Baby Pregnancy Budget
Having a baby can be an expensive undertaking, but setting a budget can take some of the sting out of the process. With the various baby products and accessories on the market today, sticking to what you really need will save you time and money in the long run.
New babies need a lot of items, which can become costly for parents. To decide on a pregnancy baby budget, determine what items are needed then divide the budget into five categories and decide how much to spend on each.
Determine what clothing items you will need for your baby such as onsies, sleepers and T-shirts, then decide how much of your budget you want to spend on baby clothes.
When budgeting for a new baby, entertainment items such as swings, toys and bouncers should be considered.
The most expensive part of a pregnancy baby budget can be the long-term essentials, which generally include diapers, wipes, bottles and infant formula.
Nursery items, such as a crib, changing table, dresser and linens are an important part of a pregnancy baby budget and usually have the highest upfront cost.
On The Go
Pregnancy baby budget on-the-go items include strollers, car seats and diaper bags.
For those on a very limited budget, hand me downs from friends and family, consignment shops and yard sales are a great place to find gently used or new baby items at little cost.