Cutting Corners With Baby Number Three

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!

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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!

G x

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Enma
    27th March 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you G, so helpful. The amazon idea is fab. X

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    Sarah Haig Pincay
    28th March 2017 at 11:05 am

    I totally agree – you definitely don’t need too many things for a new baby. When I had my second and third I had got pretty good at avoiding unnecessary products. I love your changing table it looks really stylish!

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    Sonia Cave
    28th March 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I love the changing table, and I think amazon’s idea is brilliant!

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    Sarah Cantwell
    28th March 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Oh my goodness! The nappy and wipes subscription service sounds amazing. I may have to sign up too xx

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    Rebecca | AAUBlog
    29th March 2017 at 3:16 am

    these are all fab ideas – I love the idea of colour dying my old muslins. Then you get them just as you want them. Not a short-cut at all!

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    Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn
    29th March 2017 at 11:00 am

    As a mother of three myself, I totally found myself cutting corners with baby number three and realising there’s so much we don’t actually need. I think it is easy to get caught up with all the excitement of having a baby and all the beautiful things in the shops and buying things that aren’t strictly necessary. I love the changing table with the Moses basket. It looks so beautiful on that table. x

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    joanna
    29th March 2017 at 11:48 am

    We didn’t use a changing table with Blake. I love the idea of dying Muslins I never thought of doing that I just had white ones with Blake, the idea of an amazon subscription is good too.

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    Colette
    29th March 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I always say you should buy the bare minimum before baby is here and then wait to see what you actually need as one person’s “must have” is another’s waste of money!
    I always wished I had a changing table though – we did it on the sofa or the floor.

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    Stephanie
    30th March 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Great tips, the Amazon nappy order is a great idea, the amount of times I ran out and had to send hubby out late at night to get some more!

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    Fritha Strickland
    31st March 2017 at 8:14 am

    The Amazon nappy order is great isn’t it, we did the same with M but I kept forgetting to update it when she went to a bigger size! x

  • Reply
    Kerry Norris
    31st March 2017 at 11:37 pm

    You are so creative. I love the changing area you’ve made out of the Moses basket x

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