Saving money on a new baby may seem impossible. They need lots of new gear, furniture, food, and diapers. However, there are some little things you can do to make the blow to your budget easier!
This post is compensated as part of the Similac StrongMoms Ambassador Program. All opinions are mine!
1. Consignment sales are just as good as buying brand new.
When it comes to a new baby, some parents-to-be think everything has to be brand new. That’s simply not the truth! With many baby items only being used a few months, it’s possible to save money with gently used items. Consignment sales can save you quite a bit of money when buying for baby – and you may find things there that still have the tags on them!
2. Consider cloth diapering.
Though there is an initial investment, using cloth diapers can be cheaper than disposables that get tossed out after each use. Even with increased laundry and special detergent, you can save hundreds each month if you have a full stash of cloth diapers. Research the different types, brands, and styles to fit your budget!
3. Accept “hand-me-down” clothing.
Just like gear, baby clothes aren’t usually worn enough for them to get stained or torn. I know my boys had too much clothes so some outfits only got worn once before they outgrew them! Graciously accept clothing items that are from your baby’s cousins, friends, or other loved ones. This will help you fill the little one’s closet while cutting down on your spending!
4. Add only the necessities to your baby registry.
This will help ensure the things you really need for your new baby get purchased for your shower. If you get the essentials as gifts, you can cut down on the amount of things you need to buy before your bundle of joy arrives.
Also, add necessities of all price ranges, including the big ticket items – stroller, changing table, high chair, swing – as well as lower priced basics – diapers, wipes, bottles, or baby bathtub.
5. Sign up with online programs for deals and discounts.
There are many baby-related companies that offer coupons and discounts to members that sign up for their programs.
Similac StrongMoms is just one example. You can easily sign up online – for free! The membership entitles you to a number of perks, including:
- Up to $329* in membership rewards, partner offers, FREE infant formula, coupons, samples, and savings
- Weekly emails for tips and tools on baby’s development at every stage
- The Art of Feeding, an easy-to-follow guide to breastfeeding, supplementing, and formula feeding
- Access to FeedingExpert, a feeding and nutrition resource where registered nurses, registered dieticians and third-party lactation consultants are available to answer questions about infant formula or breastfeeding: 1-800-986-8800
- FREE Baby Journal App to easily track your baby’s eating and sleeping habits, diaper changes, and more (for all Apple iOS and Android devices)
- Free photo book from the Shutterfly® Storytelling™ Collection,** a $35 Value to document your memories with your little one
I have greatly benefited from being a Similac StrongMoms member with both of my boys. The formula coupons from Similac have certainly softened the blow of that expense on our household budget.
Along with the above benefits, you’ll also have access to a wealth of resources as a Similac StrongMoms member. FeedingExpert is a valuable resource where registered nurses, registered dieticians and third-party lactation consultants are available to answer questions about infant formula or breastfeeding.
Similac StrongMom’s Tummy Trouble Tool will also help with feeding and your baby’s moods. Developed by Dr. Susan May, pediatrician and mom, this resource gives you a customized report so you can help your little one feel better. There’s also a Diaper Decoder, to help you determine why your baby isn’t feeling well!
How did you save money when having a baby?
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