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Thread: Baby on a budget! Tips?
March 24th, 2012 01:56 PM #11Senior Member
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Cribs are very expensive and you may not even need one. I bought one, but ended up never using it as I co-slept with all my kids. I got a lot more sleep that way and it is great if you are nursing. I never ended up using my baby monitor for the same reason.
March 24th, 2012 07:39 PM #13Senior Member
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I'm not so sure about co-sleeping for myself, but thanks anyway for the advice!Baby Hernández is due Nov. 22!!
March 26th, 2012 08:08 AM #15
puree/mash fresh fruit/veggie mixes and freeze them in portions (my DD would only eat these)
borrow as much as you can
cloth nappies at home, disposable for outings and depending on your baby overnight is sometimes useful as they can wet through a cloth meaning you have a whole cot worth of linen to wash/dry (which is OK in summer)
even toys can be rotated among friends when washed properly
A baby won't care if they sleep is a borrowed cot with thrift store linen- what matters is love.Current favourite boy names: Cormac Flynn Nathaniel (Nate) Oliver Alexander Henry Liam Hugo Isaac Leo Micah Bennett Nikolai Reid Edward nn Ned Gus Tobias Austin
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March 26th, 2012 11:52 AM #17
I hope I'm not just repeating what others have already said :l But I've been researching this and all... and the best things I saw were:
1. Accept all hand-me-down's. A surprising lot of people will have baby items just sitting in their storage just waiting to rid of things. Especially since babies grow so fast, spending too much on clothing is not a justifiable thing to do. Plus, most people when giving baby shower gifts or whatever want to give cutesy things like clothing and all.
2. Thrift stores / consignment shops. You can get most things there for SO cheap! Even in buying clothing for myself, if you keep up regularly you can grab amazing finds!! I get brand name clothing from there sometimes! <3
3. Make as much as you can at home. You can make lots of baby items easily. Like a diaper bag, there are easy sew patterns for those. Clothing, whether by knitting or sewing or crocheting [if you happen to have a girl, I found the most adorable easy make tutu pattern that is cheap and fun!]. Blankets, you can buy two pieces of fabric and just knot the edges together to make a really cute blanket. Wipes, you can buy paper towels and baby body wash and make wipes like that [my mother did this for me. She originally bought one plastic container of wipes then she just used the container to make refills of her own!]. Lots of things like that!
4. There are a lot of advertised items that you don't technically need. Of course, I don't know by experience. But on the articles I read, a lot of things seemed to be unanimously unnecessary. All depends on the baby... in which borrowing someone elses baby item for a short period of time may be useful. [like instead of buying a bouncer, use a friends for a bit, and if the baby seems to like it then buy one! Don't want to buy one then have the baby not like it]. But everyone seems to agree changing tables are unnecessary. Because changing diapers will probably be done everywhere around the house, and not so often on the changing table. The top of a dresser would work just as well, or beds or floors etc. I've hear Moses Baskets / Bassinets are not needed either. They are very convenient, but not necessary. Especially seeing as the baby will grow out of it so soon! Strollers are a bit more iffy, but some ladies get those slings. [I think thats what they're called!]. Where you wrap it around yourself and the baby stays tucked to you? I suppose this greatly depends on your baby, because some babies like one more than the other.. but the sling you can make at home for much cheaper and you can also keep the baby really close and it makes it easy to run around without toting a stroller. But strollers are easier in that they can also hold your diaper bag and shopping bags or whatever you may want to carry. And stuff like that!
5. Buy quality items. I think the momberries here told me this one, to buy good quality items so that if you decide to have a second baby then you can reuse items! <3
6. I think low budget baby should also be low budget mommy. As in you can change how you live yourself to cut back on money, and therefor have more to spend on the baby! Such as buying in bulk, cooking larger meals then putting servings into the freezer for future meals. And just things of that sort! You can even make a lot of different cleaning supplies at home, like disinfectants and window cleaners and all I can look up the ingredients if you'd like, but I'm sure google has it somewhere easy to find if you want to search yourself! <3
7. Cloth diapers can be less expensive, depending on where you live! My mother looked into that when she had my older brother, but it turned out it would be equally as expensive for her to use cloth diapers seeing as we have town water and would have to pay a fair amount to wash all of those diapers and all. Lots of laundry = lots of bills. So for this house, it wouldn't have made much of a difference. But if you have well water and all, then cloth diapers could really save you money!! [as long as you don't use a cleaning service]. I also know lots of people who use both cloth diapers and disposable. Seeing as the disposable are a bit more convenient when your out and about.
8. I'm assuming breast feeding has already been mentioned, but making food at home is always a big money saver! Not hard to do either <3
I think there was more, but I don't remember it all. I just have a plethora of websites and articles I've been enjoying reading! <3 I hope this helps!
March 26th, 2012 05:45 PM #19Senior Member
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Thanks momberries and future momberries!
Breastfeeding is a must! No questions asked!
I have always thought about making my own food, especially since it will encourage me to eat more vegetables myself! But what I didnt realize is that so many people froze their baby food! That's a good idea! How long does it last in the freezer? I think that whenever I cook for myself, I'll take whatever the baby can eat out of the ingredients and prepare it, but then save some frozen for the days I can't cook for whatever reason. I'll read up on led weaning, since I've never heard of that.
I like the idea of mixing cloth and regular diapers. Disposables are great for nighttime and on the go. But there are ways to get coupons! And using cloth diapers is a great idea for at home. I just need to know how to make them/which ones to buy.
I never buy my own clothes at full price, so why do that for my baby? I am definitely planning on asking friends if their babies have out-grown anything that they no longer plan on using. "Trying out" big toys is a great idea.
I think cribs, slings AND strollers (moreso for later months) are good investments, but I dont have to buy them new from baby gap. Whatever I can find used is great.
However, I agree that changing tables, fancy trash cans, and baby bathtubs, etc. are unnecessary.
Thanks again! Keep the ideas coming!Baby Hernández is due Nov. 22!!