BEING a new parent is costly – but grandparents’ wallets also take a serious hit. Helping out can really stretch their budget, with the average grandparent spending 22 per cent of their dosh on their grandkids.
But Louise Baty’s new book, Top Tips For New Grand-parents (£6.99, Summersdale), offers great advice for treating the tots without forking out a fortune. Here, I share four tips for how to save when the grandkids come to visit.
TOYS: Keep the little’uns entertained with toys that trigger their senses. According to Louise, sensory toys are great for motor skills and learning. Shop a Halilit sensory ball from John Lewis for £7, cheaper than those sold at Dunelm for £12.
TRAVEL: If you are likely to be driving around regularly, Louise suggests investing in a car seat. Mothercare has a great deal on a combination car seat — from birth up to age four — for £50, down from £100. After something more long term? John Lewis is offering the popular Joie Every Stage car seat for £129.99, far cheaper than its price of £180 at Halfords.
SAVE: £50 on the Mothercare seat
WIPES: You can never have enough baby wipes. Louise suggests keeping an emergency stash for “just in case” — they always come in handy. To get the most of your money, it’s best to bulk buy. If you shop at Tesco, pick up Johnson’s baby cotton touch wipes 18×56 for £9.50, down from £14.25. But Aldi has the best deal. Its Mamia wipes are 49p a pack and contain 64 wipes. So 18 packs would give you more wipes for the cheaper price of £8.82.
SAVE: £4.75 at Tesco
GATE IT: According to Louise, you will need a second “risk assessment” once the baby is crawling. Before you know it, they will be up the stairs, or in the kitchen playing with the dog food. Baby gates let you relax just that little bit more. A good deal is the cheap and cheerful Dreambaby Liberty safety gate, £16.79 from Asda. Need more than one? At Argos, a twin pack is £29.99.
SAVE: £3.59 on two
- Prices correct at time of press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
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