How to get free stuff for baby

I had just quit my job to focus on my senior year of college when I found I was pregnant for the first time. My husband had a good job but that didn’t stop me from constantly worrying about money. (I guess you could say it’s one of the side effects of growing up poor. I don’t mean “I didn’t get the Gameboy I wanted for Christmas kind of poor” I mean the kind of poor where you are using the oven to heat the house kind of poor.) The thought of  “how in the world are we going to afford all of the stuff a baby needs?!” kept crossing my mind. Then I started digging around and found some codes that allowed me to get free things for baby. Because I now have another little one on the way, I thought I’d share with ya’ll how to save on stuff for baby and some codes to get free or discounted things for baby!!

Photo Courtesy of EskimoKids.com


THE CODES:

Carseatcanopy.com CARSEAT for $50 off

Uddercovers.com UCOVER for $35 off

Sevenslings.com SEVEN for $40 off

Nursingpillow.com NPILLOW for $40 off

Bellybuttonband.com  ONEONLY for $40 off

Babyleggings.com ONEONLY for $50 off

Breastpads.com ONEONLY for $35 off

Babiesfirstbooks.com BABYBOOKS 5 free books

Rufflebuns.com   ONEONLY for $60 off

Eskimokids.com WILDTHING for $35 off

 

The codes above either covers the cost of the product or greatly discounts it. There is a little catch to these deals though, the shipping on these items can be little high. The most I’ve ever paid was $15 and the least I’ve ever paid was about $7. However that’s way less than what you’d pay for the actual product so it’s still a really awesome deal.

 

Tips On Saving for baby:

1. Buy used:

There are plenty of second hand baby/toddler/kid high end consignment shops now. You can find name brand clothing, cribs, carseats, strollers, bassinets etc. Keep in mind however if you buy a carseat from a consignment shop you need to check the expiration date on it. Most stores do this but it never hurts to take a look for yourself. (I wish there would have been a baby consignment shop open before my son was born, luckily though one opened up right after. Now there are two great consignment shops in my area that I get to shop around before this new little one makes his arrival.)

2. Buy Not Only for Now but Also the Future:

Before Deklin  was born I decided to buy this crib/mattress/dresser/changingtable combo from Walmart.com. It was only $250 for the entire thing which is a fantastic deal considering that it transitions from a crib to a toddler bed into a full size bed. For the first year it  was great and it’s even been okay as a toddler bed. However there is no way in the world I transition it into a full size bed, I just wouldn’t feel comfortable with my son sleeping in it. It just isn’t sturdy enough to hold the weight of a full size mattress and the weight of a growing boy. My husband and I plan on striping it down, repainting it, and reinforcing it turning it back into a crib. (If it’s durable enough) For what we paid for it and everything that came with it, I really shouldn’t complain. The cribs done it’s job over the last 3 years, I just wish that I would’ve thought about all of the stages of the crib and if it was truly going to last. Had I known what I know now I definitely would have bought something a lot sturdier than I did. If we do end up having to buy to a new crib, you can bet your sweet buns that I’ll be buying it from a consignment shop.

One smart thing we did do the first time around was buy one convertible carseat (a carseat that grows with the baby) and an infant carseat. The convertible carseat was placed in my husbands truck and the infant carseat in my car (considering that Deklin would with me for the majority of the day). We went with a cheaper infant carseat because we knew that he wouldn’t be in it for very long. (He was in it maybe 8 or 9 months, if that. Then we bought a convertible carseat for my car.)  The convertible carseats cost a little more up front but we probably won’t have to buy another carseat until he’s 4 or 5 years old.

3. Buy Gender Neutral:

     When we were shopping around for a pack-n-play and a baby swing there were all of these adorable blue and green boyish ones or these adorable little girl ones with the little canopy drops.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to get those. But I knew I had to be smart. We knew we wanted more kids someday and I didn’t want to have to go out and buy these things over again. I probably wouldn’t have done that but I would’ve felt bad. So instead we went with gender neutral on everything big. Then we packed it away for the next baby.

