I think it’s safe to say that every parent wants to give their little babe the very best of everything. Unfortunately for some, the budget is tight right before a baby comes along. Ours was practically non-existent after having to finish sheeting the internal shed walls and buying the family car on minimum wages.
I really didn’t want to skimp on my dream nursery style so I became pretty thrifty and managed to pull off what I think is a beautiful gender neutral room for our little bundle. Here’s how.
Let your parents spoil you if they want
Chris and I have always struggled with how much our parents want to contribute to whatever’s going on in our lives. First it was the wedding, now it’s the baby. For some, accepting help from parents when you’re about to become a parent is a little harder than it sounds but we eventually swallowed our pride and let them do what they’d been dying to do… spoil our little Fitzrigglet.
Our parents all bought the big ticket items being the cot, change table, car seat, play pen and a mum and bub lambs wool set. The rocking chair was a gift from our bestie and is something we’ll use in the living room when the time comes. We knew they were going to go nuts so figured they may as well buy the items we really needed, that would get the most use.
Get creative and try your hand at DIY’s
Pretty soon, you’ll go through your nesting stage of the pregnancy and will find yourself waddling around completing the most bizare jobs. This is when I was most efficient and the nursery really came together.
Ikea Spice Rack Shelves
No Sew Mosquitto Net
Cactus Framed Art
Pom Pom & Tassel Mobile
Recycle and repurpose as much as possible
Flat Weave Round Rug
Dresser & Toy Box
I had found these cute little timber drawers for super cheap on the Ikea website that I had my heart set on. So off we head, on the 2 hour trip to get the drawers and a few other little bits and bobs. As it turned out, the drawers were more suited to a dolls house than an actual house and there was nothing else within our budget. We had an appointment to go to following and were running out of time. I did the standard pregnant woman thing and started crying, while Chris pointed out the cubed shelving units. WOOHOO! Day saved and no more crying wife!
The baskets we found at Big W and will be perfect for storing those tiny items of clothing, swaddles and spew rags. The bottom shelves are for toys so as our little Fitzrigglet starts moving, they can access their toys, and we can chuck them away quickly when we want to tidy up. We also figure that we could always tip this up the other way and use it as a bookshelf as we grow and in the meantime, the top makes a good side table for the rocking chair and home for the more decorative pieces.
Create a Baby Shower Wishlist
Some people are uncomfortable with asking for gifts at a baby shower. Some people are uncomfortable not knowing what the hell to get expecting parents for their baby shower. I know, that I would never arrive empty handed, that’s just me. But I would also rather get something needed that will be put to good use. So I made a Pinterest board with ideas and inspiration IF people were looking for ideas on what we liked, wished for, or needed. For me, it felt like a softer approach than having a registry. I was sure to choose things that range in price from $5 to $50 to make if helpful to all. We received a few pieces that we really hoped for and the guests were stoked that they contributed so practically.
You can read more tips from Caity on her blog Create your fate.