If you are expecting a baby, here are simple ways to cut costs on essentials

OUR bundles of joy come with bundles of costs, as any new parent will tell you.

The expenses associated with having a baby — including pram, cot, car seat, clothes, nappies, furniture and feeding equipment — can soon mount up.

But there are lots of simple ways to cut costs. Follow these tips to save on baby essentials . . . 

DON’T GO GAGA OVER THE ACCESSORIES: Resist the temptation to furnish your nursery with expensive brands. Ikea is selling the Gulliver white changing table for £65. Better still, check out second-hand sites such as Gumtree, eBay and Preloved. A quick search on Gumtree revealed the same table for just £15.

Save: £50

PRE-LOVED IS PERFECT: Make big savings on clothes by visiting charity shops or buying bundles via sites such as Facebook Marketplace. When my two were babies, I loved shopping for bargains at Fara Kids charity shops.

BUM DEAL: Check out the Bum Deal app to see which retailers have offers on nappies. A quick search revealed Asda is doing a two-for-£16 deal on Pampers new baby size one nappies, normally priced at £10 per jumbo pack of 80.

Save: £4 when buying two packs

JOIN A PARENTING CLUB: Brands including Bounty, Emma’s Diary and Boots have their own parenting clubs with special offers. With the Newborn Pack from Bounty, you get lots of free samples and money-off vouchers. To get access to the Boots Parenting Club you need an Advantage Card. Membership will give you eight points per £1 spend, as well as a free Aveeno baby daily care hair & body wash, normally £7.99

SLEEP DREAMS: If you are struggling with sleep deprivation, sign up to the infant sleeping courses by Aldi’s Mamia in partnership with Just Chill Baby Sleep. An online course starts from £27.

  • Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals subject to availability.

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