Baby products can get expensive, and they can get expensive extremely fast – especially when you’re about to welcome in baby #1 and haven’t already gone through the traditional over-buying process.
It’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of having a newborn and the overwhelming desire to provide them with anything and everything they could ever possibly need.
A lot of times we don’t consider that they aren’t going to remember or care about those fancy outfits you put them in to parade them around town.
While some things are worth the splurge, not everything is and it’s important to realize when it’s time to step back and save money instead of spending, and what’s worth shelling out a few extra bucks.
1. Baby furniture
Before you go out and buy a brand new changing station, dresser, and rocking chair for your new child search through Craig’s List, Ebay, garage sales, or any other places like that where you can find like-new items for a heavily discounted price.
You would be amazed how much stuff you can find that has barely been used but people are selling for a fraction of the cost just so they can get rid of it.
Obviously diapers are a staple for your newborn, so it makes sense in this case to visit a wholesale warehouse store that sells mass quantities of the item for cheaper than the usual grocery store finds.
3. Baby clothes
Take a second to browse the clearance racks at stores, look on websites like Ebay, and even work out a clothing swap with friends. Your baby is only going to wear the clothes for a very limited amount of time – they outgrow clothes extremely fast in the first months being home – so you don’t need to waste money buying everything brand new.
4. Multiple Car Seats
You may think you need a car seat for each car your family owns but it’s really just money that you could be saving instead of spending. Instead just move the car seat from car to car. Most of the time you can purchase an extra base that will fit the car seat so moving the seat is easy and fast.
5. Know When to Splurge
There are some items you should go ahead and splurge on though, and those are usually the crib, car seat, and stroller. You want to make sure that you’re not buying something that may have something wrong with it unknowingly and the best way to do that is to buy it new instead of second-hand.
Not everything has to be brand new and name brand for your new baby – you can often buy the generic brands for baby food, diapers, wipes, and formula to name a few and still get the same quality products, and your baby will have no idea if what they’re wearing is a designer label or not.
But you should also know when it’s ok and even necessary to splurge in order to keep your child safe and sound.
This guest post was written by Heather Smith, who is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to become a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.
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