From nappies to bedding, even essential baby items can be expensive – especially if it’s your first child. Luckily for all new parents out there, there are plenty of schemes that can offer freebies, discounts and more.
All mums and dads want the best for their little ones, but this doesn’t have to mean splashing the cash until you have nothing left. Simply follow these simple ways of cutting costs and getting your hands on baby bargains.
The cost of bedding, wipes and the like quickly adds up, turning from minor costs into a big hit to the bank balance. Doing some research into how much a baby costs is enough to make anyone panic, but there’s actually a lot you can save money on while still giving your little one everything they need to thrive.
There is a way of getting some supplies completely free of charge, exchanging knowledge rather than money. Better yet, this knowledge will help you raise your little one.
Sound too good to be true? Thanks to The Baby Box Co, it’s not just possible, but very accessible. In order to take part, you must register and take part in the free online parenting classes which are held by real healthcare expert, taking a quiz at the end to show what you’ve learnt.
In exchange, you’ll receive rewards such as a baby box for your little one to sleep in as well as onesies and wipes.
Newborns seem to grow incredibly quickly, so they’ll soon be too big for their baby grows. There’s not much point splashing out on designer clothing for your baby when they’re still so young. Trust us, you’ll regret paying out the big bucks for that branded onesie when you realise it doesn’t fit after a week – that or when they spit up all over it.
Instead, head to your local charity shop or join selling pages on social media to see what you can nab for a lower price. An article in The Express detailed how one woman saved over £1,000 doing just that, getting the best bargains by reaching out to friends, forums, charity shops and family.
While some people may turn their noses up at secondhand items, there’s no need; much of the stuff you’ll find will have barely been used. From sturdy yet stylish prams to adorable yet affordable clothes, you’ll be surprised at how much you can save from shopping secondhand. Plus, it’s better for the environment too, producing fewer carbon emissions, saving water and reducing waste.
Nappies are notorious for being one of the most expensive spends for parents, one that literally feels like throwing money away. Reusable nappies can be a much more cost effective solution, and have come a long way from wrangling your baby into a terry cloth and trying to avoid stabbing them with a safety pin – they’re just as easy to use and only a little more effort than disposables. While the initial purchase of reusable nappies will be more expensive than buying a pack of the single-use type, you won’t have to purchase them regularly. In fact, you’ll often only need to purchase more when your child has grown out of a size.
According to the Money Advice Service, you can save an average of £1,475 over two years by switching to reusable nappies – a huge sum definitely not to be sniffed at! You can also sell them in the future to make your money back. This might sound disgusting to those who are used to normal nappies, but is perfectly hygienic and the cloth insides are easily replaced if you’re still concerned.
By cutting costs on basic and essential items, you’ll have more money to invest in your child’s future. Nobody should have to struggle to raise their child, so make sure you stay on top of Government and NHS services that can help you.