5 Smart Ways to Save Money on Things for Baby

image credit: adapted from Flickr/ ota_photos
Image credit: adapted from Flickr/ ota_photos

I have just entered my third trimester and that means I’ve developed that nesting itch – the urge to get all things ready for baby. There are 10 weeks left before our baby will enter the world and while that sounds like a long time, it’s really strange how quickly time flies and before I know it, he will be in my arms.

It’s no surprise that babies are expensive – not just long term, but with all the products and items you need before they arrive, your budget can get quite a squeeze. It can get even more squeezed when you’re not sure what you need and with the overwhelming list of items it is hard to pick out the must-haves.

Being smart about your planning, budgeting, and picking out what you really need can help you keep that spending to a minimum

There are some ways you can help keep that budget at a reasonable level when you’re planning all the items you need for your new baby-to-be. Just being smart about your planning, budgeting, and picking out what you really need can help you keep that spending to a minimum while getting all you need.

Image credit Flickr/ Images_of_Money
Image credit Flickr/ Images_of_Money

Ask other parents what they really needed:

There are so many baby products out on the market, from swings that mimic a parent to toys that are considered must-have for teething babies, and it can be difficult to distinguish what you really need. I’ve found that asking parents who have been through the baby stage what they really needed and actually used can help focus you into what you really need.

Image credit: Flickr/ ota_photos
Image credit: Flickr/ ota_photos

Splurge only where needed:

Since this will be our fourth child, we've had a lot of experience on what products we really actually need and which ones turned out to be useful only for a short amount of time. Though we got rid of all our previous baby stuff, while buying for this baby we took a serious look-back on what items for us were must-have splurges. We know from out past experiences that a swing is something we would be using a lot more than a crib, so we opted to forgo the crib and spend the money on a really great swing.

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Image credit: Flickr/ krasi
Image credit: Flickr/ krasi

Buy generic or go cloth:

Cloth diapers are a large investment in the short-term, but long term they can save you a lot more money than if you used disposable diapers. If that’s not your thing, you can save money by choosing store-brand or generic diapers verses the more expensive well-known brands. Ask your friends which diapers they loved and do a little of your own research because generic brands are often just as good as name brands.

Image credit: Flickr/ Insulinde
Image credit: Flickr/ Insulinde

Check out second-hand shops:

Babies grow like weeds and before you know it, all those cute clothes you bought in newborn size no longer fit – and it’s only been a few weeks. Instead of spending all your budget on brand new clothes, take a look at the second-hand shops in your area. Chances are, the newborn clothes there have only been worn a handful of times and are still in great condition – for a fraction of the price.

Image credit: Flickr/ bradipo
Image credit: Flickr/ bradipo

Make your own baby wipes:

It’s not something you may have thought about, but baby wipes can add up to be quite the expense in the first few years of your child’s life. There are cloth wipes available that would go great alongside your cloth diapers,  but you can actually make your own wipes – that work great – for a fraction of the cost. All you need are items you already have in the house for your baby – and they are simple to make. For a great how-to with steps, check out this video from Babies411's Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST on Earth Angel Mama Baby.

:: What are some smart tips and tricks you have for saving money while  buying baby items? ::

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5 Smart Ways to Save Money on Things for Baby

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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