Having a baby is expensive. Like, real expensive. Most new parents are shocked by how much diapers, wipes, food, and baby necessities add up to be. I know I was, and that was over 20 years ago!
I’m always amazed (and slightly overwhelmed) when I go up and down the baby aisles these days. There’s so much to choose from, and some of it is really pricey! I often find myself saying “I wish I had that when my kids were little” OR “you’d use that once and never use it again”.
We all want our kids to have the very best, and shopping for babies is just fun! Trust me, I still completely crumble when I enter the baby section and am guilty of spending way too much on my grandkids. But our consumer-driven society makes new and naive parents think they need these high-tech, expensive gadgets. But the truth is, you don’t need a lot of those things. You just don’t.
If you’re a new or expecting parent without a lot of extra cash, here are a few tips:
Babies grow FAST. You don’t need to spend a lot on clothing, so consider shopping at thrift stores, yard sales, and even buy/sell groups online.
Stick to the essentials like diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, crib + bedding, car seat, and clothing. Try to avoid spending money on unnecessary items like a baby sling, wipe warmer, expensive baby food maker, excessive toys, a breast pump, and too much of anything.
Add it to your registry or wish list. If you really want that fancy stroller or monitor, ask for it. Someone might just buy it for you 😉
Name brand – not for me. Seriously. Babies and toddlers are messy. Do you really want to ruin that $28 onesie when you can buy one just as cute for less than $10? And as I said above, babies grow fast, so they probably won’t wear it more than once or twice.
Wait to buy it. If you are having a baby shower, I highly recommend not buying anything until afterward. You will likely get a LOT. I asked for diapers and wipes, and I got so many that I didn’t need to buy ANY for three months.
To save on diapers, buy the smallest size diaper you need. The smaller sizes have more diapers per pack, and a diaper that fits snuggly will help prevent leaks.
STOCKUP when you find great deals! You’ll spend more when you’ve completely run out and desperately need it.
Lastly, be a smart shopper and pay attention to sales and promotions. You can save some serious cash!
For example, if you shop at Kroger, you can shop their Baby Event, which is a two-week promotion with huge savings on nearly everything in the baby aisle.
The Kroger Baby Event will help you save money on baby necessities.
I don’t know about you, but I ♥ Kroger! I’ve shopped there for years and can honestly say it’s a one-stop destination for everything I need. They have an ever-growing selection of groceries, including natural and organic, household goods, a full-service pharmacy, cards, and a huge selection of baby necessities. Not to mention, they run awesome promotions, sales, and events like this throughout the year!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Baby Catalina . The opinions and text are all mine.