Most people would agree that having a baby is joyous, exciting, rewarding, exhausting and often expensive. While that new member of your family will tap into your wallet a bit, from baby accessories all the way through a college education, there are certainly ways to save on newborn baby expenses. I have a bunch of things to suggest for new parents, and even veteran parents.
Yes, new baby clothes can feel like a real drain on your bank account. Here are some tips for you:
- Try to stick to second hand newborn baby clothes. This is a great way to save. Just make sure you wash them well, and perhaps more than once.
- Ask friends and family for hand-me-downs. Don’t feel like you’re begging. This is the single best way to save on clothing. If you get enough gifts like this you may be able to spend close to nothing.
- Definitely stay away from designer baby clothes. Your baby will be growing out of clothing faster than you can say “The Gap.” It’s just not worth it.
- Forget shoes, until your baby is starting to pull themselves up. I never understood why people put shoes on their newborn. The exception may be if it is a freezing winter day. But thick socks work just fine until they’re on their feet.
- If you do buy new clothing, remember you can sell it at thrift or consignment shops. This is a great way to recoup your money.
- Getting second hand toys is another great way to save money. Furthermore, you are being eco-friendly by recycling. All of those plastic toys out there waste a lot of natural resources.
- Don’t buy so many toys. I know you want your child to have lots of fun and activities, and to be stimulated. But to babies everything is a toy. Keep the amount of toys to a minimum and you’ll seriously save. Plus, it gives your child a better sense of value, and keeps your house less cluttered.
- Like the above point, buy fewer toys, and make them quality toys that will last a while. Wooden toys are a good example. I know this is a bit counter intuitive, because quality wooden toys will cost more. But, they will last longer and have more resale value if you want to recoup some cash.
- Things like swings and strollers can be pricey. If you can find quality ones second hand, this can be a great savings.
- It is not recommended to get a second hand crib or car seat. However, if the crib is relatively new and you test it out, you can probably find a good deal. We bought a new crib from Ikea (Gulliver, $100) and sold it before the end of the year, so someone is using our used crib. But I know it was in great shape.
- Although I would recommend staying away from things like the Bumbo Baby Sitter, Jumperoos and bouncers, getting these things second hand can save a bundle. Just make sure all the parts are properly attached and not damaged. Always test them out too.
Good luck on your bargain hunting and your new addition to the family!