We’re thrilled to welcome Keri Peckham from the blog Time is Money Mommy — she’ll be talking about baby products you can skip. Having a baby is so exciting, but it can quickly make you feel like you’re bleeding money — kids are expensive! We thought her post was a breath of fresh air. You don’t need every product on the market to be a good parent, we promise.
The royal baby’s arrival this summer made me think about the products new parents buy, hoping to make their lives easier or their babies more comfortable. Though Will and Kate have the money to purchase luxurious baby products, baby George left the hospital in a car seat and blanket, which are necessities for any new baby. Their purchases were not even particularly extravagant in comparison to some celebrity babies seen riding around in $1,000 strollers or swaddled in $200 blankets.
My kids are less than two years apart, so I know how easy it is to get sucked in to the multi-billion dollar baby products industry, especially with your first baby. Have you ever been inside a baby store? They are filled with adorable patterns, tiny clothes and blankets fit for a prince.
Baby products’ cuteness and promise of convenience makes it tempting to overspend. I learned that while certain items are essential (car seat, crib and diapers), other baby products are optional. If you’re like me and don’t have a royal budget, consider skipping the five items below to save money when shopping for a new baby.
Preparing for a new baby is an exciting time. Enjoy it, but try to stay on budget!
About Keri: Keri Peckham established the blog www.timeismoneymommy.com to help busy moms (and dads) save time and money, so they can spend more time enjoying life with their families and friends. In addition to blogging, she recently started her own content marketing business. Keri lives in San Diego with her son, daughter and husband.