During my early pregnancy with my son, I couldn’t wait to go shopping for those adorable baby clothes.
We were lucky though and received a lot of used and new baby items, from a lot of generous parents with older babies, friends, and relatives. Because of that, I felt guilty about spending extra money on new items, so I waited to see what we will actually need.
After my little guy was born, I had a reality check. This was my early morning schedule for the first six months of his life before we introduced solids:
- Feed the baby
- Burping session
- Wait for the explosive poop, if it hadn’t already happened during the feeding
- Diaper change
- Take out incredibly stubborn poop stains from one or more of the following items: onesie, sleeper, swaddle, bed sheets, changing table cover, my clothes
Then the pooping cycle repeated about 7-8 times in 24 hours. Fun times.
And that’s how I learned that those darling little baby clothes will all end up at some point full of poop, drool, food etc. Of course, I’ve been told that before several times, but there are some things in life that you must learn from experience because they don’t seem real while you’re blissfully pregnant.
So I got comfortable with the idea that the extra cuteness is not really a necessary expense. Plus I already had all the adorableness I needed, because, hey, I had a baby! I started looking for ways to cut the costs in this category, so we can use our money for better, long-term focused purposes. Here is a list of 10 ways you can find free or affordable baby stuff: