There is one thing that definitely holds true for babies -- they are expensive. From diapers to baby swings to formula to daycare, the expenses can add up quickly. For single moms on a budget (or any mom on a budget!), finding the right items can be difficult. Check out the list for some of the best items to buy on a budget.
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Graco Sweet Snuggle Infant Soothing Swing
The Graco Sweet Snuggle Infant Soothing Swing may be slightly pricier than other swings, but it has a removable sweet, which makes this more more versatile. You can use the seat in 4 different positions on the swing, or remove it to take it with you to another area of the house. The swing also plugs in, which will save you on batteries.
Gerber First Essential 3 Pack Clear View BPA Free Plastic Nurser With Latex Nipple
Gerber Birdseye 10 Count Flatfold Cloth Diapers
Cloth diapers make excellent burp rags. Sure, there are adorable burp rags that you can get for a reasonable price, but they aren't as absorbent and don't hold up as well in the wash. A 10 pack of these will get you through many feedings and spit ups.
Jeep Cherokee Sport Stroller
Britax Boulevard 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat
The Britax Boulevard 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat does have a hefty price tag to begin with -- but if you look at its lifetime value, it is actually much cheaper than other options. Instead of buying an infant seat ($75-150 or more) that can only be used until your child is 22 pounds, and then a convertible seat for $100-$150 or more(your child will need to be rear facing until 2 years old -- probably 30 pounds or more), and then a booster seat, you can use this one seat rear facing from 5-40 pounds, and forward facing up to 70 pounds. It is also the safest seat on the market, and one of the easiest to use.
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Graco Pack 'n Play On The Go Travel Playard
The Graco Pack 'n Play On The Go Travel Playard can not only serve as a bed for your newborn baby, but as a changing table and a travel bed from birth-toddler years. The side pocket gives you plenty of room for some diapers and wipes, and the height makes this an easy (and safe!) changing table. The Pack 'n Play even comes with a toy bar that can replace a mobile for a larger crib.
Disney Cuddly Bodysuit
The Disney Cuddly Bodysuit are cute enough to wear on their own, or as an under-shirt to keep baby warm. These bodysuits are well made and hold up in the wash well. They also have an expandable snap (two options for where to snap), which allows you to use them as your baby gets longer.