Having a baby is expensive. There is the medical portion, upgrading to a larger apartment and stocking up on diapers and everything else you little one may need. While having a baby is a joy for any family. Here’s how to keep your baby preparation a joy as well as within your budget.
Two In One Items
Buy dual purpose items. My favorite two in one item was a playpen and a bassinet. There are also strollers systems that also include a car seat. Use resting items ( such as baby seats) that have a tray. You can use it both as a secured play area and a high chair.
To make baby food all you need is a high quality blender and a baby food recipe book. Make sure that the foods you choose to grind or puree for your little one are age appropriate. Many citrus fruits are not appropriate for a six month old to eat. There is to much fruit acid. Make sure to use blander foods to start out with.
Goats milk is healthy for an infant as opposed to cows milk, that a baby can’t consume. It’s preferable to use breast milk or formula, but when you need to feed your baby and neither are available, goats milk is a good third option. Just warm it up to a nice lukewarm temperature and feed it to your little one. You can also learn to make homemade goat milk formula, which is really good for babies with a lactose intolerance.
Babies go through stuff faster than rain through a storm drain. People either save the stuff for the next baby or give it away. They donate cast offs to pregnancy centers, thrift stores and their friends. Most of these are wonderful to have and cost next to nothing, but be careful buying safety items such as car seats. Many thrift store car seats are outdated and not up to today’s safety standards.
I have said it before, and I’ll say it again. Babies cost money. It’s a fact of life that is really unavoidable. There are medical expenses, vitamins, and new clothing. That’s just for mom during the pregnancy. On top of that many people have moved away from family and friends while looking for work or going to school. Those that would help are unable to due to financial difficulties of their own. The cost of a baby could be all on the new parents. So what do you get to prepare for a baby while on a tight budget?
Don’t go all out on clothes. A cute little outfit or two is in order, but the facts are that babies grow out of clothes faster than paychecks arrive. Instead, try to find baby sleeper sacks. They cover the entire baby, are made to fit for at least six months and come in a wide variety of colors. I prefer the sets of two from Gerber because they also make diaper changing easy. These little beauties also come with built in hand mittens that just flip over baby’s hands. No need to spend extra. Consider buying at least four. This will keep baby clothed and warm without over loading your laundry. All you need after that are hats and socks.
These aren’t our mothers’ cloth diapers with the safety pins and complicated folding. These come with snaps or velcro, can be adjusted to fit our growing children and have inserts that can be removed, washed, and reused again. If that seams too much for a busy schedule there are flushable inserts available as well. The cloth diapers themselves cost about $34. The inserts cost about $30 for the reusable kind and $6 for about 100 of the flushable kind (pricing from Amazon). It may seem like a high price to begin with, but factor in that monthly disposable diapers cost between$40 to $60 dollars, and it’s a huge savings. Also, check out DiaperSwappers to learn more about cloth diapering and to buy products.
A Travel Crib
A travel crib is amazingly versatile. It can move with you, travel to see family, be a good changing table, and act as a playpen later on. Even if a regular crib is out of your price range consider getting a travel crib. If you haven’t yet moved into a home where baby has their own room, or baby will be staying in your room the first few months, these are a great idea. They don’t take up much space to begin with, and fold up when needed.