Thursday, June 26, 2008

Frugal Friday- Frugal Baby Tips

This post is part of Frugal Friday hosted by Crystal aka MoneySavingMom. You can find all of the other posts here at her blog.

I wanted to share a few frugal baby tips. With my older children one thing I always did was buy a pack of cloth diapers. Not to use as diapers but for burp cloths. It may be a regional thing, but everyone I know does this. Well, this time I skipped the purchase. I just used hand towels instead. They are larger and they catch more of the "yucky" stuff. I think a pack of cloth diapers runs around $10 now. So that is money saved!!

Try a generic formula if your baby is not too sensitive to them. We use Parent's Choice from Walmart. It has the same ingredients as Enfamil, but cost over 50% less than Enfamil. Even with the coupons Enfamil sends me, I can't beat Walmart's price. I have also continued to breastfeed in the early morning and at night saving even more money!!

For this baby, who turns three months TODAY, we have reused a lot of our three year old's old baby stuff. If you can't do this, try yard sales or consignment shop. Let someone else take the huge hit on buying the item new and get a good quality item for much less!!!

One more tip, this one has nothing to do with being frugal, but I think it is the best advice anyone has ever given me... When you make up baby's crib, put on a mattress pad and a fitted sheet. All ready to go, BUT THEN, put on another mattress pad and another sheet! This way if baby has an "accident" that ruins the top sheet at 2am, all you have to do is pull off the top two layers and everyone gets to go right back to bed!!

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Steph said...

These are some great tips. Thanks for this post. I would like to add that we just had our 5th baby and we have never had a changing table. You can change a diaper anyware and you'll not only save money, you'll save space. The other thing I like to offer first time moms is don't panic about the nursery. The baby can't see it, and doesn't really care where he/she sleeps. Don't worry about it and just enjoy your new gift.

Jen said...

I totally agree about the changing table. I did have one for my other daughter but she had her own bedroom. Since this baby is still in our room we just use the bed.