By Emily Graham, Mighty Moms
Preparing for a new baby comes with a lot to think about, from finding comfortable maternity clothing to adapting your home and the nursery. There are so many details that it can easily become overwhelming, even if you feel like you’ve planned well. In order to avoid stress and anxiety when it comes to prepping your home and yourself for baby’s arrival, it’s important to stay organized and give yourself plenty of time to get everything done. This can be somewhat challenging when you’re on a tight budget, as it can take a bit longer to get everything you need and research costs to find the best deals.
It’s also important to do a little prep work in anticipation of your first few weeks at home with your baby. Advance planning can help you save quite a bit of money if you tend to meal prep and freeze several lunches and dinners ahead of time, set up payment plans to ensure that important bills get paid on time, and arrange for help from friends and family when it comes to cleaning the house or running errands.
As you await the arrival of your bundle of joy, look for ways to cut costs and stay stress-free with the following tips.
Get creative with the gender reveal
The day your baby’s gender is announced is a special time for everyone. You don’t have to stretch your wallet when planning the event. In fact, Kindred Bravely lists several creative options for the special occasion, which can save you a good deal of money. Simple ideas, such as buying a statement T-shirt for an older sibling or planning a photo op for your social media posts, are not only budget-friendly but also unique.
Find comfy clothes
Many moms and moms-to-be are ecstatic about the invention of leggings, since they’re pretty versatile and are known for their comfort. Leggings are perfect for women who are expecting because they tend to be stretchy and will expand with your growing belly. Look for high-waisted maternity leggings that will keep you comfortable throughout all the phases of your motherhood without breaking your budget. You can also look to staple pieces like wrap dresses and stretchy maxi skirts, which easily come in handy post-maternity.
Meal prep can be a lifesaver for families who are on a budget, and it’s a great way to ensure that you will still be able to eat healthy and save money even after the baby comes. Look online for recipes that will be easy to execute and freeze, and prepare them a few days before your due date so you have nutritious meals available when you’re exhausted and don’t have the energy to cook. For new moms, it can be a game-changer.
Look for savings
When it comes to the things new moms use most, there are a few items that always make the list. Hand sanitizer, diapers, and wipes are always the first things to run out, and most of these can get expensive to replace. Look online for deals on subscription boxes and delivery services that will ensure you never run out of the things you need most, or consider joining a wholesale club so you can buy things in bulk. It’s important to compare prices, so look for weekly sales; if you find a certain brand cheaper at one store, a competitor may honor the price.
Check out gently used items
While you generally don’t want to buy used cribs or car seats (since they may be too outdated to meet the ever-changing safety guidelines), you can look for gently used clothing, shoes, toys, and items that will help make your life easier. Consignment stores will also offer store credit for items you bring in once your baby outgrows them. Just remember to save this shopping trip until after the baby shower if you decide to have one, as you may end up with two of the same items or too much of one type of clothing.
Another great way to save on items is by taking one of Living Hope Center’s “Earn While You Learn” classes with topics such as prenatal and parenting. Parents can earn Boutique Bucks by taking classes and use the bucks to purchase baby supplies such as diapers, wipes, clothes, formula, furniture and more at their pregnancy resource centers in Springerville, Whiteriver and Show Low. The Boutique Bucks (and cash) can also be used to purchase items in their thrift store, Hopeful Treasures in Show Low.
Preparing for a new baby takes a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful time; in fact, it should be the exact opposite! By planning ahead of time as much as possible, you can ensure that you’re ready for your little one in every conceivable way and reduce stress and anxiety at the same time.