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Babies triple their birth weight during their first year of life. This means they will quickly outgrow any clothing that you buy ahead of time. It is not easy to predict baby’s growth spurts. There are ways that you can spend less for baby clothes and diapers. Read about the popular ways that mom’s save money on baby items.

Online Auctions

Online auctions are a great way to save money on name-brand and gently worn clothing. Be sure to buy from reputable sellers to avoid a bad purchase. Do not get into a bidding war where you end up paying too much. Online auctions are also a great way to buy everything else your baby needs such as strollers, baby blankets and more.

Borrow Baby Clothes

You can also borrow used baby clothes from friends, coworkers or family members. If you know someone who has recently had a baby, then inquire as to whether you can borrow some things. Then, when your baby is older, you can let someone borrow your baby things. Take good care of any borrowed items and return them promptly after you are finished using them.

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Sew Your Own

You can easily learn how to sew by taking a class at a nearby community center. You can also watch online videos that teach beginners how to sew. You can save a lot of money on baby clothes by purchasing fabric and notions on sale. Focus on sewing baby items like baby quilts or diapers that your baby will use for a long time. Infant baseball hats is a great example of using your sewing skills for specialty items.

Cloth Diapers

There are many reasons for using cloth diapers including saving money and the fact that they are better for the Earth. Disposable diapers may take up to 500 years to biodegrade in landfills. They are cost-effective and save you up to $2,000 compared with disposable diapers. You can also resell your diapers at online auctions when you are done.

Determine whether you will wash the diapers on your own or use a diaper service. Cloth diapers contain no harsh chemicals, babies get fewer diaper rashes and earlier potty training. You also have the choice of fabric selection and a secure fit. They are available for sale in cute colors, prints and patterns for both girls and boys. Whether you sew cloth diapers on your own, or you purchase them online, you will save money.

Mum’s two cents

The things mentioned above are fool-proof ways to save on baby clothes and diapers. Can you imagine how much you can save when you opt for cloth diapers instead of buying packs of disposable diapers each week? It is also important to get the baby only the essentials during the first few months as they will eventually outgrow these pieces of clothing sooner than you expected. Raising babies might be expensive but budget-savvy and practical mums can still find creative ways to save up by spending only on what are absolutely necessary and scrimping on optional items such as toys and other items.

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