Baby care in general can be very expensive. This is why, given the opportunity, new parents should capitalize on savings techniques when it comes to shopping for baby clothing. Baby equipment consists of a variety of items including; baby diapers, baby clothes, strollers, patios 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 on baby equipment.
1. Avoid buying unnecessary baby accessories
This includes any item that isn’t a must or can be replaced by an equally good alternative. For example a towel warmer, a bottle sterilizer: a dishwasher can serve the same purpose. Also, a baby monitor, especially if you live in a small apartment.
2. Structure your children’s clothing shopping
The first thing you should do is put your baby’s layette aside. A layette is the basic necessity of a child’s wardrobe. For example: blankets (3-4), socks (6-8 pairs), pajamas / nightgowns (6-8 pieces). The goal here is to get the basics first, so you can add more fun stuff as you go. Also, shop at stores that offer cheaper prices for clothes, like Perfectly Preemie or Carter’s.
3. Free baby stuff
Do your research and find out where you can get free, quality and reliable children’s material. There are a number of places where mothers and pregnant women can get freebies. Different brands of diapers have various programs that help save money spent on diapers. For example, the Huggies Enjoy the Ride program allows you to earn points after purchasing their diapers, and you can later redeem the points for free items like toys and books.
4. Choose to wear a diaper
The most reliable cloth diapers can cost as little as a dollar a piece. They have a high absorption rate and are also very resistant. Cloth diapers save money because you can get free samples by requesting the cloth diaper company especially if you have any questions about them. Free samples can also be obtained from organizations such as Giving Diapers and Giving Hope.
5. Formula for children
When it comes to infant formula, focus on those that are more affordable, but also offer the quality of feeding your baby requires. Additionally, some companies offer free baby formulas to mothers to build customer loyalty. Nearby hospitals also offer free baby formulas to mothers. An example of brands offering affordable yet nutritious baby formulas are; Enfamil and Target Up & Up.
6. Online classifieds and trade-ins
You can find local exchange groups on . and Yahoo! These groups create avenues for mothers 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 regarding coupons and other offers that you can get at local stores. An example of such websites is Craigslist’s baby + kids section, where you can find toys, bedroom furniture, and baby clothes.
7. Have a register
For your baby shower, it is imperative to have a gift registry for your baby. This ensures that you don’t end up with a number of the same items, which can be difficult to dispose of or exchange. Instead, you only get the things you really need. Amazon, for example, has a wide variety of children’s items to choose from and good shipping deals for friends and family out of town.
8. Hit sales
When you buy sales or use coupons you can constantly save 20-30 percent!
9. Test on the road
Always make sure you take a test drive before purchasing any baby equipment. Strollers and cots, for example, are delicate goods. You can always ask friends who use similar baby items for a review. Some of the best cribs and strollers can be purchased online from Amazon.
10. Shop cheap by buying in bulk.
Diapers and infant 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 perform multiple tasks
This includes the three-in-one convertible car seats, which can be purchased from Amazon. Also breastfeeding pillows that can be used alternatively to stabilize the baby when he is learning to sit.
Follow these tips to make parenting and child care an easy process. When you can cut costs and save money on baby equipment, financial stress is also reduced. Happy parent, happy child!
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