Another item on my getreadyforbaby to-do list was to start purchasing clothing. From what I’ve heard and from what I’ve experienced as a nanny in college, babies are quite the outfit destroyers. Between spitup, leaks, blowouts, and stains, they go through a few outfit changes a day at least. I really don’t want to be doing the baby’s laundry three times a day so I figured the best way to avoid that was to stock up on clothing for our little miss.
My family/friends have graciously offered to throw me a baby shower and we are officially registered (whew, that was seriously quite the process!) but being that this is our first child, we are lacking most of the major essentials that I would rather receive than clothing for her. I figured one of the best and inexpensive ways to get her wardrobe ready was to shop secondhand. She’ll be outgrowing and staining her clothes so fast that this seemed the most practical to me. I would hate to have other people or myself spend tons of money on clothes that she may never even wear or ruin within the first five minutes of trying it on.
I am sosososo glad I decided to go shopping and see what I could find at a couple thrift stores. Holy cow. The clothes were adorable, stylish, practically new, brand names, and some of the items still had their original tags on! I purchased a total of 95 pieces for a little over $100. I “splurged” on a few pieces that were $2-3 but most of the items were $1 or under. I couldn’t believe it. After a wash cycle with Dreft (does anyone else loooove the scent of this stuff??), they literally seem like brand new clothes.
I decided to hang everything except pajamas and plain white onesies, which will go in the dresser. I figure it will be more fun and easier to mix and match outfits and also to see what I have vs. what I still need to buy. It’s funny how when you are pregnant with your first, these little bitty decisions like “closet vs. dresser” seem so completely crucial and important. I can’t explain it but I will admit I found myself researching the decision online and had a few dreams about closet organization.
I found some super awesome clothing size organizers on Etsy that I need to order. The top right is Newborn and 0-3 months, the bottom right is all 3-6 months, and the left is anything 6-12 months. I plan on having tupperware-type boxes ready to go to move things into storage as she grows. And I love the teal paint pop of color in the closet even more now! So fun. We have baskets on order for the closet shelves and that wicker hamper was only $15 on clearance at Home Goods (found a similar one at Cost Plus for $30!) so that was awesome.
The hardest part was keeping in mind the seasons/weather for each age group of clothing. I was literally counting from her due date on my fingers in the stores thinking, “Okay, at three months it will be the middle of summer.” I think I got everything pretty spot on, though, and our little girl will be ready for sun, rain, or snow.
I immediately got to washing, sorting, and hanging the clothes. It was so much fun and made me even more excited for her arrival! I found baby clothing hangers (white plastic) at Walmart for $1/pack of ten. Good deal! I also bought wooden clothes pins for $2/pack of 100 to hang the pants as a cheap alternative to pant hangers (which were $3 for three – yikes). They seem to work great!
I also bought some cute hats (most for 50 cents or under) and pairs of mittens to prevent scratches in those first few days/weeks.
A big discovery while shopping was I don’t think there is anything in this entire world cuter than baby pajamas other than a cute baby wearing baby pajamas, of course! Baby girl will be warm and cozy through her first year with all of the cute jammies I found.
I really wanted a good mix of colors (more than just pink – again avoiding the super girly-girl/diva/princess attitude from the beginning!) and styles for her to wear. Between onesies, dresses, leggings, jeans, sweaters, I think we’re pretty set. Other than a few gifts we’ve received and a couple outfits from TJ Maxx and Ross (and the very first outfit we bought her at Old Navy the day we found out we were having a girl), everything is secondhand but seriously, you wouldn’t even know it. I totally recommend shopping this way to all of the new parents out there. Here are a few cute combos I love. I think I’m going to have a ridiculously fun time dressing her every morning… and most likely, thanks to the bound-to-happen messes, every hour.
With the change in energy that comes along during the second trimester, I’ve been able to finally get some things together for the nursery and start getting it set up for baby. Hard to believe that in just over three months or so our little bundle will be here! I know it’s going to fly by and I still have so much to do but I’m happy to report the to-do list shrinketh!
