More often than not, new parents-to-be succumb to overspending when it comes to welcoming the little one. Once baby arrives and is well into the first week of birth, one may soon find that the baby closet will have more than enough onesies but lack other important items. Besides baby clothes, here are other items that parents always spend way too much on.
So, how can overspending be avoided? Let’s find out.
DON’T RUSH TO BUY
You can easily avoid overspending on baby items if you wait on buying things! Your family and friends will most likely throw you a baby shower, and then when the baby is born, you will get tons of gifts from visitors and well-wishers. You may find that you don’t need to buy much at all if you wait and see what gifts your baby receives!
- GO FOR SECOND-HAND
When it comes to larger pieces of baby equipment, such as strollers, playpens, and rocking chairs, you can save big bucks by looking for previously owned items. Many parents reuse their baby items gently so they can sell them for half-price.
- ASK FOR HAND-ME-DOWNS
Got a friend or a cousin who recently gave birth? Ask them if there are any baby clothes or essentials that they would love to give away! Because…who needs 20 sets of baby pyjamas, right?
N FOR NECESSITIES
It can be overwhelming when you start shopping for baby, especially for first time parents. Remember, babies need very little. Do you really need a swing, a bouncer seat, and 5 play mats? Not to start out. Changing tables are often used for storage only, since most mums find it more convenient to change baby on the bed.
TOYS & GAMES
Most parents give in to buying excessive toys and realise that their baby probably likes to play with only one or two. Slow down on the toys as it is more practical to buy according to their needs and developmental milestones.
NURSERY DÉCOR IS CUTE, NOT ESSENTIAL
Don’t we all want our baby’s room to be cute! The truth is, the baby won’t notice or care until he or she is much older, and by then all the nursery décor will seem jaded since your child would have outgrown it. Choose a simple colour palette with colours that can easily transition to a toddler’s room. Pick one or two things to splurge on, like the crib bedding or baby cupboard which you can use for a long time, and don’t worry about the rest!
- DON’T GO CRAZY WITH ONESIES
You probably bought all the onesie designs in town. Typically, zealous parents-to-be and excited family and friends would amass at least 35-40 onesies.
- EDUCATION PARAPHERNALIA
We all succumb to this; flashcards, infant music CDs, brain training DVDs and whatnots. Well, there is only so much a baby can listen to, look at and play with in a day and over-stimulation may cause irregular sleep patterns.
Need some help? Mothercare can help you to get ready for your new arrival with their in-store Nursery Advisors that will help you make all the baby prep a breeze with their tips and tricks! What are some other things you’ve overspent on? Share it with us below.