The little bundle of joy is coming into the world soon, or maybe your newborn has already entered into the world. you might be thinking more consciously about budgeting. How exactly can you save money when it feels like babies come with a mandatory 18-years of saving? The good news is they don’t have to cost that much. Children will definitely cost you some money but it doesn’t have to be expensive as everyone makes it out to be. There are plenty of ways you can cut back on how much you are spending that will pay off in the long run.
Here are 6 ways to save on baby items without having it to cost a bundle.
Limit the shopping you do on the web to must-have items. It’s good to buy items in bulk such as diapers and formula. Try to avoid shopping at places that avoid service fees and take advantage of things that offer free shipping.
Ask your physician for samples
If you are planning to bottle feed your newborn baby the cost of formula can feel very shocking. Make sure you ask for formula and stock up on formula when you leave the hospital. It’s also a good idea to ask for samples from your physician. They should be able to give you some samples of formula and eczema cream.
Avoid buying so many new clothes for the baby
A lot of money has gone into purchasing new clothing for babies. Within a couple months they will outgrow them. I learned that within the first year it was okay to not buy so many new clothes for my baby. Most of my clothing came from the baby shower that lasted around six months. I then swapped clothing my older children had outgrown. You might also try doing clothing swaps with other parents you know or a local parenting board!
Share bathing essentials with your little one
Soaps, shampoos, and lotions can quickly add up over time. Sometimes these products can cost more than your very own bathroom essentials! Crazy, right? That’s why it’s a good idea to consider buying scent-free and gentle bathroom essentials that you can use both on you and your baby.
Shorten your list when you go shopping
It’s natural to want to stock up on potential things you might think you need when you’re pregnant. However, it’s a better idea to buy the absolute minimum. Newborn babies do not need a lot of items compared to us. Save your money buy waiting to shop after the baby comes so you can understand and decide what is more necessary to buy.
Purchase reusable items
There are products, such as cloth diapers or breast pads, that you can purchase and reuse. Not having to purchase the disposable version of some items can help cut back baby-related expenses in the long run.
What are some ways you have saved on baby essentials for your own children? Share below in the comments with us!