We have our second baby on the way soon and it’s so exciting getting our home prepared for his arrival. Part of this preparation includes getting all his baby essentials together. It can get a little pricey once you add up all the cost of your newborn essentials. However, there are plenty of ways to save on baby essentials when you are expecting. In this post, I share tips on how to save more than $1000 on baby essentials.
Sign up for freebies
If you sign up for Amazon’s baby registry, they offer several freebies. One includes a welcome box, valued up to $35. You can also receive up to a 15% completion discount on eligible items when you complete your registry. Sign up with Amazon’s baby registry here.
Choosing to breastfeed
I plan on breastfeeding our baby for both health and economic reasons. Breastfeeding is known to have many health benefits. However, breastfeeding is also very economical because you don’t need to purchase expensive formula to feed your new baby. Babies typically need to eat at least every few hours, so the costs can add up quickly. According to the Surgeon General, mothers who choose to breastfeed can save between $1,200-$1,500 in the first year. Since I’m not purchasing any formula, I am saving a lot of money on baby essentials. If you are looking for ways on how to save on baby essentials, consider choosing to breastfeed.
Insurance-covered breast pump
If you plan on breastfeeding, you may be returning to work after a few months of birth. You may also want to have extra milk stored for other times you need to be away from your baby longer. If so, investing in a good electric breast pump would be beneficial. Check with your health insurance company to see if they cover breast pumps. Many health insurance companies do cover breast pumps. Since my current health insurance company covers electric breast pumps, I’ll be saving almost $200. In case your health insurance does not cover breast pumps, consider using a Medela electric breast pump. The insurance company I had from my first baby did not cover electric breast pumps, so I purchased a Medela breast pump. I found the Medela pump to be very efficient.
Target baby registry
I signed up for Target’s baby registry, which included a free welcome kit worth over $80 of baby product samples and coupons. I’ll also get an additional 15% discount on any items on my registry that were not purchased from other people. To top it off, I also have a Target Red Card which gives me an additional 5% discount off of all items purchased through Target. Talk about savings!
I’ve already had two offers from friends to give me some hand-me downs from their babies that have grown out of these items. One friend has offered a crib mattress, which she purchased for about $75. Another friend has about 20 newborn outfits she will also give me. All these items will definitely help me save money on baby essentials. Check with friends and family members on any possible hand-me downs to help you save on baby essentials.
Don’t underestimate how much it will cost when you get all your baby essentials together. Utilize all the savings tips you can think of to help offset some of the costs. Try some of the tips discussed in this post to also help you save on your new bundle of joy. You could save more than $1000 on baby essentials!
Do you have any tips to share that helped you save on baby essentials? Feel free to share what helped you in the comments below.
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