So, the pregnancy test has confirmed that you are pregnant and you are brimming with excitement; you cannot wait to hit the mall and get started on the best mission of all: baby shopping!
While baby shopping is definitely very exciting for any mama-to-be, it is very easy to get carried away with it. There are basic necessities such as clothes, car seat, and stroller that every baby needs, but there are also plenty of other items that first-time parents, in particular, end up buying unnecessarily. This is why we have put together our top tips to help ensure your baby shopping is focused on items your baby will actually use, without wasting any money.
1. Make a shopping list
Before you head out on the most-awaited shopping spree for your baby, it is a good idea to make a list of all the items you need so that you don’t go over your budget. Doing so will also ensure you miss out on any of the essentials you need for the baby. Having a shopping list makes baby shopping so much more organized.
2. Look out for sales
With so many things to buy for a newborn, it makes sense to buy from sales whenever possible. As clothes, in particular, get outgrown so quickly, you should always be on the lookout for baby clothes sale on occasions such as Black Friday and Christmas. It is the best time to stock up on your supplies at discounted rates.
3. Do some research
When it comes to expensive items such as baby monitors and cribs, it makes sense to do some research before you decide which model will meet your needs. We are often tempted to go for the latest model with all the high-tech features, but stop and ask yourself if you really need all those extra features and whether they are worth the high price. Moreover, ask other new parents for recommendations on different products – they will be your best source of information.
4. Minimize the spending on clothes
If you are a first-time parent, you are probably unaware of how quickly babies grow in their first few months. An outfit that fits perfectly one day is likely to be outgrown by the next month. Therefore, do not go overboard on the clothes for a newborn. You do not know how big they are going to turn out, and the newborn clothes will be used for 2-3 months at the most.
5. Make comfort a priority
When shopping for a baby, their comfort should be your main concern. Newborns have very sensitive skin that is easily irritated by any rough fabric. It is a good idea to go for soft, breezy fabrics. Even if your baby is due in winter, you will need soft cotton pieces as the first layer as wool can be too harsh on a baby’s skin.
6. Choose simple outfits
You will find plenty of cute outfits with ribbons, frills, sequins and other fancy attachments and you may be tempted to buy them. However, such clothes can be uncomfortable for the child, resulting in skin irritation and rashes. Also, a newborn is likely to require a change of clothes several times a day, so it is best to opt for simple outfits that are easy to put on and take off. Jumpers and onesies are your best bet.
7. Stock up on necessary accessories
Babies spoil their clothes often, whether during feeding or due to diaper disasters. For this reason, it is a good idea to stock up on plenty of baby wipes, burp cloths, and bibs so that their clothes can stay safe. You will need them all the time to keep your baby clean. Of course, it’s nice to get something that’s a luxury or feels a treat, but often, treat items tend to go unused or don’t last too long. Instead, for a feel-good purchase, consider something like a Milly & Henry hamper, which wraps up some real essentials with a touch of occasion and luxury.
8. Don’t get items you will not need initially
You do not need to buy everything your baby will need during its first year before its arrival. Things such as a high chair or jumper will not be used until the baby is a few months old, so there’s no point in stressing over them just yet. You might even get them as baby shower gifts or a better model with more features may become available if you wait it out.
9. Buy used items
There are plenty of baby things you can get second-hand at a fraction of the price. You can find markets near you that deal in used stuff or get it in touch with moms you know for any stuff they longer need. Bigger items such as play-mats and strollers can easily be bought second-hand for great savings.
10. Don’t spend too much on toys
Toys keep a baby busy and are important for their development, but the truth is that your baby is just as likely to be entertained by boxes, clothing tags, and the T.V remote. Moreover, toys are expensive, so there is no need to spend too much on them. Invest in a few toys and see what interests your baby at different stages of their development before buying any more.
When it comes to entertaining a baby, your presence will be enough for those first few months. They will love watching you do the simplest things, and your singing, reading and cuddles will be enough to entertain them.
Shopping for a baby is not easy, given the wide range of products available in the market today. By preparing a list of items you need and sticking to it, you can ensure your shopping stays within budget. However, don’t forget to splurge a little too. After all, every baby deserves some special supplies. Happy shopping!