Considering how small they are, babies can be incredibly expensive. But you probably don't need as much 'stuff' as you think. This article also appears on www.bbc.co.uk/parenting/having_a_baby
There are lots of ways to save money, and you don't need to buy everything in one go. Items like high chairs, and even full-size cots, can be left until later.
Babies need clothes to wear and nappies to keep them dry. They need somewhere warm and clean to sleep, plus some form of safe and flexible transport, and a source of food. If you meet these basic requirements, you'll cover all bases.
If you plan to express your milk at any time, you will also need a bottle and a teat. You'll also need a pump if you aren't expressing the milk by hand.
"...toys are not really necessary at first..."
Second-hand baby gear can really save you money.
Try looking in your local paper, newsagents windows, charity shops, nearly new sales " look on the National Childbirth Trust website (see Related links below), carboot sales or on internet buy and sell forums and auction sites.
If you're lucky, family and friends may offer you hand-me-downs for free. Keep in mind that some items may only be guaranteed from new for a certain length of time, so there may well be safety implications if you're getting them second-hand.
Check equipment for stability and safety, and only buy car seats if they are clearly unused " if they have been involved in an accident you may not see any signs of it, but their fixtures may not be safe, and the inside could even be cracked.
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