From the instant that people find out that they are going to be parents, the pound signs start flashing as you figure out how much it is all going to cost. Having babies is such a wonderful thing, but it can cost you some money. It can be easy to get caught up in all of the excitement of it all and overspending. But for some things, there really are some ways to keep costs down, as some items will be totally fine to get secondhand. From local selling groups and hand-me-downs, there are plenty of items for a baby that will work.
Of course, having your own things from new can be really lovely, and part of the whole experience of becoming a parent. Imagine getting something like the Ickle Bubba strollers from Beautiful Bambino and trying it out and pushing it around in anticipation for your baby arriving? It can be a lovely thing to do. So with all of that in mind, here are some of the things that are best to buy brand new, and some that will work being ‘pre-loved.’ Is there anything else that you would add to the list?
USED: Baby Clothes
Shopping for baby clothes is really fun. But as there are lots of things that babies will need, it can cost a lot of money. So don’t be worried about getting pre-loved baby clothes or getting bundles from sites like eBay. Buying a few new pieces can be nice, but you don’t need to buy everything from new.
NEW: Breast Pump
It makes sense that you should get your own breast pump if you are planning to breastfeed. In fact, anything feeding related is usually best to buy from brand new. It makes it much more hygienic, and you can find one that will suit what you need. The good news is that there are so many out there on the market that there will be one for the budget that you have.
Children and babies get so many toys. From birthdays and Christmas, it is toys, toys, and more toys. And it can all really add up (in terms of clutter in the home and the cost of buying them). So don’t be afraid to shop for some second hand toys. Of course, check the quality of it all, but I’ll bet you’ll find some real bargains.
NEW: Car Seat
Car seats are one of the things that is so important to get brand new. The reason being, that you really don’t know if it will have been in any accidents. And even if on the surface it looks like it is in good repair, there can be damage that is hidden or the padding inside that could be damaged. So to make sure that you have a car seat that is as safe as can be, it is best to get a car seat from brand new. Getting one that will fit with your stroller is a good idea too.