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  1. Kaye
    February 19, 2009 @ 7:10 am

    We never bought a high chair for our firstborn. Instead we bought an infant-to-toddler booster seat. You can find them in regular retail stores for about $25.00 and they last a LONG time….until the child can sit at the table for themselves! We didn’t have any fabric to clean that way and he was used to sitting AT the table from the beginning. We are about to reuse his $25.00 seat when his little sister arrives in June!

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  2. Michele @ Frugal Granola
    February 19, 2009 @ 10:29 am

    One savings we found was buying a convertible car seat with a wide weight range. We never had to buy one of those bulky infant seats. You can find convertible car seats that work for little ones ranging from 5 lbs to 40 or even 65 lbs! :)

    Michele

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  3. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free
    February 19, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    Great tips!

    I never used special laundry detergent with any of my 3 kiddos, thankfully they weren’t/aren’t sensitve people. Another tip in this area, would be to make your own detergent. It has far less chemicals in the first place, and it doesn’t have any extra perfumes/dyes. Way cheaper than any of the store brands as well.

    And I definitely agree with the no diaper changing station! I never had one with my oldest 2, and the only reason I did with my last was because it was a gift. Even then, we rarely used it.

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  4. sprittibee
    March 3, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

    Great article. I’m on my third kiddo and am not as picky as I used to be.

    We did hand-me-down clothes this time for some of the clothing, were not afraid to ask for size 1,2,3 and older aged clothing at the baby shower (a newborn only stays in that size for a fleeting moment), converted a dresser already in the room in to a changing table with a hand-me-down changing pad, and plan to breastfeed to skip the formula costs. Breastfeeding is a HUGE way to save money.

    We also put our name out at church for anyone donating baby items and they offered us a swing that they didn’t need in the church nursery. A friend’s aunt gave us a crib from her shed that she just “hadn’t taken to Good-Will yet”. Thankfully, family is pitching in for those big items (the stroller/carseat combo and the playpen/bassinet/changing table combo). I love the play yards with the bassinet feature up top. We used one for our kids and and kept using it until they were older for play time with toys.

    As for diapers, no matter how green and money-saving it may be to use cloth – it is more important that I not TURN GREEN than saving the planet. LOL That’s one area I won’t skimp. A good tip, though – start buying one pack of diapers every time you go to the grocery store from the moment you know you are pregnant. Especially if you are going to quit and not return to work. Money will be more scarce after mom starts staying home. Our first baby had a closet full of every size of diapers that lasted us nearly a year because we planned ahead.

    This time we’re just hoping the baby shower leaves us with a huge stash! I registered for very few things and am hoping that diapers win the day!

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  5. Kristin Harad
    March 4, 2009 @ 11:28 am

    Great money saving ideas here. I love the thoughts of PLANNING that are mentioned above – such as not purchasing things you won’t actually need, or things that will only be used for a few months, or buying things way in advance (unless you’re getting a killer deal) that you won’t need for a long while yet. My two cents? – Consider waiting until you know more about your baby’s interests and personality and what your lifestyle will be like with baby. What you think you want pre-baby may change after you actually have your baby and see what the reality is. If you absolutely must have the $2,000 crib, consider getting a less expensive stroller. Most importantly, if you want the top of the line crib, plan for it and give yourself permission to spend the money and enjoy it. Know where the money is coming from to do all of the start-up stuff: is it from your income, on a credit card, or from your savings? I your situation, you could draw from your savings (emergency fund and./or extra cash in the checking) and just plan to replenish that account over the next 4-6 months.

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  6. Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach
    March 20, 2009 @ 10:20 am

    One word – garage sale and Freecycle!

    Okay, that’s 2. :) But I’ve never had to pay huge amounts for anything regarding raising my kids. I figure they’ll either outgrow or not like or what have you…so why waste money on something that doesn’t last? Spend the money on things that will make an impact on them.

    Data points, Barbara

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