Having a child is not just overwhelming, it’s expensive too. From increased healthcare costs to endless diapers and formula to clothing and more, expectant parents take on a lot of new expenses as they prepare for baby. The key to keeping baby costs in control is finding products that offer you the most bang for your buck. As part of a recent segment I hosted on KTLA Morning News, I’ve included a roundup of the best-value baby items along with tips to help any new or expectant parent save money.
TIP 1: Choose products that grow with your child.
Parents often feel overwhelmed with all the gear they need to get for their newest family member. Many of these big ticket items are extremely costly, from car seats to strollers to high chairs. Finding those that grow with your child can help you save more in the long run. Here are my top two examples:
Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat: With birth to harness booster mode, the SafeMax will accommodate your growing child from 5 – 120 pounds and it is the first car seat in the U.S. to be dynamically rollover tested so it is the perfect choice for new parents looking for peace of mind and value for years to come. Sold exclusively at Babies“R”Us stores and Babiesrus.com for $299.99 (it’s currently on sale for $60 off through May 21!).
Graco Blossom LX 4-in-1 Seating System: Offering four seats in one, this high chair is designed to adjust to your growing child’s seating needs, transforming seamlessly from a high chair to an infant feeding booster, toddler booster and youth chair. “Sands” color pattern sold exclusively at Babies“R”Us stores and Babiesrus.com for $189.99.
TIP 2: Look for “Double Duty” items.
Products that serve a dual purpose ensure you get more value and use overtime.
Lolly Gags White Arrow Minky Car Seat Canopy Cover: Soft and stylish, these car seat cover can also be used as a baby blanket, either in the stroller or when snuggling with your little one at home. Available for $39.99 at zulily.com.
Maya & Max Teething Necklace and Bracelet sets by Moby Wrap: Made with soft silicone, wood and sterling silver, this jewelry doubles a teether for your little one since it’s soft on gums. It’s available for $17.99 at zulily.com.
Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote Sleepy Seychelle: This diaper bag looks like a stylish tote that can transition from carrying baby essentials to all your work needs or beach accessories for years to come.
TIP 3: Be smart with maternity clothing choices.
For expecting moms, finding clothes that fit, look flattering and don’t cost a lot often feels like an impossible mission. Luckily, stores like Target offer an exclusive line of maternity wear that’s stylish and won’t break your budget, including Liz Lange and designer exclusives from Ingrid and Isabel’s speciality maternity wear.
BeMaternity by Ingrid & Isabel Short Sleeve Active Tee: This work out tee is perfect for keeping up with exercise and looking good. You can pick it up for just $24.99 at Target and Target.com (compared to nearly $50 from Ingrid and Isabel directly!).
*Plus, Target often runs specials like the current “Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Women’s Clothing.” Just use the Cartwheel app for extra savings at checkout!
TIP 4: Buy used when possible.
When it comes to clothing and even certain gear essentials, buying used is the smartest choice especially considering that babies and kids grow quickly. Head over to thredup.com to find a huge selection of gently-used baby girl and baby boy clothing options. Consider selling your items to make money toward like-new purchases! Example deals:
Baby GAP Heart Onsie: retails for $35, only $8.48.
Janie and Jack Dress: retails for $59, only $16.49.
Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Top: retails for $22, only $7.99.
Jacardi Top: retailers for $65, only $11.99.
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