Why You Shouldn’t Spend a Fortune on Baby Essentials
It may seem like a no-brainer to buy the “best” car seat, stroller, highchair, and baby carrier. But are they really worth it? Is the “best” product that will make your life easier or the product that will make you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth? We don’t think so. We’ve all heard it before, “If you spend all of your money on baby items, you are not going to save for the future, and you will probably end up with nothing.” This is true. However, the same can be said of the other way around. If you spend all your money on baby items, you may end up with nothing in the future.
Why Shouldn’t You Spend a Fortune on Baby Essentials?
- Fancy baby clothing
When I was expecting my first child, I was obsessed with buying all the right baby gear. I bought everything from the crib to the fancy diaper bag to the cute little toys, stuffed animals, and blankets. The more expensive the item, the more I wanted. Since I knew I was going to be a single parent and that the baby would be living with me, I felt it was necessary to spend a ton of money. You see, I wanted to ensure the baby was comfortable and happy at all times. So, I went and spent a fortune on all the “essentials”, which I think are of the utmost importance.
- Baby shoes
As parents, we often get obsessed with buying perfect baby stuff. We want our kids to grow up to be happy and healthy, but instead, we often spend a fortune on “little luxuries”. If you have a baby, chances are you want to buy the best baby necessities for them. But sometimes you need to spend a little more to get the best. The truth is, the cheaper things that you think are the best aren’t always the best. For example, you aren’t going to think that a $20 baby hat is going to keep your baby’s head warm, and $20 baby shoes won’t give them the support they need.
- A bottle sanitizer
This is the season where we feel the need to check off another Christmas list, and one of those lists always involves baby essentials. You know the list: diaper bag, swing, crib, bottle sanitizer, and so on. Well, if your bank account is tight, don’t forget about the list. You can easily find a bottle of sanitizer for $30, but you can spend up to $70 or more when it comes to baby essentials.
One of the most expensive items parents buy for their newborns is a bottle warmer. And with good reason. After all, a bottle warmer can cost anywhere from $10 to $100. So, why shouldn’t a bottle warmer be as important as formula, diapers, and other baby essentials? Because in the majority of cases, a bottle warmer is unnecessary. If you’re bottle-feeding exclusively, you don’t need a bottle warmer. If you’re formula feeding, you don’t need a bottle warmer. If you’re breastfeeding, you don’t need a bottle warmer. If you’re even halfway aware of the benefits of bottles, you don’t need a bottle warmer.
You’ve heard the saying that you pay for what you get, but do you get what you pay for when it comes to baby essentials? Sometimes the cheapest option is the best one. For example, getting a plain white diaper can really save you money over the long term. Babies are expensive, and parents will always have to shell out some cash for their little bundles of joy. Why not make the best of this and spend cautiously on essential baby items?
Around here, we echo the words of our friends and family when giving advice about babies and parenting: it’s not about the number of items you buy, but the quality. Sure, having a bunch of high-end baby gear is nice and all, but not worth the expense if your baby ends up missing out on important experiences that come with real, everyday things. We know there is a fairly large gap between the cost of baby products and the cost of childcare. While we have seen trends in smaller packs and multiples of baby items, we know there is still a large price gap in this industry. It can be confusing and upsetting to see the prices go up for something we already want.