When I first became pregnant I immediately went to YouTube to search every pregnancy blog, every labor & delivery vlog, caring for newborns, and the must-have videos for newborns. BIG MISTAKE. I became so overwhelmed. I saw giant YouTube influencers who had a whole house full of baby gear. Instead I should’ve found videos of people who are like me and you (not that big influencers aren’t people too. They just have access to to promote certain items that company’s may endorse them for, therefore making their opinions on products biased). So then I made this GIANT list of baby items I need before the baby gets here. It was three pages long. I went to amazon started adding items to my cart and it added up to a couple THOUSAND dollars. I almost cried. So I went back to YouTube and searched for videos like, “minimalistic moms” or “baby consignment” or “how to save money on preparing for a baby.” I decided to get smart about this. I then started doing research on ways to save money on caring for babies. Which led me to cloth diapering. That in itself overwhelmed me (again, lol). So I dug deep into baby consignment or getting prepared for newborns with second hand baby items. I soon realized that everything we put on our baby whether it’s clothes or cloth diapers have to be washed anyway. New or used. And truly the baby doesn’t know the difference if something is new or used so why not save some money ? When I walked into the second hand baby store all of the clothes were in LIKE NEW CONDITION. children grow so fast. Sometimes the newborn stage (in terms of clothing) is skipped all together depending on the size of your baby. So I urge you to not spend so much money on newborn stuff and stagger your baby items out. Get a few newborn clothing, A few 3 month, few 6 month, and even 9 months. Those stages creep up fast so spreading it out will ensure that you have something to put your baby in every stage of their first year. I also bought a wipe warmer second hand, breastfeeding pillow, baby books, bottles (which get sterilized whether new or used), pacifiers (which again, get sterilized), baby bubble bath and shampoo that were never opened, breast milk storage bags, and a ton of cloth diapers. I was able to get all these items second hand and UNDER $100. Which you know a new outfit could easily cost $10. When I bought second hand I was able to get outfits for $1.00 !! So really. What is one parents trash, could be my treasure. I appreciate my consignment store so much because they only take in quality products that have been taken care of ! I highly recommend trying to save money preparing for a newborn in any way that you possibly can. Check out the video below showing all the fun stuff I got from my local baby consignment store !