The Perfect Nursery for under $1000

When expecting a new baby, a perfect nursery is almost always on the top of the To-Do List. We painted our nursery, bought furniture, and decorated without breaking the bank. I believe my baby deserves the highest quality items, but sometimes, my bank account won’t allow me to spend as much as I want. I shopped around for awesome products that fit my $1000 budget. Here’s my list!

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Crib – $110

We went with a 4-1 crib by Delta Children Heartland. We chose white, which is elegant and was easy to mis-match other furniture pieces to.

This crib can be a crib, a day bed, a toddler bed, and a full sized bed. For 4 bed options, we could not be happier with the price. It is easy to assemble and very sturdy!

Mattress – $110

We wanted a really high quality mattress that could be used for several years, so we went with the Simmons Brand. We bought the BeautySleep 2 stage crib mattress.

This included a firm side for the infant stage and a plush side for toddlers. We compared this to a $40, lower grade mattress, and the Beauty Sleep held up much better. Cheap mattresses are likely to dip in the middle after little use, and most of them do not have the two stages, which we love. We ended up giving away the $40 mattress after only a few months of having it!

I topped the mattress with the American Baby Company mattress pad cover, and I am using 100% cotton sheets from Burt’s Bees. I love soft sheets, so I wanted my baby to experience the same luxury!

Dresser – $99

We were so lucky to find this South Shore dresser on sale! This dresser has tons of space for baby, and we ended up using the top of the dresser as a changing table. This has saved us more space and hundreds of dollars. To customize the dresser more, you can buy different drawer pulls.

Rocker – $300

Our main colors are gray with accents throughout the room, so we wanted a gray rocking chair to mach. My husband was excited to find a rocking chair that reclined and swiveled, too! We ended up going with the Baby Relax Swivel Gliding Recliner. We love this rocker so much, too! It swivels in circle, which is really nice for reaching different items during feedings or naps.

Baby Swing/Bouncer – $122

Once again, we are bundling items to save space! We love our Swing/Bouncer combo by Graco! There are cheaper options by Graco, but we preferred a swing that is higher off the ground, since we have cats.

Changing Pads and Accessories – $50

I prefer the contoured changing pad by Summer Infant. This pad reduced the likelihood of baby falling onto the floor, and the pad itself attaches to your changing table or dresser to prevent slippage. I also ordered waterproof changing pad covers through Summer Infant, and I topped it off with a decorative changing pad cover through Burt’s Bees. These two things are optional, and many people prefer to go without them.

I hope you found my items helpful when building your own perfect nursery! Good luck and happy parenting!

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First Time Mom Products I’m Glad I Splurged On

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Body Pillow

I did not spend big money on a pregnancy-specific pillow. Instead, I bought a long, rectangular pregnancy pillow with a pillow case. I love that I can wash my pillow case with my sheets. This type of pillow saved my so much money! I bought this body pillow by BioPedic and a Jersey Knit pillow case to fit. This pillow case gets softer with each wash.

A long body pillow is great for supporting your growing belly, and it has really helped me with sciatic pain. I tuck the pillow between my legs and sleep soundly.

At-Home Doppler

I use my At-Home Doppler religiously. These dopplers are safe to use every day, and I have found the heartbeat with ease since the 10th week of pregnancy. Without this doppler, I would be living in fear of loss. This has given me so much peace and joy. You can get a Summer Infant At-Home Doppler here.

KT Tape

I use KT Tape to tape up my big belly. It relieves a lot of the pressure off my back. I prefer this to a pregnancy band because it’s not as hot. My pregnancy is during summer, so I like to stay as cool as possible! This tape does not peel off in the shower, so I wear it for days at a time. It never gets smelly either.

Bonus: Baby Moon

Though I did not technically buy a baby moon, I am incredibly happy we went on one! This was our last vacation before the baby will arrive, and it has been so worth it. I enjoyed some quality time with my husband away from the stress of home and work, and I wish I could do it again! While we did not spent tons of money, we really enjoyed getting out of town. If you can, you should do something fun with your special someone! You will not regret it, and you really deserve a treat.

