The things that your baby needs most from you–love and attention– are free, so bring on the cuddles and snuggles!  Top ways to save money on baby care:

1.  Breastfeed! 

2.  Use cloth diapers (more on this later).

3.  Make your own baby food.  My mother-in-law gave me _Cooking for Baby: Wholesome, Homemade, Delicious Foods for 6 to 18 Months_ for Christmas, and I absolutely love it!  This book lets you know what is safe to feed your baby at various ages, and also has valuable information on alleriges.  And the recipes are fabulous!  Who knew that baby food could be so interesting!

4.  Don’t buy things that are unsafe (obviously, this goes without saying).  This includes walkers, bath seats, and sleep positioners.  Skip the crib bedding set, as neither the quilt nor the cushiony bumper are safe for your baby’s crib.  There, you just crossed more things off of your “to-buy” list!

5.  Buy secondhand baby clothes.  They grow out of their clothes so quickly!  Visit yard sales to get baby clothes very inexpensively.

6.  Buy secondhand gear when it’s safe to do so.  Consumer Reports’ Best Baby Products discusses which baby items are safe to buy used, and describes how to choose the safest products.  I highly recommend this book!