Tips for personalizing your baby’s nursery

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While I was pregnant, one of my favorite activities was preparing the nursery. Before I even found out whether I was having a girl or a boy, I had started imagining a warm, loving environment to bring my baby home to.

When I was little, my favorite movie was The Lion King, and I loved the idea of going with a theme that connected something from my childhood to my son. But, I was a bit concerned that his room wouldn’t feel personal enough if I focused solely on this theme. So, I decided on a general jungle theme for my baby boy nursery. This allowed me to buy the things that I loved from the Lion King collection—like this Lion King bedding set—but still personalize the baby room with my own finishing touches.

These are my top tips for personalizing your nursery:

Consider including something in your baby’s nursery that was special to you as a child. It will be fun to tell your kid about it as they grow up.

Browse deal websites for art prints and decor that you love. Framing prints yourself will also save you a bundle, and give your baby’s room a personal touch.

Get family and friends involved! Personal notes anticipating baby’s arrival will be special to read later, when your child is more grown up. Signature frames are perfect for this.

Leave room for some ongoing projects. I bought a frame that holds monthly pictures of my baby. Each month, we took a picture of my son with the same teddy bear and a month sticker to track his growth. At the end of the year, I had a great collage of photos that showcased how quickly he had grown.

Don’t be afraid to break away from your theme. My husband loves baseball, so naturally, we put a few baseball pieces in the baby’s nursery.

Leave room for gifts from friends. Looking back, the one thing I regret is over-planning. It didn’t leave room for gifts. When my sister bought my son his first share of Disney stock, which came with an adorably framed and personalized certificate, I had to rethink and shuffle some things around, so the room wouldn’t look cluttered.

Remember to get a comfy nursery rocker or nursery glider. You’ll be grateful to have a comfortable spot to rock or nurse your baby in the wee hours of the morning when you are somewhere between awake and asleep.

Ultimately, it only matters if you like your nursery, so ignore the latest trends and pick out what is special to you!

Everything you need to know about baby clothes

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Who doesn’t love a pudgy little baby in skinny jeans? I will confess that I once spent 15 precious minutes trying to get baby’s skinny jeans over her pleasantly pudgy thighs, only to find I was faced with the same struggle after the next diaper change. That’s all it took for me to quickly ditch all of the delicately decorated baby outfits and uncomfortable clothing. Here are some tips about the baby clothes you really need—and how to get them for less.

Must-have baby clothing

To get straight to the point, the basic and functional onesie (long and short sleeve) and footed sleepers are essential! Our favorite outfits soon had a common theme: They were all comfortable for baby and easy to put on and take off.

While zippers are easy to use, I actually preferred snap buttons so that I could change baby in the middle of the night without undressing her completely. Also, the Halo Sleepsacks have been with us since day one and are the only way we can ensure our baby is both warm at night and sleeping safely.

Babies grow really fast!

The one thing to remember is that your little one will grow so fast in the first year. It is painful to spend a lot on a cute baby outfit only to see it worn once or twice. So I would recommend stocking up on the aforementioned everyday essentials, as these are what will get you and your baby through day after day.

Best-kept secret

It’s equally important to take care of all this baby clothing, so that it lasts and can be used by multiple children! I find myself doing laundry so often due to spit-ups and blowouts and was initially very frustrated when the stains wouldn’t come out. But then a close, trusted friend and mom let me in on the secret of OxiClean Baby Stain Soaker. This stuff will literally take out any stain. I am amazed every time I use it, as it has saved countless of poopy outfits from winding up in the trash can.

Recycled clothing

Hand-me-downs are one of the best things that have happened to parents (aside from their kids, of course!). Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they also help you save so much money. You can almost always get cute baby clothes handed down to you from friends and family as well as like-new pieces from rummage sales and consignment and second-hand shops with kids’ clothes.

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