Any tips/info would be really appreciated
Any tips/info would be really appreciated
Some ideas i can think ofCo-sleeping - no cot needed
baby wearing - no pram needed
cloth nappies - terry towel ones are cheaper the modern cloth nappies an make your own wipes with chemical free solutions (look online) and paper towels, can make up washable ones too if your handy with a sewing machine.
hand me downs, op shops,
Breast feeding - little to no bottles needed (still have some for expressing maybe?)
focus on functional clothes, don't buy many outfits (people will do this once bubs is born, maybe grab one super nice going home outfit for pics)
there are lots of little things you can do. Bulk buy things. Stay away from all the baby lotions and potions. Lots of natural things are cheap/free and much healthier for bubs. (Look online for recipes etc)
I definitely don't suggest not buying a pram!!!
If your going disposable nappies look out for specials in supermarkets or online. You'll need hesps in the newborn stage. Same for wipes.
Don't buy a change table just but the mat or baby bath just buy the little seat thingy they lay on
get one of those highchairs that attach to normal chair saves $ space & can double as a bath seat when they can sit up & cleans baby & high chair at same time
Aldi baby bath is exact same ingredients as Johnson's bedtime bath & only $2.80 just as good
Pillow cases are great for basinett sheets
Cloth nappies the terry square ones are great for burp rags & cleaning later on
Don't buy heaps of toys they outgrow them too quick & most times are happy with a coke bottle with rice in it or toilet rolls lol
Make your own baby food & freeze in portion sizes
Cloth nappies are brilliant have saved me heaps
Buy a good quality car seat convertible one & pram that will last them a while
Do research on big ticket items & buy 2nd hand.... Look into prams properly iv been trough a few too many!
I found a king parrot cot that I liked (cheaper version of boori) I got it for $100 from gumtree and it was in excellent condition.
And I got changeable for $50 with the built in draws underneath (handy to save space too!)
Don't buy too many clothes, we were given sooo many as gifts & DD grew so fast as well she hardly got to wear them
I decided what I wanted and waited til I found it on sale. I decided not to buy anything I was given 2nd hand. I didn't really want the car seat or cot 2nd hand so was lucky to get them cheap. Convertible car seat 1/2 price target. Cot $100 at ikea. I also started putting $20 a week towards baby purchases early on so had heaps of stuff without spending in a big hit. Found I could buy mcns from sale section of various websites up to half price so didn't even have to sacrifice and go 2nd hand for nappies. Don't forget family and friends love buying stuff for a new bub so have a list ready if anyone asks or you are having a baby shower. It's not greedy some people prefer to buy what's needed or don't know where to start gift wise. Get a list ready for what you need early on and take it with you. I found that if I saw something cheap or on sale I could tick it off my list and it stopped me buying multiples of items although somehow I ended up with a million singlets and onsies in 000 somehow
EBay for clothes you can get great clothes second hand or washed not worn, some still with tags etc for really cheap.
Cloth nappies. We're using flannel flats at the moment coz dd's legs are too skinny for her mcns.
Popfish (i think?) Mcns are really cheap on eBay. Make your own inserts.
Big items can be bought second hand on eBay or gumtree really cheap.
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Newborns only really need all in ones and some singlets, everything else is fiddly and annoying!
You don't need bath products, until he started crawling and actually getting dirty at 6 months I didn't use anything but water in DSs bath.
Same goes for expensive moisturisers, olive or coconut oil work much better and are chemical free.
Invest in some good zip up wraps instead of buying millions of muslin wraps, a few are handy for other things though.
If you want them, hire luxuries like a capsule/compatible pram, baby bath, swing, bassinet.
Cloth wipes, make your own wipes solution or use warm water.
You don't need the towels specifically for babies, regular towels are just fine!
Don't overbuy!!! You can always buy more if you need to.
No pram, cot, change table, bottles, nappies every week, creams, soaps, bouncers, bumbo seats, etc etc etc. I can't believe how much money people can spend actually, when it isn't actually necessary.
Little babies are really very simple and need very little 'stuff'.
Last edited by CMF; 11-07-2013 at 04:34.
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