anyways not the furniture and gadgets and then think of all the money you will save to spend on the fun stuff and super cute bedding!!! The longer you wait the less fun it is to put every little thing together out of the box too....so atleast check out some used places and remember sometimes you have to check out a few to find that one great used place but the are out there!

duckles85 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Some great ways that we've been cutting costs is buying used! We've found some fantastic deals on Craigslist and also local stores that sell used baby items. Granted there are some things that we plan to buy new for the sake of safety like a car seat and crib but we've been spacing these costs outs. Don't go crazy in the store and buy everything at once - buy one or two items at a time and you won't get overwhelmed by that credit card bill at the end of the month. My husband is also thrilled by this idea so he doesn't get daunted by a dozen or two boxes hanging around the nursery waiting for him to put things together.

daisygurl4 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I shop on clearance. While I thought craigslist was a great idea, I found that used cribs were around $100 in my area and that you'd have to drive a half hour or more to get them. I ended up purchasing a crib ($37) and changing table ($25) at Target on super clearance. The changing table even came with a pad! There is a travel system that has been sitting at my local Target for a few weeks. Its marked down from $249 to $155. I'm going to wait two more weeks then approach a manager to see if I can get it for $100. Times are tight and I'm willing to work for a sale! I am also going to sew the dust ruffle and curtains because $150 plus is too much for a bedding set. You've got to be crazy to buy a set when these are easy projects. A sewing machine isn't necessary if you use velcro/double sided tape! Good luck fellow mommas!

jessmulder |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Make sure you check thrift stores or even swap meets and yard sales for dressers and hutches as well as rocking chairs that you could easily paint or refinish. This would be something you can do now with out knowing the sex of the baby. This way you save money and get to make it how you want it. Good luck!

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Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

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watson012 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I've had so many mishaps that I'm a little too nervous to try to start putting together a nursery now.....I'm at 18 weeks BUT we just found out that my SO's aunt has aksed if she could buy ALL the nursery furniture....Not that I have any intention of taking advantage of her but she has no kids of her own and this is what she WANTS to do, which means I can wait a little longer to get the big things and if things do go wrong again we won't be spending money we don't have---and I won't have to go thru the pain of getting rid of all my pre-natal preparations and plans again--it was too hard the first 2 times.....

meque183 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I found a really good money saving idea is not painting the entire room but rather buying wallies or stick and peel stickers to put on your baby's walls for a nice clean cheap price.

Cajun Mom |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I started planning the nursery before I was even pregnant (we had medical assistance, so we knew it was on the horizon). So I don't think you can ever plan too early. However, I wouldn't actually buy anything until you've reached the comfortable point in your pregnancy, both physically and psychologically. That could be once you hit 2nd trimester, or once you know the baby's sex, or whatever your marker is. Because I am now pregnant with twins, we knew we would need alot of things, and they would cost alot. So we made a list of all the high-cost items (that aren't likely to be gifted at a shower), and each month we buy one of those items. We don't buy in any particular order, just base it on what's on sale each month. We're not going into debt for the babies, and also keeping our savings intact for when my husband is on paternity leave and we discover just how expensive newborns are. And, of course, buy things on consignment or from garage sales, etc. when possible.

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Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

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rubinsteinsamuels |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I am 10 weeks now, and are getting ideas for what kind of nursery we want for our little one. i wanted things gender neutral from the get go because i would love to have a boy and a girl. we already have dark wood dresser set, so now we'll just need to add a dark wood crib that grows with baby. i have been taking advantage of yard sales and consignment stores, and free items from friends and family, where i can to help cut costs. my hubby works full time while i work part time, so we are comfortable with just us two, but will definitely need to reevaluate our budget for the little one also. no sense in going broke when we dont have to!

tdc23 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I didn't start working on my nursery until I was 25 weeks along. We were able to get a good bit of things at yard sales, but my advise to everyone is to look into Consumer Reports and stay on top of all the current recalls. Safety is key! Good luck to all you bumpies out there!

