Just how do frugal moms take care of their babies on a budget? Well being a mom does mean being able to juggle many things at once and manageing the monthy finances is juist one more thing to juggle.
Of course being frugal can make you wise too, it means that you are able to cut the costs but not the quality. A skill certainly worth having I think you'll agree.
This page is all abut frugal moms and how they feed and clothes their babies on a frugal budget. The next page covers other essential baby care items including the invitable moutain of diapers, which can if not careful, could cost a small fortune in itself.
Breast feeding - this must be the ultimate frugal moms option for the best baby food and of course cheapest option. If you can breast feed your baby (or you could express your milk), you will be providing your child with a great start in life and protecting it from developing allergies in the future, whilst saving money on all that baby formula we are told is so good for our children.
If you need any advice about breast-feeding contact your local doctor or check out the La Leche League online.
Home Cooked baby food - take a look at the ingredients on any jar of baby food and you will find nothing more exotic than the usual vegetables and meats that you prepare for your family every day.
Save your money and make up simple batches of food like cooked potatoes and peas or bananas and custard, blend into a puree and then freeze them in small individual portions. Then all you have to do is thaw them and warm slightly and there you will have a perfectly healthy frugal baby meal. See http://wholesomebabyfood.com for some great baby food recipes.
Pre-made food - If you want to buy your baby food then make sure you buy the largest jar available and use if for several meals. When you buy the individual jars, you are mainly paying for the packaging. Remember not to feed directly from the large jar as you may contaminate the food for later use.
Frugal moms know that babies grow fast and this can mean lots of clothes being discarded after a very short period of time, meaning more possible costs. This also means that most of the clothes hardly get worn and so are practically brand new.
My sister has a wardrobe full of babies clothes all that look as if they have never been worn.
A great tip for new mothers who want to dress up their new bouncing baby is not to go and pay through the nose for new clothes but to check out:
Keep in mind that baby will grow quickly so when rummaging around, buy sizes that are too big for them now but will fit perfectly in a few months time.
That way you will not be caught out and have to buy something quickly to fit.
Being prepared and forward planning will be something that you will learn to become very good at as you become more frugal everyday.
When buying second hand equipment like cribs, high chairs and strollers, frugal moms always know it is important to check to see if they meet the current safety legislation. The last thing you want to do is to put your child in any sort of danger.
Thoroughly test the equipment your self and don't be afraid to pull it about a bit, any good parents will understand your need for safety.
Car seats should never be bought second hand, the risks are far to great. However there is usually a frugal baby alternative to buying a new one yourself. Check with your car insurance company to see if they can provide you with one free along with your policy. Some hospitals give free car seats to new mothers.
If you do have an old car seat take it along to a specialist garage that can check the safety of the car seat.
Changing Tables can be an expensive item that really is not needed. There are far more frugal baby changing options that will fit the purpose. Changing pads are a great alternative and are not only less expensive but are far more portable and versatile.
The basic ones can be used on the floor without the fear of the baby rolling off. Slightly more expensive changing mats come with straps to secure them to the tops of dressers and tables and have higher sides for safety.
Of course the most frugal moms thing to do is to use a towel on the floor or a plastic table cloth, both will do the job adequately and have the added bonus of being able to be folded and carried in a shoulder back when out visiting friends.
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