As a new parent of twins, it is such a welcome convenience to have websites available where you can find substantial discounts on an array of baby gear and schedule regular shipments of your everyday baby supplies, like diapers, wipes, and formula. I have written this post to highlight my list of the best websites for baby stuff, largely based on convenience and affordability.
Something as simple as going shopping for groceries, clothing, baby supplies, and pretty much anything, can become more difficult with twins around. After my twins were born, I hardly ever left the house in those first few months because it was such a production, and I saw every trip as an undesirable disruption to their demanding schedule.
Not only are twins more difficult to tote around, but they are also more expensive! Although you can get away with purchasing one of many things, something I will cover in a future post, twins still require double the amount of diapers, formula, cribs, etc. Thankfully, online shopping and home deliveries have made life much easier for new parents. Thank goodness for the following websites! Best websites for baby stuff?
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In case you were not aware, Amazon has one of the largest selections of baby stuff. Because it is one of the most popular online retailers in the world, Amazon regularly offers competitive pricing on high quality items and provides additional incentives for shoppers.
Once I joined the mom club, my fellow mom friends turned me onto Amazon’s unique membership options. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial as a member of Amazon Mom and receive a 20% discount on diapers, free two-day shipping, exclusive mom-only deals, and 15% off any remaining items on your baby registry.
I had an Amazon baby registry because it was easy for my relatives outside the continental U.S. to order from the Amazon website and ship items to me. Additionally, Amazon allows you to link items from other websites to your Amazon baby registry. Create an Amazon baby registry here.
With an Amazon Prime membership, you also have access to unlimited music and video streaming in addition to free two-day shipping. (The unlimited streaming becomes very handy as your twins get older.) If you decide not to become a member, you still receive a 5% discount on any items you purchase as a subscription. Try a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime here.
This was a website we discovered only after becoming parents, and it was one we used regularly before learning about Amazon’s membership programs. As the name suggests, you can order diapers from this website, but there are thousands of other popular baby items available for purchase. They will also host your baby registry.
Diapers.com offers free shipping on orders totaling at least $49 and a flat shipping fee of $7.99 for orders less than $49. Additionally, they offer free returns on most items for up to one year after purchase. First-time buyers currently receive 15% off their first order, and the website also offers rotating, time-sensitive deals on select baby items.
Before kids, I was a regular shopper at Target, and now that my daughters are almost four years old, Target remains one of our more pleasant shopping destinations. (I love the carts that can seat up to four tots comfortably!) When my twins were infants, however, I did most of my shopping online. Fortunately, even Target.com offers some incentives that make it easier to find deals from the comfort of your home.
Target.com provides free shipping on a fairly regular basis and also offers rotating, money-saving deals on select items. Online purchases may also be returned to any store. If you are a REDcard holder, Target.com often offers many promotions directed at you. My family uses a Target REDcard debit card to get 5% off every purchase. Unlike the Target REDcard credit card, the debit card works like a personal check, as it withdraws the amount due from your existing checking account. You can apply for your Target REDcard here.
This was a website I had not heard of until it was time to upgrade my twin daughters’ car seats. I don’t remember how I found it (probably Google), but once I identified the specific car seat I wanted, AlbeeBaby.com offered the best deal on that particular model. From time to time, I have searched for other items, like specific double jogging strollers, and have found AlbeeBaby’s price is the lowest.
AlbeeBaby.com offers free shipping on orders totaling at least $49 and a flat shipping fee of $4.95 for orders below that amount. If you sign up for a free account with them, they will send you coupons, sales announcements, and you qualify for rewards based on purchases and referrals. Sign up for AlbeeBaby’s free rewards program here.
When I was looking for twin bed frames for my daughters, my mother suggested I check out Wayfair.com for some quality options at reduced prices. Although I had stumbled upon Wayfair’s website when doing online holiday shopping in the past, I hadn’t realized it offered such an extensive inventory for home goods. At Wayfair, I found the perfect twin bunk beds that could also be separated, which was a key feature to me since we move quite a bit and have to work with various bedroom sizes.
With deals up to 70% off retail pricing and free shipping on orders over $49, Wayfair.com is another great option for some bigger baby purchases like cribs and other nursery furniture. They also sell smaller items that add unique touches to your nursery decor. When you create a Wayfair account, there is also a nice feature that allows you to create boards from items that inspire your nursery design.
The problem with such competitive pricing is that Wayfair’s inventory is available only for a short period of time, sometimes just 72 hours, so if you hesitate to purchase an item you love, it could end up out of stock. Forever. You can check out their current selection of cribs and other kid products here.
