Babies are as expensive as you want them to be. For the budget-conscious mama, it’s essential to whittle down what you actually need opposed to what every advert, leaflet and baby magazine tells you that you need. We need to remember that although all of these baby gadgets on the market may be helpful, they are not, in fact, necessary. Which brings us to talk about what is.
When you think about how you are going to transport your baby around, you need to think about your lifestyle and what will work best for you. For instance, if you are envisioning walks in the park, it may not be feasible to use a carrycot as this can be quite heavy and unforgiving on the arms. If you’ll be strolling on flat terrain, need somewhere to store your baby’s belongings, and want them to be able to sleep with ease, a pushchair like the babyzen yoyo, for instance, could be a good match for you. If you prefer the idea of your baby being attached to you for comfort and safety, you could consider a baby carrier bandage. There is an abundance of options to suit all budgets.
Frilly, designer clothing is cute for pictures and parties, but it’s not in any way essential for your baby. Your newborn is more interested in feeling safe and warm. Which is why different layers of clothing such as vests, and bodysuits are the best bet for comfort and wriggle room.
There are different opinions on whether or not your baby needs its own sleeping spot. Some profess a Moses basket, others agree with co-sleeping and others like the options of bedside cots that connect to your bed. There are pros and cons for all, it’s for you to decide what’s feasible and affordable.
When your baby is born, their skin is delicate and has a protective coating and so they don’t need to be bathed for a little while. And so it’s not entirely necessary to buy lots of lotions, and potions for your newborn. When you think they’re ready for a bath, warm water, and soft sponge will do. For nappies, you can either buy reusable nappies that you can wash and use again, or buy regular throw away nappies. In terms of money, reusable nappies will be a lot more cost-effective in the long run.
This is dependant on whether you decide to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby because each option prompts needing different equipment. With bottle-fed babies, you will need some bottles suitable for newborns, sterilizing tablets to disinfect the bottles and your chosen formula. For breastfeeding, you may want to buy a breast pump to help you pump milk and store it in the fridge for when you need it. There is a whole range of pumps available on the market. Some are manual, and others are electric, they vary significantly in price, and there are options to suit all budgets.
The scope of baby equipment and clothing available is endless. Deciding what will work for you starts with you taking a look at your lifestyle and budget and how you would like to care for your baby. Looking after your newborn doesn’t have to be expensive or wasteful, sometimes it just means taking things back to basics and looking at what your baby truly needs to be comfortable and happy which means they want; your love, to eat, to sleep, to be warm and protected.