Whether it's your first baby or your fourth, shopping for a little one can be overwhelming and expensive. Lauren Greutman, who's due with baby number four in August learned her lesson the hard way.
"I was actually the first out of my friends to have a baby so I didn't have anyone to ask. So I got the top of the line everything and just realized I didn't need half of the stuff I had gotten," says Greutman.
As we navigate through the aisles of endless options at Babies R' Us, Greutman tells me what you need to know when bringing home your bundle of joy. For instance, when it comes to clothes, stock up on the simple stuff.
"You can spend a lot of money on clothes and babies have accidents a lot. So by stocking up on white onesies and dressing your kids in them all day everyday you can save money by not having to replace those more expensive clothes," says Greutman.
For some of the bigger items like strollers, you may want to invest. Also, make sure they fold up easily and can pop in your trunk. Greutman recommends the BOB brand of strollers.
"It's just really sturdy. This is cool , you can shield the sun or the snow. It's just really well built," says Greutman.
When it comes to car seats, safety comes first. Greutman's favorite brand of car seat is the Britax.
"Again, the safety ratings are amazing and it's going to last you a really long time," says Greutman.
The same goes for cribs. You may want to spend a little more and buy something that will last, especially if you plan on having more kids.
An opportunity to save is on your high chair. Instead of spending more on a bigger high chair, buy a space saving one that sits on a kitchen chair.
Rest assured, you'll be changing plenty of diapers, but you can probably skip out on the changing table in lieu of a topper.
There are a few items you can count on getting at the hospital so you don't need to spend that money right away. You can almost always count on taking home a comb, a nasal aspirator, and a pacifier.
"You need nail clippers because immediately after the baby is born you need to cut their nails because they're born with long nails , so a lot of people don't think about that," says Greutman.
If you're going to buy a pack and play, choose one with some extra features, but don't be tempted by all the bells and whistles.
"There's like music you can get and all those kind of things but for me they just weren't necessary and I never really used them," says Greutman.
It can cost a bundle to have kids, but with some of these tips, you can bring home that bundle of joy without blowing your budget.