How to personalise your baby's nursery on a budget

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Easy ways to make your baby's room unique and special without spending lots of money

Pregnant woman decorating nursery

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Decorating and preparing your baby's nursery is an exciting part of your pregnancy. Getting your partner, family or friends to help you can also be a great way to get them feeling more involved.

You don't have to spend lots of money to create a space that's unique and special for your new arrival. There's lots of inexpensive and easy ways to create the perfect environment for your baby.

If you don't know the sex of your baby, picking a neutral colour for the nursery can be tricky. Rather than staying safe with lemon or cream why not try something different like light turquoise, lilac or peach? It's best to stick to a pale colour palette as you want the room to feel calm but you can always add bolder colours with accessories.

When it comes to nursery furniture, make sure you shop around and if you're buying brand new, make sure it's something that will stand the test of time. Cots that convert into junior beds can be a worthwhile investment.

Second hand wooden furniture can be bought cheaply in charity shops so look out for a chest of drawers that could be repainted or a chair that could be recovered. You'll save money and have something completely unique.

Try customising curtains yourself with fabric dyes, iron on patches, stencils or embroidery. There are plenty of ideas and tutorials online. If you're using a dye just make sure you wash your fabric thoroughly afterwards with a non bio detergent.

Decorate your baby's room with special photographs, you could make a collage documenting your pregnancy including pictures of your bump and copies of your scans.

Have a go at making a blanket for your baby. If you're on maternity leave try taking on a new skill such as sewing. Even crochet can be a great way to occupy yourself and keep your mind active.

For more information on pregnancy health and advice go to www.nhs.uk/Start4Life
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