Three Out of the Box Nursery Ideas for New Moms on a Budget

| October 20, 2016 | 5 Comments

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Three Out of the Box Nursery Ideas for New Moms on a Budget

As you count down toward your due date, preparing your home for a new baby might be the last thing on your mind.

While we understand the need to baby-proof our homes, often over-looked is the importance of a safe, secure and stylish sleeping space for our newborns. Then again, what exactly does the ideal nursery look  like, anyway? In short, a nursery should represent a place of peace and comfort for your child, whilst also having a sense of personality that’s not too loud.

Unfortunately, finding the time and spare cash for the perfect nursery may seem out of reach for many new moms trying to balance work, doctor’s appointments and everything in between.

Fear not: setting up your baby’s nursery on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or comfort. By bringing together the following elements of décor, you can ensure that your child is safe and sound on the day you bring them home.

Lights Out

Since your nursery should represent a place of peace and quiet, it’s crucial that you avoid as many disturbances as possible. Likewise, pesky lights from outdoors, either due to the sun or artificial light from lamps or headlights, can be a huge disruption to your child’s ability to get a proper night’s sleep.

Therefore, consider first and foremost covering up any windows with Bali blinds, offering both style and security in terms of your baby’s sleep-cycle. Such blinds come in a variety of affordable styles that mesh with any color scheme or existing décor.

Considering that you don’t want too much on the walls which could potentially fall down, proper blinds can give your nursery a sense of style while simultaneously blocking out light.

Safe Décor with Personality

Painting your nursery based on your baby’s gender is a rather traditional practice; however, you can safely take your décor a step further with a combination of the following:

  • Wall murals and decals that you don’t have to worry about falling down
  • Fabric decorations and prints (think: no sharp edges involved)
  • Safe homemade mobiles minus any small pieces that could potentially fall into your baby’s crib

“Keep it simple” is perhaps the name of the game when it comes to decorating a nursery: likewise, the aforementioned décor won’t break your budget or pose any potential threats to your child.

Make Your Crib Count

Obviously the crib is the centerpiece of any nursery: however, cribs are about much, much more than just aesthetics. Choosing a safe crib is absolutely critical to avoiding any choking hazards and ensuring that your child sleeps soundly.

While a secondhand model may be tempting, make sure that your child’s crib is sturdy and contains no small pieces or cords. It may make sense for you to start with a crib as the focal point of your nursery and work your creative magic around it accordingly.

Decorating your nursery should be an enjoyable process as you anticipate the coming of your baby. Rather than sacrifice safety for style, consider how you can think outside the box to create a comfortable sleeping space for your child that looks fabulous as well.

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 19 year old son and a 22 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. loriag says:

    I agree it is really important to have a safe crib. Safety first always. As for a dark room, we needed our children to be able to sleep anywhere and with noise so that was our priority. Having 3 under 3 that it just wouldn’t work any other way. Also living north where it is light out longer also makes that difference.

  2. Cheryl says:

    I used a hand me down crib and dresser. IMO people spend way too much on a nursery. Money better off in an education fund.

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    Both my girls bought second hand furniture and what not for their babies and only because they didn’t have the money to buy new, everything they got was still in the time frame and not expired, plus they did buy new mattresses for the cribs and the change tables

  4. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    Awesome tips. Yes, safety is the most important. Love the wall decal idea.

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I agree a safe crib is the most important thing, nothing matters as much as that.

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