Baby Items can cost so much money! $200 for a stroller? $34 for a box of disposable diapers? That’s an easy $1,000 expenditure right there for one baby, nevermind having 2 babies in diapers at the same time.
When we had our first child, our oldest son, we had just started on our frugal journey. We didn’t know much about thrift shopping, cloth diapers, or making our own baby food. I’m sure we spent a lot on baby food and diapers even though we didn’t have much money at the time.
When the next child came along 7 years later we decided to try cloth diapering and breastfeeding. Then, I tried making our own baby food since we had a large vegetable garden. I estimate we saved at least a few thousands on diapers alone for 4 kids.
4 Ways We Saved Money on Baby Items for 4 Kids
One easy way to save at least $1,000 in your budget is to switch from disposable diapers to cloth diapers. And that’s just savings on the diapers themselves. Don’t forget that you’ll be saving on trash bags, and reducing the amount of trash that goes into a landfill along with reducing the amount of oil needed to make disposable diapers.
I loved cloth diapering as did my husband. Our babies had very few rashes, and it was so easy to clear up the rashes. Our cloth diapers lasted through 4 babies. I had to replace the covers after 2 kids only because the elastic around the leg openings went away.
Cloth Diapering Supplies
There are at least 2 ways to use cloth diapers. All in one cloth diapers are popular because of their ease of use. When you use an all-in-one, you have only one piece to use and launder. The other option is go with a cloth diaper and fitted cover. Both types of diapers usually come in small, medium, and large based on a baby’s weight. Both systems have adjustable snaps for skinny to chunky babies, and both feature elastic around the legs to prevent accidents or blow-out poops.
In addition, you’ll need wipes. If you go with disposable wipes, have a plastic-lined trash can near by for disposal. Most people use flannel wipes which can be purchased or quickly made with leftover flannel and a sewing machine. If you go with flannel wipes, you’ll need a spray bottle filled with water for wetting the wipes before using. The wipes can be laundered with the diapers and covers.
My husband and I still remember the process we went through to bottle feed our oldest son. We didn’t know anyone breastfeeding their babies; it was so foreign to both our families. Cleaning the bottles, making up the bottles, and making sure we had the formula on hand all the time was quite a project.
To be fair, I did try breastfeeding for about 6 weeks with my oldest son before I went back to work. I struggled, and struggled with no support except from my husband. I also didn’t know I could pump while I was working.
When I had my second son 7 years later, we had been homeschooling our oldest for several years and I was home full time. Thanks to meeting new moms through homeschooling and one of my sister-in-laws, I knew more about breastfeeding and wanted to try it.
I succeeded and end up loving breastfeeding. It was easy. I always had something to feed the baby. I didn’t need to fuss with bottles or make sure I had plenty of formula on hand.
To support the breastfeeding, I initially bought some nursing bras which lasted through 4 kids. I also bought a few tank tops to wear under my shirts and sweatshirts. After they wore out, I just used old tank tops and carried a small cover up with me. Usually, I could find a private spot to breastfeed which was fine for me since I’m a private person.
I knew nothing about babywearing when I had my first son. We either carried him or used his car seat to carry him places until he could hold his head up and sit in a stroller.
Again, thanks to other homeschooling moms, I learned about babywearing. I started out with a Baby Bjorn, and then tried a Moby Wrap and a few other babywearing items. The Bjorn was my favorite. I had difficulties with the others thanks to be short in height and wearing good-sized babies.
Wearing my babies made it much easier for me to get out of the house and go shopping. I could also get the kids out to free activities and nature walks at local parks. We didn’t need a stroller most of the time, though I had a Jeep stroller.
Homemade Baby Food
Our oldest son had his first taste of solid food thanks to store bought baby food. We thought that was the only way to go until I heard about a book called Super Baby Food.
The book title really doesn’t explain the book well. It should be called Super Baby Bible. Besides tons of great information on starting babies on solid foods and making your own baby food, you’ll find ideas for crafts, birthday parties and so much more.
Making your own baby food is so easy! Following your pediatrician’s recommended food introduction schedule, steam and puree one fruit and veggie each week and freeze them in ice cube trays. Each night get out only what you need for the following day and defrost it in the fridge in your favorite Pyrex storage containers.
What are your favorite ways to save on baby supplies?
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