Tips for saving money when preparing for a baby

baby stock photo. doesn't he look so cheeky? ;)
baby stock photo. doesn’t he look so cheeky? πŸ˜‰

It has been said that having a baby isn’t cheap. I’m finding this to be true already. But there are ways that you can save money as you prepare for your newborn’s arrival. Here are 5 tips:

1. If you expect to have a baby shower, don’t buy any clothes. You just don’t know how much clothing (any what types) you’ll be receiving at your shower. Wait. And when you do purchase clothing, try not to be sucked in by all the cuteness. Look at the price tag. And make sure to check out items on-sale and second hand.

2. Create a baby registry (even if you don’t have a shower) early on. I’d say by 20 weeks at the latest. This way you have a list of the items that you need to buy before baby arrives. When you register early, you’ll be able to notice certain items go on-sale and snag them at a good price.

3. Check out maternity wear at 2nd hand stores first. I picked up a really nice pair of Thyme maternity pants for $5!

4. Everything in the nursery doesn’t need to match perfectly. For example, you can buy your crib at one place (when there’s a good sale) and a dresser somewhere else. When dealing with white, it’s almost always bound to match up well. With brown wood stains, there may be some variances but you should be able to get something close. Or be daring and pick a bold color for the dresser that obviously doesn’t match the crib. Not buying all of your nursery furniture from the same “set” often saves you a lot of money.

5. Don’t reveal the sex of your baby. This is said to help aid in receiving practical gifts at your baby shower instead of receiving more pink OR blue newborn clothing than you know what to do with.

What helped you to save money as you prepared for having a baby? Or if you are currently expecting to add a baby to your family, what do you plan to do to help cut down on costs?

4 thoughts on “Tips for saving money when preparing for a baby”

  1. I’m really big on buying the cheapest diapers. Brands really don’t matter, especially with a newborn because you’re changing them so often. Plus, no matter the brand, you will get some leakage from time to time. Also, I purchased a small pack of diapers (starting with size 1, and alternating up to size 3) every time I went to the store while pregnant (doing it this time around, too). This combined with the diapers I received at my shower resulted in no diaper buying for us for the first year of my daughter’s life.

    Also, don’t waste money on the name brand or trendy diaper rash cream (Desitin, Burt’s Bees, Aveeno, etc.). Just look for the store brand diaper rash cream with the most amount of zinc oxide. 40% Zinc Oxide in the active ingredient line is the best stuff money can buy.

    Good luck to you!

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