Baby on a budget – get all your next stage gear for under £425

We show you how to save money on your top 10 6mth+ baby buys

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How to be a savvy shopper

As your beautiful baby reaches the six-month mark, you’ll find that there’s even more costly gear you need to get, like a cot and highchair, a forward-facing car seat and weaning equipment. But, check out our shop-smart bargains and you could save time and money on those all-important next stage buys!

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Our top shop-smart tips

  • Carry on saving if you can, even after your baby is born. Ask for gift vouchers for his birth or naming day
  • Make a list of all the essentials that your growing tot will need, like sleepsuits, first shoes, bodysuits, coat, accessories, and if family and friends want to buy you something, show them the wish list!
  • Throw one or two baby basics, like toiletries, bibs, bottles and nappies, in your trolley each time you do the weekly shop. It won’t add much to your bill, but before you know it you’ll have a great next stage starter pack. Keep a lookout for any multibuy promotions, too, but make sure you only buy what you need.
  • Check out the great Babyexpert forums – our website users are brilliant at telling everyone the latest baby and toddler bargains they’ve spotted!
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Maclaren Globetrotter, £96

A smart buggy from the iconic and trusted Maclaren range. If you can afford one with a more padded seat and leg support, even better, but these are the buggies of choice for many of our tester mums. Durable, functional and effortless to fold and push. Available in black or scarlet.

Available from Boots.

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Colour Change Bath Mat, £12.99

As your tot begins to sit and stand independently in the bath, a non-slip bathmat is a good idea. This comes in two designs – robots or butterflies – and has a heat spot to indicate if the water is too hot.

Available from Mothercare.

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Bibi Cot, £79

You can choose from a Golden Oak or White finish on this all-round slatted cot, which comes complete with three mattress height positions, so it adjusts to your growing baby, and curved raised ends. It’s perfect for a small nursery, although you will have to buy the mattress separately (from £35).

Available from Mamas & Papas.

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John Lewis Fruits Highchair, £29

Great no-frills 6m+ design with an easy-to-clean flip-over tray, five-point harness and slimline fold. Light, bright and perfect for small spaces, whether it’s the kitchen or dining room.

Available from John Lewis.

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Cot/cotbed Starter Bedding Set, £29.99

Save money and time by buying your baby’s bedding basics all together as a handy set. Choose from either pink, blue, cream or white colourways. Includes a cotton fleece blanket and a polyester cellular blanket, plus two fitted cotton jersey sheets.

Available from Babies R Us.

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Chicco Caddy Backpack, £69.99

Affordable carrier with padded shoulder straps, a mobile phone pocket, plus a waist bag for bits. Also comes with useful, protective sun canopy and zip-off wind/rain cover.

Available from Chicco.

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Cosatto Zoomi, £100

You should only consider moving your baby into the next stage forward- or rearward-facing car seat once he reaches the 9kg weight mark. This colourful and fun design is lightweight and simple to use, so it’s easy to swap between cars. The straps and seat insert have extra padding for protection.

Available from Cosatto.

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Tommee Tippee First Cup, £1.48

Suitable from 4m+ and easy for your baby to hold with clever narrow handles designed for little hands, plus fold-down, leak-proof spout. Dishwasher-, microwave- and steriliser-safe, with an easy-to-read dilution marker.

Available from Asda.

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Tesco Loves Babyrange, from £1.39

Fantastically colourful, dishwasher-proof range that includes practical feeding and weaning gear, from first cups, cutlery, bowlsand plates to freezer pots and storage solutions.

Available from Tesco.

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Ducks Range potty, £4.99

Simple, clean and comfortable white potty featuring a cute duck character. The raised back and front splashguard make this design practical and functional, and also easy to both empty and clean.

Available from Babies R Us.

Looking for more great baby buys and shopping ideas? Check out our Essential baby buys, Top 10 baby buys and Pregnancy & baby product reviews!

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