“When to Start Buying Baby Stuff?” Probably, the plight of all the expecting mothers. When exactly are you supposed to start buying baby stuff? This is the one important question on every pregnant mother’s mind.
Shopping for your new baby is often one of the most precious things for soon-to-be mothers. It’s so exciting, joyful, and a warm feeling in the gut. And I understand it, the urge to go out right away and gather all the baby stuff.
But let’s hold up for just a short minute and think through a few things before you pop out of your bed to go spend all that cash in buying baby stuff.
Between superstitions, time pressure, and hand-me-downs, it is difficult to know when it might be the “right/official time” to pick up those diapers in the special offer or the cute baby crib that you saw through a shop window.
Should you wait until after the baby shower to start buying baby stuff? Is it bad luck to pick up a few baby items early in pregnancy? Do you wanna stay under a budget while shopping for your newborn? Can you get late in buying stuff that you need for your baby?
Here are some questions I’ll help you out with so you can decide the perfect time for you to start buying baby stuff. Read the article until the end to get answers to all the queries you might have.
1. When to Start Buying Baby Things?
I think it’s important to cut right to the chase. Personally, when I was pregnant with my first baby, I started buying baby stuff after my first trimester was complete. In simpler words, I started shopping for my baby when I was around 13 weeks pregnant.
Thirteen weeks pregnant is absolutely the right time to start buying baby items because it is typically the most comfortable period of pregnancy time for the majority of pregnant women.
In this period, most of the early pregnancy symptoms disappear along with the risks of miscarriage. Other than physical comfort, this is also a time when expecting parents to start telling family, friends, and coworkers about their baby news announcement.
There is no exact rule about when to start buying stuff, and by no means are you obliged to start purchasing at the 13-week mark. It simply, according to me, is the most comfortable and joyful time to bloom in all the baby shopping excitement.
2. Things To consider while starting to buy baby stuff:
Finding Out The Gender: If you’re planning on finding out the gender of your baby, then it’s surely better to wait. It’d make sense to hold off on buying gender-specific items.
You can usually find out the gender of your baby at the anomaly scan which generally happens near the 20-week mark.
Having a Baby Shower: Again, if you’re going to have a baby shower, it’s better to see what you get. This would prevent you from buying some of the high-price items from your baby registry.
Stock Pile: Start buying things slowly that are common such as wipes, creams, nappies, and shampoos. This would also soothe the nesting feeling that expecting mothers get. Other than that, your house won’t be overrun with baby equipments and clothes.
3. Is there anything you should buy in early pregnancy?
In the first trimester, you mostly buy things for yourself rather than the baby. So yes, there are a handful of things that you must buy when you find out about your pregnancy.
- Pregnancy journal
- Prenatal vitamins
- Morning sickness relief
- Bump milestone stickers
4. Is it BAD LUCK to buy baby stuff early?
Another question people get stuck on is if it’s bad luck to buy baby items too early? But let me be honest, buying baby stuff early is in no medical way gonna harm your baby! In the real world, it’s not gonna affect your baby’s health in any way.
Although, if you feel like it’s bad luck to buy baby stuff early, then you should not. That’s the best advice. If you’re, in any sort of way, not comfortable in doing that or have second thoughts about it, then drop it. Do not stress about it, it’s supposed to be a beautiful thing.
On a personal note, I had a difficult pregnancy time. I developed a cyst near my womb which involved a lot of pain to deal with. In this pain, I didn’t get the time to think about when to start buying baby stuff. So I did it when I felt like it.
My point is that you could be really eager to start dropping your cash for diapers or you could be like me, stuck somewhere you didn’t expect, so go with your gut and start with your baby shopping when it feels right.
Take your time, but do not take too long!
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5. When to buy these specific items while pregnant?
Diapers: You can wait until the shower before you start buying diapers. When thinking of items to gift on a baby shower, the first idea that comes across every individual’s mind – buying diapers.
If you’re not having a baby shower, then anytime in the 20 weeks to 30 weeks range is a good time to purchase diapers. But keep in mind, you don’t want to go rogue purchasing diapers. You should get:
- (1) case of baby wipes
- one case of newborn diapers
- (1) case of size 1 diapers
You never know which brand would your baby be comfortable with, so stocking them up could result in waste.
In addition to that, you need a lot of space to store diapers. Newborns grow really fast, you might need just one case of newborn diapers before your baby evolves to size 1.
Baby Furniture: The best time to do the nursery decor is when you find out the gender of your baby. If you’re not doing the analogy, then buying baby furniture any time around 13 weeks is a good deal.
This will give you a great amount of time to prepare, design, and complete the setup before your baby arrives. Having the baby’s nursery ready before the baby arrives is a really important task.
Baby Clothes: Personally, I’m not an advocate for purchasing a lot of baby clothes. There’s a huge chance you’ll get a lot of baby clothes as gifts. Other than that, clothes are great baby items that you can buy second-hand.
