Caring for a Baby – The Inexpensive Way (FREE PRINTABLE)

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“Babies are expensive!” “I can’t afford to have a baby!” Those are all things that I had heard before having my son… and I believed them. For years, I was so scared of getting pregnant until “the perfect time” because of how expensive it would be and I had never wanted my child to go without. After giving birth to my son, Asher, I realized that it doesn’t have to always be super expensive! Caring for a baby on a budget does not have to be difficult! We have found ways to cut costs and care for him on a tight budget, without having to sacrifice a ton.

Babies do NOT have to break the bank! Budgeting can help keep track of your expenses, especially when you have a baby!

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Below are just a few tips on how to reduce costs when having a baby:

Have a Baby Shower (in person or online)

A few years before having my first child, I moved to Oklahoma to live with my now fiancee and his 3 children. My family lived in Indiana. Because of the distance, my mom ended up throwing an online baby shower on facebook. I am so grateful that she did! A bunch of my extended family members joined and pitched in to order almost everything on my Amazon list. It helped immensely because it checked a lot of the larger items off of my list and I did not have to pay more than a couple of dollars for thank you cards!
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Buy things with multiple purposes!

I knew that I wanted Asher to sleep in my room for the first few months without co-sleeping, but did not want a bulky crib or a bassinet that would only work for a short period of time. We ended up getting a pack and play that had a bassinet and diaper changing station attached to it. We can not only use it for sleeping in our room, but also: diaper changes, travel, and as a play pen when I am outside gardening.

Another great item that we got was a booster seat instead of a high chair and separate Bumbo seat. The one we purchased also has a removable foam insert that doubles as a “sit-me-up” chair for those babies who can sit with support. Plus, we got it used, but almost new, and spent less than half the retail price!

Buy store brand

As a new mom, I just expected the more expensive name brands to be better and slowly tried a couple different store brand items when we were low on money. I actually found that I liked the store brand better! I particularly like Target brand (Up and Up) diapers and formula. It was kind of nerve wracking at first using the generic formula. I had read tons of different reviews and decided to give it a try. After trying it, it really was a game changer! My son ended up actually doing better on the Up & Up brand than on Enfamil! If you are breastfeeding, you don’t even have to worry about formula (unless you are supplementing)! This will save so much more because, honestly, formula is our highest cost, by far.

I tried so many different types of diapers and Up and Up diapers leaked so much less than Huggies and gave him less diaper rash than Pampers. When I first tried them, my son was already sleeping through the night. I was so shocked in the morning to find that they did not leak at all and there was no odor! Plus, they are so much cuter than a lot of the other disposable brands!

Get free samples

There are so many ways to get free or discounted baby supplies both before having the baby and after. You can sign up for multiple baby sites that offer free coupons and samples. If you end up having to use formula like I did, Similac, Gerber, and Enfamil all have programs that you can join online to get samples and coupons.

There are also different registries to use that offer sample packages. Amazon has a great welcome package that you get if you create a registry and then $10 worth of stuff is bought off of it. It is supposedly valued at around $30 (they aren’t all the same) and mine included some great things. My son’s favorite swaddle blanket came out of that welcome box!

Ask your child’s doctor! The manufacturers send my son’s doctor products all the time and she gives them out as samples. Most of the time they are full size, not just small samples! She always gives Asher a little care package while there with toys, feeding supplies, bath supplies, and formula.

Hit the garage sales and check the facebook marketplace!

I have gotten some amazing deals at garage sales and on social media. Before little Asher was born, I got a large amount of clothes and toys for super cheap at garage sales. I am also a huge fan of the Facebook marketplace and sale sites for deals on baby gear. I got a almost new feeding booster seat for more than half of what they retail. Talk about a good deal!

There are certain things that you should be careful buying used, such as a car seat. This is because of expiration dates, recalls, and it can be compromised if it was previously in an accident.

Buy ahead!

This can be a little tricky because you have to calculate seasons and baby growth. Nothing worse than buying a bunch 6 month summer clothes only to find out that it is still spring and too cold when they finally fit in them. If you do it right though, you can get some great “end of season” clothes on clearance at stores like Walmart or Target. I got some adorable outfits for only $3 by buying them on clearance!

Take advantage of what you can get for free at your hospital

The hospital where I had my son gave me all kinds of freebies before I left. I left with full packages of diapers, formula, pacifiers, breastfeeding supplies, and more! I had one great nurse who made me a going home back with a ton of stuff! Many hospitals have extra supplies to give mothers if you
 ask.

Long story short: babies do not have to be expensive. There are so many things that you can do to cut costs without having to give up on things. What are the baby items that YOU can’t live without? Comment below to let us know!

 

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  • krista March 21, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Great post!

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    • kidsandkittens0912 March 22, 2018 at 12:52 am

      Thank you! I appreciate your good feedback! I will have to check out your blog, as well! 🙂

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  • Jessie March 22, 2018 at 12:29 am

    I love this. I wish I had this when I was pregnant. My kid is now 2. Such great tips. I thought I needed all this extra UNNECESSARY things that she never used.

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    • kidsandkittens0912 March 22, 2018 at 12:51 am

      Thank you for your comment! I was the same way! I thought I needed EVERYTHING for my son and didn’t end up using a lot of it.

      Reply

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