If you’re a first-time Mom, frugal probably isn’t part of your new baby vocabulary, but if you plan on adding to your tribe over the years to come… I’m willing to bank on frugal becoming part of your verbiage. I’m preparing for baby number four (due early December) and I can tell you that no matter how much money we have, I’m not worried about new baby having everything totally brand spankin’ new. This doesn’t mean that our baby won’t have new things… it’s just that there are a few things that we can save lots of money on.
With each new kiddo, there is definitely some type of preparation that takes place and I want to share how we are preparing the frugal way!
Before getting to my frugal list, I would like to list a few things that will be brand new (and a given why):
- diapers and wipes (I snag the best deal at Aldi and they just so happen to be manufactured by Huggies)
- breast milk storage bags (while I have an old stash washed and ready-to-go, I’ll still purchase a fresh box), bought in bulk HERE
- breast pads (to catch those leaky boobs between feedings), these organic reusable ones are amazing (and come with a washing bag)
Now for my frugal list:
- clothing – Since we’ve had one of each gender, we have a nice little stash built up. I admit that I will need a few more wintery type of clothing, but with the hundreds of Facebook yard sale groups and places like Once Upon a Child, I’m sure to snag a great deal!
- baby tub – Even if you’re not sure about having more children, this is one of those worth holding on to for awhile. They are easy to store away and one less expense to worry about if/when a new bun starts in the oven. Consider investing in a newborn to toddler tub!
- crib – I was blessed to be given a super awesome crib that has housed all of our kiddos so far. When it was time to transition, we found super inexpensive toddler bed. For our latest little boy, we were gifted a transition crib. This will take care of his toddler bed and full size bed!
- bottles – NEVER throw away bottles. Invest in some good ones in the beginning and you won’t have to worry about doing anything except changing the nipple size/flow. There are hundreds of different ones to pick from but I am particularly drawn to the Playtex brand.
- toys – This is another area where I spend practically no money. For some reason, the older kiddos get a kick out of playing with the young’ns toys. Because of this, I have held on to a nice stash of toys that baby can enjoy once he or she is old enough. Not to mention, the first few weeks/months are spent eating, sleeping, and pooping – right? Psst… bundles and sets are the way to go!
- hygiene – Picking a good baby body wash and lotion is a pretty big deal. We use Young Living’s Kidscents products on our children which will be super safe for baby, so need to purchase anything extra in that area as well.
- bedding, blankets, etc. – Unless you just want to get new bedding and blankets for new baby, there’s really no need. We always manage to get a new blanket or two for each new baby but it’s not something that we have gone out of our way to purchase. Bedding and blankets can be reused over and over…. except for the sentimental blankets. My son has a blanket that he will NOT share (LOL)! Consider shopping Amazon if you’re a new Mom!
- car seats and strollers – We’ve been blessed to be given these as gifts; however, this is one of those things that if you invest smart in the beginning, you’ll save yourself moola in the long run. Consider purchasing a car seat and stroller that grows with your baby. That way you are not having to buy two to three car seats/booster seats over the course of the first few years! Here’s a great convertible car seat!
- pack-n-play – KEEP this for at least the first few years. You’ll be surprised at how handy these folding contraptions come in handy. We usually use the top parts for baby the first few weeks, but before you know it, he or she will be using the bottom part. They are amazing to have on trips too! Here’s a great one uner $50!
That pretty much wraps up my frugal list. Anything else beyond this point may be purchased but I will always check with new-to-me resources first. The sales and deals you can find online and/or in your community can be amazing and pocketbook saving! Again, if it’s your first baby, it’s totally understandable why everything will be in-the-package new… but trust me when I say that as you have more children, you’ll begin to see that purchasing every single thing brand spankin’ new won’t be necessary!
Here is a list of online places that you can shop for cheap, discounted, and clearance baby stuff:
- Buy Buy Baby
- Toys R Us
- Walmart (afflink)
- Swap (free shipping for your first order of $10)
- Amazon (afflink)
CHIME IN: What are some frugal tips and tricks you have for getting ready for baby? What are some places you like to shop to find the best deals? I’d love to hear from you, so leave your response in the comments below!
Until next time, happy frugal planning-
Next up…. my must-have’s for labor & delivery