I was chatting with my sister-in-law about what it’s like to transition from one child to two, and she was offering me some tips. One of them struck me as a particularly awesome idea: a feeding basket. What the heck is a feeding basket, you ask?
Well, I’m glad you asked.
It’s a basket of toys, books and/or puzzles that you can bring out for your older child to play with whenever you are feeding the baby. Since these toys only come out while you’re busy feeding the baby, the older child gets excited about their novelty. It worked so well the first time, that my sister-in-law utilized this idea again when she had their third baby last year.
I found this cool, flexible fabric basket at TJ Maxx for only $9.99 and have been filling it with some stuff that I know C will go crazy for. I’m so excited about this idea!
Did you create a special basket of toys for your older child? What did you put in it?
C’s Little People Zookeeper has been underneath the toy cabinet in his room for weeks. I wasn’t sure if he knew it was there. I also had no desire to lower my growing body to the floor, bend over the baby belly and reach it.
The other afternoon, he wanted me to sit in his room while he played with his toys. He pulled out his zoo train, rolled it around for a few minutes, then went over and grabbed the zookeeper to put it in the conductor seat of the train. What did my little stinker do when he was done? He put that zookeeper right back underneath the dresser. Apparently, that’s where it belongs. This kid has a place for everything.
While I’ve always enjoyed saving money and finding deals, I have developed a new love for it since we’ve started living solely off of the hubster’s graduate assistant salary. I was thrilled when we received a 30% off coupon for Kohl’s in the mail this week! There are a few big items, including a breast pump, that were still on our baby registry that I wanted to fulfill. After shopping around and finding comparable items to the ones that I wanted at Babies R Us, I just placed a Kohl’s order and saved $100 in the process – AND got $40 in Kohl’s cash!
Did you know that Kohl’s has a ton of baby items available online only that can also be found at Babies R Us? I found the breast pump that I wanted, which also happened to be on sale, as well as a changing pad, bottle brush and some baby toys. They’re also having a baby sale, so everything I purchased was on sale in addition to my 30% off!
Some of my awesome deals today include:
a $280 breast pump, on sale for $238 – I paid $166.60
a $27 changing pad, on sale for $22.94 – I paid $16.06
an $18 monkey toy, on sale for $12.60 – I paid $8.82
a $20 2-pack of sleep ‘n’ plays, on sale for $14 – I paid $9.80
an $11 polo bodysuit, on sale for $4.95 – I paid $3.46
Last week, during the huge Old Navy Baby & Kids’ Sale, we purchased a clearance winter coat for about 75% off. It was an awesome find! I can’t believe how expensive that stuff is normally – it was originally over $40!
What are some ways that you’ve been thrifty for your family?