jackiea82 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Burlingtons baby depot has amazing bedding sets that come with curtains, hampers, etc... And their crib dresser changing table sets are so much cheaper than anyone else. I got a beautiful dark cherry delta set for 300 for all the furniture. And my bedding set its only 150.00. The exact same one at babies r us is 300.00. I recommend them to anyone!

trescaj |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I am 17 weeks currently and I plan on buying NOTHING until the baby comes. I delivered my first son prematurely at 25 weeks in April, 2011. He died while in the hospital due to an infection. It was next to the hardest thing I ever did since burying my son, that is donating and getting rid of everything I bought. So to be on the safe side I don't plan on buying not 1 diaper, bib, socks, etc anything until my baby is in my arms. I will just continue to set money aside to the baby fund each week.

LovingLandon11 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Oh my God, I don't even want to think about it. I have to redecorate my entire apartment and of course, I want to make it look as nice as possible. The thing is I have so many ideas, and I can't make up my mind. I have found an interesting website, something about interior design New York City ideas. Anyway, I can't exactly remember the site; I may have to search for it again...

MalindaHartwig |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

My husband and I are 23 weeks along. We have not purchased anything yet. We waited to find out the sex, we're having a little boy. Also our nursery will be our spare bedroom in our home so we have set a date of 12/15 for the room to be cleared out and empty. That is when my husband and I are going to decide on paint colors. We have looked at alot of baby furniture and have narrowed it down. Waiting is good because you'd be suprised at how much family wants to help. Christmas is coming up so his parents and mine are contributing to the big items for the nursery. I would definitely wait until about 20 weeks. You have all that time to read up and see what style you and the babys father like and what realistically you can afford.

jasherman10 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I've just finished with the nursery decoration and I am very I am very satisfied with the design. It didn't cost very much and it has everything I need in order to do my baby's nursery. For the walls' painting I chose a light blue as it is a very relaxing color. Also I found some modern baby Bathroom Vanities and a colorful changing table.

crazysony |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Try consignment shops if there are any in your area. I am 17 weeks pregnant, and I am going to hit up "Once Upon a Child" as soon as we know the gender to buy some very inexpensive, gently used baby furniture. It's budget-friendly AND eco-friendly.

heartevaporated |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I'm 27 weeks and I have even started yet. We decide we are going to wait for the baby shower then set up the nursery. We live in a one bedroom apartment so we have to think about space and being organized! My husband and I are reel neat people have stuff everywhere is not an opinion. If ur looking for great prices for cribs that don't cost more than 300 bucks got to target! I registered there and they have everything and great prices! Don't go to babies r us the are soo price. We are having a boy and boy items are much cheaper than girls and are so cute!

Reese's Pieces |

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I agree target is great. We're only 11 weeks but I've registered more as a list to myself to stick by so I don't buy random stuff. We're using baby's r us and target. Target has great values, but watch their furniture. The changing table that goes with my crib had a max weight of only 20lbs! That's rediculous. So read details, there are great deals but research first for sure. Also check out goodwill for baby clothes, mine has tons and barely worn since kids grow out of stuff so quick.

allardr |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I am 16 weeks and have kept my self strong from impulse buying. Dont get me wrong a few cute stuff animals that will go for a boy or girl I have bought but I am for sure waiting till I know the sex. I will be on a budet, I have already saved a good amount to start and have been looking on line for items but I want to wait to go into the stores since it is much easier to just buy while your there. I have mapped out a pretty good list and have my themes picked out one for each sex, that also helps with waiting cause of course they are two very different themes. I think waiting till 20 weeks is ok since you still have 20 weeks to buy and budget :)

