9 Ways to Save Money on Baby Gear
One thing I’ve learned since becoming a parent is that babies need stuff. A whole lotta stuff. These little ones ain’t cheap! If you’re on a budget and about to become a new parent, it’s a time to be creative. I wanted to share a few tips and tricks about how to save money while prepping your life an home for your new bundle of joy.
Ways to Save Money on Baby Gear
- Baby Registry. Chances are, your close family and friends are planning to throw you a shower since this is your first baby. Be sure to register for gifts, so you will receive gifts that you really want. When registering, be smart and do your research. Choose items that you know you’ll get good use out of and can use down the road should you wish to have another kid. Hold off buying baby gear until your showers are over. Be sure to return the products you won’t use and exchange them for things you really do need.
- Shop Smart. Compare prices and always check eBay. Did you know that 81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new and available with the “Buy It Now” option (no bidding necessary)? So many products are available new in box and have free shipping. There are so many great baby deals like this Fisher-Price BeatBo (which MacKenlee loves, even though she’s young!) You can snag awesome things like my Medela Breast Pump for 30% off, our Owlet Smart Sock for 28% off or even our 4Moms Mamaroo. Did you know that eBay offers a Money Back Guarantee, Guaranteed Delivery and Price Match Guarantee? All the more reason to shop their baby deals first!
- Stock Up Early. While you’re pregnant, when you see a great deal on items like diapers, stock up! Did you know the average newborn goes through ten diapers a day? TEN. Those diapers stack up quick, so getting a head start on buying them in various sizes will be seriously appreciated by your future self. Tip: Don’t buy a ton of newborn products, you never know how big your little one will be at birth.
- Don’t Be Above Secondhand. If you have a friend who is offering to pass down some gently used baby gear, take them up on it! Chances are that their babe didn’t wear the clothes but a handful of times, if that, so why not at least check them out?
- Buy A Convertible Crib. We chose a crib that converts to a toddler bed which is one less piece of furniture that we have to buy.
- Skip The Changing Table. We also chose a dresser that will grow with MacKenlee and just added a removable topper to turn the dresser top into a changing table.
- Save clothes and gear for future kids.
- Donate Items You Won’t Reuse/Don’t Love. And get a receipt for your donation! That’s a great write-off come tax time. Try selling the bigger ticket items at local consignment stores or even on Facebook Marketplace.
- Breastfeed. Not every woman has the ability, but if you do, breastfeed as long as possible to cut out the costs of formula (not to mention all the other awesome benefits of breastfeeding.) When it comes time for solids, consider making your own baby food.
What tips do you have for financially prepping for baby? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you to eBay for partnering with me to create this post.
MacKenlee Faire’s Pink & Grey Nursery Reveal
Here’s a little about her sweet nursery… I took my time finding the perfect pieces to make sure it was exactly what I wanted. I knew the nursery needed to be a soft pink/blush with a mix of neutrals, so my first purchase was her crib and matching dresser/changing table. Her crib is convertible and will grow with her into a toddler bed. The changing table topper is removable, so it will be just a dresser once she no longer needs diaper changes.
Next was a glider. We knew we’d spend many, many hours rocking baby girl, so we wanted a comfortable place to sit. Our glider and rocking ottoman is already well loved. We use it every night as part of her bedtime routine and I use it throughout the day when I nurse MacKenlee.
I teamed up with the incredibly sweet Tori from New Arrivals, Inc. to create the perfect linens. I had my heart set on a white linen crib skirt that was flowy and laid beautifully on the floor… Tori designed the perfect skirt! She made matching white linen curtains with a pink ribbon detail. The crib blanket and throw pillow were monogrammed in matching shades and add such a special touch to her room. A big thank you to Tori for all her help in creating this precious space in our home.
I went back and forth and back and forth over the walls. I really wanted wallpaper, but in the end decided that a neutral paint would be best. We chose Dunn Edwards paint in “Laced Veil” and it’s perfect. We’ve had several friends ask for the name so they can use this paint color in their own homes. It’s a beautiful grey paint that isn’t too yellow or too blue, which is so hard to find.
