7 Products I Wish I Knew Existed Before I Had My First Baby

Mommy's Playbook / Carseat Canopy

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I had my first child a few years ago and never heard of any of these money-saving products for babies or expecting mothers.

That's probably because I was focused on clipping coupons rather than finding ways to save tons of money online.

I've been thinking about trying these five products I came across the internet that offer some amazing deals. They're also the perfect gift for a baby shower.

I'm super excited to review these products and let you know how you can save money, or even get them for FREE.

Feel free to share this article with your friends so they can save money too!

1. Get a free baby Carseat Canopy with this special promo

I'm due in two weeks and I can't wait to get my baby boy one of these carseat canopies from Canopy Couture.

These beautiful prints were made by a stay-at-home Utah mother who worked hard so that other mothers wouldn't have to put in so much effort.

Instead of throwing a piece of fabric on your baby's carseat or buying something ridiculously expensive from a store, choose one of Canopy Couture's many print covers or carseat accessories.  

The online store also offers a five piece set, which includes a carseat canopy, a replacement umbrella, a head support pillow, a slip cover, and a lap blanket.

The prices range from $50 to $90, but using the promo code SHOPHER1 you can save a lot of money.

To receive a free canopy, use that promo code and only pay for shipping (with UPS is comes out to $12.95).

That promo code will also get you $50 off The Whole Caboodle 5 Piece Set, which is originally around $90. And with this offer, shipping is free!

Order you discounted Canopy Couture product today!

2. Turn Free Time Into Diapers

Of course I want to spoil my new baby, but I also have to put food on the table. Some months it's hard to make ends meet, and it's not as if I can just go get another job. I have kids to care for!

Paid surveys can really help out with this. I joined i-Say about 4 months ago, and I've earned enough to buy some diapers (and we all know how you can never have enough diapers!).

By signing up you'll be able to take surveys at home, I do them once the kids are sleeping, and you'll earn rewards. It's definitely worth it, and free to join!

3. Purchase 5 pairs of leggings for only $2

What items from your childhood did your parents choose to keep? My mom kept a sweater she knit for me and a pair of adorable leggings she bought at a flea market.

When you're buying something for your little one, it's nice to have something that will be cherished for more than their baby years.

Baby Leggings offers the most adorable pairs of leggings for an incredibly cheap price.

At my baby shower, a friend of mine purchased 5 pairs of these stylish leggings for only $2!

You'll have to pay approximately $10 in shipping fees, which makes your total come out to about $12. That's a steal!

The online store also offers arm warmers, socks, and bibs.

Order your baby leggings today and use the promo code SHOPHER1 to save money on your first purchase!

4. Get one or two of these maternity bands for free

Where do I start with pregnancy clothes. They're super expensive if you're looking for stylish ones.

When I was pregnant with my first child, all I wanted was to wear my favorite regular jeans.

There's actually a way to do this without having to spend lots of money, thanks to The Belly Button.

They sell these bands that nicely wrap around your growing belly. They also come in a bigger size that covers your back and stomach.

The best part is that these bands button on your normal jeans, so they fit perfectly. They're super comfy and lift your belly up, which helps to alleviate your back pain.

All of my pregnant friends have purchased at least of these bands in the past year and they haven't been disappointed.

Belly Button's maternity bands start at $14.40 plus a $2.45 size exchange insurance.

When you use the promo code SHOPHER1, you can receive 2 FREE Belly Button Bands or 1 FREE Belly Button Body with a purchase of one of their products.

Get yours today using this special code! Now you can get 3 of these bands in all different colors for the price of one!

5. Breast pads

The same woman who introduced the world to Canopy Couture has some amazing deals on breast pads.

If you're pregnant for the first time, you'll definitely want to get your hands on a few of these.

Breastmilk can leak at the most random times, and it can be painfully embarrassing if you're not ready for it.

The solution here is find quality nursing pads, and Breast Pads offers these protective layers in cute prints.

The online store also sells milk bands. All their products cost around $7, which is literally pocket change.

Use the special promo code ShopHer1 to order 10 pairs of new Breast Pads for FREE!

All you need to pay for is the shipping and handling, which starts at around $8. For each additional item you add it's only $0.50 extra. Again, pocket change!  

Bonus: Don't forget - mom needs books too

New parents will tell you they don't get much down time, so they have to make the most of any breaks that pop up.

When I had my first child, I always kept a book handy. By burning through a few pages every time my little one took a nap, I managed to finish about a book a week.

If you're looking for a great book recommendation, PBS just launched a new series called The Great American Read. It features a list of 100 books that American readers love.

Penguin Random House is celebrating the new show by giving away all 100 books on the list to one lucky winner.

That's estimated to be more than $1,000 worth of books.

You can sign up for the sweepstakes at this website with your email address.

You must be 18 years or older and a resident of the 50 states or D.C. to claim your prize. Don't wait to enter, the contest closes August 31.

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