MommyJenTen23 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I'm at 23 weeks and we found our baby's furniture set on Overstock.com. The entire set (crib, dresser, changing table) was only $300! I thought it would be cheap and we'd end up returning it but it was actually really nice. We bought the set and the crib mattress ourselves and then I registered for the rest of the nursery accessories. Happy shopping everyone! :)

susanzink |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I'm 23 weeks and we cleared out the nursery and just went shopping yesterday. We have a crib handed down (and meets all safetly regulations), and we are using our old dresser for a changing table. They sell the soft, safe attachable toppers for the dresser to convert it to a changing table at target for $17. We also went to Hobby Lobby and got stuff for the walls. We found cute, cheap butterflies that hang from the ceiling (perfect for above a crib and you can adjust the height so baby can't grab them). We also found three wood shelves and we are painting them white to match the trim. Also there were cute little animals that have texture for when the baby gets older for only $.67. We got 12 of them and they made a great wall decoration. Think DIY and you can decorate and adapt on a low budget.

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I know it isn't easy to design to perfect nursery with a tiny budget.I had this problem to but with a little imagination you can do it.I've started when I was in the 2nd trimester and looking in the Memphis classifieds I found all the things we needed for the nursery and respected the budget.

AudreySimpson |

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I'm18 weeks and haven't planned any of my nursery although i have a lot of furniture already. the baby will be in the same room as me ans my boyfriend because being a young mom we can't afford to move out so we don't have a.nursery.

jessicacaitlinc |

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personally i am chomping at the bits to start shopping and decorating but can only see myself buying the furniture right now. i will find out what i am having in sept and when i do, then i will be able to really pull things together. for now im just focusing on what i am doing with the stuff in my guest bedroom and have already decided on what colors i am going with when i do know the gender.

lorimayhearst |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I think that all those Hollywood movies gave us the wrong idea about how a child's nursery should look and made us, moms, think that we have to spend a lot to make our baby and ourselves happy. My husband makes money from making a free invoice template once a month and we can't afford all those useless things that are shown in movies but we managed to put together a really small and pretty corner for our baby.

paraschiva |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I know this might sound a little crazy but i've been watching for sales is diapers. they happen every month or two....stock up.

laxminavkar |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Get creative. I'm having a little girl and decided to go with a butterfly theam. I bought pretty scrap booking paper from a dollar store, traced and cut out different sized butterflies. Now she has a beautiful mural over her crib that cost less then 15 dollars. Her room is simply decorated yet me and my husband both very comfertable in there. I think its more about being happy in your surroundings them spending tons of money.

stardust311 |

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We did our registry right away at 13 week safe point. It was more of a wish list- but we kept it realistic. Since we have each purchased a $50 gift card each payday. If you register at babies r us, you get emails on their sales and when you view your registry online it shows when items are on sale/clearance. Once baby is born, you get a 10% off coupon towards anything on your registry (1 shot deal) to use with 3 months of due date. We use our gift card stash to purchase items if sale price is more than 10% off. So far have saved over $300 from regular prices, and we are only 18 weeks!

MulliganMami |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

We plan to make our office into the nusery, and it will be for next baby as well, so I am going gender nuetral with teal, orange, browns and such. The fabrics I chose will go on frames and be hung so I don't need to decorate much. All we really need furniture wise is a crib. We are using a shelving desk unit I got from Ikea as a dresser/changing table. I have a closet where I will be moving the craft stuff that is on it now. Reusing what we've already purchased will help save and I will check the real value but I may even sew my own bedding and such to keep with the theme and save.

stackie16 |

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We have decided to wait until after the baby is born to decorate. We just have two bedrooms and we'd like to keep the guest room functional for as long as possible. My husband's parents will be staying with us after the baby is born - in the spare room - so for the first little while we'll just have a bassinet in our room and will put a changing pad on our dresser. That will also give us time to figure out what we feel we do and don't need given our space and habits. Some people tell us a rocker is a MUST, others say they only ever breastfed on the couch. So we don't want to invest in furniture and other items before learning what works best for us. We also have friends and family who will be giving us hand-me-downs: bassinets, crib pads, change table pads, etc. I'd like to see what we get at the shower before we go buy things of our own. Then when we do build a nursery in that small spare room, we will know that the things we invested in are things we genuinely want and need.

