One of the most exciting stages of your first pregnancy is planning for your newborn’s nursery. It makes everything so much more real (although not quite as much as the sheer hugeness of your belly). So it’s no surprise that many couples splash out big money on making everything just right for their newest member of the family. I have no problem with this – but I do question the reasoning behind spending so much on a nursery. Here’s why.
It’s not really for the baby, is it?
A newborn baby isn’t going to appreciate the difference between a hand stitched wallpaper and a splash of supermarket own-brand paint. Nor are they too fussed about what they sleep in. A convertible cot that will see them through their toddler years might be a better idea than a fancy hand-carved teak option that costs you the price of a small car. Of course you want to give your baby the very best start to life, but maybe that money would be better off put into a savings account for the future?
It might be a waste of time
In fact, they may not even use the room at all! Regular readers of this blog will know that I have embraced co-sleeping. It’s a personal choice, and I wouldn’t say it’s better or worse than other options. But, you have no idea of how well your little one is going to sleep. They may not like sleeping on their own,They will probably just sleep where they are comfortable, no matter how plush their nursery is.
It will be a waste of time, eventually
Once your adorable little bundle of joy starts to move around on their own, they will begin to wreck things. Everything that you put in the nursery will be explored, prodded, poked, pulled, ripped and drawn on. Within just a couple of years, your baby will be a toddler, with a fast developing personality and a love for having things the way that they want them. That could mean somewhere new to sleep, a brand new set of toddler bedding, and new wallpaper with Buzz Lightyear or a few Minions on it. So I would advise keeping that nursery plain, simple, and easy to maintain.
There are too many bargains to buy new
I understand that people want to buy brand new things for their first born – I really do. But the truth is that buying second-hand is a lot more cost-effective. Think about how little time your baby will spend in a Moses basket – just a few weeks, in most cases. Must you have that brand new, solid oak changing table? We purchased so many items seconds hand when we had Willow, and its since been used for our other 2 girls since. We have had so much use out of items that we hardly spent any money on at all. If you aren’t planning on having any more kids that could be a waste of space within 18 months. So, if you are strapped for cash, always buy second hand. There isn’t much point in buying certain things new, and you’ll get a higher percentage of your money back when you sell it on, too.
Hopefully, this has inspired you to make some more frugal choices about decorating your firstborns nursery. I’m not saying you shouldn’t make an effort – it is so much fun and you absolutely should – but be wise while you are going about it. Until next time!
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