My babies are moving into middle school and high school now, but I can remember like it was yesterday, all the excitement circling around meeting their needs and the anxiousness of making sure I did not exceed the "baby budget". As an experienced parent I share with newbies one key to peace of mind: do all you can to prepare and meet your baby's needs, just make sure you take wisdom along for the ride.
The job of a parent is one of the most rewarding responsibilities you’ll ever have in your life. Ensuring that you have everything that you’ll need to prepare for your little one will take a lot of thought, careful planning and budgeting. The following are important baby preparation tips that won’t break the bank.
Implement a Budget
Implementing a budget can help you determine the amount of money that you have to spend on infant clothing, furniture, and the other essentials. You can make a list of the important must-haves first. If you have money left over, you can then add a few luxuries to your baby’s wardrobe or toy chest. If you’re having difficulties saving money, you can take a look at your previous spending habits. Instead of daily meals out, you can cut back to once a week and put the money saved into your baby savings account.
Baby equipment that serves multiple purposes will save you both space and money. You’ll find specific pieces that are equipped to handle a number of duties. One particular item includes a combo, play yard, bassinet, changing table and storage station. Look for equipment that is washing machine safe, so you don’t have to worry about germs and bacteria getting your infant sick.
A baby shower is also a memorable way for people to gather together in preparation of the new arrival. It can also be a great occasion for those who are already parents to pass down wisdom and advice. If a family member, co-worker or friend is throwing you a baby shower, you’ll want to fill out a store registry on the items that you need most. This can include clothing, baby bouncers, infant joggers, breast pumps, cribs and sheets. As the party guests purchase the items, the products are taken off the registry to avoid duplicate items from being bought.
While you want to ensure that the products you provide for your infant are safe and reliable, you can still take advantage of hand-me-down baby items. Whether a family member is done having children or they’re taking a break in between births, sharing furniture, baby rockers, swings, strollers and cribs can be a cost-effective approach to child rearing. Since an infant quickly grows and develops, this is especially worthwhile when it comes to infant shoes and clothing.
Save and Reuse
Planning for the first baby can be extra costly because you’re setting up the nursery for the first time. However, if you’re planning on having additional children, you can store the baby equipment, furniture and clothing in a safe place until you are ready to have your next child.
There is a lot of thought, money and preparation that goes into preparing for a new baby. However, the above cost-efficient approach can allow you the resources to spend wisely and concentrate the rest of your attention on ensuring your infant’s growth and development.
Journalist Nicole Bailey-Covin is no stranger to balancing a budget, work and family. A proud parent of a teen and preteen, she is sometimes the neighborhood Mom with a house full of young visitors. In searching out money saving tips worth mentioning for new parents, Nicole came across one practical item called the Sahara burst playard with dream centre by Ingenuity sold at Target. She also suggests checking out the shopper's guides and store website for sales on those much needed items. Also remember many major chains often mark down the last of an item in stock.
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