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.

 

 

 

 

My Top 4 Apps for Toddlers

I remember being pregnant and judging the parents I saw that allowed their toddlers to play on their cell phones, while they grocery shopped. I thought to myself “I’ll never do that. My children will just have to use their imaginations to entertain themselves.” That was one of the many fairytales I told myself. At the time I didn’t realize how quickly toddlers get bored and let’s face it, the errands parents have to do are usually boring. The other day my husband and I went to have our taxes done. All the people that we actually trust to watch Deklin, work or live out of state. So what did we do?  We brought our very energetic 2 year old with us. We spent over two hours in that place getting our taxes done and  he behaved really well. I know it was mainly because of the PBSKids app. (Also there may have been a bribe of a donut if he behaved and threat of a timeout if he didn’t.)  Today I’m going to share with you my top favorite 4 apps for toddlers.


4)Disney Movies Anywhere App (free) -This app is  great because you can purchase a Disney movie with a digital download and download them to your tablet. (You’ve probably already purchased some Disney movies with the free digital download and didn’t even realize it) Once you have them downloaded you take it anywhere, even if you don’t have Wi-Fi or 3G access. The only flaw I’ve found with app is that sometimes it takes a while to download a movie.

3) YouTube Kids (Free)- One of my “Mom” friends actually told me about this app. It has all sorts of kids videos that can be adjusted for age range. The app also has parental controls built into the app which is very convenient.

2) PBS Kids App (Free)- I grew up in the 90’s, so naturally I was a PBS kid. When I came across the PBS Kids app, I did the happy dance in my kitchen.  It’s just as wonderful and educational as the television station. Also the more important thing is that my son loves it and I don’t have to worry about there being inappropriate popping up.

1)ABCmouse.com App (The app itself is free to download but you have to pay $59.95 a year/5 dollars a month for a membership.) – The fact you have to pay for this app almost discouraged me from buying it. However because they were running a free trial, I decided to give it a try. My son loved it and was actually learning things. So I had to buy it. The wonderful thing about this app is that it truly grows with them and for 5 dollars a month you can’t beat the price. (Occasionally throughout the year they have really awesome deals on the price of the app. We got ours for 30 something dollars last year)

I think technology can be a wonderful thing and is great for entertaining toddlers in desperate situations or on long trips. However, I also believe that moderation is key. On Apple devices you can set up Guided Access ,which allows you to control the amount of time your child plays on the table/phone. Also it allows you to make them stay on one app, so you don’t have to worry about any of your important apps getting deleted. Something that my husband and I try to have at least once a week is an “Unplugged Day”. That’s just a day (Or sometimes just an afternoon)  where all technology/social media is turned off and we read, go to the park, or play games. Enjoy!!