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Let’s face it having a baby can get expensive.
When you add in all the must haves with the wants and all the other items everyone suggests you need. The bill can get up there.
But it’s not just that, add in the different prices each store sells the items for.
I bought a container of formula online the other day because in our local big box store it was ten dollars more on sale.
So the reality of the purchase was I saved about $15 on one single container of formula by buying it online.
That is crazy when you think about it – a $15 spread in price on one item between two locations.
If there is this much of a mark up on daily use items like formula what about diapers, bedding, baby clothes, bibs and more.
Are we paying to much for baby items?
That depends on where you shop! My first piece of advice would be to shop around and compare. If you can order your items online great.
I have found Amazon’s Baby Store to be great. They even have a subscribe and save option to help you save more money.
Keep and eye on your local store flyers for baby savings on diapers, formula, clothing and toys. Also sign up for freebies and coupons from your favorite suppliers and products.
What you really need for baby.
This will vary from family to family, but below I will list off a few of the essentials you might want on hand.
- Disposable Diapers
- Cloth Diapers
- Baby Wipes
- Change Mat
- Diaper Cream
- Baby Wash
- Baby Lotion
- Burping Cloths
- Swaddling Blankets
- Car Seat
- Baby Clothes
- Baby Crib
- Baby Crib Mattress
- Crib Sheets
- Diaper Bag
Items you may want for baby.
These items again will vary from family to family.
- Baby Bassinet
- Breast Pump
- Milk Storage Bags
- Baby Sling
- Baby Memory Book
- Bottle Sterilizer
- Formula Maker
- Baby Laundry Soap
- Baby Bath Tub
As you can see the lists can grow pretty big. So how do you save money when you are expecting a baby?
Saving money on baby.
There are lots of ways to save money when you are expecting. One is to have a baby shower and request items you know you are going to need or items you are going to want.
Another way to save money is to really look at what you need for baby and space the purchases out over your expecting period. This way you are paying cash for the items and you can watch the store sales to see where you can save more money.
In addition to these savings methods a great way to save is to ask the crocheters and sewers in the family to help with making baby clothes, hats, slippers and blankets. I did this and in fact ended up with more blankets than I knew what to do with.
Do you really need it all?
The plain and simple answer is no. When you think about it here in North America we are accustom to packing our nursery with pretty things and items that make life easier.
If you look at other countries and how they care for babies you will notice a significant difference in items you require. Most other countries use baby slings instead of strollers.
Breast feeding is promoted as a first choice to formula. Note, I support any method that means baby is fed and all are happy.
A frugal family will boil bottles and nipples versus buying a bottle sterilizer.
Other families will opt for cloth diapers versus disposable. Which I will note I read a study that says an average baby goes through $2000 in disposable diapers versus $350 in cloth diapering supplies which is a huge difference.
There are also families that go all out on creating the perfect nursery and buying name brand everything. Do you have to? No.
Do what is right for you!
I am very serious with this one. Do what is right for you. If you want to formula feed – do it. If you want to breast feed – do it.
If you want to cloth diaper, research the best brand for your needs. If you want to use disposables use the right one for your baby.
At the beginning and end of the day it is just you, your family and your new addition. Make the best choices for you.
Have a great day,