It is a fact of life that babies can get pretty expensive. From the minute you find out that you are pregnant, you need to think of a ton of factors that need to be adaptable when having a baby around. There are seemingly hundreds of things that babies need and it can be overwhelming if you do not know where to start. Luckily, the following tips and tricks will ensure that you can save up money on your baby’s needs before and after their birth.
1- Have a Natural Birth
Natural births are less expensive than having a c section done. Generally speaking, if you are not required by a doctor to get a C section because of a medical condition you have, it is best to go for a natural birth. Natural births are less taxing on your body and do not leave you with scars or your muscles sagging due to being cut open with a scalpel. More importantly, they cost less money, which means you have more money to spend on necessities or to have as backup in case of any emergent issues.
2- Save on Feeding
After your baby is born, you may want to only use formula, especially if your baby gets hungry at night, and you want to sleep. If you want to save a lot of money, you need to start breastfeeding your child as much as possible. If you enjoy your sleep, or if you need to go to work, you can simply use a breast pump to fill bottles for your baby. This ensures that your baby has enough food to get by until you are home, and it will save you a ton over time. Not only is this actually better for the baby since breast milk has all the nutrients that your baby needs, but it is free, unlike formula which you will end up spending thousands of dollars on yearly. However if you don’t have the capacity to breast feed, it always wise to get your dutch baby formula from organic stores.
3- Don’t Buy Clothes in Advance
Baby clothes are extremely cute, and it can be very tempting to buy a bunch of baby outfits in advance so that your newborn can look amazing. Unfortunately, this is something that you need to avoid doing at all costs. Babies grow in unpredictable spurts. In a matter of weeks, what you bought them may not even fit. In fact, buying excess clothes before you even give birth is a waste of money and effort, because your baby may not even fit into these clothes from the start. You can save a lot of money if you only buy the necessary clothing. You can also make use of second-hand clothing stores since baby clothes can be very expensive to buy.
4- Return Unwanted Gifts
If you have a baby registry for your loved ones to get gifts from then that’s great, however, if someone gets your baby a gift that you do not like or that you know will be of little use to you, then you need to return it to the store as soon as possible. Not only will this save you money since you can get other stuff that you actually need for your baby, but it will also save you storage space at home.
5- Buy a Reliable Bassinet
Your baby will be spending a considerable amount of time in a bassinet, especially when you put them down to sleep. This means that you should spend some time researching which bassinet will work best. There are different options out there that range from old-fashioned bassinets to smart ones that actually provide your baby with a range of methods to ensure comfort and help your baby sleep better. According to Stroller Buzz’s Snoo Smart Baby Bassinet review, a smart baby bassinet can be controlled through an app on your phone. It will also give your child the sensation that they are still in the womb; which creates a sense of comfort and makes them feel safe.
6- Buy in Bulk
Buying baby stuff in bulk can end up saving you some serious cash if done correctly. For example, you should buy diapers in bulk as much as possible, but only after your baby is born to ensure that you have the right fit and that your baby is comfortable wearing them. Of course, you will also need an endless supply of baby wipes. When buying all-in-ones that your baby will be wearing under their actual clothes, you should strive to buy more for less, since they will be ruined by spit-up quite often.
Using these six tips, being a parent is not going to be as costly as you think. Remember that while it is tempting to buy a ton of things, babies require simplicity and comfort. You do not have to buy a ton of outfits and fancy toys that they will not even be interested in. Over time, you will be able to determine for yourself what is needed and what you can do without.
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