Popular Items I Will Not be Buying my Baby

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I was certain that I would be that first-time-mom that bought everything in sight, but as I continue on into my 2nd trimester, there seems to be a plethora of popular items I do not want my baby to have. Did you have these items for your baby? If so, did you love them or regret them?

Bassinet

My baby will not have a bassinet or a co-sleeper. In fact, the plan is that my baby will sleep in the crib from day one. Am I nuts?

Our house is on the small size, and I don’t want to clutter every room with unnecessary items that the baby will grow out of in no time. For this reason, the bassinet got the boot! If I had a large house, I would probably invest in a bassinet to keep the baby nearby.

If I change my mind, I will probably go with a co-sleeper, rather than a bassinet. I would choose this Baby Delight Co-Sleeper. I really like the adjustable sides and the foldable side, and it can alternate from a bassinet to a co-sleeper.

Diaper Genie

People love Diaper Genie’s, and at times, I wondered if I was making a mistake by avoiding this item. I still stand firm, though! Our baby will not have a Diaper Genie! I don’t like how expensive the replacement bags are, and I don’t see how different a Diaper Genie is from a trash can.

Though I have some experience with the Diaper Genie, I still choose to avoid it because the Genie usually ends up smelling anyway. I would rather save my money. What did you do about diapers?

We plan to buy an outside trash can for diapers only. We will immediately take out a stinky diaper, so we don’t have to have the smells in our house!

If I were going to buy a Diaper Genie, I would get this one. It is inexpensive and large.

Jumperoo

Our baby won’t have one of these, and this is because we don’t have much space. Though a Jumperoo seems like a lot of fun, we will be opting for a walker instead. What do you think? Did your baby love the Jumperoo?

We do want a door jumper, which will give our baby the exercise and fun of a Jumperoo, but the door jumper can be folded up!

Changing Table

We won’t be using a changing table! Are we crazy? Maybe. We plan on just changing the baby wherever we happen to be. I don’t like changing tables because they can’t really be used for anything else in the future.

Play Gym

Just like the Jumperoo, we will be avoiding the Play Gym to save space. Our baby will likely have tons of toys, so we don’t think he/she will miss out on too much with the Play Gym! Did your baby have a Play Gym?

Sound Machine

We will not be buying a sound machine. We do, however, already have an Echo Dot, which we will be using for it’s sound abilities! I would not recommend buying a specific sound machine, simply because it cannot be used for anything else in the future. If you are interested in a multi-use sound machine, you can get an Echo Dot here!

Morning Sickness Remedies that Actually Work

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This is my second pregnancy, so you could say I’m a pro at morning sickness… right? No. Morning sickness continues to kick my butt, and so few people really understand it.

I actually told my boss about my pregnancy today, mostly because I am constantly sick. His response? “Why don’t you just tell someone you’re going to be sick, and we’ll watch your students?” Unless you’ve been pregnant, you do not know the first thing about morning sickness. It is nothing like the stomach bug, which many people like to compare it to, and none of those stomach bug remedies will work for morning sickness.

A few people have suggested I only drink chicken broth until my nausea goes away. Bad idea. I’d starve to death or pass out from low blood sugar. Other suggested I stay home from work until it passes. Sometimes it doesn’t pass for the entire 9 months! So what really works?

Peppermint Oil

I have noticed the Peppermint essential oils really help with morning sickness. I rub a bit of the oil on my wrists each morning, and it has been a game changer! I also have an Oil Diffuser on my desk for when my sickness is especially rough.

Ditch Heavy Preservatives

I have cut down the number of preserved foods that I consume, simply because I can’t keep them down. Most prepackaged foods make me nauseous beyond all reason, like Luna bars. These delicious breakfast bars were a favorite, but now, I can’t stomach them. Instead, I eat cheddar cheese cubes and Wheat Thins.

Carbs and Fats

I had hoped so badly that I wouldn’t gain much weight this pregnancy, but I have found that the only major combat of morning sickness is to snack are Carbohydrates and fatty foods. A few of my go-to’s are peanut butter and saltine crackers and Wheat Thins with cheddar cheese. I’ve noticed, if I don’t snack every 2 hours, I will be puke-y in no time.

Stop Overeating

Guys, I throw up every darn time I overeat. It doesn’t take long, either. I will throw up right there in the parking lot of a restaurant! Instead of eating three large meals, try snacking every few hours. This has helped me enormously!