KristenEliz |

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I think there are two other ways to save money- buy crib bedding separately. You aren't supposed to use blankets or bumpers for the first year so the expensive bedding sets are a waste of money. Get a crib sheet and wearable blanket. Also remember that the nursery doesn't have to be done before the baby since babies are supposed to stay in your room forthe first 2 months (the nurse teaching our childbirth class told us they should be in your room for 6 months but I don't know many people who do that). So you have a little more time to spread out the cost and in that time people may want to buy gifts for you and ask what you still need.

Mosererin |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Look.. I have recently decorated my baby's nursery and I really thought it would be great to share what we did. So I created a blog to help people decorate their nursery on a budget. Her nursery is not that big, so we thought about buying less and make it simple. http://www.preciouscheeks.com/2013/02/how-to-decorate-nursery-on-budget.html

luisarodriguez |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I agree with the advice to skip the crib bedding set. We bought a really cute train-themed one from Land of Nod, but none of it was useful. Our son slept in our room for the first 7 months, so by the time he was ready to graduate to his crib, he moved around too much for bumpers to be safe, we had to move the crib mattress too low for the crib skirt to fit -- and since you're not supposed to use quilts for babies under one year old, the quilt just became a really expensive wall decoration. Next time around, I would just get crib sheets and receiving blankets in whatever color scheme I want the nursery to be. If I wanted a certain theme, I would incorporate it with wall art (perhaps even painting a mural), mobiles, cute lamps, decorative items on shelves, area rugs, or stuffed animals (but not in the crib, of course).

bonniebrownhair |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Look on places such as Craigslist and freecycle.org. I'm picking up a hardly used infant car seat for free because a woman just wants to get rid of it. There are some people who give away things like cribs, toys, bassinets and whatnot.

carnold07 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Our house is in construction and won't be ready until the month baby is due (yikes!), but we will try to be budget friendly when it comes to decorating. I agree with doing a gender-neutral theme; especially for those that may be thinking baby #2 in the next few years. My in-laws have already found a beautiful bassinet and high-chair at their church yard sale. I am almost 20 weeks and have not bought a single thing to decorate with since we have no storage room. Despite this, I have already made a "baby budget" in our online bank and saved our goal of $5,000 for unexpected (and expected) expenses. I plan to buy only what is necessary and wait to see what comes from baby's shower party!

cunninjd |

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cribs that turn into toddler beds can be found at Homemakers. They have a good range of prices too! Usually the toddler bed conversion kit is an extra $80 or so.

lisam2013 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I had to take care first on my unsecured business loans and after that I could check how much money I have for the nursery remodeling. I managed to find very good rates on furniture and saved some money that I used to buy a changing table/dresser.

amyabel68 |

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The best advice I got was to go with a convertible crib set that would grow up with my child until at least 4 or 5 and that it didn't need to be expensive. Sorrelle is a great budget friendly brand. I also embraced the idea of hand me downs, especially for clothes since they grow out of them so quickly and other items like infant toys and a gumbo that have short lifespans. I'm Jewish so we don't do baby showers, but I created a registry to help guide those that wanted to buy us gifts. I didn't include any clothing as I knew I was a getting a ton of hand me downs, plus those people who want to buy clothing will do it anyway. My husband and I started buying stuff at 20 weeks to help spread out the costs and take advantage of sales and coupons! I'm pregnant with my second now and doing the same, going back through my son's clothes he's outgrown to find the items that are gender neutral that my baby girl will be able to wear. I'm also now buying him all nuetral (black, gray and navy) outerwear so that my little girl can wear it when she gets big enough.

jdklein |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Buy anything you can used. For our first baby we got nearly everything we needed from garage sales, craigslist, and ebay... including diapers because we use cloth (Actually, using cloth diapers saves money even if you buy them new. Now I just make my own, which saves even more). One thing you probably should NOT buy used is a carseat, unless you know the history for sure. If it's been in an accident or is too old then it's not safe, and you can't register it in case of recalls.

