- In This Feature
- Make a Realistic List of Essential Items
- Start Accumulating Baby Items
- Distance Yourself from Emotionally Charged Purchases
- Borrow from Friends and Family or Purchase Secondhand
- Organize a Baby Shower
- Don't Feel Guilty for Opting to Less-Expensive Products
- Keep Sale Prices in Perspective
- Join a Toy Library
Distance Yourself from Emotionally Charged Purchases
Undeniably, there's something exciting about looking at nursery decorations and tiny outfits while expecting, but it is precisely this activity that can lead to unnecessary purchases.
Kaz Cooke relates a similar experience in her book, Up the Duff, "Some of the baby clothes have Paris couture prices, and although I am careful I end up spending $150 on small hats, singlets, cotton jumpsuity things, and a couple of expensive cute things ... I think it is better if I stay out of babies' and children's wear departments."