Now that I am on my 3rd pregnancy, I thought I would share a several of my favorite websites every pregnant woman should know about: with a few insights on how to save big on maternity and baby gear, as well as some great freebies. If you know someone who is pregnant, this is a great resource to share with them!
Websites Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About
FREE Breast Pump With Insurance. Many of you might know that you can likely get a free breast pump through your insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, but did you know there is an awesome company that will actually save you all the paperwork by taking care of all the qualification work for you? Yep! They contact your insurance in your behalf, and even take care of getting the prescription, so that you don’t have to worry about it. I wish I knew about this program with my 3rd. It was such a hassle to try and get qualified when I was trying to recover from childbirth, as well as take care of a newborn.
Hypnobabies. Even if you plan to get an epidural, it’s best to have some pain management techniques up your sleeve, because there are way too many of us who end up with an epidural that doesn’t work, or don’t get to the hospital soon enough to get one. On my 3rd baby, my epidural only worked on one side and I ended up super grateful that I at least had some familiarariy with Hynobabies and breathing exercises. <GET MORE INFO HERE>
What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag Once you’ve reached the 3rd trimester, it’s not too early to start packing your hospital bag! Get it done early in case labor comes early! This list provides some great tips, as well as some things that are commonly forgotten.
Baby’s First Month. Great article on 5 things to know for baby’s first month of life.
Nectar: This might be the greatest pregnancy hack of all time! Pregnancy is the one time you are going to want to make sure you have a good mattress, because as you get bigger and heavier, you are going to start hurting in all kinds of places if your mattress doesn’t support you correctly. I have been so surprised how much different my current pregnancy has been compared to the others. I’m sleeping through the night and I am not waking up in pain. There are a lot of good mattress companies out there, but after doing some research, the best in my opinion seems to be Nectar. They are also the only ones I know of with the 365 Night Sleep Trial. Meaning you can sleep on it your entire pregnancy and still return it if it’s not what you want. Most companies I have looked into just have the 100-day trial (which is still SO MUCH better than the 5-minute trial you get in a mattress warehouse store). Learn more about Nectar here. I actually have a friend who works in the mattress industry, and this is the brand she recommends.
Zulily. This is number one on my list because it’s where I purchased 80% of my maternity clothes. I like that they feature different stuff everyday because it gives you a good chance to find cute and fashionable stuff that isn’t your typical “maternity clothes.”
I had a hard time shopping for maternity clothes initially because there just wasn’t a lot of options in the stores. Not only does Zulily feature new stuff everyday, but the maternity clothes are always on sale too. Plus, you will love Zulily for getting good deals on any and all things baby and kid-related.
They have a category just for Baby and Maternity, and it’s FULL of stuff so go there first.
Here’s what I’m wearing today, compliments of a Zulily shopping spree:
Jane.com is another daily deal site to keep an eye on. They seem to feature at least a couple new things in the baby category every day. This is where I have gotten good deals on nursing covers, newborn gowns, take-home baby outfits, and other unique stuff that you don’t always see everywhere else. See their baby section to see what they have currently, or if you go to their maternity section sometimes they have some cute stuff their too.
*NOTE ABOUT MATERNITY CLOTHES: quick secret on maternity clothes. ALL of my maternity clothes were purchased on Zulily, Jane, and…… (wait for it)…….Amazon.
Believe it or not, you can find some good maternity options on Amazon. And if you have Prime, it’s there in two days, which I like a lot. If you don’t have prime, now is the time to get the free PRIME or AMAZON MOM trial because you can get your maternity stuff AND baby gear, and you will love the free shipping benefits. If you want to look for maternity clothes, you can look through their maternity section, or go with my preferred method: shop your favorite brand pages. For instance, I was super excited when I found some of my favorite brands on Amazon, such as: Pink Blush Maternity, Happy Mama, Motherhood Maternity,and Zeta Villa
Ebates. This is number two on my list because you get free money for basically doing nothing. What Ebates does is send you quarterly checks for your online purchases. It’s like getting the perks of having a credit card (only better) without having to have one. All you do is download there little bookmark tool, and whenever you are shopping on a website that is eligible for cash back, a little thing will pop up that says, “activate cash back.” That’s all you have to do. It’s soooo easy and simple. And they have lots of awesome coupon codes on their website too. Because a baby can be a large expense, I highly recommend getting the majority of your stuff online so that you can get a hefty check in the mail for your cash back. Some stores offer up to 10% cash back, which can add up FAST!
GroopDealz. If you go to the this section of their website you can find some awesome deals on baby stuff. I’ve seen 4-1 nursing covers occasionally for $10.99, the most adorable outfit sets for super cheap, and lots of other good stuff.
Meal Delivery Services. You are going to have some down time when baby comes, and you’re not going to want to have to worry about grocery shopping for awhile. I Love the following meal delivery services below and have used all of them during stressful times.
