As parents, you want to give your best to your little bundle of joy. You definitely don't want to skimp on any item you buy or childcare service you subscribe. These will come at a cost.
Don't get nervous, though. There's still a way you can offer the best to your child without breaking the bank. Use the following tips to get all that you need for your baby at a bargain and save a lot of money:
Ask for free samples
We have used this age-old trick when shopping for groceries, personal care products, and different services. Why not try it when buying baby supplies? Many companies that deal with baby products supply free samples in hospitals to be distributed to new parents and their babies. Sometimes, you need to ask since nurses may not remember to give out the freebies due to their busy schedule.
Another idea is to reach out to big brands of baby products to see if they have any freebies for soon-to-be mothers. Call their customer care and ask. Or log into their websites now and then to see if they have new products they are promoting. We also have insurance providers who allow free screening for gestational diabetes and Rh incompatibility for pregnant women insured with them. All these are excellent opportunities to save some pennies.
Take advantage of discounts and coupons
Discounts and coupons come in different forms. For instance, as I was doing my research for this money-saving tips, I came across ads where you can get 4 snacks for the price of 3!
Or, you save 3 or more pounds when you take an offer to buy more than 2 products from one brand.
The opportunities are plenty. You just need to be on the lookout when your nearest store has discounts, or an online retailer unleashes a coupon or loyalty program that could be of benefit to you.
Forget about add-ons that come at an extra price
For instance, during childbirth, you may choose a private or shared room. Truth be told, these private rooms are not as confidential as one would imagine. You will have nurses, doctors, catering guys and other attendants coming in every now and then. Other than spending extra for imaginary privacy, choose shared rooms, even if it's just for two, and set aside the money for other expenses.
Nurse/breastfeed your baby
Breastfeeding alternatives, commonly referred to as infant formula, are expensive. On the other hand, breast milk is not only free but also healthier than baby formula. It actually contains every vitamin and nutrient your infant requires for their initial development. Besides, it has disease-fighting agents that will prevent infections and ailments. See that? Breast milk can help keep your baby away from hospitals - another method of saving when having a baby.
Buy only what you need
If you are a first-time mom, you might be excited about your new role as a mother. This might cause you to collect almost every other baby-related product on the shelves only for you to realise you didn't need them all. For example, you might buy a lot of maternity clothes only to understand you won't breastfeed in public a lot or you can't pursue exclusive breastfeeding.
Besides, some babies react to certain diaper brands, while others reject some feeding bottles. So, if you stock a lot of these products in advance, they may just end up being wasted. It is wise to do some homework to see what you will need and how much.
Choose unisex styles and colours
If you are planning to have more children after the current one, consider buying colours and styles that can be used by both genders. This is because you don't know what the sex of your next baby will be. In this case, unisex colours and styles will be easier to pass on to your next baby. This will save you the cost of buying new items all over again.
Try Second-hand stores for special occasion clothes
Going for a wedding, baptism or celebrating Christmas? Consider second-hand clothing. Just like you are not likely to dress your baby in that pint-sized suit or princess dress more than once, the previous owner didn't. That's why you'll find such clothes in a secondhand store yet they look very new. The good news is that they may not even cost half the price of brand new clothes of such caliber.
Consider buying in large quantities
When your baby finally arrives and you establish a routine that you'll follow every day, a great way to save some money is to buy some products in bulk. Products like diapers and baby wipe that you are going to need a lot of them. Large packages cost lower than small ones, and this will enable you to save some money. However, make sure you consider the sizes and brands your baby is supposed to be using.
As a new parent, you may not notice at first how expensive maintaining a baby is. But after several months of living with your bundle of joy, you realise how money seems to have developed wings. By the way, this trend continues until they leave the nest. So, learn how to do things on a budget so that you can enjoy every step of parenting - because you should!