4. Save as Much As you can from your First Baby

My husband called me a hoarder for saving so many clothes and all of the big stuff. I didn’t save every outfit but I did save all of the really adorable ones. (There are outfits that I saved that Deklin never even wore because he grew so fast)  Now that we know we are having another boy, he’s thankful I did. Saving the big stuff also saves us a lot of money because lets face it the price of things aren’t going to decrease, they are just going to continue to get higher and higher.

 

So there you have it my tips on how to get free/discounted stuff for baby. Please leave me a comment letting me know if these tips and promotional codes were helpful.

 

 

 

 

Fishing Bear Diaper Cake

Every time someone in my family finds out they’re having a baby, I volunteer to make the diaper cake for the baby shower. I really enjoy making them. I’m related to a lot of outdoorsy, country people, so my past diaper cakes have included a tractor and motorcycle. The cake I’m making today is simpler in design but still absolutely adorable.   IMG_9702

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 Packs of Diapers (I used luvs size 1, 48 count)

*you’ll only use half of the second pack

Medium/Small Stuffed Animals

1 Variety Bag of Rubber Bands

3 Ribbons (2in, 1.5in, & 1in)

3 Onesies

Scissors

3 4oz Bottles

Stick

Twine or String

Rubber Ducks, Fish and Frog (Bath Toys)

Fishing Hat

Hot Glue Gun

Pacifiers in Plastic Case

3 Layer Cake Pans (Large, Medium, & Small)

3 Bundles of artificial Cattails

OPTIONAL:

Green Construction Paper

Fabric (I used end of the roll fabric from Hobby Lobby)

Cardboard

First, you’ll want to start with the bottom layer. Roll a diaper up and secure it with a rubber band, then place it in the large baking pan. Continue rolling diapers, until the pan is half full. Next you’ll place the bottles where you want them in the layer and keep adding diapers until it’s packed. Once you’ve done that, take 3 large rubber bands and wrap them around the entire layer. Remove the layer from the pan and set it aside.

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                 IMG_9706Then you’ll want to start on the middle layer, it’s a lot like the bottom layer. Fill the medium pan until it’s half full. When you’ve finished that, you’ll want to roll up the onesies and place them where you want them.  Then you’ll go on putting rolled diapers in the pan until it’s full. When that’s done put 3 large rubber band around the layer and remove it from the pan.

You’ll want to fill the small pan with rolled diapers. When it gets full, take 3 large rubber bands and place them around the layer. Take the layer out of the pan and set it aside.IMG_9708

Next you’ll want return to the bottom layer. Measure the 2in ribbon around it. When you have it measured and cut, use the hot glue gun to glue the ribbon to itself. Next glue the 1.5in to the 2in ribbon where it meets and then the 1in to the 1.5in. Make sure the ribbons are centered. (You could also pin these at the seams with a straight pin)

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When that’s finished stack the layers. Put the cattails inside the rolled up diapers on the bottom layer at the back. Then place the stuffed animal on top of the cake, with the hat on it’s head. Next you will you’ll take your stick and tie the string to one end of it. The empty end of the stick goes into the top layer of the  diaper cake, in front of the stuffed animal. Make sure the string is long enough to reach the bottom of the cake with a little wiggle room. Attach the toy fish to the end of the string. Place the pacifier box on the top in front of the bear. Place the other toys where ever you want you want them. IMG_9717

OPTIONAL:

I can never do anything small and that includes diaper cakes. I feel as though a base to a diaper cake just brings the entire thing together. It give it a little something extra and helps support the over all look.

Take some cardboard (I recycled the box my son’s pull ups come in.) Cut it down to the size you want then cover it in fabric. Make sure to glue it on the back side of the card board. It gives it a more polished look. IMG_9722

When that’s done take some green construction paper and measure out different sized circles. Then cut them out. Once you have them cut out, cut a small “v” into each one to make it more closely resemble a lily pad.  Place your diaper cake on the cardboard, then arrange your lily pads the way you like. Once you have them in position tape them to the fabric covered cardboard.  Place the toys where you see fit. There you have it ladies and gentlemen a fishing bear diaper cake.

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