20 Sep Having a Baby Doesn’t Need to Cost the Earth
You’ve passed the 20 week mark. You more likely than not, know whether you’re expecting a boy or girl. (If you haven’t found out….don’t. I promise the excitement of not knowing will get you through the final stages) You’re probably now busy researching the pros and cons of every travel system going and carefully reading reviews of the Sleepyhead vs the Poddlepod.
I’m talking to first time parents here. Second, third and fourth time parents will do absolutely none of this.
If this is you, then you’re probably also beginning to realize that you might need to sell a kidney in order to pay for everything you are made to believe you need. (Well actually, you are pregnant, so it will have to be your partner’s kidney)
DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!
A newborn baby really does need very little, and while it’s tempting to fill that (lovingly decorated) nursery with the shiniest, newest, most up to date versions of absolutely everything, it’s really not necessary.
There are however, some things you do need and here is our advice on the most cost effective way of getting them;
– Nappies & wipes. Most of the major supermarkets, as well as the likes of Boots, have Baby Clubs. Joining these, you will receive vouchers for money off the basics, such as nappies. You will also be informed of upcoming deals in store, so you can stock up when products are heavily discounted. This is also a good way to get any feeding equipment you may need (breast pump, bottles, formula, sterilising equipment, freezer bags).
– Changing mat. The fabric changing mat, that matches your nursery beautifully, may seem like a must have. Unless you want to be putting it through the washing machine multiple times a day, save some pennies and buy the cheap, plastic, wipable one instead!!
– Clothes. Nearly New Sales are your best friend when it comes to shopping for clothes. New babies (AKA poop machines) go through an UNBELIEVEABLE amount of clothing. Do yourself a favour and pick up a big bag of pre-loved babygros from your local nearly new baby sale. As children grow so fast, you will also find great quality clothing that has hardly been worn, at a fraction of the cost of buying it new. For a list of upcoming Petite Flea markets, see www.petiteflea.com/shop/
– Bed and bedding. Keeping it simple not only saves money but is the safest way for baby to sleep. Cot bumpers, quilts and pillows are not necessary.
– A well-stocked First aid box is a must. Calpol, baby thermometer, Snufflebabe, snot sucker, nappy cream and baby scissors are my essentials. Speak to your local pharmacy about the Minor Ailment Scheme, which allows you to receive some of these (baby paracetamol & nappy cream for example) for FREE
– Carseat. While we are huge advocates of second hand, for safety reasons we DON’T recommend buying a second hand car seat. Mothercare not only do great deals on brand new seats but they will fit them in your car for you for free.
– Pram. These can cost a small fortune new. As well as nearly new sales, check out local on line selling sites. There are many groups on Facebook for example, dedicated solely to the sale of second hand prams. `
Petite Flea Baby & Children’s Markets host nearly new baby sales, in fantastic hotel venues across West Yorkshire. A list of all upcoming events can be found at www.petiteflea.com or by following their facebook page www.facebook.com/petiteflea/