Preparing for a baby can be a daunting experience unless you prepare properly for it. And even when you prepare to the fullest of your abilities it can still take its toll on you. One way you can prepare is by purchasing all the items you’ll need for the baby in bulk. Bundling Your Purchases before the baby arrives is one sure way to know that you’ll have all you need during the first few months and this will give you peace of mind.
For some, this might be your first time having to buy anything in bulk and for others, it might be your first time buying baby supplies and in large quantities nonetheless. Whichever it is, it helps to have an idea of what to expect and how to go about your purchases n the best way. Below are some tips to keep handy about buying baby products in bulk.
Buy baby clothes in
smaller quantities to
try them out first:
This is especially important if you are buying baby clothes online and from a company or supplier that you haven’t patronized before. Ensure you buy a few items one of each category before you place large orders. This will give you a chance to feel out the quality, test the sizes to see if they are true to form and get a sense of if the brand fits what you want. Only then can you in confidence, order in large quantities. Also, don’t buy too many of the same size items in bulk as babies grow rapidly and overnight. You have to always keep this in mind when shopping for a baby (especially in bulk). Buy different sizes and if you are unsure of your baby’s size, it’s better to buy in bigger sizes than a smaller size.
Make sure that you test out the usability of a product before you purchase it. If it’s a food item, like a formula or snack for your toddler, makes sure your baby likes it before you go ahead and buy in bulk. Babies can be quite picky eaters and you don’t want to spend all that money buying something your baby would not eat. Also, avoid buying too many supplies that you might not need. Buy in bulk the sure and trusted items you know you use often and have a need for.
Don’t buy trendy
products in bulk:
Some might be trendy products and some might be gimmicks. Whatever they are don’t rush and make a bulk purchase of that new product that just hit the markets. Inasmuch as there are many ingenious products that address some common pain points, there are products that salespeople insist are useful but you soon find it collecting dust in the corner as using them proves to be more of a hassle than the problem they claim to solve or task they claim to simplify. Make sure it is tried and tested by you before you buy in bulk.
Check the expiration dates:
When buying perishable items like baby formula, other edibles or baby lotions, make sure you check the expiry date to make sure you can use all of it before then. In addition, make sure you buy only the food items you use most frequently in bulk.
Compare prices before you buy to make sure that bulk pricing is the best deal. Calculate the unit price and compare between suppliers and between brands. Take the time to do the math to find out if you really can save yourself a few dollars. Price the baby products you use most often at warehouse stores like Sam’s Club or Costco. You have to pay an annual membership fee, but you can save big by buying items like diapers by the caseload. Warehouse stores also have their own brands of products that often cost less than buying national brands at warehouse prices. You can also try online retailers that sell in bulk. Some online shopping sites offer discounts if you buy in bulk; others sell cheaper because they sell only a particular line of products.
Make sure you don’t
already have the item:
In a rush to buy everything you need and stockpile on essentials, you might forget that you already have some of the household items at home. Before making purchases, try to do an inventory of your pantry or items in your garage to see what you already have. Also besides baby items, you should also do a minute inventory of household before your due date. You can’t predict our due dates, but if you happen to find yourself waiting for baby, do a last minute check. See which items have run low since you last purchased them. The last few weeks before your due date is a great opportunity to spot any low supplies you may have like tissue, toothpaste, clean towels, lotion etc.
Aim for at least one month:
When buying in bulk, aim for at least one month’s worth of supplies. Those first few weeks at home are some of the toughest. Should you need more beyond that, you’ll be in a better place to get them in month two and three, but not so much that first one.
Stock up on household items:
Stock up on cleaning supplies you’ll need for daily maintenance, as well as paper plates and plastic utensils to keep dishes at bay. Kitchen staples can make for quick meals and snacks, while food from others, as well as freezer meals, make sure you and your family have food to eat. Take an inventory of your toiletries to avoid last-minute runs to the grocery. Don’t forget your postpartum essentials to help you heal after childbirth. And finally, keep a good supply of batteries for any baby gear or household item that needs one.
Be on a lookout for sales:
If you start looking out ahead of time you might be able to spot ongoing sales and take advantage of them. For example end of year sales or spring sales, you can plan your purchase at these times to help you reduce cost.
The first few days and weeks after having the baby and returning from the hospital will feel chaotic and so taking steps to reduce is as much as possible is wise. Having your house stocked with the right items will save you and your partner the hassle of having to run errands or make last minute purchases. Armed with this tips above, it’s never too early to start planning your bulk purchase.