I know, I know. You’re thinking, “Oh, she’s one of those snobby moms who dresses her babies in designer clothes and has to have coordinating nursery decor.”
Yeah, I am. Sort of. Not so much for clothing, though I have a soft spot in my heart for Gymboree and Stride Rite.
But crib bedding. It’s one of the things I have decided to splurge on for my son and new arrivals. (Well, luckily for me, my mother-in-law, bought my bedding for child #1, bless her soul!)
It’s kind of like the diaper bag.
It makes such a huge difference to my mood to have a cute bag.
It also has made a huge difference to me to have a cute nursery.
I chose Eric Carle as the theme of my son’s nursery so that it was a gender-neutral option for future babies but I tried to do as minimally as possible, because we lived in a small apartment when he was first born. I didn’t go all out Pinterest-style, with matching rugs, chairs, and wall art. I basically slapped some removable wall stickers on the wall and let the bedding do the rest of the talking. We’re now in a house but the non-master bedrooms are really limited in size, so all-out decorating is kind of out of the picture.
Bedding in my home decor book is huge. Wall art and knick knacks on display are trendy and usually those fads come and go (that’s why DIY wall art is such a great concept.) But you place an embroidered quilt from Pottery Barn in an otherwise empty bedroom, and suddenly the room has a look and personality. Add some blackout curtains (because you have a napping child) and suddenly you’re a designer 🙂
So I emphasize bedding.
I’ve woken up with my baby for 2 1/2 years now (SG does more now that Baby prefers him. Muah haha). Not all of those days have been pretty. Most of those days I’ve been sleep-deprived myself, frustrated from the day before, or just plain grumpy because I’m really not a morning person. At all.
Having Baby’s crib decked out in bright beautiful colors really improves my mood a lot. Not to mention, he (around age 2) realized that the caterpillar was also the same caterpillar in his book and could talk about it. We were both very excited. It’s just always a fun room and feels so inviting. He loves his crib…at least, he’s pretty content to chill there for reasonable amounts of time in the morning.
It’s a happy place to be.
I feel like anything that improves the mood of a mom, first-time or not, is a great thing and is worth having. When Mom feels good, Baby feels good, because truly, babies and young children really do pick up on your mood so well.
Having said that, I realize most people are on budgets. Pottery Barn Kids is not really budget-friendly, but I will provide some tips for getting some great deals:
- I only shop the sale rack. In fact that’s also where I got my precious diaper bag. I only shop sale items. I like the other stuff too, I like perusing the catalog they keep sending me but I resist buying anything full priced if I can help it. I had grand schemes for my twin nursery coming up, but then I found the Peter Rabbit nursery bedding on sale here in Dallas and online, so I’m going with the more affordable option that is also gender-neutral. It’s not going to be as hip/modern as I was trying to achieve, but it’s still cute and classic. And if I wasn’t such a coordinated-look snob, I could have got other unmatching crib bedding available online for even cheaper, I just like a matchy look too much.
- I use discounted gift cards when I know I have a purchase coming. My favorite is GiftCardBin for Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma.
- I use codes online to score free shipping or 15% off, whichever I think is better. Free shipping codes (FREESHIP) are only valid on certain days, random weekends and holidays. Remember only one code is valid per order, so that is why a code and a discounted gift card combined together provide the best savings.
- Also I’ve found if you go in store and they don’t have what you are looking for, you can ask for them to order it for you. In my last shopping experience at our local store, they even provided me a discount on my order.
- Search eBay if you have something in mind. A lot of people have some really great items on deep discount there, just be sure you know what you are getting.
- Focus on the essentials if money is tight. I just love the quality of the bedding that we’ve used. Some of the crib sheets are organic cotton and I think they’re the best around, they look great wash after wash. I totally think they are worth having. I like the PBK crib bumpers (don’t hate me) but some are really thick and I don’t recommend those. Toddler quilts are super cute, but they’re more of a decorative piece. We just don’t use a lot of bedding in our crib and have used a space heater in the winter. Crib skirts are also optional, and can easily be made using regular fabric. If you’re not the seamstress-type, you can also try just look at places like Target for more affordable options.