newborn baby

Estimates place the additional spending in the family of a newborn at $5,600 for the first year.

Between clothes that never have time to wear out and diapers that last for minutes, very few of us have the resources to provide everything that we wish we could for our little ones.

The greatest gift we can give our children is our love and; time. Here are some ideas which might help you save money as well!

Buy Used

To those of us who never bought used clothing for ourselves, it might seem odd to wrap the most precious child in the world in something less than brand new.

As long as you are careful about who you buy from and wash everything before it’s used, you’ll find this can be one of the best ways to save money for more important things.

Babies and children outgrow clothing so quickly and get so messy while doing so, that once you’re comfortable with it, it will seem silly to pay 25.00 for an outfit you could get for just a few dollars.

Make sure whomever you buy from has a good reputation. They should provide pictures and details about the condition. And always wash everything before your sweetheart wears it–new or used!

Trade and Recycle

There are so many sites that allow mothers to trade items their children no longer need for what they do need, right now!

Craigslist.org

Everyone knows about Craigslist, but it’s a great place to not only purchase but trade your unneeded items for what you do need.

Be open about what you need and specific about what you want to trade. And always, always be careful when meeting a total stranger!

Freecycle.org

A worldwide organization that has local chapters nearly everywhere. Each one is full of kind people who are completely ready and willing to give things away for free! The whole point is to keep perfectly good but unneeded items out of landfills, so make sure when you’re done with something you pass it on too! And don’t go asking for big-screen TVs or cash – that’s frowned upon and just in bad taste!

Skip!

So many things we buy or receive as gifts, but end up not needing really. Here is a common list of things that you can safely skip until you know if you really need them! Remember, it’s so easy to go overboard, but as long as he’s warm and fed, the only thing he really needs is your love and attention!

Crib shoes:

Sure, they look cute, but it’s going to be a long time before your beautiful sweetheart is going to be walking. And even then, many experts suggest your little one learn to walk barefoot to prevent many foot problems. So socks, for now, shoes for later!

Infant bedding sets:

To prevent SIDs risk, there should be nothing in the crib beside your baby and a sheet below him or her. All those blankets, pillows and bumpers are just going to end up in a pile on the floor! To keep your baby warm, consider wearable blankets or bunting.

Stocking up too soon

Bottles, pacifiers, and formula:

You can have a few of these on hand, but don’t go overboard or you might find yourself with two dozen beautiful, expensive bottles that your sweetheart won’t even put into her mouth or formula she spits ever-so-elegantly all over the both of you.

Newborn size clothes:

Some babies are born too big to fit into these comfortably. It’s better to split newborn and 3-month items so you have a variety of sizes available. There is no need to gather too many newborn items until you see your little one’s size and how they grow. Some babies are long and skinny, some are short and fat–your sweetie may surprise you!

Diapers:

Some moms swear by Panders, and some can’t live without Huggies. Since they actually fit differently, some babies are shaped better for one or the other. It’s a good idea to buy diapers in bulk, but wait until he arrives so you don’t end up with the wrong brand.

Go Green!

Cloth diapers:

Not only are these great for the earth, but most families save hundreds of dollars – even more if you are planning on more than one angel because they can be reused on the second baby after the first baby if well cared for!

Breastfeed:

Breastfeeding saves families $1,600-6,000 in the first 12 months of your baby’s life and is considered the healthiest choice by the World Health Organization for all babies.

Any amount of breastfeeding is beneficial and; every ounce you don’t have to buy is money in your pocket.

The benefits of breastfeeding go far beyond saving money, but that is a bonus.

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