There are lots of things to buy for your newborn, from onesies to prams — it's easy to get carried away and spend a fortune. Luckily, we have five smart tips to stop you from blowing your budget.

1. Make a list and stick to it

You may already have a few ideas on what you need to buy for your baby, but it's a good idea to put together a list and stick to it. It can also be helpful to speak to other parents you know for some insider tips, as you might not need everything you've listed. They may even have some second hand items you could use.

Purchasing everything at once can be expensive, so it's best to start with a small set of essentials, opens in new window and tick items off your list as needed. Also look out for sales and special promotions.

Don't let yourself be distracted by shiny designer labels, it’s important to make your purchasing decisions based on safety and your budget.

2. Buying a pram and a carrier

Prams and carriers have fast become a fashion statement for new mothers and can cost thousands of dollars, but they don't need to.

Researching your options and reading reviews is essential before you purchase anything. This gives you the opportunity to shop around for the best deal and find the safest options on offer.

 

3. Buying a car seat

It's important to buy a car seat for your newborn, and you likely won't be able to leave the hospital without one. Choosing a car seat can be complex, and you need to weigh up safety, cost, comfort and style.

Once you've bought your car seat, getting it professionally fitted is a good idea. It will give you peace of mind and confidence when driving with your little one for the first time.

4. Setting up your nursery

Decorating your nursery can be fun, but it's important not to get too carried away. Why not look up some home renovation and DIY shows to get some top tips?

There are so many ways to save. Why not choose a feature wall instead of painting the whole room, or give old or second-hand furniture a lick of paint for a new lease on life?

Don't forget, you'll likely receive lots of goodies from friends and family at your baby shower and once your bundle of joy comes home.

 

Use our budget planner to help you set up and stick to your budget as new parents.

Important information

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