Smart Shopping for Ever-growing Baby

Have you had people with small children tell you how fast they grow up? It is hard to fully understand until you’ve had kids of your own. Kids grow up before our eyes. And it’s sometimes hard to see the difference until we see comparison pictures of them, just a couple of months apart.

As parents, we’ve come to know that they constantly need new things because of their growth spurts. With that rate that only means a lot of money spent to upkeep the needs of these little humans that we love so very much.

What if I told you there are smarter ways to to go shopping for your ever-growing baby? Without spending a fortune every couple of months? The answer is simple. Go on a hunt for gently used, second-hand baby supplies.

  • You can find a lot of things on Facebook Marketplace, including baby things. That is, of course, if you do have an existing account on Facebook. You can find things from toys, strollers, and clothes just to name a few, for next to nothing. Sometimes even free! Set your price range when searching for something specific, or just scroll through the “baby & kids” or “toys & games” categories, until something comes up that you need for your little one. Just be aware that the scrolling may seem endless as if you entered the never-ending world of YouTube videos.
  • Other ways to shop are at children resale stores. They sell gently used and sometimes new toys, books and apparel for kids. A few of those stores include Once Upon A Child, with several locations within Tampa Bay, The Littlest Trunk in St. Petersburg, Reruns 4 Little Ones, and with a simple search online, you could find a handful of children’s consignment stores near you.

After all, why should you pay full price? Especially on items and clothes they will only wear or use a few times. Then, outgrow in a couple of months. I would rather put the extra bucks saved from those purchases into their college fund or family vacations.

Belina was a professionally signed dancer in Los Angeles, CA for several years. She has been a member of professional dance teams, as well as dance teams in the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association and taught dance full time in the greater Los Angeles area. Belina has been in several national and international TV appearances where she has done commercials, music videos, talent competitions such as America's Got Talent, and America's Best Dance Crew, as well as print modeling. She is fluent in Albanian, Greek, and English. Belina is a graduate with Honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from California State University in Northridge. Having lived in the golden state of California for 16 years, my husband and I were excited to move to the sunshine state of Florida in 2017. We have been married since 2007, and waited 10 years until we decided to give our furry child a little human sibling. We are avid travelers and love to go on adventures. We’ve visited several countries in 5 different continents so far, and you better believe we started taking our daughter on trips at only 2 months old. Travel is our passion and we now love seeing our beautiful world through our daughter's eyes! I want to make moms feel confident that you too can take that bucket list trip with no kid left behind! After all, travel is the best form of education.