So today hubby and I went shopping for the things we still needed for the baby. As I’ve mentioned before, I go to the South Lake Pregnancy Center and get $10 for each class I go to that I can use in the maternity boutique. I’d already gotten an umbrella stroller which came in handy when my little niece came to visit, and now that I’ve gone to my 2 official baby showers, I thought it was time to use some more. We got a diaper pail, a changing pad, a breast pump and baby bouncer. It would have cost me $36, which is ridiculously cheap, but I got it all for free. My favorite kind of shopping, it can’t be beat.
We still had a few other items on our list, so we went to Growin’ Like a Weed, a great little boutique in Clermont that specializes in lightly used baby items as well as handmade items and maternity clothes. They had a nice selection of baby swings, which everyone insists will be my best friend when it comes to getting baby to sleep. We chose a really cute animal print one for $40, in great condition. New ones can easily go into the $17o range, not even eBay has them this cheap, when you take shipping into account. We also got a Baby Bjorn carrier hubby felt comfortable with, since the sling carrier doesn’t convince him. We got it for $15, which isn’t bad at all. We also got a few burp clothes, one was at $0.25!
Although they did have a few diaper bags, they were too plain for my tastes, so I convinced hubby to stop at our local TJ Maxx on the way home. We found a nice bag for $15, has the essentials, not much bells and whistles but that’s fine by me, considering I really didn’t feel like shelling out $70 for a JJ Cole bag at Babies R Us.
All in all, a very successful day of baby shopping, we spent $86 total, less than half what a new baby swing would’ve cost us. Everything except the diaper bag was pre-owned which makes it very eco-friendly as well. Babies can be expensive, but there’s no need to break the bank if you know how and where to shop!