It’s no secret that preparing for your baby’s arrival is an expensive proposition, especially when it comes to outfitting your nursery.
While the initial cost is an important factor in any purchase, a few extra dollars spent upfront can save you loads of cash down the road.
In addition to creating a safe, aesthetic, and functional environment for your child, careful planning will help you create a nursery that’s easy on your pocketbook in the long run.
While you may want your child to sleep in the same handcrafted crib you and your siblings slept in (after all, it’s an heirloom and it’s free), it’s best to invest in a new crib that meets current safety standards.
If you think long-term and purchase a crib that converts to a toddler bed and then later on becomes the headboard and footboard for your child’s first “big kid” bed, you will save loads in the end.
While you may end up paying a few hundred more for a convertible crib than you would pay for a one-purpose crib, you’ll definitely make up for it in two to three years. Toddler beds can be as expensive as cribs, and many parents regret purchasing these pint-sized beds because children grow out of them so quickly.
Make sure that converting your crib to a toddler bed does not require anything more than the simple tools you keep on hand, because some cribs require expensive conversion kits.
Also, it is best to purchase neutral colors or light woods so that, as your child grows older and her room changes styles, the bed does not have to be replaced to accommodate the new design.
Changing Tables & Dressers
Changing tables are almost always included in baby shower registries, yet once your child is out of diapers this piece of furniture becomes useless.
Sure, you can stack things on it, but it’s more a mess trap than an ideal storage area. Instead, purchase a dresser that is around four feet tall, and top it with a portable foam changing pad with raised sides.
Again, a dresser may cost more than a changing table, but you’ll always have a use for it. Use the top drawer for diapers, wipes, and diaper cream at first, and when your child gets older you can use it to store their increasing wardrobe.
New parents log a lot of hours in rocking chairs, so make sure you purchase one that will be comfortable for you to sit in for long periods of time.
Choose a chair that is tall enough to support your head, is equipped with a supportive back rest, and includes a companion footstool or ottoman.
Think ahead and purchase a rocking chair that will be large enough for you and your child to read stories and cuddle in later on. Remember to consider your “grown up” taste when choosing a rocking chair, so that you can move it to your living room, bedroom, or den when the time is right.
And don’t forget to choose a washable fabric or slipcover to keep this treasured piece of furniture looking great for years.
When designing and shopping for your baby’s nursery, remember that you don’t need to buy every piece of furniture in the store, no matter how adorable it is. With a little planning, you can create an economical nursery that will grow with your child and save you a bundle.