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Keeping a Nursery Inexpensive

25 Apr

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With the economy as bad as it is and the unemployment rate not improving I think its most important to remember what babies need versus want and what they need is love, good health, and a few basic essentials to keep them safe while sleeping, eating, bathing and playing. Today’s article features some basic ways to maximize savings and have a wonderful nursery. I am sure this will work within everyone’s budget:

  • Paint – it really does wonders to a wall and for very little $, plus I love paint because its a simple DIY project (consider taping the wall for some stripes) – shop around for price just make sure the paint is NO VOC in the nursery.
  • Consider buying any item on sale and repainting it yourself – if you find the perfect lamp, chair, dresser at some estate/garage sale feel – just sand and spray paint it sometimes people will spend more $ on an item that is the perfect color and it can really add to the price of your nursery
  • Don’t buy expensive crib bedding – look for sales I always say start shopping as soon as possible so you have the longest amount of time to find the best bargains
  • Consider buying used clothes  there’s no shame in go to your local thrift store and buying lots of baby clothes on sale there, also check out the Goodwill and Salvation Army their baby clothes are very inexpensive make sure the clothes have no rips, holes, tares, or stains.
  • Consider using an adult’s dresser and just adhering the changing topper to it for a cheap changing table then when baby outgrows it you can remove it and still use it
  • As far as decorating goes pick a color scheme is easier to find bargains then let’s say a specific theme (Spiderman or Winnie the Pooh)
  • If your having a baby shower a hint people who told their guests the sex of the baby ahead of time were more likely to receive lots of clothes, onesies, socks, etc. Moms to be who said they were keeping the sex unknown (at least to guests even if the mom/dad to be knew) received less clothes and more diapers, baby car seat, high chair, etc. Why? Because most women going to a baby shower hate to buy the green/yellow neutral colors requested for “unknown” sex they rather buy that cute little pink dress or blue coat.
  • Don’t buy things labeled “baby” because often they are overpriced (e.g. The Diaper Genie and what not, if you want a trash pale in the babies room a simple stainless one like this will do just fine)

Please share anything you did for your baby’s nursery that you saved money on

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One Blogger’s Special Nursery

24 Apr

I am so glad to share today’s news with you I was reading Bucket List Publications (Lesley and her husband have the most amazing photos on their blog from traveling all over the globe) and I wanted to share her nursery with you. She and her husband have a baby girl named Athena and this little girl has one beautiful nursery. If your wondering why I am sharing this its simple: I want you to realize any nursery can be the nursery of your dreams if you plan it out, get creative and are enthusiastic about the whole project.

 The color inspiration is hot pink and green read more here and see amazing photos as well.

What’s the One thing you splurged on in your baby’s nursery?

10 Apr

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Nurseries are those things that some parents go overboard and buy every single gadget and end up not using most of it, there’s of course  the tried and true products each parent needs (crib, car seat, high chair) and other parents are overwhelmed by the amount of choices available to them. Obviously nurseries can be done on very affordable budgets and some parents are very diligent about sticking to a budget others don’t even know the term budget exists (and no I don’t mean the wealthy, normally its people who just go to the store and keep buying every new thing they see.)

Is there one thing that stands out in your mind that you splurged on in the nursery?

Was it worth it, I know the term splurge is obviously relative so I was hoping you would share what the item was, how much it cost and if you had to all over again would you buy it again. I am hoping this will be helpful to other parents so please share your comments below.

 

Wooden Letters for Bedroom

27 Mar

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Are you looking for letters that can be used in your baby’s nursery or child’s bedroom?

Here at Craft Cuts you can buy any letters to spell out a name (Anthony or Angela ) or maybe a room’s purpose (laundry). You can choose from a variety of painted, unpainted, and hanging letters.

Nursery DIY Project

28 Feb

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Are you looking for something really cute for your little one’s nursery and also something affordable? Well I have the perfect DIY project for you head over to Le Zoe Musing to find out how to create your own inexpensive version of the photo illustrated above.

I hope this inspires you and if you already have an older toddler let them help you with this project for the new baby.

Modern Nursery on a Budget

22 Feb

Modern nurseries can be so beautiful, there are so many countless options on how to do a modern nursery, but one thing persists that modern nursery furnishings can often be quite pricey. When looking around so many items are more expensive than the non-modern counterparts. If you love a modern nursery know that it can be within reach as long as you do some research and planning.

My very first tip for shopping (this can extend beyond nursery furniture, I do it with all my furniture shopping) is bring your camera. Take a photo of the item, then jot down the dimensions (height, width, depth – and what way a door swings) and the price.  This will help because often people tend to buy whatever they come across first, thinking they won’t find anything else they like.

These photos should serve as some inexpensive modern nursery inspiration, to help you build the nursery of your dreams.

First up the Sundvik crib from Ikea it retails for $119.00 its white which is great for both genders and works with so many color schemes

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Go to a fabric store, like JoAnn’s pick some modern fabric patterns and then re-upholster an old chair for your nursery. An old chair in a style you like can look completely different when re-upholstered, so pick a comfortable chair because with new fabric it will take on a whole new life. Choose to re-upholster an ottoman (no sharp edges) as well it will be great to put your feet up and will also be extra soft down the road when baby is crawling / standing in his/her nursery.

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Next tackle paint – try something creative by painting wide stripes in a horizontal pattern or vertical if you don’t have tall ceilings

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Consider using items that aren’t labeled “baby” this will keep the price down – one example is to buy some modern wall shelves to then display photos of baby or buy picture frames (wood not plastic) then spray paint them any color you like go for modern colors to pick up the overall color theme within your nursery.

