Shopping for your first baby can be overwhelming. Every checklist online introduces you to no less than 20 new "must-haves" you absolutely need to add to your registry — lest you be a careless, unfit parent! — not to mention how many items have to be traded out after the baby's four or five months old and grows out of its pink, wrinkly infant stage.
Don't even get me started on setting up the nursery, either. Okay, too late: Scrolling Instagram or Pinterest unearths thousands of ideas, sending you spiraling into a dozen different directions — only to learn half of that influencer's swag costs more than your first car. (A $1,600 crib?! Who do you take me for, Cardi B?!) If the ranting didn't give it away, it's a journey I've started myself — due this October! — that's left me feeling a little overwhelmed ... until I started finding a few secret sources for surprisingly affordable, chic finds.
Walmart recently expanded its , adding 30,000 more products to its inventory. And a "shop by style" section, so you can cull your options further. Seriously, you'll be surprised by some of these finds:
If there's any time to get in on the gold, bronze, or blush pink trends, it's when you're shopping for something your kid's only going to use for a few years. Because yeah, you can score this crib in all three colors. (Plus, the mattress can be moved down, so you can keep using it as your kid grows from baby to toddler.)
At the risk of sounding like the bride who swears "you can totally wear that bridesmaid dress again," you can totally keep this dresser around long after your baby heads to preschool. It's sleek enough that you may want to keep it in your room.
For what it costs to buy the crazy-coveted Sophie La Girafe — the soft teether parents talk about in the same reverential tones often reserved for the Pope or Joanna Gaines's hair — at a boutique, you can score the toy AND a plush version, too.
How comfy does this tufted rocker look?! Plus, in dove gray, it's on trend and will hide spit-up.
This delicate star-and-moon design is subtle enough that it works with just about any decor style — even if you change your mind a dozen times while designing your nursery.
It's a kid's room! If there's any time to put something "aww"-inducing on the walls, this is it.
I get it: Prince George slept in a Moses basket, so your future royal needs one, too. The big difference between Georgie's and this one, though? It costs a seventh of the price.
All of these little things take up a LOT of space. Keep all those baby clothes, blankets, and toys under control with a neutral, 24-piece organizing set.
There's plenty of time for your kid to fight you over Paw Patrol or Frozen wall stickers. Go for something that's more your vibe — like this on-trend tropical number — while you still can.
Yes, you've covered the practical things. And the aesthetics. But you can't leave out the fun. This lightweight jumper will keep babies entertained, and you can easily fold it up and stow it when you don't need it out. One less thing to trip over during a 2 a.m. feeding!