When I became a mom for the first time, most of my baby “stuff” was new: given to us at our shower, purchased by us, or kindly given to us by friends and family. We did receive a few hand me downs, and that was fantastic too. As I became a more seasoned mom, I realized: there is very little need to buy much of anything new for your child. While there are a few things I will only buy new (carseats, pacifiers, and diapers come to mind), and times where I have to buy items new (again, diapers and pacifiers, or clothing when I can’t plan ahead), much of our baby items now are second-hand.
My youngest son gets hand-me-downs from his big brother, but I also try to find second-hand clothes for my oldest. Because lets face it- kids grow fast!! When I do buy new, I feel better that the second kiddo will likely get some use, but I’ve realized that buying clothes that others have worn is a great way to stretch your money. I’ve been able to join Facebook groups where I can purchase clothes and baby/kid items from other moms, and you can also sell on these pages.
Selling items is a great way to make some extra money or funnel it back into the purchases you’ll need to make. Selling on Facebook was the only option I knew of (aside from hosting a garage sale), and I did a lot of that until I learned about Just Between Friends (JBF) Consignment sales. Essentially, these sales are hosted all over the US- you use their computer system to create tags for your items, bring them all to one location at the date for your local sale, and then JBF does the rest.