How to save in the first year of a baby's life: 8 practical tips

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Saving in the first year of the child's life

Maintaining a child in the first 12 months of life has a cost that varies from a minimum of 7.123 euros to a maximum that exceeds 15 thousand euros. This is what emerges from a 2022 Federconsumatori study which highlights how the most expensive items of expenditure are

  • milk and baby food (between 1.730 and 3.701 euros spent in 2022);
  • clothes and footwear (between € 1.060 and € 2.899 per year);
  • and diapers (for a minimum cost of € 729 and a maximum of € 1.101 per year).

There are a few though practical measures which, as consumer associations point out, can help parents not to be broke. Here are some useful tips.

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1. Avoid waste

One way to save is definitely di reduce to the origin costs starting from the reduction of waste.

Is it really necessary to buy the scale? Or the thermometer to measure the water temperature? Certainly not, but neither the changing table, the cradle or the playpen. Here are 20 things NOT to buy when a baby arrives. To avoid falling into temptation, a good idea is to ask more experienced moms what is really needed.

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2. Do-it-yourself saves money

Obviously, it is not possible for everything, but from baby food to games, passing through some items of clothing, do-it-yourself certainly reduces the expense.

When it comes to baby food, experts from the National Consumers Union say, «You can prepare most foods at home, with minimal impact on the family budget. In this case you have to consider a minimum expense that includes the purchase of some snacks (eg biscuits), bibs, bowl and spoon for a total of about 200 euros. In case you decide to buy only baby food you have to consider about 3 jars a day for 6 months (540 jars), calculating an average cost of 1,50 euros per jar as well as bibs, snacks, bowl and spoon, even spending more. of 900 euros ".

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3. Online convenience

Online often you save. Just scan different sites, the offers of the moment. In particular some German sites like:


they often have really interesting costs.

Then there is an interesting program from Amazon, which is theSign up and save: in practice, you subscribe to receive one or more products at a certain frequency (monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, etc.). The more you add subscriptions, the more you save: the subscription to a product entitles you to a 5% discount on its price, for three or more products you get a 10% discount on the price of each single product.

You can save up to 15% when you receive 3 or more subscriptions in the same shipment, and Prime members can get up to 20% savings on diapers and baby food.

4. Outlets and outlets

In the outlets, on the other hand, you can find wholesale products, such as diapers, at a significantly reduced price. Just type "nappy shop" on Google to find the closest ones.

5. Purchase Groups

Unity is strength: so why not buy many products for children and reduce the price? If you are already part of a GAS (Solidarity Purchase Group), you can propose the purchase of baby products, from nappies to powdered milk. Alternatively, you can start one yourself, perhaps involving mothers you met in the pre-birth course, who have children of the same age (and size) as yours.

6. Used, why not? You save from 46% to 77%

"For some products, such as strollers, cots, changing tables, high chairs, etc., the second-hand market offers practical and economical solutions, on sale both in physical stores and online" suggests Federconsumatori.

In fact, thrift shops have been multiplying in recent years: they can be found inside even new items, at half the price. According to the association, the minimum savings for those who opt for the second-hand is 46% on the purchase of a cot and can even reach 77% for the purchase of a stroller.

Then there is the classic change from hand to hand, between brothers or friends: it is certainly one of the best ways to enhance objects and garments that would have a very short life.

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7. How to save on diapers

There are two different ways to save on diapers: 

  • move towards washable nappies: with washable nappies you save money and wink at the environment. 
  • do not hold the diaper for too long. If a child is ready, do not postpone the "spannolinare" too much, but starting it already around 18-24 months is a trick to spend less that Giorgia Cozza advises in her book "Baby at no cost".


8. Quality and not the brand

To save money, check the quality of a product, which is not necessarily related to the brand. Altroconsumo periodically draws up the quality rankings of products related to early childhood: the latest 2022 test on diapers decreed as the best for quality and price the Liupilu diapers by Lidl (annual cost: 292 euros), in second place there are those of another discount, the Soft Dream by Eurospin (annual cost: 337 euros), and the third, the Pampers Baby Dry (annual cost: 558 euros). The most recent ones rankings:


Here are more tests on baby products such as high chairs, strollers, head lice, changing creams and so on.

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