Shopping for baby items can be an exciting time but if easy to find yourself getting carried away. There’s the cute necessities, the tried and tested must haves and the items that cost the price of a trip abroad. It’s important when shopping for baby items that you consider what your baby really needs which is why I’ve put together 11 Tips When Shopping for Baby Items so you’re not left with piles of unused items and clothes that cost a lot but have little value to your family. See my favourite baby products, for some inspiration. Happy Shopping!
1. Keep it Simple
Babies grow so fast. By the time they have grown into something, they have almost grown out of it. Buy what they need for the first few months. Babies tend to have 5 growth spurts in their first year, with their clothing at this time typically lasting 2 – 3 months at the most. After a year, stock up a little more as the clothing sizes change to last 6 months at a time and they growth slows down a little.
2. Wear the Cute Clothes Often!
I found myself putting my two in the same clothes over and over, keeping my favourite items for we were in company of others, which was few and far between. I ended up with most of my favourite items looking brand new and hardly worn which was never the intention. Dress your baby in your favourite items often, even if you’re staying at home all day.
3. Consider Age vs. Weather
If you live somewhere with a vast difference in the seasons, take the weather into account when shopping. There’s no need for an age 6-9 month winter coat when your baby will be 6 months old at the beginning of Summer. When shopping after christmas, I found myself buying jumpers for the summer months. Although there are often chilly times during the summer in the UK, it’s best to buy lighter clothes, like t-shirts and long sleeve tops and you can buying the additional layers if you need them closer to the time.
4. Hit the Sales
There’s so much to buy for a newborn, you might as well get what you can in the sales. The main sales are usually around Black Friday, just after Christmas and late July / beginning of August. Plan ahead and get larger items in these sales. It’s also a good time to stock up on clothes for the year. Just be mindful of tip number 3.
5. Don’t go Gender Crazy
If you plan on having more children, buy bigger items in gender neutral colours. High chairs, travel cots, baby swings and toys can be very cute when gender specific but it’s can also be beneficial to have items that can be reused by all of your children. If you don’t mind pink for boys or blue for girls, then by all means buy whatever colour you fancy at the time.
6. It Might not Work for You
Just because your best friend’s neighbour’s aunt, swore by a particular product, it doesn’t mean it will work for you or your baby. Do your homework and check the reviews. You might find some insight to another product that might be more of what you are looking for. A vibrating baby swing might send one baby off to noddy land while can easily send another into a meltdown.
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7. Don’t buy Hundreds of Toys
Toys are important for your baby’s development but they also find enjoyment in boxes, zips and clothes tags! Buy a few toys and see what your baby enjoys before splurging on the latest branded toys. There are lots of simple DIY toys you can make at home that would entertain your child as much as the store bought toy. As well as toys, they love to interact with us and watch us doing the simplest of things. They love us singing songs, reading books, goings for walks and sometimes just cuddles on the sofa.
8. Limit Buying too many Stuffed Animals
Buying a stuffed animal or two for the nursery is great but be warned you are likely to gain another 20 from friends, family and colleagues during your baby shower or after the birth of your baby. The nursery will soon end up looking like a small zoo with even more cuddly toys gifted to your baby over the next couple of years.
9. Baby Trade Shows
Trade shows are a great place to get some decent discounts. If your buying you’re bigger items here, you can save a significant amount overall. It’s well worth a visit as you’ll often find some lesser known products and gain some inspiration from talks and product demonstrations. Tips 10 and 11 can help in preparing for a visit to a Baby Trade Show.
10. Do your Research
Make a list of what you need, check the reviews and compare prices. This way, when you see a special offer, you’ll know if it’s a bargain or not. It’s easy to believe that you need to buy something there and then because you’ve seen a sale only to later find out that you could have gotten the same for less elsewhere.
11. Make a List
A list can be useful to ensure you have all your necessities without getting carried away. It helps with sticking to your budget and allows a more organised approach to shopping for baby items which can sometimes feel overwhelming.
If you need some ideas of what to buy, I’ve put together a list of 15 Baby Products Worth Having. Are there any tips when shopping for baby items that you have found particularly useful? If so, please leave your tips in the comments.