Monday, August 9, 2010

Save Money on Baby Care

How do you save money on baby care? The average yearly expense for a baby is around twelve thousand dollars, so saving money is very important. Here are four of the best ways to do so:

1. Make your own wipes

This popular strategy can save you a huge amount of money. Instead of getting store bought wipes, making your own will save you a lot of money. They are healthier as well, because there is no harmful alcohol or chemicals.

Make your own wipes from old pieces of soft cloth cut into pieces. Add a few drops of essential oil to a small bowl of water: lavender, tea tree, or eucalyptus oils are all excellent anti-bacterial agents.

Soak enough wipes for a couple of changing sessions. Wring them out lightly and store in an air tight container. It's up to you whether you dispose of your wipes or wash them and reuse them.

2. Breastfeed

Not only is artificial baby milk ("formula") extremely expensive, it also puts your baby's health at risk and is a nutritionally poor and inadequate way of feeding a baby that should only be used in emergencies.

3. Feed your older baby the same food you eat

"Baby Led Solids" is concept that babies do not need their food to be pureed and they can safely explore most of the foods that the rest of the family eat as long as it's healthy and non-allergic. Babies should not start solids before six months as enzymes can pass into the bloodstream up until this age. Fully breastfed babies older than six months should be offered foods to explore for a social learning purpose as all their nutritional requirements are filled by breastmilk at this age.

4. Use pet gates

They are much cheaper than baby gates, and just as effective.

5. Get used clothes

Avoid buying new things when at all possible. If you have any friends who’ve had babies, you may be able to use clothes their babies have grown out of.

Also, try shopping online for used clothes. As long as you clean them out well before using them, they are perfectly fine. Just make sure to look on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, and be certain you are not getting clothes that were involved in a recall.

The bottom line is, you do not have to break the bank when raising a baby. Just implement these ips, and you will save a lot of money.

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