One of the biggest life changes that can happen to any mom and dad is the arrival of their own little baby. Not only does a new child change your life forever and the way you see the world, but you’ll soon see that it can take a big part of your budget as well. While there are plenty of baby items available, and the list grows every year, the prices of these items also grow from year to year.
Whether this is your first child or your tenth, preparing for a baby does not have to break the bank. There are basics you can find and get within your budget, and fun essentials that are just as adorable but cost effective.These tips will help you get ready for baby while not breaking your budget:
You Don’t Need It All
When you walk into any baby superstore, you are introduced to many products and items that are all marketed for you baby to “need.” The honest truth is that you are not going to need it all. When it comes to the essentials, there are only a few items you actually need to be ready for your new baby’s arrival:
Crib or Playpen for the little one to sleep in
Carseat and Stroller
Bottles, Breast Feeding Supplies
Clothes, Socks, Mittens, Blankets
Diapers and Wipes
There are plenty of items you can splurge on if you have the extra cash, but these essentials are the shortlist of items your baby must have to function when you bring the little one home.
Thrift Shops and Consignment
For larger items to baby clothes, checking out your local thrift shops and consignment stores are your best bet to stay under budget. You’ll find plenty of baby clothes at these stores which is perfect for children who only wear one outfit for 2 weeks until they need a bigger size. While some items are recommended to be bought new, like a car seat, you can find deals on strollers or cribs at consignment stores. Be sure to keep up with safety recalls when going out to thrift store and consignment stores.
When In Doubt, DIY
There are many great DIY projects you can find online and on Pinterest for a new baby. You can create a sentimental baby blanket, create burp clothes out of your old favorite t-shirts, or even make your own cloth diapers to save even more money. There are plenty of things you can make on your own, with items in your home, that is perfect for baby and your wallet.
You can find plenty of coupons either online or at stores for baby items. At Babies R Us or Target, you can create a baby registry online and automatically get a coupon for future items. Babies R Us is also known to give you 20% off coupons when your purchase anything towards future purchases, plus a reusable gift bag & Registry Planner . Don’t forget to also go out and check your favorite retailers websites to print out coupons from home before heading out to go shopping.