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Smart Ways to Save Money When You’re Expecting a Baby - Kanika chadda-gupta

Smart Ways to Save Money When You’re Expecting a Baby

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Smart Ways to Save Money When You’re Expecting a Baby - Kanika chadda-gupta

Having a baby can be stressful for a number of reasons, but financial matters tend to top the list of concerns for expectant parents. The costs of pregnancy prep can really add up! New parents are often overwhelmed by the amount of stuff they need to buy and may find it challenging to afford everything on a tight budget. Thankfully, there are several great ways to cut your household expenses and save money on your baby essentials, so you can grab all those necessities that your little one will need.

Save on Nursery Supplies

As you stock up on baby supplies, keep an eye out for store sales and clearance discounts. You can save a lot of money by shopping around for the best prices on each item you need instead of getting everything from one store. This is a great way to reduce the cost of pricey nursery gadgets like sound machines and video monitors. Best Buy is an excellent place to find deals on electronic nursery essentials, and you can save by searching online for deals before shopping. In this Best Buy shopping guide, Rakuten recommends saving even more by becoming a My Best Buy member, getting free shipping on orders over $35, and shopping the Deal of the Day. If you find a good discount, consider picking up some other helpful electronics like a humidifier and smart thermometer to keep your baby happy and healthy.

Start a Budget

If you don’t have a household budget, now is the time to start one. A budget will help you plan for your expected expenses and ensure that your savings remains intact as you collect everything you need. Start by tracking your spending habits in a spreadsheet, notebook, or budgeting app and identify your problem areas—like shopping, eating out, or entertainment. Look for monthly expenses that you can cut out or reduce as well.

Take Advantage of Gift Registries

Before buying baby supplies yourself, it might be worth it to wait and see what you get from others. Set up a baby registry with a few different stores to let your friends and family know exactly what you want. Parents.com recommends against using your baby registry to ask for luxury items or supplies you don’t necessarily need, like a wipes warmer or bottle warmer. Instead, register for essentials that you would buy anyway. You can never have too many diapers and burp cloths! Many stores offer registry completion discounts to help you buy anything left on your registry after your baby shower or due date, so it can’t hurt to fill your registry up with everything you need.

Search for Gently Used Items

Remember, you don’t have to buy everything brand new. According to Babygaga, certain baby essentials—like clothes and toys—are perfectly fine to buy used as long as you check that they’re clean and safe. You can save big bucks by purchasing these items from consignment shops, thrift stores, and online marketplaces. You may even be able to use baby gear for free by renting from companies like Medela. Just keep in mind that some things are important to buy new, including a crib, car seat, and stroller, to ensure they meet current safety standards.

Smart Ways to Save Money When You’re Expecting a Baby - Kanika chadda-gupta

It’s no secret that having a baby can be costly, but you don’t need a bottomless bank account to make things work. Try not to let financial concerns hamper your new baby excitement. Find ways to cut costs and save on essentials, so you can afford everything you need to welcome your new little bundle of joy.

My Hospital Essentials

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After three kids and two pregnancies, I’ve learned exactly what is needed on d-day (aka your baby’s date of delivery!) During my twin pregnancy, I hurriedly packed a bag at 3 am when my water broke. Talk about hectic! But with baby #3, I was better prepared since I knew what was useful during my stay and what wasn’t. This video is all about my hospital bag essentials.

Here’s a list of products for mom and baby.

Products for Mom:

Products for Baby:

I am a minimalist so didn’t want to overpack with items that weren’t necessary. What items did you pack for your big day that I didn’t mention? Leave them in the comment section below. Thank you Mamas!

Soon to Be Party of Five!

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It has caught us by surprise that after our twins, I am now expecting baby #3. A lot of friends have warned, advised, and damn-near scared me about what it’s like having three kids under the age of two (the twins and our littlest one will be 18 months apart), but my husband and I are bracing ourselves for the adventure that lies ahead. 

