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10 Money-Saving New Mom Tips

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Having a Baby Doesn't Have to Break the Bank

Having a new baby can be expensive — and we’re not talking about hospital bills. Between the crib, the stroller, the changing table, baby clothes and diapers, parents can go broke!

Like a lot of moms, when I had my first child, I was determined to buy the best crib, the nicest clothes and the coolest stroller. Soon enough, I realized how foolish I was. My baby barely slept in the crib — and even then, she could care less what it looked like. And she outgrew the newborn clothes within the first couple of weeks.

By child #2, I knew better than to splurge on new baby gear. In fact, we scrapped the changing table entirely and just used a changing pad on the bed.

TheDollarStretcher.com recently featured a “Moms Guide to Saving on a New Baby.” Here are some of their tips (as well as some of my own).

10 Money-Saving New Mom Tips:

1. If you can breastfeed, it will save you hundreds (maybe thousands) of dollars on formula. You may want to splurge on a decent breast pump, but you’ll still save money.

2. Sign up for a new baby registry so that friends and family will actually buy you gifts that you need.

3. Make your own baby food – it’s not as hard as it sounds and it will save you money on jarred baby food (plus, it’s good for the environment!).

4. Accept hand-me-downs from friends and family (although you shouldn’t get a second-hand crib or car seat for safety reasons).

5.Check on Craigslist or a local parenting listserv’s classified section for second-hand baby products.

6. Think twice before you buy baby products. You probably won’t need a baby wipe warmer or a bottle warmer, for instance.

7. Using cloth diapers might help you save money.

8. Consider a baby-sitting co-op so you can get a break without paying for a sitter.

9. Don’t buy baby shoes. Unless your child is walking, he or she doesn’t need them.

10. Find a local consignment store where you can buy second-hand items and sell your own once you no longer need them.

Having a baby doesn’t have to be expensive. Believe me, your baby won’t know or care whether you bought him or her the top-of-the-line crib.

Do you have any other money-saving tips for new moms?

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Paula Bernstein is a freelance writer and social media manager with a background in entertainment journalism. She is also the co-author of Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited.

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8 thoughts on “10 Money-Saving New Mom Tips

  1. luckypenny says:

    OH, SO SO MANY! Starting with – do not buy an expensive bedding set – or any bedding set at all for that matter. All you need is a sheet, which you can buy separately for about $10. And the thing that makes that bedding set cost $100-500 is the bumper pads, which are dangerous and should not be used in the crib anyway.

  2. bethany learn @fit2bmama says:

    @fit2bmama says this article is RIGHT ON! I would also recommend toy and clothing swaps!

  3. paulabernstein says:

    Thanks for the suggestions, luckypenny and @fit2bmama. Both good ideas!

  4. NSmith says:

    Pampers has a Gifts to Grow program that can get you a ton of free stuff! You just cash in points for gift certificates, etc. This website below has a bunch of codes … even some 50 pt ones! http://diapersforlessdollars.blogspot.com/

  5. michelle says:

    OK, this is not exactly a money-saving tip, more of an income-protecting tip, but it is huge should be included anyway. If you work, and you will be on maternity leave (sometimes done as short term disability), make sure you find out in advance what you are entitled to, try to negotiate more if you are not entitled to much, and GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING THAT WAS PROMISED TO YOU.

  6. Penn Girl says:

    These are great (and easy to follow) tips! Just to add another little nugget: to make your own baby food, all you need is a regular stick/immersion blender and a couple of ice cube trays. Just steam/microwave (or even roast) the food, blend it with the stick blender, stick it in ice cube trays, freeze, then pop the cubes out and put them into a freezer bag (write the contents and the date on the bag). There is absolutely no need to buy the fancy food mills or baby-specific freezer trays. Also, wait until your baby is six months to feed her solids. She will be less likely to develop allergies, less likely to gag or spit all of the food out, and you save the time and hassle or lugging around jars or tupperware in your diaper bag.

  7. Marlene Budman says:

    All great ideas! We used a really cool registry that allowed us to add items from multiple stores to one registry making it really easy for us and our friends and family. It is called SimpleRegistry and can be found by going to: http://www.simpleregistry.com

  8. Amy says:

    I think I did just about everything except for #7. When you factor in all the time (time is money!) extra cost of laundry detergent and all the electricity used from running the washer and dryer, the cloth diapers may not be as cheap as you think. Plus nice cloth diapers are EXPENSIVE.

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