Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Most Expensive Items Moms Buy for the Baby and Nursery

Some of the most expensive items moms buy for the baby and nursery are absolute, "could never do without" necessities and some (according to many) are not! There are all sorts of nursery checklists and diaper bag checklists with items on them that I've managed to do without. Then on the other hand, I have been known to splurge on high end stuff like designer diaper bags that made my frugal friends screech in pain and (I'm sure) scorn me to anyone who would listen.

Oeuf Classic cribs in walnut in an aqua nursery decorated for a twin boy and girl

Oeuf Classic cribs in walnut with Dwell Studio Bedding

I would like a reprieve from their scathing remarks for a bit so you won't find a designer baby bag anywhere on the following list. That being said, I'm sure that I will still draw a few scathing remarks from my thrifty readers.

Bring it on, ladies! I've developed skin as tough as a rhino's rump and I can take it.

No. 1. A crib: You might skip a cradle. You can skim right past the bassinet but the baby will have to have a bed to sleep in unless you plan to co-sleep until he or she is ready for a big bed. There are ways to furnish the baby's room frugally but even if you are dedicated to buying second hand, relatively speaking, the crib and nursery furniture will be the most expensive outlay of funds.

No. 2. The nursery furniture: Nursery armoires, changing tables and gliders are next on the list. Buy only what you need and rely on organization to keep the room clutter free.

No. 3. The baby stroller: A full size stroller, even one without all the bells and whistles, will set you back. Expect to pay at least $100 to $150 for a basic model and more if you must have the exact same stroller as your favorite celebrity mom has chosen for her baby.

Those are, in my opinion, the most expensive items moms buy for the baby and nursery under normal circumstances. Unfortunately, it's rare for any of these big-ticket items to be presented as baby shower gifts for obvious reasons; they are expensive but they are also items that parents prefer to research and buy themselves. In fact, these purchases are so important that well meaning grandparents who want to help out would be better off presenting mom and dad with a gift certificate rather than surprising them with (gasp) a pricey gift that is all wrong.

What was the most expensive item you bought to prepare your nursery for baby? Do you have any shopping tips to help others save a little money?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Baby Shower Cakes Gone Wrong

I'm calling this post baby shower cakes gone wrong rather than "funny baby shower cakes" after careful thought and consideration. Before you judge me you should know that there is not a soul on this earth that appreciates the beauty of pregnancy more but somehow the idea of non-medical personnel taking a cake knife and carving up pregnant belly is (to me):

a. weird
b. gruesome
c. anything but appetizing

The first case in point is this hot pink and black beauty.

Hot pink and black pregnant belly baby shower cake

Via Cake Wrecks

Right off the bat, I have to admit I'm extremely envious of Alaysia's cake's impressive boobs and that I love hot pink and black baby shower decorations but setting those considerations aside; the idea of slicing up a tummy with a little footprint doesn't exactly put me in a festive mood.

The next pregnant belly cake was obviously baked for a mother-to-be expecting boys. Actually, if I had to guess, I would say she was expecting several of them.

Blue and white pregnant belly baby boy shower cake for multiples twins or triplets

Admit it, you tried to match up the baby hand and footprints to figure out how many babies this mommy of multiples was expecting. I know that I did!

Does it strike you that these expensive, professionally baked baby shower cakes are so lovely if it weren't for the prospect of the bellies destined to be sliced open?

Hot pink and pregnant belly baby girl fondant baby shower cake in polka dots

Take, for example, this elegant pink and white polka dot cake with the flowing fondant bow. But DEAR LORD look at the size of that baby girl's foot! Can you say, "Mommy's gonna need a whopper of an episiotomy?

Let this be a lesson to you to think twice before giving your baker directions lest you join the gallery of baby shower cakes gone wrong. For those of you who have pictures of a professionally baked cake that either by twist of fate or by design turned out to have, shall we say, a "unique" personality, please visit Cake Wrecks to upload pictures and make light of your disaster. I promise that we will laugh with you, not at you.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Tree Theme Baby Shower Decorations

My favorite tree theme baby shower decorations are ones that can go home with the guest of honor that she can use to decorate the baby's nursery. Unless you host numerous showers each year and have an endless amount of storage space (which I do not and am jealous as all get out if you do) this is a super way to decorate the venue and make the mommy-to-be feel like she made out like a bandit in the gift department which is so much more fun than having to figure out a way to pack and store lots of stuff that you may never use again when the party is over.

Baby blue green and white baby boy shower wishing tree decorations with paper birds and wall banner

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One of the best tree theme baby shower decorations that I've used to decorate that mom was tickled to load in her car after the celebration was a large tree wall decal that I ordered after craftily quizzing her what her nursery's colors were. For less than $30 I decorated the wall behind the gift table and made my friend squeal with delight..priceless!

Baby girl wishing tree shower centerpiece with hot pink flowers as decorations

The next great idea is a wishing tree which operates along the same lines as a wishing well at a money tree shower. Only with a wishing tree, the guests are asked to pin wishes on the branches instead of cash. Of course, if you wanted to pin a few dollars inside your wish, I'm sure that would be appreciated.

If you just insist on adding your tree theme baby shower decorations to your cache of supplies to use over and over again, be sure that you buy them in gender neutral colors.

Wishing tree baby shower centerpiece with paper pink and blue bird decorations on the branches

That way you will have the option of adding blue birds for a baby boy or pink flowers for a baby girl to the branches of the tree for a gender specific look.

The little pink or blue birds and flowers that you use to decorate the branches can also be used to enhance the look of the tableware.

Pink or blue paper birds make excellent baby shower decorations perched on the rim of water or wine glasses

Perch a paper bird on the rim of water glasses and champagne flutes for an inexpensive yet elegant touch.