Raising kids is crazy expensive, no? Diaper budgets alone average $2,448 annually in US households or, as I like to think of it, the price of a first class ticket to somewhere I’d rather be. The exorbitant amount of money involved in raising wee ones means that in addition to breastfeeding round the clock, operating on little to no sleep, and showering them with love and attention, we new moms have to keep a close eye on our finances, stretching every dollar as far as possible.

Enter my newest obsession, The Baby Box Co. The company manufactures traditional Finnish Baby Boxes with a progressive twist, focusing on eco-friendly materials (their products are SGS certified), releasing products with instantly loveable designs, and maintaining the highest safety standards (the brand’s on the up and up with all applicable CPSC and CertiPur-US regulations). The Baby Box tradition is of course a huge draw for new parents, but I’m selfish and therefore more interested in how this little gift no one gave me at my last baby shower (hint, hint) can save me money.

Let’s break down The Baby Box Co.’s bestsellers—The Classic Box and The Everything But the Stork Box so you can see what I mean…

THE CLASSIC BOX

What it costs: $99.99 with free shipping in the USA and flat rate shipping internationally.

What moms get: a safe, sustainably produced bassinet + travel crib in one that comes with a fitted mattress, waterproof cover, 100% cotton sheet, organic wash cloth, organic burp cloth, swaddle blanket, onesie, lovey, pacifier 2-pk, hat, socks, mittens, healthcare kit, and sponsor gift bag

What it’s worth via an itemized breakdown:

Finnish Baby Box with mattress, waterproof cover, sheet- $69.99

Organic wash & burp cloth set- $6.99

Swaddle Blanket – $22.00

Onesie- $2.50

Bib- $1.80

Lovey- $14.95

Pacifier 2-pk- $5.44

Hat- $3.99

Socks- $1.33

Mittens- $4.99

Healthcare kit- $11.99

Sponsor gift bag- discounts and samples valued at $50+

Why it adds up:  Moms spend under $100 for $145 worth of essential infant supplies before calculating in the bonus sponsor gift bag valued at an additional $50+. Almost $200 worth of must-have goodies and freebies for a price tag that’s 50% lower that the items’ combined value makes The Classic Box a no brainer for new moms on a budget.

THE EVERYTHING BUT THE STORK BOX

What it costs: $199.99 with free shipping in the USA and flat rate shipping internationally.

What moms get: a safe, sustainably produced bassinet + travel crib in one that comes with a fitted mattress, waterproof cover, 100% cotton sheet, 3 organic wash cloths, 3 organic burp cloths, 4 swaddle blankets, 2 onesies, lovey, 2 pacifier 2-pks, hat, 2 pairs of socks, mittens, healthcare kit, organic baby bodywash & shampoo, What to Expect: The First Year book, organic wooden teether, 2 bibs, baby wipes, cloth diaper kit, and sponsor gift bag

What it’s worth via an itemized breakdown:

Finnish Baby Box with mattress, waterproof cover, sheet- $69.99

Lovey – $14.95

4 Pacifiers (2 X 2-pk) – $10.88

2 Onesies – $5.00

4 Swaddle blankets – $49.95

Healthcare kit – $11.99

2 pairs of Socks – $2.66

2 Bibs – $3.60

Mittens – $4.99

Hat- $3.99

3 organic wash cloths – $8.99

3 organic burp cloths – $14.99

organic baby shampoo & body wash – $9.95

Wipes – $2.99

Cloth diaper kit – $18.95

organic wooden teether – $9.95

What to Expect: The First Year book – $16.95

Sponsor gift bag- discounts and samples valued at $50+

Why it adds up:  Moms spend under $200 for $260.99 worth of essential infant supplies before calculating in the bonus sponsor gift bag valued at an additional $50+. This makes The Everything But the Stork Box a sound investment for moms looking to stock up on newborn essentials for a fraction of the itemized cost.

The Baby Box Co. isn’t just a great one-off purchase; it is a smart buy for parents looking to acquire the baby products they need on a regular basis while acquiring multiple baby boxes to use in different rooms of the house, to gift to friends, or to donate to local moms in need. They also make great shower gifts. And, when all else fails, you can always use the boxes to ship baby to grandma’s house. Except you would never do that. Because you’re a good mom. And shipping a baby in a box is not okay. Please don’t call Child Protective Services on me.