Ways to Save

Having a baby is expensive for so many reasons. Most parents panic once they see how much it costs to consider pediatric care, medical needs, and cute baby clothes among others. This is on top of the long term plan for when the baby starts going to school and eventually, college. Here are ways to cut expenses so you can enjoy your baby without being stressed with the financial stuff.

Long before you give birth, it helps to do research and consider hospitals near you. Compare the costs and services so you can make the most out of your money. At the same time, see to it that you check for packages and other ways to save. If needed, check with your ob-gyn about which hospital is the most ideal.

Breastfeeding is not only healthy for your baby, it also helps you save an estimated $1,400 in your baby’s first year. You may also want to borrow breast pump from your lady friends or sisters since the electric pump can be quite expensive. With this in mind, you only need to account for the starter kit, which costs about $45 compared to spending about $150 to $800 for an electric pump.

This is less of a problem if you know your baby’s sex ahead of time. If not, then it is best to request unisex shades and styles from friends who wish to buy gifts. Also, if you are a first-time mother, you also have to consider that babies have growth spurts. You do not want to spend clothes for winter during summer only to find that the clothes no longer fit when the cold season arrives.
Opt for convertible accessories

You want your accessories to have more than one function. Not only does this help de-clutter your home. This also helps you save up the extra dollars that you can instead add to your baby’s education plan.

The rule of thumb is prevention is better than cure
Practice a healthy lifestyle and a baby-friendly environment. Take care of your family’s health by choosing nutritious foods instead of opting for convenience.

There are hundreds of tips on the Internet on how to make baby food. It won’t take a long time to do either. You can simply mash steamed zucchini or ripe banana. This easy and you get healthy food while saving some cash at the same time.

There seems to be a negative opinion on generic formulas. Truth is, these generic products are required by law to meet the same nutrition and quality standards as that of commercially popular brands. This means that even if they are cheaper and less popular, they provide the same amount of nutrients that your baby needs.

There are so many write-ups and videos about baby products that you can use for research. Open your mind to possible alternatives while doing more research and consulting your baby’s pediatrician. You may learn new skills and ideas that you can share to other expecting parents as well.

See to it that it has at least three diapers, travel wipes, extra outfit, and ointment. If your baby has started eating solid food, packing nutritious snacks in the bag is a good idea too. This helps you save as you don’t have to buy these things as the need arises. This way you can also manage your expenses and stick to your budget.