Here’s a list of everything in the nursery. If I’ve missed anything, please comment below to let me know.
Photography by Kara Coleen.
Crib Bedding: New Arrivals, INC. MacKenlee Faire Crib Collection [c/o]
Crib Blanket: New Arrivals, INC. MacKenlee Faire Crib Collection [c/o]
White Linen Crib Skirt: New Arrivals, INC. MacKenlee Faire Crib Collection [c/o]
Curtains: New Arrivals, INC. [c/o]
Crib and Changing Table: Restoration Hardware
Glider: Monte Design [c/o]
Ottoman: Monte Design [c/o]
Chandelier: Restoration Hardware
8 x 10 Rug: Everly Medallion
Floor Lamp: Wayfair (Matt painted)
Side Table: Joss & Main
Etagere (Shelves): Joss & Main (Matt painted)
Wall Flowers: MioGallery [c/o]
Name Wall Mount: Winnie Dot
Fairy Lights: Amazon
Pink Bench: Target
Angel Wings: Anthropologie
Wall Art: made by sister-in-law
Shelf Lamp: Restoration Hardware
Crib Mattress: Amazon
Gold Closet Rod: Amazon
Gold Curtain Rings: Amazon
Closet Dividers: Amazon
Pink Hamper: Restoration Hardware
Beige Hamper: Overstock
Lamb Rocker: Restoration Hardware
Storage Baskets: Restoration Hardware
Bookends: Restoration Hardware
Jewelry Box: Pottery Barn
MacKenlee Necklace: Lola James [c/o] Code: Angela15 for 15% OFF
11 Ways to Make Your Nursery Safe
One of the first concerns Matt and I had when we started to plan for Miss MacKenlee’s arrival was safety. Of course, I wanted her nursery to be pretty, so we needed to find ways to marry safety and style. We partnered with Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen Program (makesafehappen.com) to help educate other parents and parents-to-be about how to keep your babies safe. Check out the Make Safe Happen App for new safe sleep, safe nursery content and tips.
If you listen to Hello Bump Podcast, then you’ve been on this baby product and nursery journey with us. You also know that Matt is a true researcher, so he spent a ton of time studying baby safety. After doing our homework, we started to put our research to good use and took steps to make our home more baby-friendly. We created the video below to show you some of the ways we made our little one’s nursery safe along with our list of practical tips that all new parents need to know.
11 Ways to Keep Your Baby and Nursery Safe
- Outlet Plugs. I thought we’d start with the most obvious safety tip first: covering your electrical outlets. This way nothing can be shoved into the outlets.
- Knob Covers. Doorknobs, cabinet pulls, oven knobs and faucets all need to be locked for baby’s safety. And don’t forget to check your windows and install stops.
- Keep the Crib Empty. Remove all blankets, toys, stuffed animals and even bumpers to keep your little one safe while sleeping. You want to make sure to use a firm mattress, fitted sheet and sleep sacks/swaddles for the safest sleeping environment. Get more tips for safe sleeping in this video.
- No Cords on Windows. Be sure that your window treatments don’t have hanging or looped cords that are reachable to prevent accidents.
- Secure all electrical cords. Use zip ties to secure cords to furniture so there are no loose wires.
- Anchor Furniture. As your baby grows, they naturally want to climb. Keep them safe by anchoring any shelves, dressers, changing tables, etc. to the wall.
- Baby Monitor. Setting up a baby monitor in the nursery eases your nerves since you can see what your little one is doing at any given moment.
- Use the Safety Straps. Regardless of your baby’s size, always use the safety strap on your changing table and keep one hand on your baby to prevent any rolling incidents.
- Keep Changing Table Clear. Once baby starts to grab and grasp items, keep the changing table clear of any products or caps they may grab and put in their mouth.
- Move Crib Away from Windows. Remember, babies like to climb, so keep their bed away from any windows.
- Keep Your Windows Closed. Never leave your little one unattended in a room with an open window.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nationwide . The opinions and text are all mine.