If you haven’t already figured it out, babies are expensive! Diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, clothes—the smaller necessities alone cost you an arm and a leg. By the time you add in a stroller, carrier, bassinet, and baby monitor, you might consider taking out a loan to cover all the costs of raising a child! Hold that thought, mom and dad. Black Friday baby deals are here to help calm your money worries.
Black Friday Sales for Baby Gear
Most people hear Black Friday and think electronics and appliances. While you can get great deals on TVs and refrigerators, Black Friday is the day to shop when you’re a parent. Whether you’re expecting, a new parent, or a parent entering the toddler years (good luck!), you can score some major savings on the following big ticket baby items:
1. Baby Carriers
As a mom, I can’t fully express how useful a baby carrier is, especially during the first few months. Babywearing strengthens the parent-baby bond during the 4th trimester. It aids in your baby’s physical and emotional development. It can calm a fussy baby. It lets you discreetly breastfeed on the go. It allows you to be hands-free to do things around the house and still snuggle your newborn.
You can get a soft-structured carrier, baby wrap, or both! Soft-structured carriers are the more expensive carrier, costing between $100-200, so this is a good time to get the one you want.
2. Car Seats
Few things are scarier than driving with a tiny baby. You can’t control other drivers, but you can control how you keep your baby safe in the car. One of those safety measures is having a safe and reliable car seat.
Infant and convertible car seats are one of the most expensive baby items, though. With regular costs of $150 up to $400, a Black Friday deal on car seats is one you simply can’t pass up.
Active mama? Plan to take your baby out on little adventures every week? Then a stroller is a must-have baby item for you. Strollers come in a variety of styles and sizes. There are full-sized, lightweight, double, jogging, reversible, and compact strollers, as well as travel systems (a car seat stroller combo).
Like the range of stroller types, stroller pricing ranges as well. You can get lightweight strollers for as low as $20, but other baby strollers cost $100-1,000 and sometimes more. Do yourself, and your bank account, a favor and stroll off with a steal of a deal on a stroller this Black Friday.
4. Bassinets and Cradles
Middle of the night feedings and diaper changes are much easier in your zombie-like state when your newborn sleeps nearby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep in the same room as their parents in either a bassinet, cradle, or crib for at least the first six months of a baby’s life to help prevent SIDS and other sleep-related deaths.
On average, bassinets and cradles can cost between $60-200. Some luxury models cost more than $1,000, so if you’ve got your eye on a deluxe bassinet or cradle, Black Friday is the time to snag one.
5. Pack ‘n Plays
Once your baby can roll over, a pack ‘n play is convenient to have. Sometimes called a playard, these mesh, elevated, and enclosed spaces offer your baby a safe place to play. They’re also great for traveling when you need to bring a safe, comfortable place for your baby to sleep.
Most pack ‘n plays will run you $100-400.
6. Nursery Furniture
Few things are more exciting than getting the nursery ready. What’s not exciting is seeing how much you can spend when decorating the nursery. Cribs, gliders, dressers, and decor add up quickly.
Basic cribs cost around $100, while higher end ones are $350+. Black Friday may be the time to check out three-piece and six-piece nursery sets, as those can cost anywhere between $400-4,000 regularly priced. If you’re just looking for a crib, you might also see if anyone is having Black Friday sales on crib mattresses. Surprisingly enough, crib mattresses cost around $150-200.
7. Baby Monitors
Each year, baby monitors get more and more technologically advanced—and as they do, their prices get higher. But for reasons of safety and peace of mind, you want a baby monitor.
The type and features you want will determine what you pay. Audio-only monitors are the cheapest, usually only $40-50, but most parents opt for video monitors, which fall into the $100-300 range or higher. Instead of a new TV, consider a baby monitor being your Black Friday electronic purchase this year.
8. Diaper Bags
Your diaper bag goes everywhere you and baby go. It’s a worthwhile investment, but one some moms aren’t willing to splurge hundreds of dollars on. If a chic diaper bag has been on your wishlist, though, you may not have to wait for Santa to bring it to you. Diaper bags are often included in stores’ Black Friday baby sales.
The average baby goes through 2,700 diapers during his or her first year of life. That many disposable diapers will cost you more than $550—and that’s only the first year. In most cases, you’ll be buying diapers for another 1-2 years. So if you find diapers on sale on Black Friday, stock up. While the sale prices may not be as impressive as what you’ll see for a luxury crib or diaper bag, diapers are an essential, everyday baby product, and every penny saved helps.
Shop online or in-store?
If you’re far enough along that you don’t want to squish up and down crowded aisles, thankfully you don’t have to. While the excitement of Black Friday used to be waiting outside a store with family or friends and rushing in as soon as it opened to fight others for your items, nowadays you can shop Black Friday deals from the comfort of your couch. It’s easier to compare prices and quickly find everything you want to buy online.
But keep in mind that not all stores offer the same sales online as they do in their stores. Some stores offer Black Friday baby sales exclusively in-store. Plus, when you shop in stores, you’re able to see and touch exactly what you’re buying. There’s no guessing or hoping the images you see online are what you receive in the mail. If you don’t feel like walking or dealing with crowds, make a list and send your partner. Just take this advice from me: Have him FaceTime you or send you pictures to make sure he’s buying the right things.
Discount shopping will become your kind of shopping as a parent. Just be sure that before this Black Friday (November 29th) you’re prepared with where you’re shopping and what you’re buying, because like you, other parents are on the prowl to save big on baby essentials.