Congratulations you’re having a baby! But suddenly there’s a timeline for getting the house and finances in order and the panic over the list of shopping is growing rapidly. Even if you are having a baby for the first time or if this is your fourth child, these feelings of urgency always exist. You might feel more confident that you’ll know what to do when the big day arrives, you still worry about how you’re going to make it all work. Here is some help on breaking down the to-do list and finding ways to bring it all together
A good old baby shower does the trick
Even if you’re not the kind of person that likes to have the focus on you, there are many friends and family who really want to you having a baby and bless you with gifts. So, embrace it and use it in such a way that it will really help. People want to be able to contribute in such a way that it will make a difference to you and they will want to gift things that you need – so don’t be shy to let them know. Create a wish list of the things you need. If you’re having a baby boy, then add baby boy presents to the list or if it is a girl, then put girl relevant items on eth list.
The useful stuff
Your baby is going to have loads and loads of birthdays and Christmases to come, so save the toys for those opportunities. What adds up in cost and really makes a difference to the expenditure is the useful stuff. Baby powder, bum creams, diapers, wet wipes, and basically all the stuff that is consumable which you will use up quickly and regularly. You could put the more expensive investment type of things like a cot, a pram, or a lightweight stroller from Kidsco, but there are other ways to source those.
Hand me downs
Babies grow so quickly that before long they have outgrown baby grows and onesies, sometimes after only wearing them a couple of times. Babies also aren’t running around much, so the wear and tear are low. Ask your friends and family who have had children whether they have any hand me downs that they can offer up. You could probably even pay it forward and donate them to someone else when you’re done because you really will be tossing them out soon at the rate that babies grow.
There are great shops that sell second-hand items that look as good as new. They cost a fraction of the price and you don’t have to stress as much about the amount of money being forked out. Some of these would be high chairs, prams, car seats, baby cots, baby carriers, mobiles, even baby monitors.
If your favorite old chair has been pushed out of the lounge because you’re bought a new lounge suite and now it doesn’t match, reupholster it with soft comfortable material and put it in the baby room. You can also repaint on tables and draws and use them again. If you want to make a low bed or your baby, take an old bed and chop the legs off, and voila, you have a kid’s bed!