I guess it's time for me to start thinking about the financial impact things like diapers and clothes are going to make in just 9 short months.. :lol: So my curiosity has be asking..
.. what is the average price of a decent diaper in your region/state? What is the brand?
... where do you find/get/sign-up for coupons for things like diapers, wipes etc?
Anything else you wanna share on how you lighten the financial bill of a baby would be appreciated!! :D
1. Buy everything you can used. Babies don't *need* a brand new crib, dresser, stroller, sleepers, blankets, etc. Check for recalls, though, but remember that most recalls are more "common sense" issues rather than real safety issues. I even took a hand-me-down carseat because I knew the person giving it to me hadn't been in an accident. I love finding cute things at the consignment stores, and I make money taking them back there when my kids have outgrown them! :p
2. Think twice about whether you'll really want to have any particular thing. We planned to co-sleep so never bothered with a crib, we carried our babies in a sling so we didn't get a stroller until our DD was bigger, and we have a tiny apartment with little floor space so we didn't want a big baby gym. Favorite things: Maya Wrap sling and vibrating bouncy chair.
3. Cloth diapers are hands down cheaper than the cheapest disposable, and they're better for the environment. We don't have a washer & dryer so we went with a diaper service & it was still comparable to disposables.
4. Remember that anything you throw away is money thrown away. I saw disposable bibs at the store the other day, what a waste! We used baby washcloths instead of disposable wipes, they were about $6/dozen which is the same price as one refill-sized box of disposable wipes. I got three sets of washable breast pads for about $20 that lasted through two kids of breastfeeding & were handed along to a friend, vs. a pack of disposables for $8-$10 that lasts a couple of weeks.
I actually kept a spreadsheet when my daughter was a baby that tracked the savings from not using disposable things, breastfeeding instead of formula, diaper service over disposables, etc for the first year, and it was around $1500 in savings. Our actual savings were even higher since some of our friends & family donated to our diaper service in leiu of shower gifts; we had about 4 or 5 months paid for before we even had the baby. Good luck to you with your pregnancy!
Our biggest savings were: buying things that were slightly used but not new, exclusively breastfeeding until they were ready for solids, and using cloth diapers.
The diapers alone were probably the biggest savings. We spent around $300 for cloth diapers, used them until they potty trained, and probably got around $200 back when we sold them!
I love cloth diapers, and if you have any sewing skill whatsoever, you can make a bunch really cheap by sewing them out of a second hand flannel sheet.
That said, I like to have a small pack of newborn diapers around that I use until the cord falls off. It's really easy for moisture to get to the stub and infect it if you use cloth, so I think sposies are a good choice for the first week or so. Also, I use flat diapers with pins, and after about six or seven months, my babies won't hold still long enough for me to diaper them. Around that time, I switch to sposies.
I use the Walmart brand. They're about half the price of a name brand, and they don't have any scent. Some people have complained that they are poorer quality. I have never found more than two bad diapers in the largest boxes they sell, and for the price, that is definitely worth it.
I breast fed my second, so there wasn't a lot of expense with him. With the first, I had supply problems (as many new moms do), and I had to supplement. It's actually hard to plan ahead for the cost of formula. There are many different kinds, and your baby may tolerate some kinds better than others (definitely the case with mine). I'd recommend finding coupons now and getting a small canister of several different kinds of formula. When baby arrives, make a note somewhere of how baby reacts to different ones.
If you are breast feeding AT ALL, it is worth while to get a breast pump--renting is a waste of time, just take the plunge and buy one. They are expensive, but you will love it when you're engorged in the middle of the night and baby isn't hungry enough to do the job.
I completely second PPs about buying nursery stuff and clothing used and considering what you will actually need. Don't worry about toys. Babies will play with anything. I do recommend getting some kind of swing. Both my babies have napped in the swing and slept in it before transitioning to a crib (after we were done cosleeping). They're especially great if you have a baby who's gassy or gets reflux.
Finally, if you can swing it, look into making your own baby food. It'll save a ton and is so much healthier than the jarred stuff.
HTH and HH9M!
Loving all the advice from the ladies above.
HH9M to you!
Loving all these ideas, too!
DH and I agree that we're going to have baby sleep with us in our room as long as possible.. and not worry about baby furniture for a while. I'm also going through DD's stuff from 10 years ago ( :oops: ) and seeing what is salvageable and applicable for the new baby. Unfortunately, when she turned about 5 or 6, I gave up on the notion of having another child so I gave a LOT away.
I'm looking into the cloth diapering concept as it seems so much cheaper! Just bought 2 of them today, actually, so we'll see how they look.. feel.. and if I can figure them out. lol.. Hope it turns out to be an option for us!
I wasn't able to BF DD because my supply wasn't much of squat but I'm hoping SOO much that it comes in like a waterfall this next time! :) I want to BF so badly.. hope it works!
I agree with PP about their money saving ideas.
I'll add that my area has a local swap/sell board on Facebook for baby items. You can get items like swings, bouncers and clothing so much cheaper that even consignment shops. Ask around to see if there is one in your area.
I'll also add that once they are on solids I recommend either making your own baby food or baby led weaning (where you give them bits of what you eat, just really tiny). It saves quite a bit of money and is more convenient IMHO.
Oh and lastly, if you do go with disposable diapers, don't buy a ton of any one brand to start with. Many babies leak or have reactions to certain brands, so don't stock up until you're sure they work for your baby! Seems counter intuitive from a money saving point of view but if you can't use the diapers then you are wasting money!
Those facebook pages are amazing! Friends of mine have bought everything they needed off our local one from baby vests to cots/prams and at such cheaper prices. If I was to have a 2nd baby, that is a huge lesson I have learnt that everything does not need to be brand new.
Don't beat yourself up if you can't BF, everyone is different and I was the same. My DD just would not stay latched onto me so in that sense you have to do what is best for you and baby.
Making your own baby food is super easy too. You just need to get yourself a hand blender and some ice cube dishes (check out annabelkarmel.com for your baby making food essentials) and I'm sure lots of Mummies will share recipe ideas with you, me included!
It's all sooo exciting :)
I just had a quick look on the US Amazon and they actually stock Annabel Karmel products on there!
You just need a Snappi! :p
Originally Posted by harper35
Snappi Diaper Fastener - makes cloth diapering easy