First up was finding frames for the wall art I plan on designing. I really wanted to have a symmetrical gallery wall of frames above the dresser/changing combo. My original requirements were 12″x12″ squares, white, and with matting but after finding they were $20 each (and at Ikea nonetheless!) I decided to be open to some
other cheaper possibilities. While browsing through Michael’s one day, completely lost and looking for modpodge, I stumbled across these white, matted gallery frames with an 8×10 opening. They were perfect but the clincher was the ridiculous good price. Regularly $10 each, they just happened to be on sale for 50% off making them only $5 each! All in all I ended up spending $30 for six frames versus the $120 I would have spent at Ikea. Score!!! I plan on designing some fun and bright art to brighten up the space a little. The hardest part will be narrowing it down to only six pieces! And I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself for this hanging job… this was my first gallery display but with the help of a yardstick and my grandpa’s level, it turned out pretty even and straight! #miracle
Next up on the shopping list was a new lamp for the room. I wanted something feminine for our little miss and had a few lamps in mind at Cost Plus World Market. I decided to stop in at Home Goods, though, so see if I could find something less expensive and sure enough I did. With the base and shade together it was a total steal and I love it even more than the other ones I was thinking about. It is so beautiful lit up, too, and adds some sophistication and charm to the room.
And see that cute little “Love at First Sight” frame next to the lamp? That was a gift from Josh’s aunt and uncle when we found out the gender and that’s our baby girl’s profile shot in there. Love it.
One of my many DIY projects is lining the old dresser drawers with some pretty, elegant paper. I found this beautiful wrapping paper at Michael’s and am working, slowly but surely, on lining the drawers with it using modpodge. I also know you won’t be able to see the lining that often what with all of the clothes, diapers, and things in the drawers but I like the idea of placing the clothes on this pretty paper instead of the who-knows-how-old bare drawer bottoms.
We still have some work to do on this old dresser. Things left to do are 1) Spray paint drawer hardware salmon pink (Josh plans on doing this in the spring), 2) Buy and install drawer stoppers for the backs of the drawers so they aren’t able to be pulled completely out of dresser (safety first!), 3) Oil up the sliders inside so they glide more easily when opening and closing. Poor thing needed quite the update!
That brings me to my next DIY project. I knew the glider would really need a lumbar pillow for lower back support while rocking/nursing our little one. I already had a small travel pillow that was the perfect size but the pillow cover was super blah. Not wanting to spend $25 or more on a new pillow cover, I found a tutorial on Pinterest for cloth napkin pillow covers and knew it was right up my alley. A little known fact about me: I.don’t.sew. Like at all. You should see me “sew” a button back on. It’s basically just threading the needle through once then a million knots tied with my fingers. Hahaha. Note to self: learn to sew. This tutorial was perfect, though, because you just buy two cloth napkins and use fusible web! Something even I can handle. The tutorial is for an 18″x18″ pillow but I think I can figure it out for this size. I found the cloth napkins at Cost Plus World Market and am in LOVE with them. At just a little over $3 a napkin, it’s a super easy transformation and update. If it works out well, I think I’ll update some other throw pillows around the house. *Disclaimer: one of the napkins is just wrapped around the pillow in this picture to demonstrate as I have yet to start this project!
I also needed a new ottoman to go with the glider. The ones that were sold to match the glider were hundreds of dollars that I refused to spend. We had a cute little red stool that was Josh’s mom’s as a little girl in front of it for awhile but it was just too small/short and the red didn’t go with the rest of the room. I planned on making my own with confidence I could learn to sew but fate had a different option. We were browsing through Ross one day and we came across this lovely ottoman for only $40! By the time I bought all of the fabric, stuffing, and took the time to make my own, this would be such a better deal. I loved that it was so elegant, had similar coloring to the glider, and the best part is the lid comes off for storage inside! Josh plans on buying some hinges to make opening/closing it easier. It’s the perfect size, too, and I can’t wait to spend hours in this little corner reading, rocking, snuggling, and nursing our baby girl.
Let’s see… some other little details coming together are the side table. We plan on spray painting the small wicker basket in the spring. Yellow flowers and some sweet framed art… What I love most about my home is who I share it with.
I also found these cute flowers/vase at Goodwill for sixty cents! I love little details like this. And, yes, we are already reading our little girl Billy Collins poetry.
I also plan on making (sewing!!) a hot-air balloon mobile to hang over the crib. I will definitely post pictures once that is done but I have all of the supplies sitting in a bag waiting for me to start. The new year better bring out my craftiness!
What I love about this room is how light and bright it is! It gets optimal sunshine (curtains are on order and blackout lining will be purchased) and feels so cheerful to me. I also like that it is elegant and feminine without being over-the-top girly. I’m definitely not wanting to go after the hot pink and princess stuff (or ideals/attitude) for our little girl and this room really fits the bill when it comes to that idea. It’s been so much fun seeing it come together from painting the walls last summer before I was even pregnant to adding in the furniture and now all of the accessories and projects. It really has been a project of love.