Having a new baby is an exciting time for every parent, be it first time around, second time or if you are expecting your tenth baby. As most of you know by now, I am expecting my second little boy and I can’t wait for us to become a family of four in October. I am very unprepared though and with just 14weeks to go it is about time I started doing some shopping for baby. Bringing a new little life in to the world can be quite an expensive business, babies just need so much stuff. If you are looking to bring the cost of shopping for a new baby down, here are my tips on how to save yourself some money.
How to save money when shopping for a new baby.
Look out for deals – Lots of supermarkets run baby events throughout the year, make sure you stock up on nappies when they are on offer and buy the big multi packs of baby wipes, you will definietly use them all. Make the most of any 2 for 1 deals on baby essentials as you really can’t have enough of them once little one is here.
Accept hand me downs – As we are having a boy, our new baby will be wearing lots of Leo’s clothes once he is here. Most baby clothes only get worn for a total of 3 months at a time so, unless they are covered in poo stains, there is really nothing wrong with using them again. If you have any family or friends with children ask them if they have any clothes/baby items they don’t need any more.
Second hand websites – When it comes to the really pricey items like prams and cots, if you want to save money it is really worth checking out second hand shops online. Websites like secondwow.co.uk have a great range of good quality second hand baby items, all much cheaper than you will find in any of the high street shops.
Nearly new sales – These sales are great for finding a bargain. They are fundraising events run by local NCT groups and are a great place for picking up second hand toys and baby clothes.
Don’t get carried away – I know this is hard as there are so many gorgeous baby clothes and products out there but you really don’t need it all. My best advice is stock up on essentials and let your friends and family do the rest. People just love to buy for a new baby, I guarantee your baby will have a wardrobe full of adorable outfits and a toy box full of board books and rattles all thanks to everyone who has been as excited about baby’s arrival as you.
If you have a baby on the way I hope you find these tips useful. Having a new baby can cause quite a blow to your bank balance so I think it makes sense to try and save some money where you can. Do you have any tips on how to save money when shopping for a new baby? I would love to know.
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