- 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
Borrow from Friends and Family or Purchase Secondhand
Some friends and family members may have finished having children or are enjoying a hiatus, and will most likely have nursery items to lend. Borrowing secondhand baby items doesn't mean you love your child less. As long as used items are in good condition and conform to safety standards they are an excellent alternative to spending your hard-earned cash on a plethora of new furniture and clothing.
Tania Ranson, mother to 18-month-old Faith and seven months pregnant with her second child, says she relies on Internet markets such as eBay for bargain buys. "My husband and I know that our second child is going to be a boy, which makes preparing for his arrival a lot easier," says Ranson. "Buying bundles of boys' clothing from other mothers is so convenient and economical."