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Best baby items on a budget

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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
Graco Sweet Snuggle Infant Soothing Swing Graco/ Amazon

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.

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Gerber First Essential 3 Pack Clear View BPA Free Plastic Nurser With Latex Nipple
Gerber First Essential 3 Pack Clear View BPA Free Plastic Nurser With Latex Nipple Gerber / Amazon

Gerber First Essential 3 Pack Clear View BPA Free Plastic Nurser With Latex Nipple

Don't go crazy and buy expensive bottles right away -- every baby is different, and your baby might take a simple bottle just fine.  Buy a 3-pack of these and see if they work, and if so grab a few more.  If not, then work your way up into more expensive options like Dr Brown's.

 

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Gerber Birdseye 10 Count Flatfold Cloth Diapers
Gerber Birdseye 10 Count Flatfold Cloth Diapers Gerber/Amazon

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.

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Jeep Cherokee Sport Stroller
Jeep Cherokee Sport Stroller Jeep/Amazon

Jeep Cherokee Sport Stroller

The Jeep Cherokee Sport Stroller is more than enough for everyday stroller needs.  There is a large basket for storing the diaper bag, the seat reclines for napping babies, and it can be used well into the toddler years.  This stroller is also lightweight and can fold up compactly.

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Britax Boulevard 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat
Britax Boulevard 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat Britax/Amazon

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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Luvs With Ultra Leakguards Diapers
Luvs With Ultra Leakguards Diapers LUVS/Amazon

Luvs With Ultra Leakguards Diapers

Luvs diapers are know for being economical -- but if you also buy them on Amazon Mom, you'll be saving an additional 20%, making these diapers around 10 cents each.  Compare that to bigger brands at around 24 cents each, and the savings add up quickly.


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Graco Pack 'n Play On The Go Travel Playard
Graco Pack 'n Play On The Go Travel Playard Graco/Amazon

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.

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Cosco Slim Fold High Chair
Cosco Slim Fold High Chair Cosco/Amazon

Cosco Slim Fold High Chair

The Cosco Slim Fold High Chair is a no-frills high chair that has 3 recline positions, allowing you to use this with younger babies as well as toddlers.  It folds up for easy storage as well.

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Disney Cuddly Bodysuit
Disney Cuddly Bodysuit Disney/Amazon

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.  

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