Many new parents are worried about the rising costs of bringing a baby into the world. It seems as though the list of things you need to buy is neverending! However, you don’t need to break the bank in preparation for your new arrival. Here are some really smart ways to save on new baby stuff.
Ask For Samples
Both your pediatrician and the hospital will likely have a whole host of samples for new parents, but sometimes they forget to offer them up. You may be surprised at the sheer volume of freebies you will be handed if you just remember to ask. Things like formula, creams, diapers, and even diaper bags could be given to you, along with plenty of coupons for even more freebies.
Save On Clothing
New babies will grow out of their clothes faster than you can say, “all-in-ones,” so don’t buy too many clothes, too far in advance. You don’t want a ton of three-month baby clothes that they’ve grown out of before they get a chance to wear them. Ask your friends and family if they have any hand-me-downs for the first few months until their growth spurts calm down a little.
There’s no harm in buying secondhand items for your new baby, especially as it will help bring the cost down massively. The only things you really need to buy new, for safety reasons, are car seats, cribs and mattresses, pumps, and formula. Search around on Facebook selling groups and eBay to find some fantastic secondhand items for less.
While it may not seem fun, the idea of lugging home 300 diapers in one go, buying in bulk can save you a lot of cash. Wholesale stores, such as Costco, have significant savings on diapers, formula, and some other baby essentials if you buy more. Plus, you only have to go shopping once in a while instead of every other day.
A new baby doesn’t have to be expensive if you know where to look to keep costs down. Hopefully, these tips and tricks will ensure you can save on new baby stuff, without having to refinance the house!