Becoming a parent is an exciting time. However, you need to make sure that you do what you can to prepare. That can be tough, especially at times like this, when the economy is not so great. Luckily, you can care for your new baby well if you take the time to prepare for his arrival and look for affordable ways to get supplies. Here are some ways to do that.
You have to start early. Most of the time the key is to make sure that you don’t want to wait until a month before your baby arrives to decide to buy things. You are going to need to watch for sales and giveaways, and it is best to do that as early as you possibly can. That gives you plenty of time to look as many places as you need to look.
For example, some things can be acquired at certain times of the year. The best time to get furniture is when summer is winding down? Why? Suppliers get new models around that time, and are usually ready to sell older pieces at a discount.
Diapers are the bane of every parent’s existence. It is a good idea for you to think carefully about how you are going to get diapers when your baby is little. You can start buying the smallest sized diapers as soon as you find out you are having a baby. Make sure to ask friends and family for recommendations, as you don’t want to waste your time buying one brand of diapers only to realize that you should have gone with another one.
You can even think carefully about whether you can use cloth diapers at least some of the time. That can be a good way to save money, as cloth can be washed and re-used.
Breastfeed instead of using formula. It is much, much cheaper, but that isn’t the only reason you should do so; breastfeeding is much healthier for your baby. This is a fact that has been proven over and over again by research, so think carefully about whether you breastfeed or suggest your partner breastfeeds. As mentioned, this method of feeding your child cuts the baby food bill down to zero.
Go to thrift stores, consignment shops and resale shops to get clothes. Clothing is such an odd thing for babies, because they grow out of clothes so quickly. Why get them designer clothing they are only going to wear for a few months? Spend time in these less expensive stores and you are bound to get something wonderful.
Talk to your family and friends about what they have. This is the easiest way to score free things. A lot of people have baby clothes or supplies in their garage or other places just sitting untouched. Ask around to see what they’ll lend you.
Getting things for your baby can be much more affordable than you think. Using the information laid out here, you can have a real shot at getting everything your baby needs for much less than you planned to spend. Make sure you choose wisely, and your baby will have everything your baby requires.