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Reader needs help: Best prices for baby supplies

Posted July 22, 2013


One of our readers recently found out that she is pregnant! She is unsure of the best prices for baby supplies and needs your help. Please post your buy prices for baby essentials like diapers, wipes, baby shampoo and soap, diaper rash ointment, etc. If you have a favorite place to purchase these at the best prices, please share that as well.

Congratulations again to saveslots, who posted her request for help on the blog:

"I've recently found out that I'm pregnant with our first child!!! I'm only 6 weeks along, so fortunately I have time to build up a nice stockpile! Do you think you could start a thread so I can piece together price book for baby supplies?"


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  • donsmarketing Jul 23, 2013

    If you are looking for organic products or a Baby store that has prices comparable to Walmart and Amazon got to

  • saveslots Jul 23, 2013

    Thank you all SO much!! This has been a huge help!!

  • brassy Jul 23, 2013

    Dollar Tree has baby hygiene items for $1. These are popular baby shower items so she might not need much. I don't do the drugstore game anymore, but I got free baby wash at Walgreens once and a free umbrella stroller from CVS. Register at the formula websites and they will send you coupons and rebate checks up to $20. (I breastfed and registered anyway so I could donate everything.) Shop consignment sales or stores.I just bought a huge box of baby clothes for $30. I'd recommend getting a new car seat. You never know if a used car seat has been in a wreck. Same for stroller - I bought mine on Craigslist and it practically fell apart after I got it home. Look online for deals on big ticket items. Most of mine is from Walmart (cheap shipping) or Amazon (no tax!). I get all my diapers and wipes on Amazon with subscribe & save and I love never having to shop for diapers.

  • JLAllen Jul 23, 2013

    Consider using cloth diapers. They are a little pricey upfront but worth the investment as you use them over-and-over and can use them for future children too.

  • sandyminchew Jul 23, 2013

    I have a 2 1/2 yr old and one on the way. I shopped consignement sales (my favorite going on now in Raleigh - Kids Exchange) and also clearance racks in the Carters outlet (smithfield). Sign up on the similac website for free coupons. But Sams club offers some great deals....their brand formula in a 2lb or larger size is under $30 (comprable to similac). That same size at Target costs $35+. Also their brand diapers and wipes good quality and twice as many in the box as the name brand...diapers $35 and wipes are about $20 (i think). My final food. I used the labels and mail them in they send you coupons for more food...see their website. Also Beech Nut is a good quality and usually cheaper than gerber.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 23, 2013

    Great advice everyone! Keep it coming!

  • jron55 Jul 23, 2013

    I buy most of my son's clothes at Kohl's when I have the extra 30% off and hit up the clearance racks. You can get most things for less than the price of used clothing. Obviously breastfeeding is the cheapest way to feed the baby (and the best!!) but when I had to supplement formula in the mix I used the CVS brand. It's the same thing as Enfamil and half the price. It comes up on sale for buy one get on 50% which is great. Making your own baby food is REALLY cheap. I would go to the discount produce rack at Harris Teeter, make the food that night and then freeze whatever I wasn't going to use. I was averaging 10-20 cents a jar. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

  • meggpow Jul 23, 2013

    Breastpumps are now covered by health insurance plans, so you should look into your plan to get the details on that if you'll be nursing. Nursing itself can save you up to $2000 in the first year. If you are going to nurse, still sign up for Enfamil and use the checks they mail you to purchase the vitamin D drops your baby will need.

    An ice cube tray and a food processor is all you'll need when you start feeding solids to your baby. I would steam sweet potatoes, cook some lamb until it was soft, toss it all in the food processor, and add some pumped milk to thin (We did lots of other foods too; this is just an example). Put in ice cube trays and pop it in the freezer. Your child will eat 1 to 3 thawed "cubes" per meal, depending on his/her appetite.

  • jdouglas13 Jul 23, 2013

    Just wanted to say congratulations to all of the new moms! :) I am beyond clueless when it comes to babies and kids, so will keep it at that. I have been told very emphatically (after the fact) that you're not supposed to feed a six-month old mashed strawberries LOL ;) That baby is now 24 and loves strawberries.

  • sunflowergirl9371 Jul 23, 2013

    When my daughter was younger I loved shopping for clothes, DVDs,books and other baby gear at Once Upon A Child. All of there stuff is gently used and is in great condition.Babies/children grow so quickly that I just couldn't bring myself to pay an arm and a leg for an outfit that she was gonna grow out of in a matter of months. Then when they do outgrow the items you can sell them back to the store.Congrats again!!