Wardrobe essentials

Clothes fit for such a short time when the kids are small; if you don’t want to shell out on new stuff, check out this handy Facebook group where members post second-hand clothing for sale. You’ll be able to pick up a bargain or two and then make some cash back on your own stuff when your little ones have outgrown it; and it’s a busy group, ensuring you’ll always have an audience whether you’re buying or selling.

Find it: Facebook group Pre-Loved Children’s Clothes in Dubai

It’s market time

To get yourself kitted out with everything you’ll need for pregnancy and baby at a fraction of store prices, pop along to one of the immensely popular Baby Bazaar markets at Times Square in Dubai and Yas Marina Promenade in Abu Dhabi. The markets attract hundreds of parents offloading pre-loved wares and local producers offering all manner of mummy-, baby- and child-related products. But be warned; head there early to get your pick of the selection.

Find it: www.babybazaar.org

Online assistance

You use it to flog your old sofa and look for a new car, so why not for baby goods as well? Popular second-hand site Dubizzle has a thriving, fast-moving Baby Items section where you’ll find everything from cots to clothing and more at prices way lower than retail. You can even set up an alert to notify you when new ads that fit your searches are posted, and advertising your stuff for sale is free. Don’t forget to bargain.

Find it: www.dubizzle.com