Baby Basics on a Budget: What You Really Need When Baby Comes Home

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Finding two lines on a pregnancy test doesn’t mean you have to spend too much on baby and nursery items that the internet deems necessary. Don’t get stressed out by the suggestions retail stores make for your baby registry. Be encouraged – you’ll know what you need versus the items that are unnecessary for you and your growing family.

We’ve compiled a list for anyone who’s a first-time parent, a little strapped for cash or a big fan of minimalistic living. It includes just a few items that you’ll want to prioritize for your baby registry – even if they aren’t the most exciting items on your checklist.

Baby Basics on a Budget

  1. Diapers & wipes – They’re not glamorous, but they are a lifesaver. Purchasing diapers can get expensive quickly. Be sure to add these to your list and stock up on a few boxes of each size.
  2. Bath supplies – Bath time may soon become a part of your baby’s bedtime routine. Make sure you have shampoo, body wash and lotion that are safe for baby’s eyes and easy on her skin.
  3. Clothes – Your baby won’t be as concerned with modesty or fashion as much as maintaining a comfortable body temperature. Make sure to find clothes that are seasonally appropriate for each size.
  4. Car Seat – There are so many styles and options for car seats these days. It’s important to keep in mind that this is a necessity that’s all about safety. It’s an item that should be purchased new, but you can find car seats that will transition to grow with your child.
  5. Crib – Possibly one of the most exciting nursery purchases, the crib doesn’t have to be expensive to be safe. Find someone handy to help you assemble it to be as sturdy as possible, and you’ll be good to go!
  6. Mattress – Good news! Most crib mattresses are waterproof now. No extra mattress pads are necessary. This may not sound exciting to you now, but when you have less laundry after a 3 a.m. diaper blowout, you’ll gain an appreciation for this advanced technology.

Take a Breath

If you create a baby registry, you may worry that the items you list aren’t fun enough, and that your friends and family won’t want to purchase the mundane things for you and baby. Don’t be anxious about this. Many of them have been parents before and will recognize the need for practical items. Plus, you may even receive a few adorable outfits or toys that you didn’t request in addition to the essentials you requested!

Still feeling a little overwhelmed? At Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center, we offer parenting classes completely free of charge to encourage you and make sure you’re ready to welcome your little one into the world. Plus, for each parenting class you attend, you’ll receive baby basics such as diapers, bottles, baby clothes, baby furniture and more! 

These 60-minute pregnancy and parenting classes are great for moms and dads experiencing unplanned pregnancies. The classes cover topics such as making a birth plan, breastfeeding, bringing baby home, and postpartum health for mom.

Welcoming a baby into your life may seem a bit overwhelming, but you can do it, and we are here to help you every step of the way. To register for our Pregnancy & Parenting class, call us at 336-274-4881.

Welcoming a baby into your life may seem a bit overwhelming, but you can do it, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Sarah Stricker is a volunteer content writer at GPCC. As a new mom, she’s excited to encourage people experiencing unplanned pregnancies.