If you are preparing for the arrival of your new baby, then you know what a frenzied, stressful and exciting time this can be. There is so much to buy, so much to decide upon, and so much to plan. The best thing you can do as a mother-to-be is to plan ahead and to know exactly where all of your money for the new baby is going. I know, because I once was a new mother. Just two years ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and I want to share tips for having a baby- on a budget! I wrote this guide for moms-to-be just like you, so read my four top tips and learn more about how you can save your money so that is there when you really need to splurge on a great item for your new little one!
Splurge: Nursery Furniture
Invest in a sturdy crib and changing table. These are two of the most important baby furniture items that are on your baby registry. They are going to cost a pretty penny, but that is Okay because your baby's health is at risk if you get poorly made furniture. Select furniture made from real wood, that have excellent reviews, and that do not have infant deaths connected to them. Always check the recall lists!
Splurge: Cord Blood Banking
Consider preserving the cells from your baby’s umbilical cord. This is called cord blood banking, and it is a good step to take to secure a potential future medical resource for baby and possibly any siblings. Doctors may be able to use your baby’s cord bloodConsult with your doctor about the options for publicly or privately banking your cord blood.
Save: Find Coupons!
Save money by participating in a coupon-trading circle specifically for baby products. Together, you and your friends can plan a big shopping trip to stock up on baby supplies that you will need in the months and even years to come. You will save big by making big purchases with mass coupons!
Save: Baby Clothes
Recycle and reuse secondhand clothing. Babies do not stay the same size for long, so save money by buying gently used baby clothes from yard sales, consignment shops, charity donation stores, and friends who have had children in the last few years. Don’t forget to give each item a good wash before dressing your child.
Getting ready for baby is no small feat. Hopefully my tips will help you learn more about how you can conserve your money and make your dollars stretch. You can get the best items that you really need by making a few smart decisions about how you spend your money. Getting ready for baby has never been easier when you follow my guide of tips!
Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26