Terry Squares and Ways to Save Money When Having A Baby

by NappyLadyUK
Evangeline in a Bamboo Terry Square

Everyone is going through a very financially testing time, we’ve got many friends worried about the safety of their jobs, possible interest rate rises and benefit cuts.  Having a baby has always been an expensive time and the need to save money on baby equipment has never been more apparent.

Cloth nappies offer huge financial savings but finding the money to cover the upfront cost of purchasing a shaped nappy system, can be daunting and quite simply unaffordable for some people. It’s easier to keep spending £10+ a week on disposables, even if long term parents know this will cost them far more.  While it’s true that modern shaped nappies will generally offer better containment and higher absorbency,  parents should not over look the benefits of traditional Terry Squares.

Terry squares are far easier to use than many people imagine, are the cheapest nappies you can buy and they dry very quickly so there is no need to consider buying or running an expensive tumble drier , (I’ve never used a tumble drier for my nappies even when I had two in nappies).

I’ve just created a new Terry Square economy birth to potty set. The set contains everything you’ll need to last your baby birth to potty (day and night) for only £100. The set contains two types of terry squares, the Junior Joy economy cotton squares for daytime and the higher absorbency bamboo squares for night time.  To keep the price down further I’ve included the Bambinex birth to potty wraps (10-35lbs),  so that you don’t have to keep buying different sized wraps.   This set will save you a fortune and will pay for itself within a few weeks. Add in some washable wipes so that you can stop using cotton wool or disposables wipes and the combined saving on nappies and wipes is going to be approx £1000 per child!

There are many other ways to save money when having a baby, my top 3 cost saving methods are:

Buying at NCT Nearly new sales/charity shops/swapping with friends
Making your own baby food (costs a fraction of shop bought).

What ways have you saved money?

Wendy Richards


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6 Comments to “Terry Squares and Ways to Save Money When Having A Baby”

  1. Don’t throw out baby clothes if you plan on having another child. Even if subsequent children are a different gender, vests and sleepsuits can be used regardless of colour, or just by white ones in the first place. Keep all clothes in age labelled boxes in the loft, ready to be used again, or eBayed quickly if needed.

    If you plan to breastfeed, don’t buy bottles, a steriliser etc ‘just in case’. They will only be a temptation in the middle of the night when baby won’t sleep. Remember, lots of supermarkets are open 24/7 in the even of a true emergency.

    Don’t buy a steriliser. An ice cream tub works just as well. Or 2 bowls on top of eachother in the microwave.

    Learn to knit. A nice looking cardi or jumper costs upwards of £12 in the shops. But 1 ball of wool for a baby cardi can be bought for £2.99. Knitting is a quiet activity while baby is sleeping.

    If you meet a friend you really trust at a mother & baby group, set up a baby sitting circle to have a night out, rather than paying a baby sitter.

    • Good point about the baby clothes, i’ve got neutral baby gros and vests that all three have worn. These are such universal items it seems silly to get lots of gender coloured ones. Although i must admit i have lots of pink things with this one but these have mainly been gifts or loans from friends.
      I got given a steam steriliser and hated it, i much prefer the good old fashioned cold water one it’s much better for sterilising all the awkward shape bits that go with my breast pump. Also once the steam one has been opened the bits are only sterile for 4 hours or something similar so you need to keep running it, at least with the cold water one once the bits are in there they will always be ready.
      My friends locally are just setting up a baby sitting circle, i think we’re going to use a token system to ensure it’s run fairly. So much better than paying expensive child care and if the children wake up they will know the person looking after them well enough not to be scared.

  2. Co-sleeping while Breastfeeding is safe and omits the need to buy an expensive cot. Using a sling will remove the need to buy an expensive travel system.

    • I’m co sleeping with Evangeline this time (hubby is sleeping in the spare room to give her more room). I didn’t try with the boys and kept them in the moses basket and i hardly got any sleep as they just wouldn’t settle. It’s so much easier to feed her in the middle of the night, i’m only lifting her to burp her otherwise we both are kept lying down which stops me waking myself up properly. I’m generally getting at least 6 hours (if not 8 hours sleep a night) sleeping and feeding this way (just broken every 3 hours by a quick feed). I wish i’d done this with the boys i’m sure i wouldn’t have got so tired. I was really surprised that advice came in my breastfeeding/coming home pack from hospital advocating co sleeping and how it supports breastfeeding. With the other two it was always frowned upon.


  3. My boys both wore neutral coloured babygros until we couldn’t get them big enough (about 18 months), handed down from one to the other. I know a lot of baby clothing is gifts from other people, but I look at these babies dolled up in their mini fashion outfits and wonder why anyone bothers – parents just have to launder and iron all the time, and it’s not as if the baby cares what it is wearing!

    I didn’t go quite as far as my mother did when I was a baby – she used to pre-chew food and then pass it on to us to finish off! Now that is what I call economy.

    Once, I was called at TNL by a young girl (18 or so) who was expecting a baby, and they were clearly on a very tight budget, so she was asking for advice on what she didn’t need to get etc, as well as about cloth nappies. She was fairly horrified when I explained she didn’t need to get a moses basket, but could just use a drawer pulled out and lined with bedding, while baby was a newborn. It was when she asked me what sort of fleece she ought to be buying that I realised she was just as much sold on consumerism as everyone else…

  4. baby clothings should be loose and as comfortable as possible because babies are not very tolerant temperature extremes’,-

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