Don’t Get Too Hungry

This one is my least favorite. If I don’t eat as soon as my body gets hungry, I will upchuck everywhere. Even if my stomach is empty, I will be hurling bile. It hurts, a lot! So I try everything in my power to avoid being hungry too long. Eat breakfast religiously. Moms-To-Be don’t get to skip out on meals anymore.

Over the Counter Solutions

All of my previous solutions are fine and dandy, but sometimes, we need something stronger. Here are a few of my favorite Over the Counter solutions that can really kick your morning sickness out!

Pink Stork Morning Sickness Sweets – these are candies that help soothe your nauseous tummy! Another brand to try is Tummy Drops.

SeaBands for Morning Sickness – This is a band that exerts pressure on pressure points in your wrist. This band has been proven to help with even the worst spouts of morning sickness. It also helps with motion sickness!

Nausea and Tummy Aromatherapy Inhaler – this inhaler is similar to the Peppermint suggestion, but it comes in a small lip-balm sized tube that is great for on-the-go!

Nausea Probiotics – take these supplements every day to prevent nausea before it begins.

Nausea Tea – like the probiotics, this tea is meant to combat nausea before it really kicks in.

If none of these work, you can always as your OB to write you prescription strength nausea medicine!

Legit Baby Freebies

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As an expecting mother, I cannot get enough freebies. I look for them constantly! Here, I have compiled a list of legit baby freebies. This list will not require you to sign up for email newsletters, and none of these websites give off that “sketchy” feel. Those who have searched for freebies know what I’m talking about!

You will have to pay shipping for these items, but the shipping is not much compared to the product! Some of these freebies have been recruited from Moms&Crafters and Freebies For Baby.

Belly Button Band

Body Band

The Belly Band has two options: a Body Band for $40 (pictured above), or a Belly Band (pictured below). Both are meant to extend your pant-life throughout maternity.

The Body Band covers your belly and your unbuttoned pre-pregnancy pants. The Belly Band attaches to your pre-pregnancy pants. The Belly Band is adjustable, so it offers security for that “in-between” stage, where you aren’t big enough to wear maternity clothes, but you’re too bloated to wear your normal pants comfortably.

Use the code: FREEBIES4BABY for $39 off your order

Belly Band

Breast Pads

Here, you can get Breast Pads (4 for $7) in multiple patterns and a Breast Feeding Bracelet ($7). Breast Pads are essential for any breast feeding moms, and the bracelet can help you remember which breast you recently fed out of. As we know, new moms usually can’t remember much for a few weeks, so this bracelet is great and comfy. I have already stocked up on both!

Use the code: FREEBIES4BABY for $35 off your purchase.

Breast Feeding Bracelet
Breast Pads

3 Free Ruffle Buns

Ruffle Buns are cute diaper covers, and you can get 3 for free with this code: FREEBIES4BABY

Ruffle Buns

5 Free Baby Leggings

These baby leggings are great for winter weather! Use the code: PJBABY for $50 off your order. This website also sells bibs and gift sets!

Baby Leggings

Free Carseat Canopy

I already indulged in this freebie! This canopy is high quality, soft, and otherwise wonderful. There are several fabric options, which will allow you to customize the canopy for optimal results. A carseat canopy is a must for new babies, so why not get it free?

Use the code: PJBABY for $50 off your purchase.

Car Seat Canopy

Nursing Pillow

I hear moms rave about these pillows, though I have not bought one yet. With the code PJBABY, you can get this 100% free!

Free Sling-Style Baby Carrier

This was one of the first things I bought when we found out we were expecting. I love this sling! It is durable, yet soft enough for a baby’s sensitive skin.

Use the code: PJBABY for $40 off.

Baby Carrier

Amazon Prime Goodie Box

I’ve already gotten my Prime Goodie Box, and it was cram packed with awesome things! I got a bottle, 2 onesies, a muslin swaddle wrap, diapers, full-sized wipes, lotion, shampoo, breast pads, and coupons!

You have to be a prime member to receive your box of goodies, but you can use a Prime Free Trial! Look for the link below to get your free trial. It is 100% free for 30 days, and you can cancel at any time!

To start your registry, go here!