We have been ridiculously lucky over the past few years to have been given many beautiful hand-me-downs from family and friends. We are a family who don’t have a lot of spare cash so we have gotten very good at finding a bargain and always look at second hand items before buying new. I have found we can still get good quality items without paying the price of high end brands. I will not deny that at times it is necessary to pay a bit more but if I can I’ll spend as little as possible.
This is my list of top tips to purchasing ‘reasonably’ priced newborn essentials:
- Boots Standard Necked Bottles and Boots Electric Steam Steriliser. We bought new bottles when our Tiny Tot was born but again we stuck to Boots own items. We have had no problems with them,they fit perfectly into the bottle pockets in my Jujube BFF Changing Bag, and the teats have a valve built in to help reduce colic. Riculously low price and good quality.
- Kiddicare Group 0 Plus Baby Car Seat, we have reused the newborn car seat for our second and you wouldn’t even know it had been used before. We liked the newborn seat so much that we bought our Toddler the Kiddicare Shuffle Group 0 1 Car Seat when she out grew her first seat.
- Our Moses Basket mattress and Cotbed mattress were both from Argos. We were very lucky to be given both a second hand Moses basket and Cotbed. My husband gave the Cotbed a lick of Baby friendly paint to ‘spruce’ it up and it’s now on round two with our Tiny Tot.
- We borrowed a Fisher-Price Bouncer from a friend for both our girls, but this is something you can easily pick up second hand. Places like Gumtree and Facebook selling pages are brilliant places to look.
- Johnson’s Baby Extra Sensitive Wipes or Boots Baby Soft Cloth Wipes- Fragrance Free. Boots have offers on their wipes the majority of the time so you can pick these up at a low cost, and more often than not Johnson’s baby wipes can be picked up in a box of 12 for a fair price.
- Nappies, now these are one of the items I do pay a little more for. After lots of trial and error I have found that Pampers Baby Dry work best for us, but that’s not to say they’ll be best for your child (I’m sure it’s all about baby’s size and shape). I would highly recommend trying out different nappies i.e Supermarket brand nappies and online companies and decide what works best for you and your baby. I am a member of all the Supermarket Baby Clubs and therefore get emails notifying me of Baby Events. I try to stock up on nappies when they have offers on, best not to buy too many of one size though, I’ve made this mistake before and my little one grew out of them much quicker than I thought.
- Baby Clothes, including Muslin cloths and Bibs, again I don’t like to spend too much money as I know they won’t last long. I have found that Supermarkets- especially Sainsburys and Morrisons sell beautiful and great quality children’s clothes. Sainsburys usually have 25% off their clothing at least once a month, really worth keeping an eye out on the dates. Also, look out for second hand clothing too, a lot of the time they’ve only been worn for a few months so they’re still in excellent condition.
- Baby blankets, supermarkets were my best friend when it came to blankets, specifically Tesco. I did buy two new beautiful blankets from Mothercare for our Tiny Tot but did purchase them in a sale. Of course my favourite blankets are ones that have been made for our little ones, if you’re lucky enough to know someone who can knit or crochet ask them to make a few items for you but of course offer to buy the materials. You’ll be much more likely to keep and treasure them for many years.
I would highly recommend looking around and reading reviews of products before buying something because of a brand name, yes sometimes they can be the best, but a lot of the time there are brilliant cheaper alternatives.
See my other post Buying Secondhand Baby Items for more information on what to buy and more importantly, what not to buy secondhand.
Thank you for reading, do you have any other money saving tips for newborn/ baby items?