Having a new baby on the way requires a lot of preparation and budget to do so. You’ll need to buy a lot of baby stuffs such as clothes, baby bottles, diapers, baby bath, special laundry soap, and a lot more things that your little one needs. However, there are still ways to save up while still being fully prepared for your baby. Here are some tips to remember for parents who want to cut down on the costs of having a new baby.
First of all, one of the biggest costs you can have when having a new baby is the childbirth itself. Hospital birth is a popular option for most women so some new parents think that it is necessary to do it as well. However, if your pregnancy is normal and has no complications or risk, you may want to consider homebirth instead.
Aside from being inexpensive, it is also eco-friendly and more comfortable for mothers since they will be giving birth at the comfort of their homes. Just be sure to have all the things needed ready and sterile to keep you and your baby safe during and after the delivery.
This refers to reduce, reuse and recycle. When it comes to baby stuffs, you can definitely save a lot when you go for used ones. Most baby items, especially those for newborns and within the first year are just slightly used because babies outgrow them quickly.
Instead of buying those expensive brand-new ones, consider visiting a baby thrift store instead. You may also want to try out brands selling brand new baby products but are made from recycled materials – from baby high chairs, walkers, bouncers, kids recycled tableware, and many more.
Consider Reusable Diapers
Diapers are just one of the most used and needed item by your baby. Even a newborn need at least 10 to 12 nappy changes in a day to keep him clean and comfortable. Instead of spending much on disposable diapers which also adds to the waste that harms the environment, consider using reusable diapers instead. Cloth diapers are economical and also an eco-friendly way of diapering your little one.
Breastfeed If Possible
As what they say, breastmilk is always the best for babies. If possible, breastfeed your little one especially on his first 2 years. Aside from the complete nutrition he could get from your milk, you can also save a lot since you won’t need to buy formula milk and baby bottles to feed your baby. If you’re a working mom, pumping breastmilk and storing them is a great way to give your baby the best milk he needs even while you’re away to work.
You don’t need to break the bank when preparing for the arrival of your little one. Being practical and focusing more on the necessities and taking care of your little one is what matters most to keep your baby healthy and happy.