We all know babies are expensive, right??
From the prenatal care, hospital or midwife care, to diapers and clothes, and especially all the baby gear we buy.
Well for some having babies are very expensive while others not so much. It does not have to break the bank when you have a baby. You can be frugal even during those years of being fruitful and multiplying. 😉
We see all the baby stuff at the store and think, oh, I have to have that! Or we see other moms with an awesome stroller, carseat, or maybe a beautiful carrier that we would love. It is easy to want all of it I know.
But, babies don’t need all that stuff and honestly neither do we.
Yes, some of the items do make life with littles easier and more convenient. You just have to chose wisely what to buy and where to buy it.
You can make a budget and stick to it using multiple different ways and save on all the baby items.
1- Borrow and share with friends and family.
Talk with your friends and family that have or have had babies recently. You may have friends that are not using their stroller at this point in their parenting journey. Maybe they don’t need the baby bath, bassinet, swing, or bumbo seat right now and you can use it. Then you just give it back when you are finished and/or they need it again. Maybe you find a friend that is finished having babies and is getting rid of their baby bed, stroller, or car seat. Don’t forget about all the baby clothing that you will only use for a very short time. Most people will hand down clothing that has only been worn a few times and their child grew out of. Take advantage of these things you can save on. You will only use them for a short time so borrow and share with others. Remember when you do purchase something to also share with others to help them save during this season of their lives.
2- Baby registry
Be sure to register! Your friends and family will want to get you something for that new bundle of joy so register! You don’t want them getting you what they think you want or need. Tell them where you are registered. Put everything you want and need on that registry.
3- Registry completion discounts.
Target and amazon.com offer a registry completion discount of 15%. They will also give you a welcome bag when you register at Target with a number of baby coupons. Most of the time 60-90 days before your due date you can take advantage of the completion discount. Don’t forget about this and take advantage of it.
4- Purchase used items.
Talk to church friends and family friends that are just out of the baby stage and see if you can purchase any of their used items. We love when others are finished and their items are only used for one or two children. They are like new most of the time. You can save a ton by doing this. It helps with both families as we were able to get what we needed and they were able to clear out some much needed space and had a little money to get things they needed at the point they were in at the time.
Don’t forget about those thrift stores and second hand stores. I just recently bought a double stroller from one in our town for $90 that was originally over $200. I consider that a win! They have tons of strollers, bouncy seats, swings, clothes, sheets, and blankets at great prices and some of the stuff still has the tags on it.
5- Cloth diapers
It really will not matter to your child now or when they are older if they wore cloth diapers or not probably. We use cloth for the most part and disposable at times as well. I love cloth. There are so many cute prints and who doesn’t just love a fluffy little bottom. Cloth will save you tons of money as disposables are expensive. You can also find sites on line that sell used cloth diapers. Don’t forget about how all the disposable diapers are just more waste we are putting into our environment. I do use disposables at night because I tend to have babies that are heavy wetters at night. Some people are brand loyal to diapers and wipes and such but I am not. I have found that the walmart or target brand do just fine.
6- Baby food
We do make our baby food and do baby led weaning to an extent. Baby food is also very expensive. I think I saw some the other day that was a 2 pack for over $1. Now, I know you are thinking really what is a dollar?? Well every dollar adds up. Also, most of the time you cook dinner for your family and have left overs correct? Take those left over veggies or macaroni etc. and grind it up. You do not have to have a fancy baby food grinder machine. I have had 5 kids and never bought one of those. You can use whatever you have in your kitchen. I happen to have a little hand held non electric squisher/ grinder thing lol. (it’s really old like 15 years old) and it still works just fine for my babies. You can use a regular blender as well. If you want to make a lot of peas, green beans, or carrots then just blend them up and put them in ice cube trays and freeze them. Then dump the carrot ice cubes into a freezer bag and store until you need them. These are very handy.
So, I hope you have learned a little about ways to save for those baby years on all that baby gear. 😉
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