Saving Money When You Have a Baby
Saving money when you have a baby does not mean you have to forego with milk formulas, diapers, and regular visits to the paediatrician. Here are some of the best ways to minimize baby expenses without sacrificing comfort and quality for your baby’s needs.
- Use cloth diapers. You can easily adjust them with a number of snaps to fit any baby size, from newborns to three year old tykes. Plus, you’ll minimize the rising of landfills these days.
- Do not buy a changing table. You can just use any clean surface wherever it’s convenient. What’s more important is how you attend to your child so he or she won’t encounter any accident.
- Instead of using wipes, go for a cloth version. Find the cheapest soft flannel and cut it down to wipe-sized pieces, then hem them with a sewing machine. If you don’t want to go to all that work, just get a jumbo pack of washcloths.
- Do your own diaper rash solution. Water on a spritzer bottle with a bit of witch hazel can combat diaper rash as effectively as what you buy in the drug store.
- Opt for a diaper pail. Even if you’re queasy with all those soiled diapers, after weeks of changing several times a day, you’re going to be desensitized to it. So stop using disposable diapers and just store the used cloth diapers in a wicker basket. Dump any solid waste in the toilet, rinse it off, and then put them in the washer.
- Choose to breastfeed. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or an office worker, there are ways to do it. The cost of a breast pump is negligible compared to the savings and health benefits one gets from breast milk over formula. Formula is fine if breast milk doesn’t work out, but breast milk saves you hundreds of dollars over formula in that first year, often paying for a nice electric pump in just several months.
- Make your own baby food. As the child gets older, you have to treat them to pureed and mashed-up baby food. Avoid expensive Gerber bottles and just introduce your little one to some of your vegetables, soups, stews, and other things on your dinner table. Blend them into goop then pour them into individual jars or into an ice cube tray and pop them in the freezer. You will have greater control over the freshness and quality of what’s going into your child’s stomach.
- Go to yard sales for clothes and toys. Baby and toddler clothes at yard sales are only lightly used. Buy them in bulk – make an offer for everything that’s there and you can save $100-200 a year on baby clothes. For toys, take your kid along and watch what they’re drawn to. You don’t have to pay ridiculous prices at baby boutiques so you can see your child smile and have fun.
If you have to spend money, it should go on:
- Cribs. An extremely sturdy crib is well worth it. Even if your kid learns that he can have fun by jumping up and down incessantly on it – you have nothing to worry about. Though your tot tosses around at night, it wouldn’t budge and you can also sleep soundly.
- Car seats. The safest, sturdiest car seat for your precious one is where you should not skimp on because in the event of an accident, you would want the greatest chance possible of the complete safety of our children.
- Bottles. Glass baby bottles are more expensive than plastic but if it is free of Bisphenol, then it would be worth it.