When my kids were babies, they received cute little things from people. Too many clothes. Trust me, moms need diapers and wipes and butt cream. Please give money for more diapers and wipes at all times. Less clothes. Trust me on this!
Get some tips below on how to navigate financially with Baby Gear: How to Beg, Borrow and Save
If you have friends or family with little ones, ask if you can have some of the baby gear they've grown out of. If you ask nicely enough you might score some gear for free or at a minimal cost.
It's a given to create a baby registry, however don't be afraid to add all your items to that list. Some stores like Target and Babies 'R Us will give you a coupon to use on the remaining items off your registry before your due date.
Babies grow quickly, which means that they are also growing out of gear like car seats and strollers at an astounding rate. Instead of purchasing new items for each stage, look for groups of moms in your town who are willing to swap items with each other.
Ask your friends and family if you can borrow gear for a set amount of time. You may even want to ask to borrow an item for a trial run before you purchase an expensive piece of gear.
There are ways to get baby items that almost feel like stealing because you can get them for free! Find a list of free baby items like formula, nursing covers and car seat canopies at MrFreeStuff.com. Ask your pediatrician for as many free formula samples as they can spare. You'll learn that sometimes, the sample size of certain products is really all you need. For example, the free Lansinoh's sample I received from my hospital was all I used while I was nursing.
During your hospital stay ask your nurses what you can take home with you. Grab as many diapers as you can, ask for a humidifier, a nasal aspirator and maybe even a blanket! You can take these items home with you at no additional cost.
Participate in Babies 'R Us Great Trade-In Event through Feb 10. If you don't have gear to trade in, it might be worth it to pick up an older car seat or stroller off of Craigslist to trade in for 25-percent off a new item.
If you plan on having more children, you may have to look at the baby gear you do purchase as an investment! Don't buy gender specific items, but rather purchase gender neutral items so that you can use your gear with future children regardless of their sex.
Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure