Everyone knows that babies can cost quite a bit of money. One of the biggest reasons for this is that babies have a lot of things they need. From clothing, diapers, car seats to toys, books and more, it never seems to end. If you haven’t considered getting your baby stuff second-hand, here are just a few of the reasons you should consider this option instead.
It’s a cliché for a reason. Babies grow superfast. In fact, some don’t even fit in newborn outfits and barely squeeze into the next size up on the very day they are born. This means you can spend money on clothing every week. Clothes also don’t always fit the same. Some 0-3month outfits from one brand are tiny while others can fit a two-year-old. Buying second hand baby clothes can help you get the right fit and save you money.
An added bonus of shopping for kid’s things second-hand is that you can meet parents nearby. They may know of different play groups and when they meet. They may be able to tell you which library has the best story time. Parents selling baby stuff have gone through the stage you are in with your little darling-they can offer tips or sympathy. Knowing other parents around is a great reason to buy used baby stuff.
One brand of car seats may work best when used a certain way while others need different adjustments. One set of sippy cups may always leak while another brand is lock-tight. Buying your children’s items used can help you get tips on what brands really work and what are just advertised well.
A lot of people think that just because you are buying something for your children second-hand that it will be used and worn. This isn’t always the case. Kids receive a lot of gifts and parents are busy. It’s a lot easier to sell something on a classified ad than to take it back. Save some money and shop for your baby stuff through classifieds.
It’s true, children are expensive and it is also true that you can save money when you shop for used baby stuff. One of the best reasons to save money is so that you can start saving and investing in your children’s education today instead of waiting for tomorrow.