Getting ready for a baby on a budget?
No worries! You can absolutely be prepared for a new addition to the family without having to break the bank, Mama.
Exciting as it may seem, having a baby can be scary too especially if you don’t have enough resources. The stress that comes with it can be overwhelming when money is tight.
Having said that, I listed a few things to bring about down below for when you are planning to have a baby on a budget.
“Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.”
~ Taylor Hanson
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- 9 Essential Things to Do if You are Preparing for a Baby on a Budget:
- Last Words on How to Prepare for a Baby on a Budget
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9 Essential Things to Do if You are Preparing for a Baby on a Budget:
1. Shop Garage Sales
Garage sales are a great place to find baby gears and clothing in excellent condition. You can get them for as much as sixty to eighty percent off of retail prices if you were to purchase the items brand new.
Toys, swings, baby tubs, even clothes with the tags still on them, can be found at garage sales.
Babies aren’t very rough on most of the things that they need so many of them still have a whole lot of life left in them once the baby outgrows them.
2. Prioritize Your Registry
Creating your baby registry is a lot of fun, but make sure that you focus on products that your baby will need and actually use.
Your baby registry is a chance for friends, family, and co-workers to help you with pieces that your baby will need in his or her first year of life.
Diapers in a variety of sizes (if you are using disposable ones), lots of inserts for diapers (if you plan to use cloth), diaper creams, wipes, crib sheets, baby gates, strollers, and bassinets are all good items to have on your registry.
You can certainly register for a crib bedding set if you like, but don’t worry about putting clothes or toys on your registry. You will get plenty of them as gifts whether they are on your registry or not.
Create an Amazon Baby Registry. There’s literally millions of baby products to choose from and you can even enjoy a welcome box if you make one with them. Find out more about the perks here.
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3. Plan To Breastfeed
Don’t get me wrong… I am not telling you what to do here. I am just suggesting that you plan on it to save a lot of money in the first year of your baby’s life.
Breastfeeding for at least a few months can give you tons of opportunities to set aside some emergency funds for the rainy days.
If you have insurance (state-funded or commercial), they could provide you with a free breast pump after your obstetrician writes you a prescription for one.
If you are unable to breastfeed or simply don’t want to, there are ways to save money on formula. Shopping for generic formula brands or buying formulas in bulk from a discount store can be good things to consider as well.
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4. Sign up for Coupons
You can definitely save a significant amount of money by using coupons.
Most formula, diaper, baby food, and wipe companies offer coupons if you sign up for them.
Similac, Enfamil, and Gerber will all send you monthly coupons for savings on formula if you register your email with them.
Pampers, Huggies, and Luvs will send you coupons for diapers every month if you sign up for them too.
5. Join a Baby Club
Join a baby club like Amazon Family and Grove Collaborative. Some local grocery stores offer member savings as well. So grab the opportunity! Over time you will get coupons and savings for the items you buy the most.
Amazon offers Amazon Mom which can save you up to 20% on baby items like diapers and diaper creams. While Target will give you a free diaper bag full of goodies just for starting a baby registry with them.
There are a lot of baby clubs that give out free baby stuff out there. Scour the internet for more if you must. There’s no harm in it.
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6. Thrift Store
Another great place to search for baby gears like bouncers, swings, cribs, and bassinets when you are on a budget is a thrift store. You can also find books to read to your baby, strollers, infant carriers, and car seats in thrift stores.
You just have to verify the expiration dates and safety mechanisms on car seats and infant carriers before making your purchase to guarantee the welfare of your little one.
Related article: 29+ Necessities to Stock Up on Before Baby Arrives
7. Get Free Samples
Babies are a billion-dollar business each year. That means plenty of companies would want you to buy their product over their competitors’. In order to make this possible, they are more than willing to offer free samples and savings for you!
A simple internet search of free baby samples will give you plenty of products to choose from.
However, you may want to set up a different email just for the samples so that your inbox isn’t overloaded.
Another great place to get free samples for your baby is the hospital.
Be certain to ask your nurse if there are any samples available. Many hospitals give away a free diaper bag with diapers, wipes, diaper cream, pacifiers, formula, and more.
Even if you already have a diaper bag, take it. You can leave the one from the hospital in the car for when you forget something at home. (Trust me… You will!)
8. Accept Hand-Me-Downs
As soon as you let your friends and family know that you are expecting, it is most likely that they will begin showering you with baby gears and clothes that they no longer need.
The fewer items you have to buy new, the more money you can put away for future baby needs.
If you find that you have more than you need, you can always give them to an expectant friend or donate them to a shelter for women.
9. Consider Consignment Sales
Consignment sales are kind of like garage sales, except that they are much larger. You can usually find almost everything in consignment stores.
A little town may not have consignment stores, but chances are, a few is probably close by. You can often find them advertised in community Facebook groups or the local paper, and they are a great place to get gently used stuff for a really great price.
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Last Words on How to Prepare for a Baby on a Budget
As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can do to get ready for your new baby without having to spend a fortune.
During those first few months, you really don’t need much more than a few outfits, blankets, an infant carrier, a swing or bouncer, and somewhere safe for the baby to sleep.
Stop chasing shiny little things. Don’t fall into the trap of buying all of the “special” baby must-haves, unless you think that they are actually useful.
If you truly need them, you can always purchase them after the baby arrives.
Plus remember this: “A healthy and happy baby is worth more than all the money in the world.”
You got this, Mama!
Talk to you later,