Are you preparing to be a new parent? Don’t fall into the buying frenzy that many new parents do when it comes to preparing for a baby. You don’t need six different strollers. You don’t need to fill the whole closet with clothes and then install more shelving for yet more clothing. Most of all, you really don’t want things that you will have to replace repeatedly at a high cost. Here are a few cost effective ways to prepare for your new bundle of joy.
Diapers – Go Cloth!
Cloth diapers aren’t what they used to be. The don’t have to be folded most of the time and they don’t have pins. They have snaps instead. They have inserts that can be removed and replaced. They are machine washable, though you will want to spray them down over the toilet and let them soak in Dreft or a Dreft like product for a while. There are also cloth wipes that can either be bought or made out of a soft absorbent cloth. This can save about forty dollars per child in diapers a month.
There are many things that a baby needs. There are other things that a baby just doesn’t need. For example you don’t need a bouncer, swing, and Bumbo unless you have triplets to fill them all at the same time. Choose one that best meets your needs. Do you need something that fits in the car well so you have it to visit people? Then you don’t need a swing, but a small bouncer may work well.
The most common item that new parents go crazy with are clothes. Your child will grow leaps and bounds that first year of life. Don’t buy out the store when it comes to clothing. Buy a few outfits and accessories like hats and socks. Buy clothes as your child grows. That way you have what you need when you need it. Last but not least, if you know someone with similar age and shape trade clothes back and forth. This can save you both a good deal of money.
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