- Borrow borrow borrow – if you have friends that have had children, they may have some unused baby stuff in their loft, why not ask if you can borrow them; baby baths and moses baskets, for example, are needed for such a short time, you may as well borrow them if you can
- Don’t be afraid of hand me downs – babies can grow so fast in the first couple of months, so those extra vests and babysuits can certainly come in handy – especially if you end up having to change your baby several times a day
- Try and buy stuff when it’s on offer – if it’s not, then buying online using cashback sites and voucher codes can save you a lot of money
- Nappies will be the single most expensive item on your shopping list – so watch out for supermarket offers which run regularly. If you sign up to their baby clubs, then you will often find out about these in advance
- Parents sell their unwanted baby stuff online all the time – eBay and Gumtree are popular- you may find some great bargains, so it’s always worth a look. Equally, when you’re finished with your baby stuff, put it up for sale. Facebook has become increasingly popular with local groups – just search for ‘thing for sale in ….’ and you will usually find a few groups.
- NCT nearly new sales – You can get nearly new baby essentials second hand at excellent prices. Head for the NCT nearly new sale where you can grab excellent bargains on clothing, bedding, toys and more. The sales are held throughout the year and NCT provides sellers with strict guidelines, so you can be assured what you buy will be in great condition.
- Charity shops – try out charity shops, where many also sell new items at cut prices. Stores like M&S often donate stock to charities.
- Look out for local baby sales. Check notice boards in cafes, supermarkets and free parenting magazines, such as Families, where they are often advertised
- Make use of toy libraries. Just like book libraries , there are toy libraries too. These may be advertised in your local library.
- Buy only what you need – don’t be fooled by pushy sales staff who can make you feel like you need something when actually you don’t.
Note: Some things you should never buy second hand, such as car seats or mattresses, for safety reasons.