When you have a baby, you learn the meaning of financial upheaval. If it is your first child, you may have a general idea of the expenses you will face, though once they start rolling in, you are often amazed by how they add up. This article details how you can save money on five baby essentials, so that you do not break the bank even before your baby can walk.
Babies eat several times daily, and their staple food of choice is milk or formula. If the mother must work soon after delivery, or for some reason is unable to continue breastfeeding, you may have to rely on formula. Formula is expensive, and can be even more so if your baby is prone to allergies. To save on formula, a mother should be encouraged to breastfeed for as long as possible. If she has no choice due to returning to work, she should express and freeze her breast milk, so that formula adds to the existing milk supply.
There is a great convenience in using disposable diapers but with new-born babies using 10-12 diapers a day, the costs of these diapers can really add up. To save on them, you can try washable cloth diapers. There are available in many attractive easy to clean options and designs, and the best thing is you only need to pay for them once, and then you can use them for months.
At the rate your baby grows, it is almost pointless to keep purchasing new clothes for him or her. Rather, see out your friends and family and get some hand me downs. You can also go online and purchase second hand clothes that have been gently used. To keep good clothes karma coming your way, remember to pay it forward and help another needy parent.
Once your baby starts weaning, he or she begins to outgrow the need for formula. With that comes a new expense that is meals. Many parents are tempted to purchase ready made organic meals for their babies, to ensure that they get all the nutrients they need, with great flavors, and that is safe for consumption. You can save greatly on baby food by simply making it yourself. All you need to do is purchase your fruit, vegetables and meats, and you can start. Almost all baby food is simple boiled and mashed, so techniques are simple, and you can use your existing sieve or blender. And your baby will benefit from fresh food at each meal.
Since they are so small, babies require a lot of specialised equipment. These include car seats, baby cots, strollers, baby chairs, and so on. Other than a car seat which you should purchase new to ensure your baby’s safety, all other equipment can be purchased second hand, either online, at yard sales or from friends. Baby equipment is often barely used, so when purchased second hand, it can be as good as new.