Baby care in general can be very expensive. That is why, given the opportunity, new parents should take advantage of saving techniques when it comes to buying baby items. Baby gear consists of a variety of items including; baby diapers, baby clothes, strollers, playpens and much more. Baby equipment is any item that is used to meet all of the baby’s needs. Here are some key tips and tricks on how to save money on baby gear.
1. Avoid buying unnecessary baby items
This includes any items that are not essential or can be substituted for an equally good alternative. For example, a wipes warmer, a bottle sterilizer, a dishwasher can all serve the same purpose. Also, a baby monitor, especially if you live in a small flat.
2. Structure your baby clothes purchases
The first thing you should do is stock your baby’s basket. A layette is the basic necessity of the baby’s wardrobe. For example: blankets (3-4), socks (6-8 pairs), pajamas/nightgowns (6-8 pieces). The goal here is to get the basics down first, and then you can add more fun stuff as you go. Also, shop at stores that offer clothing at cheaper prices, such as Perfectly Preemie or Carter’s.
3. Free baby stuff
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 pregnant women can get gifts. Various diaper brands have various programs that help save money spent on diapers. For example, Huggies’ Enjoy the Ride program lets you earn points after you buy her diapers, and then you can redeem the points for free items like toys and books.
4. Choose the cloth diaper
The most reliable cloth diapers can be as little as a dollar apiece. 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. Baby formula
When it comes to infant formulas, focus on those that are most affordable, but also offer the quality of nutrition required for your baby. In addition, some companies offer free infant formula to mothers to build customer loyalty. Nearby hospitals also give free baby formula to mothers. An example of brands that offer affordable yet nutritious baby formulas are; Family and Target Up & Up.
6. Classifieds and online swaps
You can find local sharing groups on Facebook and Yahoo! These groups create avenues for moms to sell baby items that are no longer in use. Most of the time the prices offered in these groups are cheaper, and sometimes the baby items are gift items. Moms also share information about coupons and other deals they can get at local stores. An example of these websites is the baby and kids section of Craigslist, where you can find toys, nursery furniture, and baby clothes.
7. Have a record
For your baby shower, having a registry of your baby’s gifts is key. This ensures that you don’t end up with several of the same items, which can be difficult to dispose of or swap. 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 friends and family who live out of town.
8. Hit the sales
When you shop for deals or use coupons, you can consistently save 20-30 percent!
9. Test Drives
Always be sure to take a test drive before purchasing any baby gear. Baby strollers and cribs, for example, are sensitive goods. You can always ask friends who use similar baby items for reviews. Some of the best cribs and strollers can be purchased online at Amazon.
10. Make purchases at reasonable prices by buying in bulk.
Diapers and baby formula, for example, can be purchased in bulk.
11. Buy used baby items
This recommendation applies to items such as car seats or cribs.
12. Buy items that can multitask
This includes three-in-one convertible car seats, which can be purchased from Amazon. Also nursing pillows that can be used alternatively to stabilize the baby when she is learning to sit up.
Follow these tips to make parenting and baby care an easy process. When you can cut costs and save money on baby items,
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