Saturday, February 25, 2012

How to Afford a Baby: Food

Babies eat frequently. Their tummies are very small and process food quickly. In the beginning months it may feel like you do nothing all day but feed your baby! But your wallet will be fed too by following these money-saving tips:
  • Breastfeed your baby. It costs zero dollars. Breastmilk is always at the right temperature--no need for a bottle warmer. It's always available--no need to buy formula late at night because you ran out. It goes wherever you go--no need to buy bottles and insulated travel packs. It requires no cleanup--no need to buy bottle brushes and drying racks. (Some expenses if you choose are nursing covers, nursing pads, nursing bras, a nursing pillow, a breastpump, and bottles.)
  • Once your baby is old enough to eat solid foods, read my other article on cheap and easy baby food.
  • Make your own baby food. You don't need a fancy machine! There are plenty of resources online to help you out.
  • If you do buy things like bottles and baby food, look for coupons. For accessories like nursing pillows and breastpumps, you can find good deals online.
  • If you can sew, make a nursing cover for yourself. You can also just use a lightweight blanket.


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