Save money on baby essentials
1) Get free baby equipment
Friends and family are obviously a fabulous resource for outgrown baby things. Don't be afraid to make use of social networks like Facebook and Twitter when appealing for baby stuff, too!
Baby items in perfect condition often come up, so it's well worth joining your local group. If you're on a low income, you may also be able to get help from the charity Care Confidential. Here's a list of centres offering free clothes and baby equipment.
From recipes to rhymetime sessions, we also have a list of regularly-updated freebies out there in our article Fabulous baby freebies.
Good old Which? magazine has loads of tips and reviews on buying new baby products.
3) Find second-hand baby gear
Ask nicely in charity shops and the assistants may agree to put aside relevant stuff as it comes in - so you'll have a whole bag of baby clothes to choose from the next time you visit.
4) Don't get carried away
Try not to buy tonnes of baby clothes and equipment straightaway. You'll probably be given lots of gifts by family and friends, and end up with two or three of everything!
If you're happy to be given used baby clothes and equipment, make sure you let people know. If you don't, people may assume you don't want their 'cast-offs'.
5) Choose your nappies carefully
‘Traditional’ nappies are, generally speaking, cheaper in the long-term than their disposable equivalents. Estimates suggest you could save up to £600 using them on your first child – and even more if you use the same ones for your other children.
With that in mind, it's worth checking out Babykind's trial offer for washable nappies, and investigating whether your local council offers any kind of incentive scheme for reusable nappies.
If you go for disposable, try out some different varieties. You may find that the cheaper versions are just as absorbent as the bigger, more expensive brands.
6) Check out your nearest toy library
Toy libraries let you borrow all sorts of toys for a minimal charge - sometimes even for free. And they’re a great way of finding out what toys your child likes before buying them yourself.
7) Sell it on
Of course, you could make a bit of money back by selling your child's clothes, toys and equipment when you no longer need them. So try using websites such as eBay or eBid to get you started.