In all honesty, you’ll never mentally, physically or emotionally be prepared for a baby. You’ll also definitely be financially prepared. They’re tiny, but expensive. The best thing to prepare for a baby is to go on a budget. It’s more realistic. It’s not a case of going out, finding the most expensive baby gear and buying it. You need to really think logical. Babies aren’t babies for long, and I’m pretty sure they won’t remember that you had the best pram ever. I’ve written a few tips on how to prepare for a baby on a budget.
1. Start shopping early.
I literally started shopping for Baby H just at 6 weeks. I know so many people say ‘but you’ll jinx it’. I don’t believe in that. I went out and bought pretty much everything while I knew I had the money and to be honest, I didn’t want to wait until I was further along. Plus, if there is anything you forget as the times go on, you’ll have plenty of time to get it.
2. Stockpile on nappies and wipes.
As soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Stock up on the nappies and wipes. I think I had enough Size 1 nappies here until Harlow moved up a size, so I was literally fully stocked. Asda own nappies and wipes are SO cheap.
3. Buy second-hand clothing.
Clothes for babies are pretty much the same price as adult clothes. Okay, so you might get a few sleep-suits in one pack, but if you’re on a budget, you need to be careful. Apart from that clothes that have been bought for her, I’ve bought all of Harlow’s clothes second-hand. They’re all in great condition, and I’ll continue to do it.
4. Are you entitled to it?
Make sure you’re claiming everything you’re entitled to. Ring up and speak to someone about it because unfortunately, I doubt the government will be 100% honest with you if you spoke about money. Citizens Advice would be great to talk to.
5. Be careful with what you don’t need.
I touched on this subject in another post, but just be careful with buying things you really don’t need.