10 baby-on-a-budget ideas
With all the new baby products popping up, it's no wonder parents to be can be overwhelmed with what to buy. The good news is there are many products that make it easy to have a baby on a budget. To help new parents with affordable choices, Big City Moms, a social group that connects moms, moms-to-be and families through events, is hosting the Biggest Baby Shower Ever on Wednesday, May 9, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. in Manhattan. The show will highlight exciting new children's products and more. Here are some top 10 must-have baby products that don't break family budgets.
-- Compiled by Jennifer Berger
Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Safety Duck Tub
(Suggested retail price $14.99; babiesrus.com)
The perfect bath tub for newborns through 2 years. The duck makes a squeaking sound and has a color "white hot disc" that lets you know when the water is too hot to bathe and when it's just right.
The Honest Co.
(Suggest retail price $79 per month; honestcompany.com)
For less than $20 a week, this subscription based service, founded by actress Jessica Alba, delivers your diapers and wipes to your door! You can customize fun patterns that fit your baby’s style, plus these are all-natural products. Bonus: Sign up and your first month is free.
Skip Hop Zoo Bibs
Cute and stylish bibs that fold away into a tiny bundle to fit into the smallest of spaces. Perfect for when parents and child are on the go.
Sage Spoonfuls Let’s Get Started kit
(Suggested retail price $99; sagespoonfuls.com)
On average, homemade baby food is about three times less expensive than store bought. The Let’s Get It Started kit pays for itself within the first two months of making your own baby food. For example, one large butternut squash makes about 26 ounces of baby food for only about $3.50. To buy that much food in the store would cost around $10. Additionally, there is less waste with homemade baby food. You are only feeding the amount the baby will eat. You store the rest.
Britax B-Ready Stroller
(Suggested retail price $499. It can be found for 20 to 25 percent off at Amazon.com and Britax.com)
This single seat stroller grows with your family. Use it with newborns in infant seats, bassinet or car seat (car seat and bassinet sold separately). You can use the bassinet as a sleep solution until the tot hits 20 pounds, stroll using the regular seat beginning at birth with insert, and when you’re ready for another baby, there's no need to purchase a new stroller. You just have to purchase the additional seat. (Bassinet $149; additional seat $149)
Fisher-Price Space Saver
(Suggested retail price $60; babiesrus.com)
Thishigh chair features all the elements of a larger one but is perfect for small dining spaces. It has three-positions and attaches to any kitchen chair or it can sit alone on the floor. With a detachable tray, it also converts into a booster. For children up to 50 pounds.
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads
(100 count for $13.25; drugstore.com)
These nursing pads are super-absorbent and ultra-thin so they won't show through clothing. Good price for 100 nursing pads!
Playtex Nursing Necessities, Petite Double Electric Breast Pump System
"All the power one would need in a breast pump at an affordable price," said Risa Goldberg and Leslie Venokur, co-founders of Big City Moms, who are originally from Dix Hills.
Nassau County Traffic Safety will partner with the Education & Assistance Corp. to inspect car seats and provide free hands-on advice from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Saturday at Millennium Honda in Hempstead.
Baby Cargo Umbrella Stroller Series 100
This stroller is stylish and functional at an affordable price and is perfect for any parent on-the-go. It even comes with the rain cover which can be an additional price for other stroller brands. The best part? Built-in cargo pockets for extra storage.