July 11, 2010

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July 11, 2010
1. Ebay!
I cannot say enough how much I love ebay! If there is something I am looking to purchase I always check ebay. You will be amazed by what you can find. I have been able to find a lot of boutique clothes for both Colton and Claire on ebay at prices much lower than department stores. Ebay is also a great place to resale your nicer items.

2. Craigslist
I was pretty unfamiliar with Craigslist until I started looking to purchase large items for our church nursery. If you are looking for baby gear, check your local craigslist. There are lots of items on there that have been taken very good care of and a great price. Many people just want to get the items out of their way! This is also a good place to sale your larger items.

3. Homemade Baby Food
I know what you’re thinking, make own baby food! That is time consuming and expensive. Let me assure you that this is absolutely not true. All you need to make great baby food is a pot to boil your veggies, food processor to pulse your food and ice cube trays to freeze them in.

How cost effective is it you ask! Here are some numbers:
Gerber Peas and Sweet Potatoes are approximately $0.23/ounce. To make homemade it cost approximately $0.04/ounce.
Gerber Bananas $0.23/ounce. Homemade Bananas $0.01/ounce.
Gerber Applesauce $0.23/ounce. Homemade Applesauce $0.03/ounce.

Not only is it cost effective, but you are able to expose your infant to a variety of seasonal foods that you may not be able to find in your local grocery. The health benefits are also too many to mention.

I have a baby food post coming soon!

4. Cloth Diapering!
When most people hear “cloth diapers” they think of those flat flimsy cloth diapers and diaper pins, swooshing nasty clothes in the toilet and stinky odors. However, cloth diapers have been revolutionized and can be as easy to use as disposable diapers!

You will spend a bulk of cash in getting prepared for cloth diapering, but once you have built up your stash the only thing you will need to purchase is detergent. According to what type of diapers you purchase you will be able to use them until potty training. There are several different types of diapers you can buy:
Prefolds & Diaper Covers
Fitted Diapers & Diaper Covers
Pocket Diapers
All in Ones

Stay tuned for my Cloth Diapering 411 post!
Here is a great blog dedicated to cloth diapering: http://www.clothdiaperblog.com/

5. Breastfeed
Although breastfeeding is not possible for every family, if you are able to breastfeed your baby for the first year of life you can same at least a thousand dollars a year! Ultimately, all that is needed to breastfeed is mom and baby, but there are many breastfeeding products that moms can opt to buy. If you are feeding and pumping you can build a supply to feed your baby long after he/she is weaned.

Basic powdered cow’s milk based formula cost about $0.12/ounce. This translates into about $1225 for the first year. If you baby needs special formula due to allergies, reflux, or a sensitive tummy, this number can as much as triple!

Here is a fun blog dedicated to breastfeeding: http://www.mamaknowsbreast.com/

6. Gender Neutral
Buying gender neutral whenever possible is a great pay back in a few different ways. First, if you have a child of a different sex the 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) time around you can re use your items – such as your car seat, stroller, pack in play, swing, bouncy seat, etc… Also when you are finished with the items and ready to sale you will have more buyers because you are not gender specific!

7. Ask!
If you’re a first time mom ask other moms for advice in what items you need and do not need. You will be amazed by the stuff you purchase that you actually didn’t need. With that being said, if you are questioning buying a certain item wait! Wait until the baby comes and you actually need it.

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