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Making Room for Baby: Savings Tips for Creating a Nursery

When you are expecting a new baby, getting the nursery ready can be one of the most satisfying and exciting things you can do in anticipation of your baby’s arrival. Planning and decorating the baby’s room is tangible evidence of the new life you are creating. What color do you want to paint it? Where should you put the crib? Would the baby like this wallpaper treatment? Should you remodel an existing room in your home, or will your nursery require a new addition to your home? All of these questions will need to be answered before you bring baby home from the hospital. Every parent wants the best baby room money can buy, but a limited budget doesn’t have to cramp your style with a little creativity.

First, paint is your cheapest and easiest way to completely change the feel of a room. A fresh coat of paint makes baby’s room feel brand new, and costs only $15 to $30 per gallon. Take some swatches home and see how they look in the light of the room you are planning to paint. If you’re feeling brave, you can also ask the hardware store if you can look at the returned paint section and see if there are any colors there that you like. These are pre-mixed colors that a customer returned, and one of them might be right for you!

Similarly, check out the leftover and scrap wallpaper section for open rolls and display rolls that tickle your fancy. Open rolls can sell for as little as a dollar, and you might be able to use it as a border, or cut out designs or cartoons from the pattern and use them to decorate lampshades, dresser drawers, or as shelf paper.

A home addition is not your cheapest option, but if you are planning to be in your home for a long time, it might be the best investment for your expanding family. Be sure to begin work with the contractors early enough in your pregnancy to have the room ready by the time the baby arrives.

For the first few weeks of your new baby’s life at home, you may want to keep the crib inside the master bedroom, so that you can hear when baby cries and night time feedings are not so disruptive. However, having the nursery ready is also necessary for storage of all the baby items, such as clothing, pillows, blankets, toys and other accessories. And, as the baby gets older, you will need to remodel the nursery again as a child’s room and, later, a teenager’s room.