3 Ways To Cut Baby Costs Without Feeling Like A Terrible Parent

Our sister publication Consumer Reports knows that you’d like to trim your baby budget without risking the safety of said baby, so they’ve put together 3 tips that will help you do just that.

3 Ways To Make Your Baby Cheaper Without Harming It:

1. Don’t bother with convertible mattresses. Convertible mattresses are soft on one side (for toddlers) and firmer on the other for infants. And they’re pricy. But they’re also not necessary. CR says,

“Your baby will still be happy with a firm mattress when he becomes a toddler.”

2. Skip the shopping cart covers Give the cart a wipe instead.

“These days, many supermarkets supply sanitizing wipes for cleaning the cart handle and seat when you walk in, and the wipes can do a good job of reducing the germ load. If the store doesn’t provide them, keep a small supply of disinfecting wipes in your purse or diaper bag. Even after wiping, keep your baby from gnawing on the handle by bringing his favorite teething toy.”

3. Disposable diapers-go with the store brand. Yes, the name brands tested better, but Consumer Reports says… who cares?

“Saving pennies per diaper may not seem like much, but with 10 or so changes per day (which is reasonable with an infant), you’ll bank about $9 per month and $108 per year using the size 1 store brand diapers.”

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Baby cost-cutters that don’t skimp on safety [CR]
(Photo:Jonathan Harford)

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