Jennifer’s Thrifty Nursery for Triplets

Could you fit three cribs in your nursery? Planning a nursery for multiples when you’re on a budget takes considerable creativity and planning. In this guest post, mother of two-year-old triplets Jennifer shows us how her family made it work:

Once we decided to have a baby I started looking at crib bedding and dreaming about the nursery. We had the room and just needed the baby (or in our case, babies!).During the two years it took us to get and stay pregnant I spent hours looking at crib bedding. Once we found out I was pregnant with triplets, all my ideas of crib bedding and the nursery changed.

By the time we found out the genders (two boys and a girl) I was too huge, too tired, too stressed and on bed rest to do much. Money was tight since we were now down to one income and would get tighter once the triplets arrived. The kids were going to have to share a room and probably share it for a while, so we needed something that was gender neutral.

I wanted something that would last for a while and that did not look too babyish (so anything with characters was out). All the bedding sets that I liked were expensive and seemed like a waste of money for what you got. I picked a bedding set that sold extra fabric. It came in blue and pink. From that bedding set I ended up buying the valance in blue and then two yards to the blue and one yard of the pink. With this fabric I covered a lampshade that we already had, made three photo boards (one in the pink and two in the blue) and a pillow in the pink to sit on the rocker (which we already had and was mine when I was a baby).

As for the actual bedding, which my mom bought when she came down for the birth, we got bumpers and matching crib skirts at Babies R Us (light blue, light pink and light green). A good friend got each baby a special blanket with their names on them (light pink, light blue and light green). I was given tons of crib sheets at my baby shower.

For wall decor I got Wall Candy because they were removable and easy for me to do. Since I was big and on bed rest, I couldn’t do much, but I could slap some dots on the wall (and then sit in the middle of the room and tell my husband where to move them/put them).

On one wall we hung the photo boards I made. On the other wall we hung their names that we painted in brown and hung from stripes of leftover fabric.

We picked a neutral color that was in both fabrics, took the fabric to Lowes and had them match the color (a soft yellowish color). The curtains were found on sale at Target along with the curtain rod and green rug (bought from gift cards that we had received). I tried not to be too picky with many things.

We found Evenflo Jinny Lind style cribs at Big Lots for $80 each (thanks to my mom who purchased them for us!). And because they were cheap and at Big Lots I had to settle with 2 oak cribs and 1 white. The crib mattresses were bought for us off our registry by friends and family. The dresser was our baby gift from my in-laws.

Everything just ended up flowing together nicely. I wish I would have kept tabs on how much we actually spent, but I know it was not too much. With help from family and friends we were able to put together a nice, gender-neutral nursery on a great budget. It was not what I had always pictured our nursery to look like, but it turned out great and was better than I could have imagined!

This post is part of BC’s Nursery on a Budget Series. See more posts in the series.

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Guest Post: You’re Having Twins…. Now What?

Today’s guest post about saving money with multiples is from the lovely Christina, who blogs at Northern Cheapskate:

You’ve had an ultrasound (or two or three) and have confirmed you’re having twins. Congratulations! Now what?

Well, after you take some time to catch your breath (believe me, I know, I have 22-month old twins), there are a few things you can do during your pregnancy to prepare for life with two babies.

Start saving money. If you didn’t have an emergency fund before, start one now. If you’re currently working, you may not be able to continue to work as the pregnancy progresses. Twin pregnancies come with more risks and bigger maternity clothing than single pregnancies, so it’s best to create an emergency fund as soon as you can. When I was pregnant with my twins, we tried to save as much of my income as possible and just live off my husband’s income. It allowed us to build a nice cushion for when I was put on bedrest at 29 weeks. It was also a good exercise in determining if we could survive on just one income before I decided to become a stay-at-home mom.

Stockpile. Watch those sales, clip those coupons and stock up on things you and the babies will use. During the last few weeks of pregnancy and the first few months of your new babies’ life, you may not feel like shopping (or even be able to). If you’ve built up your pantry and supply of toilet paper, shampoo, etc., you won’t have to worry about running to the store when you’re exhausted.

Sign up for offers for parents of multiples. As a parent to twins, you belong to a unique group, and there are plenty of companies who want to help you with your growing family. Some of these parents of mulitples programs require you to send proof of the twins’ births, so you may have to wait until they’re here, but it is well worth taking the time to do this.

Ask friends/relatives to save coupons for you. If you’re not going the breastfeeding, cloth diapering route, ask your friends and family to save coupons for diapers and formula for you. It’s so helpful to have a great stash of baby product coupons when there is a good sale.

Find support. The first few months with two babies will be physically and emotionally exhausting. Don’t be too proud to accept help (or meals) from friends and family. Be sure to check out whether your area has a Mother of Multiples group – they can be a great source of information. I also found it helpful to check out the parenting boards at iVillage and Twins magazine.

Don’t stress out. You may get panicky when you think about twice as many diapers and feedings. But in reality, while two babies are more expensive than one, it’s not truly twice as expensive. You need to remember to take care of yourself so that you can take care of those babies. Enjoy learning about your babies and celebrate the blessings they truly are.

Christina is a stay-at-home mom to 22-month old twin boys and a 3.5 year old boy. When she’s not chasing after her three boys, she’s blogging about ways to save money at Northern Cheapskate.

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Shopping for Twins? Essential Reads

Multiples Week at Baby Cheapskate continues with more shopping advice from the experts. Find out what you really need and what you can skip:

When it comes to books about multiples, here are three top sellers that get great reviews at Amazon:

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Freebies, Discounts and Coupons for Parents of Multiples

Parents of multiples may be able to double (or triple…or quadruple) up on gear and clothing to some extent, but there are some budget-busting expenses that are hard to avoid. Parents of twins, for example, will change 5,000 to 7,000 diapers in one year and may spend more than $2000 on formula during the first year of their children’s lives. It’s easy to see why so many moms of multiples become so good at bargain hunting! There’s lots of money to be saved every day here at Baby Cheapskate, but I’ve put together a few sources of freebies, discounts, and coupons just for families with multiples:

  • MomsView has a list of multiples programs here. Look for the “Multiple Birth Programs” heading. Includes info on FREE diapers & wipes from P&G (Pampers, Luvs), Beechnut coupons, a case of FREE formula from Mead Johnson, Carnation formula, Gerber, and many more. There are similar lists at and BabiesOnline.
  • You can get the scoop on other discounts for twins and other multiples straight from other parents on message boards like the ones at Twins magazine and Triplet Talk at Triplet Connection. The “Your Twins’ First Year board at Twins mag has over 16000 threads! Triplet Connection has a “Consumer Corner” board with product reviews, advice on saving money, and more.
  • Buy items used or get them free when you can from consignment stores and sales (your local Mothers of Twins or Mothers of Multiples group may hold one), Freepeats, Freecycle, and Craigslist.

You parents who have “been there, done this” can add to this list, I’m sure. Please share your discounts, coupons, and freebies for twins and beyond in the comments.

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