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A lot of first time parents don’t realize just how expensive having a baby can be. It can be a huge wake up call when you plan on breast feeding your child, then something happens that you’re unable to and have to then resort to formula feeding. Where a can of formula alone is $15 and up, and those don’t last too long!
When I found out I was pregnant with our first child we had just purchased our first home, got married, and were furnishing our new home so it was a very expensive year. We wanted to get everything we needed for the baby while still being able to set aside money for emergencies for when the baby finally came. With our son being born with his birth defect and needing hospitalization and surgery that savings we had came in handy or else those months spent in the hospital off of work would have hurt us financially.
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Below I’ve listed the top ways that we saved money for our baby’s first year. These are a must and you will thank me later for them!
1. How to receive a free breast pump – Most insurance companies will cover a brand new $300 breast pump for you. To inquire about receiving your free pump, you will first call the number on the back of your insurance card, they will direct you to a local pharmacy supply store or give you a number to one that will deliver to your doorstep for free. Some insurances like mine, will require a prescription written out by your OB and they will bill your insurance for the brand new pump. My new one I received was a Medela Freestyle double pump.
2. Not everything has to be brand new – What a lot of people do when they find out they are pregnant is go crazy on shopping for clothes. Clothes that the baby grows out in after only a few uses if not any! We had clothes our little one didn’t even get to wear! So buying second hand is a great idea when purchasing baby clothes. You would be surprised at the items you can get score at a great yard sale. We were lucky to come across one family who splurged on their baby boy with clothes that were barely worn or brand new including Ralph Lauren, Baby Gap, and Gymboree and we scored the a whole tote full for $20!
3. Stock up – I LOVE end of season sales. Always make sure you’re on the mailing lists for your favorite children’s clothing stores so that you can receive the latest updates in sales and promotions. If I come across a good sale going on I will stock up on clothes for when my baby’s older. For instance, Children’s Place had an amazing sale for their winter clearance where I scored baby jeggings, winter accessories, shirts, and pants all were each $2. We have totes full of clothes for a year ahead in case when come across deals like this!
4. DIY– If you’re crafty make some of the items you need for the baby. With Pinterest there are so many ideas for making your own nursing covers, nursery curtains, and homemade activity mats. There’s even ideas to reuse furniture for new items in a nursery! We used this idea and turned an armoire we had and painted it white to match the rest of the nursery and created it into a changing table inside/ storage for clothing and diapers! Then when she’s older and doesn’t need a changing table it can be used as either an entertainment center or a closet!
5. Freebies – If you do have to resort to formula feeding or plan on using regular diapers take advantage of the freebies from those companies. For our formula we use for our baby we signed up for the mailing list and received starter kits with formula samples and monthly coupons that always come in handy!
6. Make your own baby food – Invest in something like a Baby Bulletor you may even get lucky and find one at a garage sale. And purchase your vegetables and fruit in bulk. Make a ton and freeze!
7. Couponing / Cutting down other expenses – We started getting into couponing when we first found out I was pregnant. We saved a TON of money, of course we got kind of extreme into it too. But it’s a great way to cut back on other expenses like your grocery budget! Some good sites to check out if your looking to start are The Krazy Coupon Lady and Hip 2 Save.
8. Cloth Diapers – We personally didn’t do this, but we have a ton of friends who did. They’ve all said how much they’ve saved in the long run by doing it! Check out Mama’s Happy Hive for some great resources for cloth diapering How We Cloth Diaper and What To Do With Poo! While Cloth Diapering.
What were some of the ways your family saved money when preparing for your baby? I would love to hear some other ideas!
Don’t forget to check out our Free Printable 12 Month Onesie Stickers to capture those monthly milestones! Just download and print! They would also make a great baby shower gift.