Sunday, August 28, 2005

Inexpensive Baby Items

Having a baby can be a huge expense, but there are many ways to save money on everything you need for your baby. Try these money saving tips-- and put the savings in your baby's bank account!

Diapers. Unless you plan on using cloth diapers and washing them yourself, you will be spending money on your baby's diapers for the next several years. This can get to be quite costly. If, like most people, you plan to use disposable diapers then try buying a generic brand -- most generic brand diapers work just as well as those higher priced name brand diapers. Stores like Wal-Mart, Target-- even your favorite grocery store-- all carry their own store brand line of diapers. Most of these diapers are made in a factory right along side their higher priced counterparts. Once you do find a brand you like, don't feel that you have to be brand loyal all the time-- if you have a money saving coupon for a rival brand, give them a try.

Baby wipes. I don't know what we did before baby wipes were invented, but to most moms today they are absolutely indispensable. Since you will be using them everyday, baby wipes are another item that can get to be costly over time, so try some of the lower priced brands and see how they fare. If you find that the inexpensive brand wipes are so thin that you end up using triple the amount of them as you do with a higher priced brand, then switch-- you are probably spending more in the long run. If you run out of wipes, you can also make your own baby wipes by cutting a roll of paper towels up and soaking them in a mixture of one quarter of a cup each of baby bath and baby oil and two cups of warm water.

Clothing. It's foolish to spend a lot of money on high-end clothing items for your newborn-- he or she will be grown out of them before you know it. Instead, look for gently used name brands on eBay or other online outlets. Trendy discount stores, like Target, have really cute baby clothes at the fraction of the cost of clothing at department stores. If you must shop for new name brand clothing, try catching your favorite store's end of season sales-- you can pick up some great clothes for your child for the next year (of course, you will have to estimate what size he or she will be).

2 Items you should never skimp on:

Your baby's crib and car seat. There are federal regulations regarding crib safety, so avoid buying used or older cribs that may not pass today's safety standards. The same goes for car seats-- never buy a used car seat at a yard sale or an online auction because you don't know if the seat was ever involved in a car accident or not. You also will not be privy to important recall information should these used items ever be recalled, so, when it comes to your baby's safety, it's best to buy these items new.

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