Baby care in general can be very expensive. This is why, given the opportunity, new parents should take advantage of saving techniques when buying baby gear. Baby equipment consists of various items, among others; baby diapers, baby clothes, strollers, playgrounds and more. Baby equipment is any item that is used to meet all the baby’s needs. Here are some of the best tips and tricks on how to save money on baby gear.
1. Avoid buying unnecessary baby gear
This includes any items that are not a must-have or can be replaced with equally good alternatives. For example, wipe warmers, bottle sterilizers – dishwashers can serve the same purpose. Also, baby monitors, especially if you live in a small apartment.
2. Organize your baby clothes shopping
The first thing you should do is save your baby layette. A layette is a basic necessity of a baby’s wardrobe. For example: blankets (3-4), socks (6-8 pairs), pajamas/sleeves (6-8 pieces). The goal here is to get the basics down first, then you can add more fun as time goes on. Also, shop at stores that offer lower prices on clothes like Perfectly Preemie or Carter’s.
3. Free baby supplies
Do your research and find out where you can get free, quality and reliable baby supplies. There are a number of places where mothers and expectant mothers can get free. A number of diaper brands have various programs that help save money spent on diapers. For example, the Huggies Enjoy the Ride program allows you to earn points to buy their diapers, and you can later exchange those points for free items like toys and books.
4. Choose cloth diapers
The most reliable cloth diapers can be sold for as little as a dollar a piece. They have a high absorption rate and are also very durable. Cloth diapers save money because you can get free samples by asking the cloth diaper company especially if you have questions about them. Free samples can also be obtained from organizations such as Giving Diapers and Giving Hope.
5. Infant formula
When it comes to formula, focus on the most affordable, but also provide the quality of nutrition your baby needs. In addition, some companies offer free baby formula to maintain the loyalty of their customers. The nearest hospital also provides free baby formula to mothers. Examples of brands that offer formula milk at affordable but nutritious prices are; Enfamil and Target Up & Up.
6. Secrets and online exchange
You can find local swap groups on Facebook and Yahoo! These groups pave the way for mothers to sell unused baby items. Most of the prices offered in this group are cheaper, and sometimes baby items are common items. Moms also share information about coupons and other offers that you can get at local shops. An example of such a website is Craiglist’s baby + kids section, where you can find toys, nursery furniture, and baby clothes.
7. Have a registry
For your baby shower, it is important to have a list of gifts for your baby. This ensures that you don’t end up with the same amount of goods, which may be difficult to dispose of or trade. Instead, you only get the things you really need. Amazon for example has a wide variety of baby items to choose from and great shipping deals for out-of-town friends and family.
8. Hit sales
When you shop for sales or use coupons, you can save 20-30 percent consistently!
Always make sure you do a test drive before buying baby gear. Strollers and cribs, for example, are sensitive items. You can always ask for reviews from friends who use similar baby items. Some of the best cribs and strollers can be purchased online from Amazon.
10. Make cheap purchases by buying in bulk.
Diapers and formula, for example, can be bought in bulk.
11. Buy used baby gear
This recommendation applies to items such as car seats, or cribs.
12. Buy items that can multi-task
This includes a three-in-one convertible car seat, which can be purchased from Amazon. Also a nursing pillow that can be used as an alternative to stabilize the baby while learning to sit.
Follow these tips to make the process of nurturing and caring for a baby easier. When you can cut costs and save money on baby gear, guess what?