- 4 months ago
- Wedding: April 2018
Check out consignment sales. They’re big in my area where parents sell their stuff. I’ve gotten a lot brand new. Your big spender is daycare, next diapers and formula. It’s expensive for sure. If you live in the states consider a 529 (it’s a college fund). Baby showers are helpful. Diaper lottery at the shower is also helpful. We’re trying to come up with a new spend plan cause I’m pregnant with twins and we already have a 16 month. I tell myself others can do it, so can we.
I’m definitely intrigued by cloth diapers, and I’m hoping that we could find a daycare open to it. We live in a small city that’s not especially eco friendly, so I know that not all of them are. Maybe the thread shouldn’t be called “budget” so much as “what to invest in to get through 2-3 children over the next decade and what can be secondhand/cheap.” The consignment idea is excellent…baby clothes seem like such a waste to put a ton of money into, minus a handful of special/heirloom pieces.
I found out about the second hand store in our city and they always have amazing deals, like 10 sleepers for $10. It’s been an absolute LIFE SAVER. I don’t think I’ve paid full price for any of our DD’s clothes.
If we do it again the next go around things I’d skip: the formula machine we had and sold (turns out our Dear Daughter is allergic to regular formula and hospital recommendations are to use the canned formula for the first three months, no powder).
I’d skip the swing because you never know if your LO is going to love our hate it. Our Dear Daughter absolutely hated hers after the first couple months and it went relatively unused.
Splurge: convertible crib and a good steralizer. I spend so much time steralizing I’m so thankful we got the brezza. Just pour the water in, set it and forget about it. So much easier than any other options I’ve seen and it’s been amazing.
Also: a stroller with cup holders is an absolute must I find. A lot of my friends have the more expensive strollers and honestly I like ours better because it’s got built in cup holders.
I’m currently pregnant, so I don’t have first-hand mom experience yet but I can give some insight as to why we picked what we did!
I registered for a reversible crib mattress- 1 side is firm for an infant, the reverse side is softer for a toddler. I figured that way we’d get more use out of the mattress.
We did not register for a pack n play but I got a small travel bassinet (it’s called the stow and go) for next to our bed and it’s hopefully easy enough to take downstairs and use in the living room also (although I also did buy a little napper to use downstairs). Our house is small and a pack n play wouldn’t fit next to our bed or in our living room without a lot of reconfiguring.
Don’t buy a bunch of bottles. I got a couple of free ones, from our registry welcome boxes, and when you buy stuff from the Motherhood Maternity store they send you a Mam bottle with every purchase! Also, don’t buy a bunch of clothes because I got sooo many at my baby shower that I probably won’t even use all of them!
I picked out a diaper bag that can be used crossbody or as a backpack for different situations. Haven’t used it yet, obviously, but I thought that was a feature that I would like.
I also picked out the City Mini GT stroller, which is on the pricier side, but I like how it’s lightweight, not massive, sturdy, and can go pretty much everywhere with it’s all-terrain wheels. I wanted a stroller that could handle any situation so I didn’t need more than one.
I fully admit to being the ultimate consumer of baby items. I definitely feel like there are things that are 100% worth the splurge and other things that you don’t need to spend your money on. I also am all about spending the money on whatever makes your life easier – and sometimes those things aren’t “essential” but can go a long way.
At the end of the day when it comes to baby gear it’s all personal preference. It doesn’t matter how experienced of a mom you are or how many kids you have, everyone loves different things for different reasons. You will find that plenty of what you will buy might not end up being useful, but the great thing about it is you can always sell it (consigment stores, facebook marketplace, etc) and get things you DO want.
My must have’s
To anyone looking for the very popular (great imo) baby monitor, the infant optics dxr8 is $54 right now in Amazon warehouse.