Prime Early Access Sale vs. Black Friday — Best Baby Gear to Buy on Black Friday
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This year, Amazon is launching the Prime Early Access Sale, a two-day shopping event that gives Amazon Prime members a chance to save money on everyday essentials and big ticket items, while also getting ahead of the holiday shopping. But there is another money-saving event just around the corner: Black Friday. The post-Thanksgiving sale is synonymous with huge discounts, some of which last till the following Monday.
Although sales like these are welcome events for parents-to-be and caregivers looking to cut down on the high costs of raising a child, they can also be overwhelming. With so many deals available, it’s hard to know which ones are truly standout and will allow you to stretch your dollar the furthest.
Fortunately, we at What to Expect are experts in not only finding deals, but finding the ones that save you the most money. We combed through previous Black Friday sales and evaluated the Prime Early Access Sale offerings, determining which pregnancy and baby items you should buy during the Prime Early Access Sale and which ones you should wait until Black Friday to purchase.
We, of course, understand that you may have your go-to brands and some of them may have good sales happening right now. If that’s the case, then by all means, take advantage! But if you aren’t particular or you can wait to buy that item you’ve been eyeing, then this guide can help you save money. For even more insight, check out our roundup of the best Prime Early Access Sale deals.
And remember: we are always on the lookout for the best pregnancy and baby deals. Make sure to bookmark our weekly deals roundup to save money whenever you shop.
Pregnancy and baby gear you should consider buying during the Prime Early Access Sale
One of the main missions of the Prime Early Access Sale is to help people get ahead (and, of course, save) on their holiday shopping. For parents, that means getting ahold of the most coveted toys for a fraction of the cost. Popular brands like Barbie, LEGO and Hasbro will have discounts on kid favorites, while Fisher-Price, Melissa and Doug and Leap Frog will have sales on beloved baby and toddler toys (some over 50 percent off!) Although the deals won’t apply to every item in the brands’ catalog, you’re sure to find a few hot-ticket toys to give as gifts.
Brands like Dr. Brown, Comotomo, NUK and Tommee Tippee will be offering anywhere from 20 to 30 percent off during the two-day shopping event. Since many parents recommend testing a few bottles before settling on “the one,” this is a great chance to purchase a few brands without worrying about wasting money. Or, if your baby isn’t too particular, it’s a great opportunity to stock up. For parents of toddlers, there are also a few sippy cups on sale.
Graco high chairs
If you’ve put off buying a high chair until baby is ready for solids, now might be the time to act. Several of Graco’s high-quality high chairs are being marked down 30 percent during the Prime Early Access Sale. And since many of these options can be adjusted to accommodate your growing child, you’re essentially getting a deal on their lifetime dining seat.
Frida Baby items
Friday Baby has built a fandom by creating genius products that help with icky situations, like baby boogers and crusty cradle cap. And many of those items will be 30 percent off during the Prime Early Access Sale. Whether you’re looking for a way to remove baby’s snot or a humidifier that doubles as a night light, you can stock up on baby care essentials without spending a fortune.
Frida Mom kits
Why should baby get all the TLC? Several of Frida Mom’s life-saving items (including its Mom Must-Have Award-winning postpartum recovery kit) will be 30 percent off during the Prime Early Access Sale. These mom care kits make great gifts, so buy one for you and a few to keep on hand.
Honest Company diapers
We get that many parents only buy a particular diaper brand — so if The Honest Company’s clean conscious diapers are your brand, you’ll want to note that they will be marked down 12 to 10% during the Prime Early Access Sale.
Graco pack ’n plays
A portable play yard isn’t necessary, but if you can score a Graco one on sale, why not buy it? In the past, the pack ‘n plays have been 30 percent off on Black Friday. But during the Prime Early Access Sale, select Graco pack ‘n plays will be up to 40 percent off. This includes some of the more tricked-out models, like the Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome, which has a bassinet and changing table attachment.
Pregnancy and baby gear you should wait to buy during Black Friday sales
Although a few brands are on sale during the Prime Early Access Sale, more brands are likely to participate in Black Friday — and they’ll likely offer better deals then, too. Like 20 percent off diaper packs or 40 percent off diaper subscriptions. Retailers may also offer store gift cards when you spend a certain amount on diapers, like Target has in the past.
If history is any indicator, diaper bags will be more discounted during Black Friday. And because Black Friday is a shopping event for all retailers, you’ll have more options and a better chance of finding the bag you really want on sale. Last year, for example, brands like Skip Hop and JuJuBe offered up to 25 percent off bags purchased on their sites. Meanwhile, popular diaper bags were 30 percent off at Nordstrom.
You most likely have some time before you actually need a stroller, so why not wait to get the one you want for a little less money. Although some strollers will be marked down during the Prime Early Access Sale, the majority of brands are holding off till Black Friday. And you can find them at a number of retailers. Last Black Friday, Buy Buy Baby offered up to 30 percent off select strollers from Graco, Maxi-Cosi and Baby Jogger, just to name a few.
Like strollers, you can probably wait a bit before buying a car seat. And doing so may pay off, as car seats have been up to 34 percent off during past Black Friday sales. Amazon has had the biggest selection in the past, with deals on brands like Graco, Chicco and Evenflo.
A crib is a necessary purchase for babies. It’s also a pricey one. Although there will be some discounted cribs available during the Prime Early Access Sale, the better deals will likely be available on Black Friday. In the past, retailers like Buy Buy Baby, Walmart and Wayfair have slashed crib prices by up to 30 percent. And your dollar will go even further if you purchase one of the many convertible cribs on sale. These types of cribs grow with your child, becoming a toddler bed, day bed or full-sized bed when the time is right.
Breast pumps and pumping accessories
When it comes to breastfeeding essentials, the big money-saving opportunity will be during Black Friday. In the past, many brands have offered up to 30 percent off their electric pumps and up to 25 percent off accessories like storage bags and coolers. Make sure to check out Amazon on Black Friday for discounts on breastfeeding gear from Medela, Elvie and Willow.
Smart baby monitors
Tech-loving parents will have plenty of options to save on Black Friday. In previous years, brands like Owlet, Nanit and Miku have offered 30 percent off their smart baby monitors. Since these are more expensive than your traditional monitors, that 30 percent off makes a huge difference. To save even more, consider buying your monitor from Buy Buy Baby, which has given the largest discounts in the past.
One of the most top-tier stroller brands, UppaBaby items only go on sale during Black Friday — and even that isn’t always a guarantee. Even though the quality build and smooth ride of its strollers are worth every penny, your wallet will appreciate you waiting a month to make your purchase. Buy Buy Baby has offered up to 25 percent of UppaBaby strollers in the past, so you’ll want to look there first.
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