It’s easy to get carried away with cute baby buys when you’re strolling through Babies ‘R’ Us. However, tons of tiny purchases can add up quickly and result in an empty bank account, as well as a lot of items wasting space in the nursery.
When the average cost of raising a child is approximately $12,980 per year, it’s important to save money whenever possible. Fortunately, you can start by avoiding unnecessary baby gear. (See also: 5 Money Rules That’ll Save You Big in Baby’s First Year)
1. Extra bedding
The safest way for a baby to sleep is with a tight fitting crib sheet. Anything else could pose a suffocation hazard. One blanket is enough for car rides, stroller time, and cuddling, so there’s no need to spend much on multiple bedding sets, bumpers, or other bedding upgrades.
Crib bedding and diaper gear are commonly stained due to leaky diapers and spit up, so stick with functional and easy to clean material. Don’t worry about pillows or matching duvets. A newborn can’t use those anyway.
2. Fancy Diaper Bag
Your diaper bag is going to see a lot of wear and tear. Imagine spilled milk and dirty burp cloths staining the inside, and dust and dirt, stickers…