OMG. If you were a princess, wouldn't you go over the top with, like, everything when it came to baby furniture, gear, clothes, and all the other things infants tend to need?
Get this one -- supposedly Kate Middleton's baby nursery will likely be very humble and small. (What the what?!?)
And instead of hitting up high-end baby retailers to outfit the royal child's room, Kate has supposedly been shopping at antique stores to find furnishings for the nursery. (Get outta town!)
(Man, I always knew that Duchess was a laid-back kinda gal under all her fanciness.)
And all I have to say is, if a humble nursery is good enough for Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby -- then it's good enough for your little one too.
For the life of me, I'll never understand why some parents shell out thousands of dollars to make their baby's room look exactly like one of the nurseries in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog. Sure, I sat there and drooled over the trendy sailboat- and airplane-themed rooms too. Then I glanced at the prices listed for each piece of furniture and bedding and added up what it would cost and decided that having an inexpensive nursery was just fine for me and my kid.
Look at it this way -- your baby is only going to use that stuff for a couple of years at best, so what's the point of spending a ton of dough on furniture you'll wind up giving away or storing in your basement for years on end? And aside from the furniture, it's kind of dumb to go all out with decorating the room to fit a baby, because then you have to do it all over again once he/she enters the toddler phase, preschool phase, and so on and so forth.
Keeping things simple from the start is such a better plan, because that way the room can evolve and grow as your child does. Trust me, there will be plenty of other expensive things to spend your money on down the road. Don't waste it all on a fancy crib and rocking chair that cost more than a down payment on a car.
How lavish is your baby's nursery?
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I create a special savings account
I put a little away at a time
I cut corners until I can afford it
Save? Who has money to save?
I plan to put it on my credit card and love the benefits of the reward program