via The Cradle
Getting ready for a new baby arrival can cost a lot of money. Whether you have a specific budget to stick to, or just want to stretch your dollar further, there are many easy ways to economize without depriving your baby of a thing.
Remember, new babies need lots of stuff, but not everything has to be purchased right away. Many purchases can be put off until six months or even a year after your baby is born. And of course, some purchases can be skipped altogether.
One thing to remember when you’re shopping is that the ticket price is only part of the equation. Sometimes spending more in the beginning gives you a much better value in the long run.
To start some new baby money saving tips include:
- Spending more in the beginning may offer a better value in the long run.
- Consider products that can grow with your child, such as a convertible car seat or a multi-stage crib.
- Be aware of safety issues with hand-me-downs. (See Product Recalls)
- Need a changing table? Just add a removable changing tray to a dresser.
- Skip the bedding set – all you need is a crib sheet.
- For bath time, warm water and a cloth is fine for the first few months.
- Invest in a handheld food mill and puree your own baby food. It’s easy, inexpensive, and fast!