The decision of having a baby never comes. There are many things that you need to sacrifice for the arrival of the new baby- time, social life and work life. Another thing that bugs so many people is the cost of raising a baby. There are many things that you need to pay for- baby gear, clothes and childcare.
When it comes to baby gear, all new parents will want the best for their baby such as the safest cribs, the best pack and play for toddlers, to name just a few. The list for baby gear is so long that you should only choose what you really need. Before putting things in the list, you should ask yourself a question like Do I really need a pack ‘n play? to make sure you only buy the necessities, especially when you are on a budget.
For some families, the choice for good baby gear is quite limited since they don’t have much money to spend. However, there are still many ways to buy the best baby gear without investing much money.
Here are some tips on buying baby gear in a budget:
1/ Make the List of All Necessities
The first thing you need to do to make sure you buy on a budget is creating a list of what you need to buy. When putting on the list the things you want to buy, come up with a certain range of price you could afford for each item
It is not an easy task, especially when all the recommended lists on the Internet come with many things, some of which you might not need at all.
Ask yourself questions about what you will need for your baby and all the situations that might happen in the future. You can also ask for advice from experienced parents about what you need and don’t need to buy.
As I mention in the beginning of the article, before deciding to buy something, like a pack and play, you need to ask yourself: do you need it and how will you use it in the future. If you often come to your parents’ house and spend nights there, or if you intend to travel a lot with your baby, you should buy a play pen as a portable crib for your baby.
There are also many things that other people may need and you don’t, such as a baby monitor. It is very useful to use in a big house, where you sleep separately from your baby, for example like upstairs and downstairs. However, it is not useful when your house is tiny or you live in a flat. In this case, you can easily hear any noise that comes from your baby’s bedroom.
Also you plan this list ahead of time so you have extra time to hunt for sales.
2/ Buy In Phrases
Baby will grow up quickly, therefore, there is something that fits today will be too tight tomorrow. That is the reason why you should avoid buying a lot of things in advance. That is especially true for clothes. For each stage of your baby’s age, namely from 1 to 3 months and 6 to 9 months, you only need to prepare at the maximum of 5 pieces of clothing.
Also avoid buying clothing that fits a size of 2 years when your child is just 1 year old. You will never know when it fits, whether it is the summer or the winter.
Furthermore, you also don’t need to buy everything in advance. There are certain things that you need to buy before your due date such as baby crib or car seat. However, you can postpone buying high chair or tools for eating when your baby gets older.
3/ Search for Cheap Alternatives
Besides buying new baby gear and baby clothing from baby shop, you can look for other ways to buy and obtain these items.
- Firstly, you can look for secondhand option. You can look for various sites such as Swap Mams for certain deals about used stuff. There are some things that you can buy used such as changing pad or rocking chair. However, for safety issues, you should not buy used cribs, pack and play as well as stroller.
- Secondly, you could ask for help from other family members and your friends who have a baby which is older than yours. You could ask for used toys and clothes from them. Babies get bored of toys quickly and they also don’t wear a certain pieces of clothing for a long time. Therefore, these items are sure very new.
- Lastly, for some big items, you could consider borrowing from your friends and relatives. There are some items which your baby only needs for a short amount of time such as a high chair. You could borrow it from your friends and return it months later when you baby can sit in the same table with you.
I hope that with these tips above, you would be able to find all the things that you need for a baby without costing a fortune.
Although there are many troubles that might come when you have a baby, I am sure that the joy of having one will overcome all of them.