Here are a few checklist items we got started on since we found out the good news:

Organizing our Hand-Me-Downs. Since we have boy-girl twins, we already have every single piece of clothing (blue or pink) along with toys and essentials for each milestone from newborn on up. Whew! I organized the twins’ clothes in separate bins (I love these Container Store Long Underbed boxes), which I labeled (0-3 months, 3-6 months, etc.). Easily being able to find what we need will be super handy when our baby arrives.

Be Prepared for Anything. Since this isn’t my first rodeo, it’ll be interesting to see the nuances of this baby’s needs vs. our twins how our twins were at that age (e.g. will the child take to a pacifier or not? Will he/she sleep through the night? Will he/she take to breastfeeding?) I am prepared for anything. Our twins are already so different, whether they’re gravitating to various toys (Suhana loves books, Krish likes playing with his toy basketball and soccer ball) or soothing mechanisms (Suhana likes to be held with her hair stroked and Krishie prefers his pacifier and falling asleep being rocked in the glider), so we know baby #3 is going to come with his/her own personality and preferences.

Go On a Couple’s Getaway. We aren’t doing a babymoon since we don’t want to the leave the kids for too long, so my husband and I are doing a mini spa retreat over a weekend. I can’t wait to relax, indulge in prenatal massages, and relish our adult conversation which won’t be centered around questions like, “did you remember to order the size 5 overnight diapers for next month?”

Book a Family Vacation. We are booking our very first beach vacation this summer prior to the baby’s arrival. Our twins were only 6-months-old last summer and weren’t quite sitting up so we avoided taking them to the beach. (Can you just picture them doing tummy time in the sand. No thanks!) So this year, I am very excited to be taking them on this trip where they’ll to explore unchartered waters (literally!) and we enjoy quality time as a family. 

If you all have any tips on what else to do prior to baby #3 arriving, please leave them in the comments below. Any advice is welcome! Thank you for you good wishes!

Will I Ever Get a Good Night’s Sleep?

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You are tossing and turning and hate that you can’t sleep on your stomach anymore. You undoubtedly wake up 5 times a night to pee. You have probably even contemplated dragging your air mattress into the bathroom. I’ve been there. It gets better. And as everyone says, your broken sleep pattern during pregnancy prepares you for the sleepless nights to come when your baby (or babies!) arrive.

Since I was giving birth to twins, my bump grew fast. However, I wasn’t as uncomfortable as friends suspected. I didn’t get swollen feet. I didn’t experience morning sickness. I wasn’t nauseous. (Okay, I’ll stop rubbing it in.) My point is that discomfort isn’t inevitable. I made sure to continue working (paying close attention to my posture while sitting at my desk), went to the gym three times a week, and took naps when I could. My work outs actually made it easier to fall asleep since I was so tired by the end of the day. When I slept, I put a small wedge pillow under my belly and a regular pillow in between my knees. I had spurts of restful slumber, which happened to be in the early mornings from 5:00 am onward, and the most vivid dreams. They were surreal. Find what works for you whether it’s a full-body pillow or smaller pillows scattered throughout the bed.

Above all, keep a positive attitude and you’ll breeze through each week. You are creating a human life (or multiple lives) inside you – organs are forming, tiny little limbs, the works! So allow yourself to rest whenever you feel tired and stay hydrated. It works wonders.

Just Breathe

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How many weeks pregnant are you? Whether you just found out the big news (after peeing on every single brand of pregnancy test out there. Yes, that smiley face is looking back at YOU!) or if you’re in your third trimester and are ready to pop, please take a second to BREATHE.

I’ve suffered from asthma ever since I was nine years old, and when I became pregnant with twins, breathing got so. much. harder. Instead of overdosing on my Ventolin inhaler, I met with my physical therapist who taught me breathing exercises to strengthen my lungs. I ended up having a c-section so never did experience the “hee hee hoo” of labor, but this regular practice will be useful when push comes to shove. Literally.