Don’t Waste Money on This Pricey Baby Gear

Don’t Waste Money on This Pricey Baby Gear

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.

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 and crayon marks marring the outside. Plus, you wouldn’t want it to be a target for theft. Get something plain that is easy to carry and use.

3. Matching outfits

When you’re digging through the laundry basket (because there will barely be enough time to do the laundry, let alone fold and sort), you won’t care much about the matching pants as much as just getting your baby dressed. Even with messes, it’s hard to ever run out of onesies since they usually come in packs of five to ten (except the cute matching outfits, which come in packs of one). Don’t use your valuable energy on things like matching outfits for your newborn.

4. Shoes

Newborns don’t need shoes. And it’s not worth trying to wrestle them on a wriggling baby. Stick with socks or footies.

5. Wipe warmer

It’s true, babies don’t like being changed. They will cry and fuss, regardless of the temperature of their wipes. Also, the inconvenience of having to always go to the spot where your wipe warmer is defeats the purpose of being able to quickly get a baby changed. It’s okay — a little discomfort won’t be the end of the world.

6. Mobiles

It’s nice to imagine that the mobile is stimulating the baby’s brain cells and making her super smart. But a mobile isn’t more stimulating than a ceiling fan or the shadows and light coming from a window nearby.

7. Baby food processor

If you’re going to make your own baby food, a regular food processor or blender might seem bulky but will work just fine. Do you really want to add an extra kitchen gadget that will only get used for six months?

8. Bottle sanitizer

Bottles don’t need to be sanitized after every use. Sanitize them the first time in boiling water. After that, warm soap and water will clean them fine.

Best Money Tips: Unconventional Ways to Live Longer

Best Money Tips: Unconventional Ways to Live Longer

Welcome to Wise Bread’s Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found articles on unconventional ways to live longer, financial questions soon-to-be parents should ask, and packing hacks every traveler should know.

Top 5 Articles

5 Unconventional Ways to Extend Your Life — Spending time in green space can improve creativity and reduce anxiety. If you don’t live somewhere with a lot of green, grow plants or trees at home. [Mark’s Daily Apple]

8 Financial Questions Soon-to-Be Parents Must Ask — What are your immediate needs? List the items, services, and appointments involved with having a new baby and begin to budget for them. [Parenting Squad]

34 Packing Hacks Every Traveler Should Know — When choosing items for your vacation wardrobe, rely on your current outfit go-tos — you know they work!  [PopSugar Smart Living]

10 Easy Tricks On How To Save More — Limit your ATM visits. Work on managing your budget so that you don’t have to make extra trips to get cash. [Dumb Little Man]

7 Fun Ways to Exercise as a Family — A great way to stay active as a family is to go for after-dinner walks together. [Shopper Strategy]

Other Essential Reading

7 Ways to Throw a Graduation Party on a Budget — Consider having a joint party for multiple graduates. Everyone will save on decorations and entertainment, and since they’ll likely have the same friends, you’ll save on food, too. [Everything Finance]

The 3 Keys to Balancing Safety and Risk in Raising Your Kids — You won’t always be there to protect your kids. Aim to prepare them to face and manage risks themselves. [The Art of Manliness]

20 Ways to Moisturize, Protect, Heal & Prevent Cracked Cuticles — Make your own cuticle salve from equal parts honey, aloe vera gel or juice, and olive oil. [Dealicious Blog]

10 Things Leaders Hate To Do (But Really Should Do Them Anyway) — It’s easy to coast through meetings, but if you want to be a leader, you need to pay attention and engage at every meeting. [Terry St. Marie]

5 Ways to Break Your Routine to Get Better Results — If you have trouble getting work done, try changing when you do it.