klhpensil |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I'm only 10 weeks along and we just bought our crib. I am a bargain hunter and found an amazing deal on a great quality product. I know it's still early, but even if something happens we can sell it for more than what we bought it for. I plan on buying a lot of important nursery items on Black Friday and during after Christmas sales. I definitely believe in spreading the costs over time

tzaludkova |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I am 11 weeks. We have been buying what we feel is essential items since 8 weeks. We knew we wanted a white crib no matter the gender - so since we started early we were able to feel calm in waiting till we found the perfect one at a discount. We wanted a sleigh crib design and found the exact crib on Craigslist. We also bought a neutral stroller with matching car seat and base from Craigslists knowing that we may need a second one for the mom then. Same with the pack-n-play. We wanted one upstairs and downstairs or for my mom to have. Everything we have bought it gender neutral and it is things that we may need two of. We won't make the crib bedding till we know the sex. But as for painting - we did light gray on three of the walls and will pick the accent wall once gender is known. These are just some ways we have been purchasing over the past few weeks and won't have many big items to worry about.

AmandaT22 |

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Dad-to-be and I are reworking several things we already own for the nursery. He built a beautiful armoire for himself years ago and we are turning it into a "baby closet" with some pretty baskets and the addition of a wooden bar for hangers. :)

EBROCK11 |

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I am 17 weeks pregnant and I will find out the gender in two weeks (hopefully!). Then I will start decorating the nursery. In the meantime, I have been price shopping and comparing, so that I can stay on budget when the time comes for making purchases. My first trimester I was all about resting and reading up on pregnancy and baby care. Now that I am more active in my 2nd trimester I am ready to get things organized.

myprosser |

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make homemade things!! reuse old picture frames refurbish old chairs, etc

Ashleyrygg |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

Im 18 weeks and what my husband and I started doing was putting money each paycheck into a seperate account purely for the baby. we put about $200 a month total and it has really helped because we now have enough for the nursery and also essentials we will need for the baby. We plan on continuing to do this through her life so that we have that money for her when it is needed. Then if we have that extra, she can go to college, or open a business or whatever it is she wants to do.

cgreene93 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

I set up a twin nursery - granted the furniture was gifted to us by my parents but all the decorating, painting included only cost us less than $200. I have DIY tips and a nursery tour on my blog... http://nikkieandbabies.blogspot.com/2014/07/twin-baby-boy-nursery-tour.html

NicoleKidd822 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

only buy necessities, and get as much used/borrowed as possible (just be sure they are safe and meet safety standards!) I wouldn't worry about the convertible cribs, most make horrible toddler beds anyways, and you can probably find a toddler or twin bed on craigslist later on down the line and still spend less in the long-run.

BuckyPhoto |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

You can find very interesting bedroom furniture for the nursery, the price is very affordable and your kid will surely love it. Also there are a lot of things you can find at low prices by searching on forums, you will surely find something cheap there as a lot of people want to get rid of their old stuff.

amyabel68 |

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Fellow 10 week pregos.. Please be careful you are still in your first trimester which means very delicate. I have a 4 year old and had a miscarriage back in Aug. I too am now 10 weeks along and my focus is getting through the first trimester and of course catch up on sleep. Boy am I tired all the time now days! Yes I'm very excited about nursery planning but taking it a little slow. Please be careful.. =0)

Ixio1001 |

Q&A: Nursery on a budget?

If you want to decorate the nursery and not to spend too much money doing so, you should plan everything in advance. If you let the room decoration on the last minute, you won't have time to think straight and you will make many mistakes. It really doesn't matter what type of furniture you choose for this room, you should be concerned what type of nursery bedding sets you will buy. These must be high quality to not scratch or itch your baby's sensitive skin.

marta8080 |