Easy Ways To Save On Baby Expenses

The expense of a new born can be unpredictable until it is too late. Here are some ways to save on baby expenses.

Having a baby can be a joyous ocassion. It can also be really expensive. Items such as diapers, formula, clothing, and furniture can add up. There are some easy steps that you can take in order to save money on your new bundle of joy.

Feedings

Breastfeed your baby, if possible. It's free and best of all, convenient. It's recommended as being the best form of nutrition for baby. If you do not want to breastfeed, join a baby club such as Welcome Addition by Similac. They give you a free case of milk and discount coupons regularly.

Diapers

You can save a bundle if you use cloth diapers instead of disposable. As with breastfeeding, it's a little more work involved, but can be worth it. If you'd rather go with the disposable diapers, opt for the store brand. Some of the store brand disposable diapers can be just as good as the name brand. Even better, they are normally around $10 less than its name brand counterparts.



Clothing

There is no need to buy expensive designer clothing for you little one. With spit up, toileting accidents, and everyday play, these items will most likely be ruined. Focus on purchasing good quality clothing. Something that will not shrink or fade excessively. Don't think about purchasing shoes until your baby begins to show interest in walking. Accepting gently used clothing from friends and relatives can be helpful. If that option isn't available to you, try shopping at consignment shops. They usually carry gently worn children's clothing at reasonable prices.

Furniture and Accessories

A lot of things that are advertised for babies as a must-have are unnecessary. The only furniture and accessories required for your baby are the crib and car seat. Other items such as a dresser, changing table, and high chair are acceptable additions. Anything else, put it on your baby gift registry list or borrow it from a friend or relative. Don't waste money on something that may or may not ever be used.

Toys

Buy toys that will help with your baby's development. Purchase toys that are durable and that are age appropriate. Test your child's response to the toy before buying it. Don't buy things that you like, but what they like. Check out consignment stores for great bargains on pre-owned toys.

The key to saving money on your new baby is to provide them with their basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, and love. If you stick to that, then your child could not ask for anything more.

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