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While babies are a wonderful part of life, they can be expensive. Between baby supplies, doctor visits, and special equipment/furniture, you may spend more than you expect. Hopefully you have budgeted for the additional costs, but you’ll still want to find ways to save money during the first few years of your child’s life. Here are some tips.


1. Breastfeed

Aside from a variety of health benefits, breastfeeding will save a lot of money. Formula can cost $100 per month or more. With consistency and practice, you can easily provide your baby with plenty of sustenance. If you struggle nursing, speak with a lactation consultant.


2. Avoid hospital add-on's.

Hospital fees can vary, so it’s important you understand their pricing structure. Private rooms can cost thirty to a hundred dollars more per day, and insurance may not pay. TV access in your room will be additional too, and any baby products in the room are billed to you regardless if you use them. (You may have to pay for these items, so ask what you can take.)


3. Make your own baby food.

When your baby starts eating solid foods, mash or puree fresh, natural ingredients together to make your own baby food. Use sweet potatoes, zucchini, bananas, squash, etc. You can save money (especially if you make large batches) and avoid all the artificial stuff they put in canned baby food.


4. Buy in bulk.

When it comes to nonperishable products (like diapers and wipes), buy as much as you can at one point. Typically these products will cost less per unit if you buy a larger quantity.


5. Use hand-me-down baby clothes.

Your baby is going to grow rapidly during the first year. There’s no reason to buy new clothes every few weeks when the old ones stop fitting. Someone in your family or friends has a few bags of baby clothes in the attic. Take advantage of the savings.


6. Call your doctor before rushing in.

Many experienced pediatricians can diagnose a problem over the phone so yo can avoid the co-pay (or a lot more if you lack insurance).


7. Pack a care bag.

Keep a bag of essential items in your car all the time (aside from your diaper bag). This should have secondary products that you may need, but usually don’t, like more wipes, nonperishable food, ointment, and extra clothes. This will save you from having to buy an item that you need suddenly.


8. Borrow maternity clothes.

You will be pregnant for less than a year and require special clothes for only a fraction of that time. Ask some recently-pregnant friends if you can borrow some clothes rather than purchase a new wardrobe.


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