The Secret Money-Saving Rules of Baby Shopping

Here is a summary of our best money-saving secrets when buying baby gear.

  • If your first instinct is that a product is ugly, don’t buy it.  It will only get uglier.


  • Buy new, but buy last year’s model stroller.  Hardly anything changes year to year but the pattern, and you can literally save hundreds of dollars.


  • Whenever you can, buy on the Internet with free shipping.  Online stores have less overhead and usually offer steep discounts.  Great for items you’ve already test- driven and know you want, such as strollers, or items you’re sure not to return, such as diapers.


  • Right before you check out online, do a search with the name of the store and the word “coupon”.  You can unexpectedly save some serious cash.


  • All those free formula coupons you receive in the mail but don’t use?  You can exchange them for ones you do on special coupon swapping message boards.  They also routinely publish the addresses of military families that could use the help.


  • Products that force babies to develop faster than they would naturally are unnatural and could be dangerous.  Your baby doesn’t sit up at 2 months for a reason.  Save your money and stay away from these products.


  • No product will teach babies what nature has always programmed them to do.  Products that promise to help – such as early walking aids – are usually wastes of money and should be looked upon with suspicion.

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Love the last two tips about inappropriate items for baby development. When I’m thinking about a purchase, I often wonder how mothers got by without the item a hundred years ago. This helps me determine the real use/functionality/worth of the item. My example is the bumbo; my sister loved hers, but my child made it just fine without one.


Love it!! Totally right on with all of these!!