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So you have just had a baby, or are expecting a new addition to the family. And as you are looking at the prices of strollers, beds, baby formula, diapers and other essentials for Babies, you realize that things are more expensive than what you first expected. However, there are many ways you can save on the baby budget.

The first thing is to remember that having a new baby is a great occasion for celebration. People close to you, your friends, your family, and sometimes even your colleagues or neighbours will want to participate, and will be happy to give presents and to help in some way. All you have to do is to accept their help and gifts.

It might be a good idea to create a birth gift list, either in a store for Babies or on the Internet. That way you can make sure your loved ones will give you things you like, and need, and they can participate in bigger purchases like a stroller, a bed, or other needed baby items. That way, you may still have to buy some things, but your budget will be significantly reduced by all the baby freebies you will receive. Also consider the fact that many stores, whether online or not, may offer you at list one babies freebie when you create a birth list with them. Have a look at the different stores, and compare the baby freebies offered before choosing where you will have your list.

Also remember that having a baby shower can be a great way to get friends and family to pitch in and give small (or big) presents for your new baby. It is a good idea to set up your birth gift list before that occasion, so your loved ones know what you really need and want.

If you still need items to welcome your baby, think about second hand things. Of course, you know people who already have children, and probably don't need their newborn sized clothes, pram or stroller anymore. Ask your friends, family, colleagues or neighbours, as they might be willing to sell, lend or give many things, thus reducing your budget even more. Make sure you do not compromise the safety of your child, and be especially careful if you choose to get a bed, or a stroller second hand. Make sure everything you buy or plan to use for your newborn meets the latest safety regulations, and is in good condition. Clean everything thoroughly and avoid things that cannot be cleaned. Otherwise, the free stuff, free books and free toys that you can get from people close to you can save you quite a lot of money. Look at second hand stores and garage sales where you can sometimes get cheap or free books, and other freebies for your child. Also ask in various baby stores, where you may get free stuff Canada when you bring a birth certificate.