Budget-Savvy Advice for Soon-to-Be Moms by Emily Graham
Becoming a new mom is an extraordinary experience, and it’s also very intimidating. Thankfully, there are ample ways to get ready for your little one that can help you feel better equipped for this journey. The last thing you want is to overspend and add financial worries to your family’s situation, so here are some budget-savvy ideas to prepare for your new addition.
After your baby arrives, it takes time for your body to recover. With that in mind, avoid parting ways with your maternity wardrobe the moment you get home from the hospital. Loose fitting shirts and pants with elastic waistbands will help you through. If you have a C-section, look into postpartum panties, which come in a variety of fabrics and colorful designs. If you’re breastfeeding, consider purchasing nursing camis and nursing bras, which can make the task a little less arduous. Look for ways to cut down on costs, such as finding retailers who offer discounts when you purchase nursing bras in bundles or using online promo codes or coupons.
What’s on Your Wishlist?
Outfitting your nursery can be challenging, and there are many items to purchase. Parents.com points out that many baby items are perfectly safe to purchase used, so to save money, do some thrift and yard sale shopping to snag bargains. Also, rather than buying everything yourself, make up your mind to register for your more expensive items. Then ask your friends and family members to purchase the items you can’t find used or are outside your budget.
Narrow the Selection
Items you plan to purchase new often require a bit of research. Become familiar with desirable tech tools since they come with a lot of bells and whistles and fit a wide range of budgets. For instance, some baby monitors offer audio only, some are WiFi enabled, and some have video capability. Along those same lines, moms who plan to make their own baby food will want to examine baby food blender reviews, as some are dishwasher safe, some are portable, and some have a larger capacity than others.
Set Up Your Nursery
Having the items you need is only half the battle when it comes to prepping a soft landing for your little one. After all, you want your nursery to be a space that is comfortable and efficient right from the start. To make the most of your decorating time and budget, consider going with a palette that can grow with your baby. Start with your walls, and one suggestion is to go with paint instead of wallpaper since it’s relatively inexpensive, easy to apply, and easy to change later. Glidden recommends soothing colors, such as grays, earthy tones, oranges, or greens. A convertible crib is a dollar-stretcher in the long run, and rather than invest in a changing table, consider turning a dresser into a one. Typically, changing tables have a limited lifespan, but a dresser will continue to be a useful piece of furniture for years to come.
Babies spend a lot of time on floors, and you’ll feel better knowing your floor is comfortable and clean. Certain kinds of flooring are more appropriate for nurseries than others since they offer a soft surface, like carpeting, cork, and laminate. If your baby’s room has a hard surface, you can soften it with an interlocking foam floor mat. It’s far less expensive than ripping out what you have to install a new floor, there are options to mesh with your decor, and it’s an easy-to-clean surface. Topping it all off, some styles are especially portable. You can roll them up and tote them to other rooms in the house if you and your little one decide to play elsewhere.
With a few strategies in mind, you’ll be ready for your baby before you know it. Equip your home and your wardrobe thoughtfully, and always look for great ways to save money. You and your new addition will be comfortable and happy, thanks to your smart planning.
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