Are you waiting to become a parent? There are some tips that will help you save money in this great and beautiful process.
Babies are expensive. Saving money when you have a baby is a challenge. Especially because you aren’t sure what you actually need and everything is just so cute. These are some ways you can consider to reduce the spendings of your baby:
Avoid additional charges at the hospital
You will pay out the nose for things like a private room and personal toiletries and even television usage. Check with the nurse about the additional cost of everything at the hospital. Some hospitals don’t charge extra for these things; others do, and some charge a lot of money for them.
Use a bunch of soft rags and a spray bottle instead of wipes
Disposable wipes can be convenient, but they’re also on a never-ending replacement cycle. You’re constantly buying new packages of baby wipes at the store. A much better solution is to use soft cloth wipes – we used some simple flannel wipes that worked wonderfully.
Don’t bother with baby shoes
Shoes are undoubtedly useful once your baby is up on two feet, but prior to that, shoes serve no purpose whatsoever and are often quite expensive to boot.
Outside of photo opportunties, during which no one really noticed the shoes anyway, shoes don’t help your baby in any way until they’re walking. Just skip the expense.
Call the nurse hotline and the pediatrician for quick advice before setting up an appointment
Many hospitals offer a “first nurse” hotline where you can call for quick medical advice without having to take yourself or your baby in for a checkup. Take advantage of this service before going in for medical appointments.
Most of the little things that might send a new parent into a panic are easily explained and resolved by a medical professional who has seen these things countless times before.
Buy big shirts early and use them as bibs
Rather than buying a bunch of bibs for the baby, we instead bought secondhand t-shirts that were a couple sizes too big and put those on the baby before feedings. If food spilled on the shirt, it was fine, the shirt underneath stayed perfectly clean.