Since planning for baby boy (and both our girls actually) I remember seeing so many articles and posts about what baby items I would ‘need’ and ‘couldn’t possibly live without.‘ But my mum always laughed and told me “You honestly don’t need as much stuff as you think you do!” (cue a panicked me thinking what on earth are you talking about mum? Of COURSE I will need a baby wipe warmer-upper?!) Truth is. She was right. You really don’t.
We’ve cut a lot of corners since having our eldest, Niamh, and I’d like to think we’ve most definitely saved ourselves some money in doing so, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourite ways we’ve managed to keep things at a minimum this time around!
1. The Changing Table
They really are a godsend if, like me, you’ve found yourself recovering from a cesarean section and standing up/bending over is really difficult for the first weeks. Instead of buying a brand new unit though, we simply up-cycled an old desk of mine and added some new drawer handles.
This time I’ve also made myself a little DIY changing basket using our old moses basket we had for Niamh! It was SO easy to do and I love the natural, woody look of it. I’ve kept the mattress inside it and will just pop a cover on to protect it when its in use. But I’m super chuffed with it and it didn’t cost the earth either!
2. DIY Colour-dye Muslin Blankets
I think over the years I’ve spent a small fortune on Muslins. But as they’re such a baby essential I don’t think you can really get away without having them, can you? They come in handy for basically everything; Sick incidents, clearing up dribble, as covers for breastfeeding, or a diy cover over the manky plastic shop changing unit. Ew.
I normally buy white. White everything. But after a while they of course begin to pick up stains, marks and their pristine glow begins to fade away with each wash. So, this time, I decided to buy a bulk of white muslins but have a go at dying them!
Now i’m not really a fan of bright colours (can you tell?! ha) So I was aiming for some gorgeous, but different colours for baby boy & I think they turned out pretty well!
3. A monthly Amazon nappy & wipes subscription
Ok so I think this idea is just pure genius. Incase you haven’t heard about it (which I definitely hadn’t when the girls were younger), Amazon offer a monthly subscription of any items that you think you’ll be needing on a regular basis at usually cheaper prices. I’ve recently just signed up to receive our favourite Eco Friendly Nappies & Water Wipes from them and as they aren’t available from any of our local supermarkets I’m excited that each month I don’t have the worry of getting hold of any Nappies or being caught short either!
I hope these 3 ideas have helped, especially if you’re currently preparing for your little ones arrival!