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Having a baby? Get some frugal tips

Posted January 13, 2011

Just wanted to point out that Faye over at the WRAL Smart Shopper blog has a piece from Dan Griffin of SavvyDollar.org on frugal baby tips.

I completely agree with him that having a baby doesn't have to be expensive. There are so many products out there that they market to anxious moms-to-be that are really not necessary at all. My babies have survived without bumper pads (and all the other fancy baby bedding that can go along with them and aren't recommended in cribs anyway), diaper genies, wipe warmers, sterilizers and so many other things (baby food and baby food makers included, but that's a whole other post).

Dan also recommends shopping consignment sales, which I fully support as Go Ask Mom readers know. He mentions a few of them, but I'll take this opportunity to share our list of more than two dozen in the region. Click here for the list.

He offers some other tips too, including using cloth diapers. Read Dan's full post here.

Would love to hear from readers about what they did and didn't spend their money on when they had a baby.

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  • newhouseapex Jan 20, 2011

    Just a couple more since I got cut off:

    6. We bought a very nice crib & changing table on sale at Pottery Barn Kids, never bought a dresser (she has a walk in closet, and hangers are cheaper than a dresser), and we bought an inexpensive side table from Target. The glider I got was also on a good sale, but honestly craigslist usually has tons of them.

    7. If you (or your partner) are working...most coworkers are more than happy to give up hand-me-downs as the kids outgrow them. Especially if they aren't planning on more kids.

    Things I would invest in: a swing and/or a jumperoo, and if you have a large house or pets (we have a german shepherd and wanted to have a closed off space downstairs to keep her away), a pack & play for the first floor. Our swing was a god send to help the baby nap during the day, and now that she is older she LOVES her jumperoo.

  • newhouseapex Jan 20, 2011

    I just had a baby over the summer. The suggestions that come to mind are:

    1. Don't waste your money on Pampers for the next 2 years. I used Pampers Sensitive for the first month...just in case she had sensitive skin. They are great diapers, but expensive. We learned that Target Up & Up brand work GREAT for us. And believe it or not, they are the only diapers that don't leak now that baby sleeps through the night.

    2. Wipe warmer, I also insisted that I wanted one...never got one, and frankly the cold wipe never bothered my daughter. I might rub it in my hands at night to take the edge off though.

    3. I found Pampers wipes to be the best. Huggies wipes always bunched up for me.

    4. Old fashioned cloth diapers do in fact make THE BEST burp clothes.

    5. Breastfeeding saves a lot of money. It's not for everyone, but my pump was worth every penny I spent on it. I bought a Medela, and their customer service is AMAZING. They overnighted me a part for free.

  • Mugu Jan 18, 2011

    Here is another frugal tip, no baby means more money and time to do things that make you happy.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jan 16, 2011

    Here is a frugal tip, birth control is cheaper than baby.

  • skewlteachrmommy Jan 15, 2011

    Ok-I agree with most everything on here except the wipe warmer. I was given a Munchkin warmer from Target and it has been a life saver. You take a cold wipe and stick it to your stomach in the middle of the night and you'll get the point. A cold wipe makes my little one scream and I felt bad. I don't leave it plugged in if I'm gone for any longer than a day as a precaution. It keeps her from screaming at night and waking everyone else. I have the old style cloth diapers that have been great burp cloths for both of my children. One cheap tip-don't invest in 4 dollar packs of changing table pads when out in public-instead purchase a pack of the blue throw away chucks/pads like they use at the Dr and hospital. They're bigger, absorbent in case of a wet accident and cheaper. I brought the remaining pack home with me from the hospital and keep them in the diaper bag.

  • emaleth Jan 15, 2011

    Make your own baby food. It's so easy to buy some organic produce in bulk, steam it and put it in the food processor. After that, put in the freezer in small serving sizes. Voila.

  • dk Jan 15, 2011

    Your usually not near a changing table when you need it. bed, sofa, floor work fine. Old cloth diapers are great burp pads. Wipe warmers don't work and are a fire hazard (people really have been known to forget they were on and every wipe dried out).Consignment shops and yard sales are great saving places and joining mom groups so you can swap items is great also.

  • JAT Jan 14, 2011

    I never noticed a kid worrying if the wipe was warm or not. My theory is you have to be fast, and as long as your fast enough that the kid doesn't even have time to realize it's cold, you're alright.

    Another thing to save money is books, probably moreso for toddlers. I wish I had half the money back that I spent on books that were looked at only once. Trade with friends or use the library.

  • MonkeyFace Jan 14, 2011

    lol airborngirl. thats about as close to warming as you get. I was given a wipe warmer, and i swear it made it cold instead of warm, so it got tossed into the back of my closet. I did buy alot the un-needed stuff. i lived hours away from friends and family, so i really had no one to tell me, thats a waste of money.

  • airbornegirl16 Jan 13, 2011

    Forgot to add: When I was in college I went to a baby shower and saw a wipe warmer and swore that when I had kids I would get one. Well I never did. In fact my fiance "warms" the wipe by blowing on it to take the chill off. LOL!

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