A new baby means new expenses but you don’t have to break the bank to get the best products for your little one. It can get overwhelming to shop on a limited budget, so here’s a guide to help you shop for all your baby’s needs with ease:
- Determine the basic essentials: Despite what you often hear, having a baby will not necessarily cost you an arm and leg. By opting for just purchasing basic essentials, you’re able to pace yourself when buying baby products and ensure that you don’t spend money on items that you will never or hardly use.
Most parents would agree that clothes, a car seat, stroller, crib and diapers (cloth or disposable) are must-have items for a newborn. Do not buy too many clothes for the first few months because they will easily and quickly outgrow them. Choose a convertible or 3-in-1 car seat and convertible cots which allow you to use them for as long as possible.
- Start accumulating baby items early: Parents basically have nine months to prepare for everything that the baby needs. This includes saving money for hospital bills and for the things that your baby will need. By putting together a checklist of what you need early on, you’re able to enjoy more time to research and discover the best deals and take advantage of seasonal sales to extract the maximum value for your dollar.
- Look for places to shop that offer great discounts: There are plenty of places to shop for great discounted baby products. Keep an eye out for retailers who have regular sales or clearance deals which often happen when new products hit the market or at the end of the financial year. Make sure to sign up for their newsletters or follow their social media accounts to get early notifications of upcoming sales and promotions.
If clearance sales make you feel anxious (because sometimes crowds can get pretty overwhelming), you can check out factory outlet stores that offer discounted prices all year-round. In Australia, Baby Value offers big savings up to 50% off strollers, car seats and furniture from Dorel brands, helping parents save while buying their essentials.
- Take advantage of brand samples: Baby brands love to give away sample products for consumers, which are great for value conscious parents. By trying out samples, you’re given an opportunity to get a look and feel of an item before deciding whether you will actually need it. Sites such as Shop Free and Free Stuff Rewards are worth checking if you want to try this out.
Always remember that you do not have to spend excessively for your little one. Keep in mind that expensive does not equate to best. Keep your options open and be on the lookout for the best value products for your baby. With a bit of research, patience and some luck, you might just be able to get a great deal for all your essentials and avoid spending more than you need to.
This post was made in collaboration with Baby Value