Being Well Prepared – Things To Buy Before Your Baby Is Born

It can be very confusing to shop for an unborn baby. Perhaps you don’t know the gender, or maybe it just doesn’t seem quite real yet. Especially as a first-time parent it can be difficult to determine what is essential and what is complementary. This article will help you determine what is good to buy before your baby’s arrival.

Baby shopping can be a jungle and it is important to be careful if you don’t want to carry home a lot of unnecessary stuff. The various baby stores market so many products as necessities that you cannot live without, so it will not be a big help to take a walk here. In fact, many parents end up buying many products just to find out later that they actually never had a need for them.

Here is a list that is good to keep in mind before going baby shopping:

  • Diapers, cotton pads, and cloths: Don’t buy too many of the smallest diapers as your baby grows very fast in the beginning and you will change size soon. Cloth diapers are very handy for wiping here and there.
  • Changing table
  • Changing pad
  • Baby bedding
  • Waste bin
  • Underwear: Buy body suits with long or short sleeves depending on the season
  • Clothes: Remember that the baby sleeps most of the time in the early days so buy clothes that are comfortable for sleeping.
  • Hats
  • Socks and shoes
  • Shawl and blankets
  • Stroller
  • Car seat: This is an absolute necessity for transporting your baby safely home from the hospital. Be sure you buy one that meets the safety standards.
  • Nursing pillow, nursing bra and nursing pads: If you are going to breastfeed this will be a necessity.
  • Diaper bag: Buy one that fits everything you need for going out.
  • Bathtub
  • Hooded towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Bathing oil/lotion
  • Bottles and formula: Necessary if you want to bottle feed, but can also be handy to have in the house in case of breastfeeding problems.
  • Bottle brush, warmer and sterilizer: These are only necessary if you are planning on bottle feeding most of the time.

Ways to Save Money When You Have a Baby

Everyone says that babies are expensive and it seems that every few months a survey is carried out on how much it costs to bring up a baby. The figures always seem astronomical and far in excess of normal people’s wages. Potential parents shouldn’t be put off by the expense of having a baby. It doesn’t have to be as outrageously expensive as you’d imagine.

There are many ways of saving money when you have a baby. One of these is to tell everyone you know you’re expecting and people will start to save things for you. Especially useful are those friends or family who’ve just had a baby as they are bound to want to pass on some items as their baby grows out of them.

One of the good things about baby clothes is that a lot of them get very little wear because of the speed at which babies grow! It is only some things like romper suits and vests that get the wear and often even then they are still in perfect condition and could be handed down to several babies. Stains are tricky though so the weaning stage often has less cast offs than you’d like, but this is just another reason people should be using bibs on their babies!

Join your local Freecycle group and look out for the bigger items like cots or prams being offered for free. If you have no luck waiting then you can submit a request for items – for some groups it’s only one single request per month, but some other groups allow more.

If you still need baby items then look at the local charity shops. You can often pick up bargains on prams and pushchairs at this sort of shop. Check the items over carefully and remember that you can get new raincovers for many types of pram easily either at baby shops or the internet. As long as the item is in good condition it should be a bargain. Many charity shops don’t allow the resale of car seats. This is because it’s impossible to know if they’ve been involved in an accident and this could reduce their function as a life preserving device.

When you’ve exhausted your local charity shops then it’s time to scour the classified ads in the local paper or even online. You can pick up bargains on the supermarket notice board too so it’s well worth taking the time to look.

Keeping a list of items you’re after means that you can tick off things as you get them, and also means you can share the list with friends and family who can then look out for baby items for you, or even treat you to brand new if you don’t manage to find the items in time.

It is possible to save a lot of money by being frugal and looking for as many bargains as possible. If you’re going to use disposable nappies it’s worth keeping an eye out on the offers at the supermarket. This goes for baby skin care ranges too – look out for some great deals at local chemists too on wipes and baby creams.

By being careful and hunting around for bargains your baby can be the best dressed and it won’t have cost you a fortune!

Five Tips for On-Budget Baby Shopping

Though you may realize that a baby is a precious thing, once you hold yours in your arms you start to comprehend what ‘precious’ really means. We would do anything for them and when it comes to buying, we’d buy whatever there may be available.

There are thousands of products for babies and often moms-to-be feel that they need to buy many of those in order to begin parenting with the right foot. When you are on a limited budget this may create unnecessary anxiety and stress. If this is the case, you should keep well in mind that whatever you buy for your baby, it is you she needs before anything. Expensive things won’t make up for love, care and attention.

Furthermore, know that your baby will grow by the hour. It is pointless to buy too many things for her, for clothes will get small in a blink, toys will be obsolete before she can have any significant experience of those and so will accessories. Here are some tips to baby shopping:

1. Clothing

Disposable diapers have changed the world of baby care. This means that the changing rate for clothes need not be too high. Also remember that babies are not dolls. You may be tempted to make them look like adult miniatures or play cuties, but the priority should be to dress them comfortably.

So choose no more than five baby sets before your baby is born and buy new only if/when needed. Pick comfortable materials fit for the season and you’ll be good to go.

The time will come when you child will demand a certain type of clothes. It is a good idea to save your money for that day.

2. Bed

Your baby will spend most of her time in her bed, 16 to 14 hours during the first year of her life. Choosing the right bed is very important.

Since you are on a budget, avoid cribs. Cribs are only used in the very first weeks of life and become useless as soon as the baby begins to move. Buy a bed instead, where you can put your baby to sleep for a longer time.

Sometimes a travel cot may be a better choice considering that it has no bars where the baby can stick her head into or bang it. It is less expensive, the baby can play freely and safely inside, it is compact and you can move it around the room. Since they may be easily packed you can take it along wherever you go making your baby feel always at home. Moreover, many travel cots come along with their own crib should you really want one. You may want to buy a small mattress in the size of your cot if it becomes a permanent solution, though not too thick for soon the baby will be able to stand and may actually fall out.

3. Baby carriage

They come in all colors and shapes, often with many accessories. The choice of a carriage is very personal and it depends on your life-style, habits, home, surroundings etc. The primary purpose of baby carriages is to enable you to take out your baby without having to carry her all the time. Yet you may use it at home as well, to help your baby fall asleep, to move her around the house or have her near you safely while you do your things. Do, therefore, choose a light and compact model that takes little space, that you are able to carry yourself and fold when necessary. Some light and compact carriage models are fit for newborns so if you pick the right one, it may be with you and your baby for a long time.

4. Baby carrier

If you really wish to spend money on something else, consider buying a baby carrier. To me it is even more important than baby monitors or other gadgets. It is great to be able to hold your baby all the time near your heart and still have your hands free. You can keep doing your normal house-keeping, shopping or other activities without looking back and worrying about how your baby is doing in the mean time. Keeping her near you and talking to her, is a very natural teaching process that will help in your baby’s development. On the other hand, your baby will love being with you at all times.

5. Toys

Do not spend your money on toys and expensive decorations. Your newborn baby will not appreciate them and as she grows a multitude of toys will only confuse her. In order to allow for the healthy development of your baby, she needs to be in contact with diverse colors, shapes, materials and fabrics. In the first months of her life, any safe object is an experience to her so don’t rush into complicated and expensive toys. Take your time to know your baby and buy one toy at a time so that she can have a proper experience with it. Choose toys designed for her age and see how she interacts. You will know when is the moment to buy the next toy.

In the end, health, safety and comfort are three things that you should bear in mind when you shop for the baby, so do not buy cheap: shop wisely. Before buying anything for you baby, do your research. Do not rush to buy everything beforehand but wait and see. Your baby will be your best advisor in the matter.