Having a baby can turn your life upside down. There is nothing better than holding your baby for the first time and realising that they depend on you for everything. What you will soon find out though, is that “everything” can be expensive.
To avoid getting into (further) debt, follow these tips to save money while raising your baby:
Baby equipment is really expensive! By purchasing quality second-hand prams, cots and other gear, you will save at least 50% of what you would have paid new.
Don’t buy diapers too far in advance
First off, you won’t know which brand will work best with your baby and second, they outgrow them way too fast to stock up diapers months in advance. Another option is to use cloth diapers. Not only is it more affordable but good for the environment as well.
Breastfeed as long as possible (if you can)
It is no secret that breast milk costs nothing and formula can set you back quite a bit. If it is at all possible, try and breastfeed for as long as you can to save those extra bucks.
Make your own baby food
As soon as your infant starts eating solid foods, put some cooked veggies in the blender with a little bit of water and freeze meals in small containers. The money you will save makes it worth the extra effort.
Don’t buy expensive toys
Your baby doesn’t know how much their toys cost and will probably be more content playing with spoons, pans, and cardboard boxes.
Don’t waste money on a changing table
Instead, put a changing pad on top of your dresser and add a few shelves for storage.
Don’t buy baby clothes too far in advance
As with the diapers, they might outgrow them even before they’ve had a chance to wear them.
Choose unisex shades and styles
If you plan on having more than one child and would like to reuse some of the items, it’s best to buy gender neutral clothing and gear.
Wipe warmers are a waste of money
These do not affect how babies respond to late-night diaper changes; they are unhappy either way. Plus, a wipe warmer often dry out the wipes.
Don’t bother with a baby bathtub
A bathtub can be useful during the first month or two until they outgrow it. You can give your baby a perfect bath in any tub or well-cleaned sink as long as you support them carefully while cleaning.
Say no to baby shoes
Baby shoes are cute but expensive. Once your baby starts to walk, shoes can be useful, but before that, they serve no purpose at all.
Having a baby is one of the most magical experiences you can have but also one of the most expensive. It doesn’t help that many companies out there prey on the anxieties and worries of new parents who just want to take good care of their children.
The best thing you can do for your baby is to give them love and take care of their needs. You don’t have to break the bank when having a baby; it is entirely possible to raise a baby on a budget.