All of the food, ingredients and recipe cards get delivered on your door step, and most of them let you pick from a variety of meals and dietary options. I’ve listed some of the current best deals below:
- Get 50% off Family Meals from Sun Basket!
- Get $35 off Sun Basket meals!
- Get $30 Off Your First HelloFresh Box!
- Plated – Get your first night free
- I have personally used all 3 of these and have cancelled them to make sure they were all easy to cancel and that there were not ANY loopholes. Since they all offer such good deals on the first box, it’s a good idea to try all 3, and then decide which you like the best.
Dollar Maxi Pad Club has a really awesome postpartum package that includes pads, liners perineal spray, and even some nipple and diaper cream to try out. What I love about Dollar Maxi Pad Club’s pads is that they have a Charcoal Bamboo and Anion Strip that helps with odor and bacteria. Which is a must for postpartum healing. And to top it all off, their pricing is amazing.
Amazon Baby Registry. You’ll for sure want to create an Amazon Baby Registry for SEVERAL reasons. First, Amazon already has some of the lowest prices on baby items, but you will also get an additional 10% off everything on your registry before baby arrives.
If you are an Amazon Mom member, you get 15% off. If don’t already have an Amazon Mom account, you can get a free trial here. Totally worth it just for the diapers and wipes discounts and the 2-day shipping. Amazon also has something called a “universal registry” where you can add things from other stores and websites to your registry.
See my Amazon Baby Registry post so that you make sure you are taking advantage of 5 unique perks, as well as Baby Registry Must Haves to put on your registry. The only other registry I would consider (2nd to Amazon), is Buy Buy Baby (see below).
Buy Buy Baby Registry Buy Buy Baby is another great site to have a registry for. Here are a few of the perks:
- Complimentary announcement cards to mail out to friends and family.
- Referral program: Refer other friends to register at buybuy BABY, the retailer will send you a Referral Award valid for $25 off any purchase of $100 or more. Great for picking up the more expensive baby gear!
- Enjoy10% off any items remaining on your registry after your baby’s expected arrival date.
- Registry checklist and expert buying guides will help you make informed decisions before making major purchases.
- Free buybuybaby.com goody bag upon registering (pick up in stores, limited areas).
Prenatal Course (Don’t Skip this Tip): Sign up for this now before you lose the link, this resource is a real GEM! If you are a first-time mom, it’s recommended that you take a Prenatal Class to help prepare you for the birth (and after-birth) experience.
While I think it’s a great idea, don’t feel like you need to spend $90+ on the one at your local hospital. Instead, get more bang for your buck through this online course (and attend in your PJ’s). This one is way more thorough (and way cheaper). It’s a STEAL. Plus there’s a free option if you want to try it out first.
IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF THESE SITES, YOU CAN GET A BUNCH OF FREE STUFF FOR YOUR UPCOMING BABY! THE CATCH IS THAT YOU HAVE THE PAY THE SHIPPING AND HANDLING, WHICH IS PROBABLY SLIGHTLY MORE THAN USUAL, BUT STILL GIVES YOU A BETTER DEAL THAN YOU CAN FIND ANYWHERE ELSE.
My very favorite deals are the carseat canopies, the belly bands, the baby shoes, and the pregnancy pillow! I will also be adding some websites where you can site up for free samples and formula checks, so stay tuned over the next week. I’m too pregnant and tired at the moment. Goodnight everyone! Enjoy these for now:
Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, you may already know about the “pillow” situation that comes up very quickly. To ease the added weight, there needs to be a pillow in between your knees, under your belly, behind your back, etc. After using 5+ pillows with my last pregnancy, I finally got wise and purchased a pregnancy pillow. Such a good decision.
Use code MNSAVE40 at checkout to score a free nursing pillow. Pay $5 extra for minky fabric.
I personally own 3 of these. I love them! Use code MN35OFF to score a free one.
These are awesome from discouraging strangers from breathing on your baby, keeping germs and bay, as well as keeping wind out of baby’s face. Use code MNSAVE50 to score a free one! With shipping it ends up being about $15, which is far cheaper than anything I have seen for carseat covers. And actually, if you want my advise, I would apply the $50 to the whole 5 piece caboodle. I got the set with the minky fabric and the quality Is REALLY good. Plus it comes with the head support, so you won’t have to buy that, and it also comes with a little matching minky blanket. I really love mine. If I only ended up getting two of all of the free products, I would get the caboodle set and a nursing cover. Those are my two favorite items of all these offers.
97% Cotton and 3% lycra, these slings are for infants up to toddlers (under 35 lbs) Use code MNSLING4FREE for a free one ($40 off).
If you are planning to nurse, you will want these for sure. Use code MN10FREEPADS to score 10 of them for free
Great for pregnancy when you want to wear your own pants, and unbutton them. Use code MN2BELLYBUTTONS to score 2 free ones at checkout!
These are ultra adorable and fantastic for babies in their first year. Use code 2FREEBABYSHOES for $60 off.