You can spend an outrageous amount of money setting up a nursery. While it isn’t cheap–we were certainly surprised ourselves how much stuff they need, it doesn’t have to be as expensive as it sometimes it shown to be either.
How we saved money on setting up a nursery on a budget:
7.) We bought and used inexpensive artwork. I originally saw the artwork at Land of Nod, but they were selling them for something ridiculous like $90-110 each. I looked on Etsy and found the same prints for $50 each. Then we bought simple Ikea Ribba frames and framed them ourselves (E’s mom is an artist and they made custom mats.)
8.) We registered only for the essentials. We skipped registering for any clothes (between not knowing the gender and knowing we would get plenty of hand-me-downs.) Luckily, people chose to give us more of the necessities. We also registered for only a few toys knowing that we could buy them along the way.
9.) As I have mentioned before, we graciously accepted hand-me-downs. We felt blessed with our friends and family generosity and accepted the things we knew we would use. For ways to save on baby gear, check out this post.10.) We saved money other places like breastfeeding and using cloth diapers. Although both choices were not free (there is a lot of extra gear for both) we knew it would be cheaper and better in the long run. Here are the links for my breastfeeding gear and our cloth diaper experience.Where did you save on setting up your nursery? Did you prioritize organic choices? There are more choices now than there ever were before but it is still a lot more expensive. Sorry for the lack of photos, our iMac is acting up again and it has all of the photos on it. So cross your fingers that we can fix it again!