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What is Woot? I have only known about Woot for a few months and used it to buy a refurbished electronic item at a very good discount ($40 for an item that normally retails between $100 and $150). Woot.com offers multiple daily deals on a variety of items, so you have to check in each day or you might miss something. If you sign up for an account, you also have the option of receiving their daily newsletter, which tells you what is new to their website.
The website has a separate “Kids” tab where you can easily glance at all of the kid-related deals of the day. As an example, at publishing time of this original post, Woot.com was offering discounts on car seats, infant snow suits, high chairs, and other cool items for slightly older kids. They have also offered discounts on popular strollers in the past. Here is a link to Woot’s FAQs.
If you have not heard of Zulily, I recommend signing up here for a free account to browse their inventory. I use Zulily to purchase kids’ clothing and stock up on Christmas gifts throughout the year. Zulily offers amazing deals on a variety of items from your favorite brands and brands you have never heard of.
The source of these discounts comes from Zulily’s purchasing strategy. Zulily buys items in bulk from various merchants so they can offer us, the consumer, competitive pricing on them. As a result of this approach, Zulily’s inventory changes daily so you will only have a limited time, usually three days, to find a particular brand or specific items you’re looking for. You can set up alerts for specific brands you want to browse, so you don’t miss out when their sale is featured. Additionally, their customer service is very responsive, and they do what they can to keep customers happy.
Zulily offers a domestic shipping fee starting at $5.95, but once you make a purchase, they will offer you free shipping for a limited time on a subsequent order. Please also note that most purchases made on Zulily will be subject to a waiting period before your purchased item(s) will be shipped, as the sale event for that particular brand has to be over before Zulily begins processing orders. Check out Zulily here.
If you do not mind purchasing used baby gear, your local Craigslist website can be a great way to find gently used baby items. Since we had very little space to work with in our nursery, I scored some gently used DaVinci mini cribs listed on Craigslist that previously belonged to twin girls.
My main recommendation about using Craigslist comes from a safety-oriented standpoint: try to meet up at a public place, near a police station (even their parking lot works), or bring another adult with you on the day you are to exchange currency for the item(s) of interest.
Have you ever owned useful items you cannot donate but are too good to toss out? Freecycle.net promotes online communities of people that offer unwanted items at no cost to others who need them. Yes, you read that right: the items in circulation are offered for FREE.
Although I have yet to try it, one of my mommy running group friends told me about this website, and she insisted it is a great way to score various kid-friendly items for free. I wanted to share it with you because it could be a great way to find baby stuff for FREE. (If you do find something usable this way, please make sure to apply the same safety precautions I mentioned previously for Craigslist.)
Freecycle.net offers a search button that allows you to check for existing ‘freecycling’ networks near you. In the event there are no organizations of this kind in your area, Freecycle.net also offers tips and resources for starting one of your own. Check them out here.
In some ways, I have saved the best for last. As I was putting together this list, I received an invitation from a friend to create a free account with Ebates.com. Essentially, Ebates is a hub for retailer coupons and, most importantly, cash back rebates at over 1,800 stores, including Macy’s, Baby Gap, Gymboree, BuyBuy Baby, The Honest Company, Nordstrom, Disney store, Melissa and Doug, Kohl’s, Walmart, Baby Depot, and Etsy to name a few.
How does it work? Using your free account on Ebates.com, you browse your favorite retailers, then receive applicable discounts and cash back incentives when you make a purchase from that account. Although I have yet to try it out, my referring friend saved $120 on a pair of boots through Ebates and says the person who referred her has received thousands of dollars in rebates since joining.
I love that the website allows you to filter out choices by department (e.g. Baby, Kids & Toys), then categories (i.e. Baby Gear) to let you see the retailers offering discounts that apply to your needs. Even better, when you install the Ebates button to your toolbar, the feature will alert you to applicable deals on Ebates while you’re conducting Internet searches and can remind you to log into your account before making the purchase you’re contemplating. Sign up for your FREE account with Ebates here!
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I hope you find this list helpful in your search for affordable baby stuff. Try to allow yourself the time to do the research, when possible, for big-ticket items like car seats, cribs, and strollers. Once you identify the product you want, shop around for the best deals. Thankfully, the worldwide web makes this part easy. Stay tuned for my own product recommendations in future posts.
If you have any other savings programs or online stores worth adding, please leave them in a comment below. Happy, healthy bargain-hunting!