A baby is a wonderful gift to parents. There is nothing that is better in this world than holding your own baby but the problem comes when you realize that everything that a baby needs is expensive. That time when the baby comes is the time you start spending more money than you have in your entire life. Every visit to a pediatrician for costs you money, including every visit to the drug store or any store that sells cute stuff for the babies. This is a struggle that virtually every parent has had to deal with at one time or the other. But there is hope; there are amazing tips that can help you save some good amount of money on baby expenses, and these are a must try for every parent out there:
Avoid the Cheap Stuff
This is particularly the diapers. As they say, cheap is expensive, but this may be difficult to understand by a parent who wants to save as much money as they can. The cheap diapers will save you some money on purchase but by the end of the day, you will have used so many of them. Some of these cheap diapers leak, therefore you will have to keep cleaning and changing the baby, as well as cleaning the soiled clothes and surfaces. The cost will go even higher than what you would have paid for the expensive diapers. When it comes to kids stuff, good quality is the best, then you will not have to keep buying some more.
Look for Baby Furniture and Accessories that can Double up in Duty
There are cribs for instance that can be turned into toddler beds later on; therefore you will not need to buy a bed after your child has outgrown the crib. There is plenty of other stuff you can go for, with a one off payment, and then you can use them later on for other needs.
Breastfeed as Much as you can
Imagine the cost of formula for at least six months and just how much money you can save if you chose to breastfeed for that length of time, or even longer. Invest in a good breast pump; it will cost you a lot of money, but that will be a one off pay, then you will have no trouble feeding your child at least for the first six months. Besides, breast milk is more nutritious than any formula out there; therefore you will be giving your child the best meal at a much lower price.
Avoid Buying Baby Clothes in Advance
This is a major mistake many people make, and they end up with so many clothes that no longer fit the baby. Babies grow so fast; this makes it hard for one to tell if a certain item will fit the baby a few weeks to come or not. Only buy clothes for that particular time and shop when they grow, when the weather changes or when there is a special occasion and you need them to wear a certain type of outfit.
Avoid the Shoes at First
Many parents spend so much money on baby shoes, which are never worn in the end. What you should know is that babies learn how to walk faster when they are barefoot. What you need are a few pairs of booties, and then you can buy him shoes once he starts walking. You will end up saving a lot of money this way.
Make Your own Baby Food
Readymade baby food in the store will cost you a lot more than you will spend if you were to make the food yourself. It is pretty easy; just buy all the ingredients that you need, that are the fruits and the vegetables, then you can make your own baby food. Much of what a baby eats is blended food, making it even easier to make. You just have to work around different ingredients for different meals and your child will always have great meals at a much lower cost. Look online for easy recipes that you can use to prepare meals for your child. This is something that you will enjoy doing so much too.
Make Your own Toys
You will realize that infants love to play with things that they can freely find at home, which will not cost you anything; therefore there is no need to buy toys. But if you want something special for your child, you can for instance make a small rattle for him, at a much lower cost than you will spend if you were to buy him one that is ready made. Allow him to experiment with what is available at home and make for him just a few toys from locally available materials.