Parents and expectant parents everywhere can commiserate with the incredibly high price tag that comes along with having a baby. While most parents know the basics of saving money with a baby, like couponing, breastfeeding when possible, and getting secondhand baby supplies whenever possible and appropriate, there are a number of unique ways to save money with a newborn that are still a bit under the radar. For the budget-conscientious parent, these secrets to saving money on your newborn will make an incredible difference for you financially.
Healthcare and Hospitals
Hospital stays when you go into labor as well as subsequent doctor’s visits can add up quickly and make a large dent in your baby budget. However, there are many ways to cut down on these costs and even save yourself a bit of money in the long run. During your hospital stay, try to agree to stay in a double room rather than a private room if possible. This can save you an incredible amount of money in hospital bills if the hospital is one that upcharges for private rooms.
Additionally, maternity wards are fairly well-known for the secret freebies they have available for many new mothers. Those who politely ask their nurses for samples could benefit from many different newborn necessities. Most parents realize that when it comes to diapers, diaper cream, thermometers, and other similar supplies, they can always use more. Many nurses and hospitals are delighted to share extra supplies with their patients, and they continually get product samples from various manufacturers.
After having a baby, especially a first child, an inclination for many parents is to worry about your baby’s health and overreact to anything that might seem wrong with them. A great way to save money is to call your doctor to explain your baby’s symptoms when they seem sick rather than immediately making an appointment or going to an urgent care. This way, parents enjoy the potential of saving some money on a doctor’s copay should the problem be easy enough to diagnose and solve over the phone. Not all doctors are able or feel comfortable doing this, but it’s worth trying as it can save you a lot of money.
Clothing and Shoes
While it can very tempting for parents to buy cute baby shoes and clothing for their newborns, there are several reasons why avoiding just that is a smart way to save money. Babies grow incredibly fast, so they may only be able to wear certain articles of clothing a few times before they no longer fit. Also, babies will mess up every single outfit they are in without fail. A newborn baby who can manage to not mess up an outfit is incredibly rare, so instead of purchasing expensive clothing that will be soiled very quickly, it’s a great idea to stock up on the basics at cheaper locations. It is also a great idea to avoid spending valuable newborn money on adorable infant shoes. It’s much more affordable and practical to just keep your baby in booties or socks to keep them warm rather than wasting money on shoes when they are so little.
Food and Nutrition
As mentioned previously, the best way to save money on food and nutrition for your newborn is to nurse when possible. It’s important to note that nursing mothers using a breast pump do not actually have to shell out for that expensive investment if someone has one you can borrow. All you need is to purchase a much less expensive plastic attachment starter kit for the pump, and it is a perfectly sanitary and healthy option that will save you a significant amount of money. For those who use formula for their babies instead, the powder version of formula versus the canned versions offer a significant amount of savings. When your baby switches to baby food, the best way to save money is to make the baby food homemade if possible.
Diapers are renown for being one of the highest price tags for parents of a newborn. While the obvious solution to lower this expense is to coupon and diligently track deals on diapers, another quick fix is to purchase diapers in mass bulk quantities. This will save a lot of money if you plan to go down the disposable diaper route with your newborn; however, you could save even more money by switching to cloth diapers. While some may not want to deal with the laundry involved with cloth diapers, the fact remains that this diapering options offers the most amount of diaper savings and is also much better for the environment.
There are countless ways for you to save money on your newborn. While many money-saving solutions may have an extra step or two involved, such as laundering cloth diapers, mixing up powder baby formula, or making homemade baby food, the amount of money you will save for the bit of extra time you invest will make it incredibly worth it in the end.