5 Things to Consider Before Making that Big Baby Purchase
Babies are expensive, and when you factor in all the products we tend to buy for them, our budgets can be blown quickly. But it doesn't have to be that way!
If you're beginning to plan for those baby items you need in the first few months of your newborn's life, with some careful planning, research, and consideration, you don't have to spend all of your money. Talk to your friends that have had children and ask them which products they found useful and deem “can't live without” worthy.
Before you go out and spend, check out these 5 things you should consider first, which may end up saving your bank account.
Can you pick it up secondhand?
Many baby items are only used for a short time, and because of that, you can often find barely used products secondhand. Some things, like car seats, shouldn't be used if you don't know the history of the product (like if it's been in an accident). But so many others, like cribs, swings, strollers, and nursery decorations, can be bought cheaper than if you'd picked them up new at the store.
Is it going to last a while?
Most baby products, including bassinettes, strollers, and fancy chairs, have a weight limit to them. I was surprised after the birth of my first child just how fast he outgrew most of the bigger items I bought for him in just a few months. He wasn't an overly large baby, but babies grow faster than we may realize.
If you're looking to get the most for your money, consider products that have a higher weight limit to them like swings, strollers, and car seats. Or choose products that can be converted for later use like cribs that can be turned into toddler beds or vibrating chairs that transform into a chair for your older child.
Is there a cheaper alternative?
There are so many baby item options when it comes to choosing a product and brand. There are different price tags, too. If you're on the search for a big ticket baby item, research to see if there's a cheaper alternative without sacrificing safety or usefulness.
Some pack'n'plays come with changing tables and lullabies as an option and always cost a little more than the more plain functioning products. Before spending the extra money, ask if you'll use the top bassinette or the changing table before buying.
Will the baby actually use this?
There are some cute things for babies, and it can be hard to resist all the products designed to make our lives easier. If you're planning on bigger purchases like strollers, swings, or cribs, be sure to really look at what's making the price a little higher for added perks. Then, ask yourself if you can actually see it being useful.
If you're looking at picking up the matching changing table to finish the nursery decor, ask other parents if they used the table or if they always ended up changing the baby on the floor. Some products are good in theory, but you or your child may not end up using them.
Can you wait to purchase?
We all seem to have the idea that unless we have all.the.things before the baby is born and our houses are perfect, then we've failed. The truth is, newborns don't do a whole lot, and there are many things you can wait to purchase until it's clear the product is needed.
If you're unsure about a stroller? You can wait! If you don't know if your baby will use a swing, wait and see if you'd like a space to lay baby for a nap.
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