I have a confession to make – I love buying baby things, who doesn’t? With our first child we couldn’t wait, in fact I think we bought most of the big things in one trip to BabiesRus on the same day as our 12 week scan! We were very keen and in hindsight really silly as it cost a lot of money buying everything brand new from a store.7 years later, 3rd child and I’ve learnt to be a bit more thrifty when it comes to purchasing those baby must haves. This time round I made a list and a few things were classed more in the luxury department, they weren’t essential to raising a baby and brand new were a bit out of our budget, but then I harnessed my best bargain hunting talents and with the aid of sites like eBay, Gumtree and the new Facebook Marketplace I managed to make some great little finds for more than half the price!
So here is a rundown of my favourite baby bargains
Buggies, prams, whatever you call them, have always been a big love of mine when buying baby things. When we had our first child I bought a really ugly one brand new and thought it was a good deal. Looking back it wasn’t, it just fit our budget and the ‘pretty’ ones were way too expensive. But these days there are so many people selling really stylish buggies in great condition for just a fraction of the price. This is the Mothercare Roam and it came with the Aqua colour pack. This in the shops was retailing around £295 plus £50 for the colour pack. This was for sale on eBay for £100 and it had been used for only 12 weeks. It was in excellent condition and even with the petrol money involved in collecting it, it still gave us a saving of £225!
This is the ISOfix base for the Roam car seat. We never had ISOfix points in our cars 7 years ago so these have always seemed a bit of a treat. They make it so easy, just click and go. This is technically a cheat purchase as it was brand new however when I originally looked at them they were full price on the Mothercare website at £80. But as luck had it when I was ready to buy it had gone down to half price in the January sale giving us a saving of £40!
The Chicco Next2Me has been a big hit with parents this year. They are a fairly new concept and they certainly didn’t have them 5 years ago when I had my daughter. But as with all new things they come with a price and sadly for us this was not in our budget when retailing at around £169. We had bypassed the idea completely and bought a Moses basket, even looking on eBay they were selling second hand at around £80. So it was a great surprise to be offered one by a friend for £50. I jumped at the chance to accept and we managed to resell the Moses basket for the same price we bought it. So we saved £119!
Now this is a Cosatto changing table (this is the design we have but not my actual) it’s nothing special, it’s probably quite an old model as well but this has made my list because it wasn’t something we were going to get, i was just going to settle for a good old changing mat on the floor. But I left it to the last few weeks and in the end put a shout out on a local Facebook sale site. I kindly asked if anyone was selling a changing table and that I didn’t want to spend more than £15. We got a reply from someone local and they only wanted £5, saving £10 on our budget price and probably at least £50 on a brand new one!
A glider is a buy I would definitely recommend I never had one with my eldest but I had one (stupidly bought brand new) with my daughter and we sold it when we’d finished with it so of course third time around I needed to get another one. Now the one we had last time was around £130 new from Kiddicare. The one we bought this time is a Dutailier (similar to the one in the picture), I can’t see how much they retail for as it must be a couple of years old but we managed to find it on Gumtree for just £50. Some come with a footstool, this one didn’t, but I found I didn’t use it last time anyway. So even compared with the price of the Kiddicare chair we saved £80 on last time!
A swing was another item I could never afford the luxury of with my first two, but I always wish I had. When looking brand new though they were not coming up cheap, in fact this particular swing is retailing full price at £85 in Mothercare and this is why I love the new Marketplace on Facebook, we managed to bag this fabulous swing for just £30 and it was in excellent condition, saving £55!
The Perfect Prep is the last item on my list and I saved the best until last this is another new item to the parenting world since my daughter was born but oh my gosh why has it taken so long?! It is basically a Tassimo for baby bottles. Now we didn’t buy this until after he was born because I was hoping to be able to breast feed but when we went to bottles I knew we had to get one of these without a doubt and again, Facebook to the rescue. These machines are retailing at Asda for £120! Now I would definitely suggest watching the marketplace and not necessarily jumping for the first one you see. Some people are still trying to sell them second hand for £40, and sometimes they also need a new filter if the original owner hasn’t got one and these retail at around £10. We managed to keep an eye out and picked this up at an amazing £20! The filter was also put in in December so it has a good few months left, meaning we saved an incredible £100 on this baby buy!
So this completes my list of baby bargains which hopefully shows that you can have a budget and still get some of the top products in the market. If we had paid full price for these items we would have spent over £1000! But with just a bit of effort we managed to get them all for just £295! Now that’s what I call being able to have your cake and eat it 😊