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For storage buy items that are affordable and already modern in design – this is especially important if you have a 1 bedroom place, or if your using a den to be the baby’s nursery in lieu of a 2nd bedroom this is fine, except for normally the lack of closet.

This wardrobe can be used as a great baby’s closet for those rooms without any. It’s the Stuva from Ikea and retails for $222.00

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Well, I really hope this post has encouraged you to tackle an affordable modern nursery.

Baby Shower Gifts

20 Feb

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Baby shower gifts are always easier for the guests if they know the gender of the baby. However, there are plenty of gift options to give in case you don’t know the baby’s gender. Either way it’s important to give a gift that is useful, having a baby is a joy, but there are a lot of expenses so try and buy something that will be useful for the mom to be and will be something her or the baby will benefit from having.

Remember when going to someone’s baby shower there is NO amount of money you have to spend, only bring something you can afford to bring and don’t feel bad because of it. Gifts have no minimum or maximum price, the price of the gift will vary for each person based on their budget, circumstances, and relationship with the mom to be.

Here is a list of potential items to buy for a baby shower – no particular order of preference as you will see there is plenty of options for all budgets. I do recommend all natural or organic products for babies (okay, really everyone) remember the skin is our LARGEST ORGAN, and just because its natural or organic does not mean its expensive.

  • Go for the basics – diapers (buy more than 1 size)
  • Onesies – shop around for a good price – buy them in white (or color if you know the baby’s gender)
  • Do not buy items the baby really doesn’t need (lots of toys, or shoes) young babies can’t crawl, let alone walk they don’t need shoes. And people spend so much $ on toys for a new born and it’s a big waste of money.
  • Buy items which are disposable (meaning items mom will use, re-use and it will be gone) think baby wash, shampoo, etc. Here are some favorites: Cradle Scalp Rub, Diaper Cream, Baby Care Package
  • Do not purchase clothes for the baby in size Newborn, this is such a waste of money some babies outgrow the clothes in a couple weeks and now the new mom has a bunch of clothes to re-sell or donate. Buy the 3-6 month clothes for all newborns (better a little larger than tight)
  • Go for baby bottles, pacifiers, diaper bag, or wet/dry bags
  • If you want to make something consider buying fabric and making inexpensive baby washcloths I recommend this tutorial

The Cost of Childcare

2 Feb

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Child care is anything but cheap, lets start with that, however there are many factors that affect what it will cost you.

  • Where you live (city & state)
  • The child’s age and requirements – the younger and needier the more it will cost
  • Hours of childcare per week needed
  • Type of child care

Look at the total cost of child care which is inaccurately calculated by too many families.

Stay at home moms will save the cost of childcare at a local daycare facility, but this is at the expense of losing their prior salary earnings.

Working mothers will need to get several price quotes for childcare of their choice and then calculate the monthly / yearly cost and realize that  their wages have stayed the same however their buying power is lower because they have an additional childcare bill each month. Also, account for a higher gas/diesel bill monthly as you will be making 2 extra stops per working day (drop-off & pick-up) choose a facility close to either your home or work so it minimizes driving time and cost.

The average cost of center-based daycare in the United States is $11,666 per year ($972 a month), but prices range from $3,582 to $18,773 a year ($300 to $1,564 monthly), according to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). Parents report higher costs – up to $2,000 a month for infant care – in cities like Boston and San Francisco. Source

Choose wisely if you have multiple children that are very close in age sometimes it maybe cheaper to have someone come into your house and take of your children. You can only make an informed decision if you know all your options:

  • Childcare facility (Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency can help you find a location) call (800) 424-2246 or their website
  • Nanny ‘s or Au Pairs (yes their is a difference Au Pairs must live in your home with a private bedroom, these are sometimes more affordable options if you have several young children close in age) – its not just for the rich many dual income families use these services
  • Your church’s daycare facility: if you attend a church you will often find their daycare services are often more affordable because it’s a ministry of the church vs your local independent daycare
  • Family or Friend: do you know someone you trust that needs some extra $, then see if they’re willing to watch your child maybe at their home while you work (its a great way for a stay at home mom to earn extra money)
  • Consider bartering services (you may think this sounds antiquated but I have known people who did this and it worked), this works well for the self- employed often (get creative prepare a free tax return, do monthly financials, free weekly lawn service,  just define what it is and sign a document agreeing to the babysitting & bartering service)

This is a lengthy discussion so I am going to post a follow up to avoid any confusion and discuss more details


Children’s Classic Book Set

22 Jan

 

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Are these books just gorgeous? Can you see them in your child’s nursery or on your toddler’s bookshelf?  This would also make a great gift for a birthday or any holiday. These books are also great functional decoration in a baby/toddlers room

This collection includes:

  • Peter Pan
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Story of King Arthur and his Knights
  • The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Treasure Island
  • Black Beauty

this can be purchase at Barnes and Nobles

Bloom Fresco High Chair

19 Jan

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I just LOVE this high chair take a look at some of its great features

  • It works for newborns to 6 months in a cradle type position
  • It works with both breakfast bar & counter heights
  • It can support up to 79 lbs
  • Comes with a feeding tray & play tray (dishwasher safe, yay more time with baby)
  • Has safety harness
  • The base unit comes in two colors: black or white
  • Many colors to choose from: Orange, Blue, Red, Grey, Pink, Green, Black, White, Brown, Solar, and Lunar
  • This highchair is super modern & stylish

This is an item to splurge on (I will be talking more about Splurge vs Save items in future posts) because you can use it with all your children, it grows with your child, and its super stylish. Not to mention when you have no more little ones you could always sell it on eBay, Craigslist, or Amazon.

If your interested in this Bloom Fresco High Chair check out more details here