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Thread: Baby on a budget! Tips?
March 24th, 2012 02:38 AM #6Senior Member
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Breastfeeding will save you a huge amount of money alone-formula is quite expensive and babies drink a lot of it. Nursing takes time to get the hang of but is so worth it. Buy second hand with the exception of car seats, those should be bought new (though I don't know what the laws are regarding car seats in Mexico, if their even required there). Take advantage of free places for entertainment such as parks and story time at the library. Neither of my children really used the swing. My first spent very little time in her crib and my now 8 month old has never been in a crib so that is not a necessity to me. We co-sleep, though the first few months I also use a little portable bassinet I got for fifteen bucks at the thrift store. I do use a playpen (which I was given as a gift) as I need a place to confine her when I can't watch her. If I was only going to have one of those (crib, playpen/pack n' play, bassinet) I would get the pack n' play. Changing tables are not a must-you can change the baby anywhere. You don't need special crazy expensive baby laundry detergent-just get the fragrance free of the brand you already use or use the same stuff your using for the rest of the house and double-rinse. It's also easy and INSANELY cheap to make your own laundry detergent. I wear my babies and use the stroller, I would recommend having both. The stroller is good for carrying the diaper bag and purse more so than the baby but it is also good to have the ability to secure the baby in the stroller as needed. Doesn't need to be fancy or expensive, just a solid basic stroller you find a good deal on. Babies really don't need a lot of material things, your love and attention is what's most important.
Car seats are worth spending the money on as you will have to deal with the car seat so often. Definitely worth looking for one rated easy to use! Some of them can be a real hassle to install in your car or adjust the harness straps. Not every car seat fits every car either. I highly recommend spending your money on a nice easy installing with an easy to adjust harness car seat . If you get a convertible from the start that will save you money in the long run as it will be one less seat to buy than if you buy the infant seat.
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March 24th, 2012 02:43 AM #8
Back in the 'olden days' when I had my kids we only ever had cloth nappies (diapers). It was a daily job but you just get used to it. We had a bucket with Napisan or similar to disinfect them and then we would wash them in the washing machine and hang them out to dry in the sun. We had soft disposable nappy liners (a bit like Chux and they were terrific). BTW if baby soils the nappy clean the nappy immediately and then soak.
PS I have heard that there are some terrific modern day nappies around. I say try them.Proud Aussie
Mother to Miles and Jacquelyn, and Nanny to five grandchildren
March 24th, 2012 03:00 AM #10Senior Member
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Thanks those are great tips! I agree about the car seat! And about breastfeeding! I want to do that anyway!
Rollo, I need to do my homework! I dont know anything about cloth diapers, but I'm definitely willing to check it out!Baby Hernández is due Nov. 22!!
March 24th, 2012 03:08 AM #12Senior Member
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Talk to friends with children, they usually are happy to loan, give or sell you cheap baby equipment.
I would definitely recommend cloth nappies. I've used them for 3 going on 4 children and they have saved us a fortune. If you get good quality and use birth to potty they can last. You may have to try a few styles to find what suits your life and your baby's shape, but they resell at a good price, so you don't have to worry about sampling styles. You don't need to soak now, just use liners and flick the poo into the toilet, have a bucket with a good lid and then straight into the wash. Line dry if possible as it helps with stains (no need for stain removal). Even when I had 2 in nappies I never needed to do a wash more than every 2 days, but I had a decent stock of nappies.
I also second Baby Led Weaning (skipping baby food and going straight to finger foods at a later age) and breast feeding. Much more fun to allow baby to feed himself and be part of the meal.
Getting a sling instead of a buggy will save you a fortune as well. And it's lovely to carry your baby close to you.
You also don't need a lot of the stuff they now have out there for babies. A bed, nappies, some basic onesies for the first 6 months, your breasts and a sling and you're set.
Good luck. And feel free to message me if you have any questions.Mum to Mousie, Foo, Bumptious and Pudding.
March 24th, 2012 03:25 AM #14Senior Member
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Thanks, malk!Baby Hernández is due Nov. 22!!