Bringing a baby into the family can be one of the most exciting times of your life. It can also be one of the most financially draining times of your life. Figuring out how to save money on some of the things that baby will need will make things a little better for your wallet. Use the guide below to create a plan for purchasing baby’s necessities for a little less.
Try shopping for your baby furniture during closeout season. Many manufacturers will release their new lines of furniture at the end of summer or beginning of the fall months. You could also consider looking into the furniture at consignment shops or online classified ads. If you decide to buy second hand furniture, look into recalls by looking up the model numbers online prior to purchasing them. If there are any recalls on the model you are looking at, it will show up in the results.
Go online and find sites that offer samples of different products. Not every baby can use all brands of diapers, wipes and formula. If you can get samples of these products, you will be able to test them each out to see if they will work with your baby without having to purchase them from the store. Oftentimes, the samples will also include coupons that can be used to purchase the items if they work out for your baby.
Consider trying cloth diapers. Cloth diapering is not something that everyone can do, but you might want to give it a try at least part time. Using cloth diapers while you are at home will save you quite a bit of money especially over the first few months. Newborn babies go through several diapers each day, so if you can simply wash them after they are dirtied, you will save a substantial amount of money in a short amount of time.
Give breastfeeding a try. Formula is very expensive and the amount that a baby will consume will empty your wallet quickly. It is a great way to build a wonderful bond between you and baby and will save you a lot of money. Prepare yourself by talking with a lactation consultant.
Avoid buying clothing at retail shops. If you buy clothes from a retail shop, try to get them on clearance or on sale. The baby will grow out of clothing very quickly, so many times, you can buy used clothes that are as good as new. Limit the number of out of the house outfits that you purchase for the first few months of baby’s life. He or she will only wear them once or twice before they are too small. Concentrate on buying body suits and pajamas, as that is what they will spend most of their time wearing.
Many manufacturers are producing gear that grows with the baby. Look for the swings that double as rockers and high chairs that transform into booster seats. This way, you are going to get much more use out of each thing that you buy.
You can save quite a bit of money if you take the time to stop and plan what you are going to buy and where you are going to buy it. Use these tips and start saving today.