Quite frankly, most parents never really think about the cost of bringing up a baby until they are born. It is all bliss and fun until you walk out of the hospital with new bundle of joy in your arms and little in your bank account to buy anything with. All preparations are usually directed towards pregnancy and delivery but little consideration is given towards life after that. If you find yourself in such a situation, you may need to save as much as you can. Here are a few tips that will help you save on baby essentials:
MAKE USE OF THE FREEBIES
Brands and hospitals love pregnant women, so it is hard not to come across a few freebies especially when you are spotted clutching a big belly and walking around like you might drop a baby any time soon (I'm totally not suggesting anything!) After delivery, most hospitals offer new mamas an assortment of gifts such as diapers, breast pads, soaps, lotions and even baby clothes. Check well and if you can't see any, feel free to ask the nurses or doctors about it. You'll be surprised how much you can walk away with.
CHECK YOUR SHOPPING LIST
If you are a new mother, you may find yourself with absolutely no idea what to include in your baby shopping list. It is very tempting and easy to go online and just Google a list of things you will need for your baby. Sadly, you'll find plenty of them.
It is sad because in the long run, you will realize that you don't need half the stuff, or you bought the wrong items. Babies are very particular when it comes to their needs so you should study yours to understand exactly what they need. Cut out the unnecessary stuff from the list and you will be surprised just how much you will save.
TRY DOING IT YOURSELF
Convenience is the key to an easy life, more so with a baby. It is so much easier to walk to store and grab a few cans of baby food rather than prepare it yourself. In essence, however, it is way cheaper than the latter. You can buy all the ingredients from your nearest grocery store and make the food for your baby how you want it, and you will save yourself some dollars in the long run.
TRY UNISEX CLOTHES
Babies grow quickly, which is why your little bundle of joy will not fit in the clothes you buy them a few weeks or a month later. If you expect to have other children, it would be wise to buy unisex clothes as they can be reused with other children. This will help you save a significant amount of money on your baby clothing.
Conclusively, saving is essential even if you are not broke. You don't have to overspend on wildly expensive things to take good care of your baby. Take every chance you can to save an extra dollar; you will need it later.
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