Having a baby is one of the greatest joys in life. There is truly nothing quite like parenthood, but with all the happiness and love associated with a growing family, also comes an increased financial strain.
For many parents, sticking to a budget after baby arrives can be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of simple ways to save big on the gear your baby needs, making it easy to keep your family’s finances in check.
Nobody wants to spend money unnecessarily. Whether your family’s budget is extremely tight, or has a bit more wiggle room, you’re probably not interested in buying items that will never be used. If you are expecting, or have a little one at home, you’ll appreciate these money-saving ideas.
Do your research
Ask friends, relatives, and neighbors which items they found to be most useful for their baby. Read online reviews and join parenting forums to gather advice and opinions from experienced moms and dads around the world.
A little bit of time and effort researching baby gear beforehand, can save you hundreds of dollars, and will ensure your closets don’t fill up with unused baby products.
Be aware, however, that a must-have for one family is a total waste of money, time, and space for another. Collect information from trusted sources, then make an educated decision that best suits your lifestyle.
Stick to a minimalist approach
It’s fun to shop for a new baby, and we often feel like in order to be good parents, we have to give our little ones the newest, fanciest, most expensive stuff. That’s simply not true.
In the beginning, a baby’s needs are fairly minimal. Along with lots of love and nurturing, their requirements include a food source, clothing, blankets, diapers, wipes, and a few other essentials to keep them comfortable and happy.
Each baby is different, and your lifestyle and family size can have a big impact on the specific baby gear you’ll use. For example, there were items (such as a carrier) that I rarely used with my first 3 children, but became vital after I had my 4th baby. As my family grew and my daily life changed, this carrier became my most-used piece of baby gear, by far.
Stock up on Luvs Diapers
We all know that babies need diapers. However, it’s not always easy to decide which brand to choose. There are diapers in every price range, but they’re not all created equal.
I’ve used Luvs with all 4 of my kids, and have always been impressed with the quality, comfort, and cost. Now, my family’s favorite diapers are available at an even lower price. Luvs offers amazing leakage protection, giving babies the dry and comfortable diaper they deserve, while being easy on your wallet. Talk about a win-win!
Known as the diaper of experienced parents, Luvs provides an easy opportunity to save on one of the biggest expenses associated with having a baby.
Purchase secondhand items
If you’ve spent any time inside of a consignment or thrift store, you’ve likely noticed there is generally a large inventory of baby items. From bouncy seats and high chairs, to clothing and toys, the options are endless. These items are generally 40-60% less than retail price, and many are like new. By the time I had my last baby, I rarely shopped anywhere but secondhand stores. I saved hundreds, if not more, in my son’s first few years of life.
Choose gear that is multi-purpose
Purchasing baby gear that can be used in more than one way is a smart and simple option to save big. A dresser that doubles as a changing table, a crib that transforms into a toddler bed, or a highchair that converts to a booster seat, are all examples of how parents can make one purchase that will last for years and fulfill multiple needs.
Swap with friends
I had a good friend who gave birth 6 months before I did. Every few weeks, she’d stop by my house with items her baby had outgrown, or no longer used. I deeply appreciated this gesture, and did my part to return the favor when she had her second child a few years later. Besides clothing, we swapped bouncy seats, infant & toddler toys, and more.
Ask around, and let others know you’re interested in swapping baby items. Word of mouth is a powerful tool, and just may save you big bucks.
With a little creativity, research, and thoughtfulness, families everywhere can reduce unnecessary spending, and keep their finances in order, even after welcoming a baby.
Don’t forget to check your local retailer, to stock up on Luvs with a new, lower price!
Do you have any tips for saving on baby gear? I’d love to hear your suggestions.