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.

 

 

 

 

How to Deep Clean a Carseat

The other day I had to run out to my car for something and I noticed my son’s disgusting carseat.  That’s when I knew it was time to deep clean it. Today I’m going to show you how to deep clean a carseat.

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

ALL Purpose Cleaner

Cleaning Toothbrush

Cleaning Rag

Vacuum Cleaner w/ an Arm

Washing Machine

Dryer

Laundry Detergent

First you’ll need to remove the cover and shake it out over the garbage can. Pretreat any stains. Throw it in the washer on the Delicate/Gentle cycle using the detergent of your choice.

Next you’ll want to remove any styrofoam you can. Dampen your cloth with an All Purpose Cleaner , wipe the pieces down and set them aside to air dry. (In your brand of car seat you may not be able to remove it any foam. Check your owners manual to make sure. The Evenflo Carseat my son has states, directly on the foam which pieces I can’t remove.)

Then you are going to grab your vacuum and clean out as much debris as you can. With the end of your toothbrush or a  butter knife get into the tiny crevices to remove any junk that that the vacuum may not be able to reach.

Place the carseat on the floor laying front down. Then give it a couple of good shakes. Pick it up and shake it again. If you still hear the sound of crushed up goldfish or bunnies then repeat the previous step.

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When you’ve finished that vacuum over the carseat one more time. Then you are going to apply an all purpose cleaner to the cleaning toothbrush and clean the fasteners. Surprisingly the belt straps were that dirty, so I was able to take cleaning cloth with all purpose cleaner and wipe them off.

IMG_0617.JPGNext using the end of your toothbrush/butter knife and wrap the cleaning cloth around it. Then you’ll clean out all of the small little holes. When that’s finished give the entire carseat a good wipe down.

By now the carseat cover should be finished in the washer. So you can throw it in the dryer not on delicate dry heat for about 30-45 minutes.

IMG_0626 Once the cover is dry, reassemble the carseat. There now you have it a clean carseat!

HELPFUL TIPS:

  1. If your child throws up in his or her carseat and gets the non-removable straps covered, take vinegar pour it generously over the straps. Then dust them with baking soda and using a cleaning toothbrush scrub them. Lastly let it dry by the sun. It may smell like vinegar for a while but it will fade. Lets face it anything smells better than vomit.
  2. If you don’t want “wrinkles” in the carseat cover after it comes out of the dryer, you can always place a couple of tennis balls in a sock and throw it in with the cover.