Baby on a budget? 9 ‘must-have’ baby items you don’t really need

9. Changing table. They take up valuable funds (and space). Opt for an on-the-go changing mat for more flexibility. 

Baby on a budget? 9 ‘must-have’ baby items you don’t really need

Changing table

These take up room in the nursery and how often will you really use it? Are you going to change every diaper in baby’s room? Get a changing mat and change baby wherever.

Baby on a budget

When you have a tight budget, you’ll need to stick to the essentials for baby. Choose practical options instead of the fancy clothes, shoes, crib bedding, and light up toys. While a wipe warmer, diaper pail, and changing table might make your life easier, they take a cut out of your budget. Save money (and room) by skipping the bassinet and the swing (or bouncer). Save money by skipping these nine items for baby.


This article was originally published on Cents + Order.

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Wipe warmer

If it’s really cold, just warm it up between your hands for a few seconds. Baby will be just fine without warm wipes.

Tons of toys

Until baby is about a year old, they really don’t need all those fancy gadgets and light-up toys.

These simple toys were the favorites with my kids before their first birthday:


Until your baby is walking, you can skip the shoes. I did buy shoes for my youngest, but only because it was the only way to keep his socks on. And barefoot when it is 10 degrees outside is a no-go!


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While these are great if you want baby in your room close to you, most babies will outgrow these quickly as many have a weight limit of 15 pounds. Save yourself the $100 for something that lasts longer.

Instead, most pack-n-plays now come with a bassinet basket insert. I used the pack-n-play for all three kids until they were ready for their own room and crib.

Swings and bouncers

There are so many options for these today and they can get really pricey ($240 for a mamaRoo bouncer)!

Yes, you will probably want a bouncer or swing of some sort so you have a place to set baby down. You don’t need both and baby may not take to one or either. They also take up a lot of valuable floor space.

Fancy clothes

Babies grow fast (and in some cases super fast)! Choose practical items like onesies and sleepers instead of the cute outfits and fancy dresses.

Diaper pail

Once baby starts eating solid foods, those diapers will stink! I’ve never had a diaper pail personally but have heard it does not totally keep the smell at bay. Plus, do you really want a week’s worth of dirty diapers sitting in your house?

Just buy a small trash can instead (I recommend one with a foot pedal for when your hands are full) and take out your trash regularly.

Crib bedding

You see those adorable sets at the store with a blanket, crib bumper, and sheet. All the cribs on display are fully outfitted with a crib bedding set.

Yet, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends nothing more than a fitted sheet in their bed. Do you really want to pay for a bedding set you won’t even use?

When you are pregnant, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the things you think you might need for baby. If you are on a limited budget, or just trying to keep expenses down, it can be hard to figure out what is truly a necessity and what you can do without.

With my first child, I definitely fell prey to what everyone said I needed for a new baby. Have you looked at Babies R Us’s Registry Checklist? That list is crazy long and filled with items you really don’t need!

I’m a mom of three, so this is based on my experiences. For my first child, I certainly purchased plenty of items I never used or didn’t need. For my second, which came eight years later, I had to purchase all the necessities again since I didn’t have anything from the first. I definitely kept my purchases to only the items I really needed.

For my third child, I didn’t need to buy any necessities. I did splurge on a couple of items that made my life easier, but other than diapers, I didn’t buy anything. (Even clothes were hand-me-downs.)

These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.

Nature's Way Kids Mulitvitamin

Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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