Taking care of a newborn can be challenging, both logistically and financially. Whether you’re new to parenting or expecting a baby, here are some smart and creative ways to keep your costs manageable.
Create a baby registry
You can always register for gifts at the nearest baby shop, even if you don’t intend to have a baby shower. This will direct your possibly generous friends and loved ones towards the baby supplies you want the most, instead of unnecessary plush toys. The upside of creating a registry is that many retailers offer goody bags or registry completion coupons that could help you get essential baby items.
Sign up for free samples
From formula to photoshoots, there are dozens of sites online offering free samples for everything. Some companies might ask you to sign-up and submit your email address to access some offers.
Is formula better than breastfeeding? This is one of the most debated topics across parenting forums. Although there are conflicting views as to which option is nutritionally better, breastfeeding is surely cheaper. Whether it's a powder, liquid, or organic formula, the monthly costs can be quite expensive. While breastfeeding requires you to spend money only on the supplies that enable you to pump milk.
Make your baby food
Little jars of pre-made baby food can cost you anywhere between $3 to $10 per day. And it's almost double the cost if you opt for organic. Save all that money by making your own baby food. All you need is a standard blender or food processor to make cheap and healthy meals for your little one. You can begin with nutrient-rich vegetables like carrots, peas, and sweet potatoes. Just cook and puree them until soft and smooth.
Make your toys
Babies are attracted to any object that has some color or texture. You’ll find most babies joyfully playing with colorful papers and items, rather than actual toys. It is that simple to keep them occupied! So, bright-colored boxes and wrapping papers can do the job. However, ensure you inspect the items carefully for sharp edges, staples, or anything else that could harm your baby before giving it to them.