October 11, 2019


Baby costs in the first year can come as a shock to many young couples. Just setting up your baby’s room could easily set you back a couple of thousand dollars!

Then there’s the ongoing costs you can expect to incur in the first year with feeding, nappies, clothing, the list goes on.

In general you can expect to spend at least $10,000 in your baby’s first year of life. Some will say that’s unrealistic and you’ll be looking at a figure more like $30,000. But if you’re prepared to buy essential items on sale or secondhand, then you can save A LOT of money. Here are our top tips for baby savings before and after your little one arrives.

Be financially savvy

If you are going down to one income after your baby is born, do up a budget for that income and practice living on it now so it’s not such a shock. Put the extra money into a baby savings nest egg. (It might be tempting to blow this on a babymoon but you’ll be glad of it later).

Look at ways you can prepare to either save money or generate an income. Can put your mortgage on hold? Enquire if your employer offers paid maternity leave? Even things like shopping around for a new mortgage and changing gas and electric suppliers can save you some money.

Don’t go overboard on decorating

Of course you want your new bundle of joy to have a beautiful new nursery. But to be honest, all babies care about, at least in the first few months, is getting fed and a warm place to sleep. If you’re feeling energetic there are lots of affordable, creative ways to design a nursery, and you don’t have to spend a crazy amount of money to do so.

Shop at sales and second hand stores

New furniture is overpriced, and your baby won’t care if they have a designer crib or a second hand one that’s been given a scrub and a paint! Gumtree, op shops and Ebay are excellent places to source second hand products.

If you must have something new, then don’t pay full price at least, keep an eye out for holiday sales, especially Christmas and end of financial year. You can get many essential items like strollers and carriers at half the price. Always check products have the Australian Standards label.

Cut back on the clothes

Babies grow REALLY quickly so there’s no point having dozens of newborn outfits. They can quite happily get along with six onesies and six sleepers. You’ll probably get given a load of hand-me-downs from well meaning friends, which you should accept graciously. But your baby probably won’t wear half of them. There’s a reason those clothes will look like new, your friend’s babies haven’t worn them either!

When your bub inevitably starts growing you’ll want some new seasonal outfits but try to keep it simple, comfortable, and easy access. KMart or Big W have onesies, leggings, shorts, skirts and t- shirts that don’t cost a bomb.

Ongoing costs

There are numerous ongoing costs which need to be budgeted for when you have a baby. You may be surprised at how many nappies and baby wipes you’ll actually need. In the first year alone, you can expect to go through 2,500 nappies, so it’s a good idea to stock up the nursery with budget friendly Little One’s nappies and wipes.

Just popping a packet of nappies or wipes in your shopping trolley each week while pregnant can really help spread the load, and help prepare you financially for the exciting times ahead.

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Do you have any tips for baby savings? SHARE with us in the comments below!

  • Great list


  • There is a lot of work


  • I always used cloth nappies and didnt buy much when they were new born as they grow out of things quickly


  • I don’t think it’s all that expensive and the costs are spread out over the months, it’s not like it’s one huge bill all at once. We were both jobless with our first baby and still managed ok, everything was new. You just plod along, buy what you need as you need it and when you can afford it, you’ll be fine


  • I only bought disposable nappies about once a month. I preferred cloth nappies so the disposable ones were for my husband’s use if I wasn’t at home. That saved a lot of money


  • I’m so glad we decided to use cloth nappies with our first. Our second is now in them and we aren’t having to search for nappies t the shops in all this craziness


  • My youngest one still wearing her brothers and sisters clothes.


  • Thank you for sharing


  • Only buy what you need and not what you think yourll need half the time nothing gets used


  • We thought we were financially fit, then we got delt a curb ball, made redundant, and now Coronavirus…


  • I was lucky to have never taken leave. I spread my leave throughout my mat leave so got paid the whole 10 months I took off.
    Most of the stuff for our baby we also got given to us during my baby shower. We are so lucky to have such kind friends and family.
    The only things we really spent money on was the cat seat, change table and drawers for all of her clothes!


  • That’s crazy


  • We had saved lots and lots.


  • I never looked at how much we spent, we bought what we needed and that was it.


  • Most second hand baby / toddler furniture is much stronger than the new gadgets built in the last 5 years or so. Just clean it thoroughly. You can basically sterilise it unless it is stained timber and you don’t want to ruin the stain. I can understand people wanting to buy new mattresses. Fisher Price Toys can very easily be washed in hot soapy water then thoroughly rinsed. They are top quality and can be used for a few babies / toddlers. I know of some that was bought new and has been used for 4 children so far. Unless you want them for special occasions don’t spend a lot of money on fancy baby outfits as they grow out of them quickly. Best & Less often have good quality clothing a lot cheaper than other discount stores. Some of their products are “Bonds” brand I found that Target clothing is narrower but longer than Kmart. If you have a very slim baby Target is OK. There is quite a difference in width. Clothing in Myer and David Jones is very expensive. In both of them you definitely “pay” for the name. I found some items in Target – same material and pattern, and checked in Myer(I was looking for an item – not clothing) that Kmart and Target don’t stock. I walked through the clothing Dept in Myer and spotted the same dress $14.95 dearer. I have also found brand new clothing in Opportunity shops – they still had the original retailer ticket on them – but they were selling them at a lower price.


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