Although I understand the urge to buy baby clothes yourself, I suggest you buy one outfit in each size through 12 months. This way your baby would have something too cute to wear, that you picked.
6. Tips for purchasing baby items.
Here are a couple of things or tips that you must keep in mind for a better understanding of “when you should start buying baby stuff or when to start buying baby stuff”.
a. Do a safety check on second-hand baby gear.
True, hand-me-downs are no doubt a great way for newbie moms to save money, but make sure you do a quick check before you accept any donated items. I get it, the baby gear is always safe but having peace of mind is an important thing.
Search for baby stuff on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure they are up to current safety standards.
b. Choose easy-on, easy-off outfits.
It’s rare that your baby would cry for designer suits just yet — which is why you should always opt for outfits that are easy to wear and remove. Look for one-piece outfits that can be worn in a zip and removed in a snap.
These easy-on, easy-off outfits will save you from the frustration of time + energy consumption when you’re sleep-deprived or in a rush.
Make sure you do not overstock these cute fluffy onesies, chances are you’ll get these at your baby shower anyway.
c. Do not fall for newborn-size clothes.
Cannot stop yourself from wanting to buy cool woolens for your little baby? You can go through much more time if you buy the six-month size instead of the three-month one.
You can always fit it at a tailor shop according to your baby size, and then remove the stitches as your baby grows old.
Many babies grow in a half-year-old outfit before they even are 6 months old. While too big clothing can be rolled up to fit your little fashion influencer, a too-tight outfit always equals a fussy baby.
d. Start Off with one stroller.
A lightweight, comfy universal stroller that lets you snap it in your car for an infant car seat is your best bet when it comes to those first outings with the baby.
This stroller is usually very cheap, stays with you for a couple of months, and gives you enough time to check out other stroller options as you walk by a baby shop or stroll through a mall.
Maybe you pick an easy-to-stash umbrella stroller for errand runs or a jogging stroller for runs in the park. Or if you’re a working dad (or mom), you might pick a lightweight stroller with a lot of space underneath. In any case, you should start with a cheap but good lightweight stroller for the initial months of your baby.
e. Baby Carrier – A Must.
Maybe you don’t think you’ll be doing any walking with your baby right now unless he’s in a stroller. But trust me, you’ll want to go on walks with your baby at times you’re shopping and you don’t want to carry a stroller or at times when the baby is too fussy and need fresh air.
You can ask around to find the best model or price for you, but know that a front carrier with hands-free freedom for the baby is absolutely amazing.
f. Do not underestimate the kindness of others.
No matter when you’re buying, what you’re buying, keep in mind that people will also be buying you gifts (especially if it’s a first baby). So do not buy too many items or overstock on specific things.
You can always get more but you cannot save money on the disposal.
7. What should you not buy for a baby – especially before it’s born?
There are a couple of things in the baby essentials list that isn’t actually essential. Trust me, there is some baby stuff that you shouldn’t purchase AT ALL. Let me be clear, these baby items aren’t useful in my personal opinion, I’m in no way strict advising you to stay away from these products.
- Baby Formula: Babies react differently to formulas so this is something that you might want to wait for until the baby is born.
- Newborn baby shoes: A big NO. Your baby won’t allow you to put shoes on its feet at this age because it is uncomfortable. You would chase around cute shoes in the shops just to find out later you wasted money. Socks are 100% fine.
- Crib Bumpers: Bumper pads should never be used in infant cribs according to new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to the AAP, there is no evidence that crib bumpers protect against injury, but they do carry a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment because infants lack the motor skills or strength to turn their heads should they roll into something that obstructs their breathing.
8. When is it too late to shop for a baby?
Besides the 13-week mark as the earliest time to start buying baby stuff, when can it be too late to shop for a baby? At the latest, think about your baby registry or your plans on what to buy for your baby by the 20-week mark.
Beginning to purchase some baby items by 20 weeks offers you enough time to plan. But do not forget that sometimes babies have their own timeline. Your baby might arrive earlier than it’s expected.
This is why any time after the 32-week mark can be called too late to shop for a baby. If you are able to get just the things you really need for your newborn by the 32-week mark, you’ll be in a good shape.
Mathematically, if you start buying baby stuff by 20 weeks, it would give you additional 3 months to get ready for your baby. Do not get any late than this.
9. Bottom Line: Don’t stress too much about buying baby stuff.
I hope now you have a perfect idea of when to start buying baby stuff, what items you can buy early pregnancy and what items you have enough time for. You should make sure you remember the key points from this article to save the most money and save yourself from any wastage possible.
Although, in any case, your urge to start buying baby items is too strong, don’t feel horrible about that. It’s completely normal to feel the need to buy certain things out of tension or excitement.
It mostly happens because your mind and body go through a ton of emotions with your baby on its way. If you end up buying too much, you can always gift those unused items to your next pregnant friend or neighbor.
Expecting a baby is certainly a time to be happy and excited, do not stress too much about when to start buying baby stuff. Everything is going to be alright. Keep your chin up.
Until next time, ciao.