I’m just a few weeks away from giving birth to twins, my first kiddos, and I have to admit that shuffling through all the different products and recommendations can be really overwhelming.
Just like any other mom, I want them to have everything they need, but as any mom can attest, not everyone can agree on what babies truly “need.” There’s so many products, recommendations, and of course, no shortage of people ready to give you advice. If I bought everything that everyone recommended, I’d be broke!
However, with a little bit of thought and resisting some peer pressure, I’ve found that you can prepare really well for bringing babies home from the hospital without spending a fortune.
Here’s how I’ve saved money in my preparations for my own kids:
1. Realize Which Products are “Needs”
Every time someone recommends a new baby product, I have to ask myself what purpose it serves. I also like to ask myself if women in other countries find it necessary. There’s just something about the U.S. that breeds excess, and that’s especially true when it comes to weddings and babies. Society teaches us that we have to have certain items in order to be the best parents we can be. Not only that, but if you can’t afford them or choose not to have them, there is always some judgement from other moms. Despite this, there are a lot of items I’ve found unnecessary, and so I’ve left them off of my registry. I just count myself lucky that I even have a registry and a baby shower at all, since it’s something that’s not done everywhere in the world.
2. Realize the Babies Don’t Care About High End Products
There are a few things that I know I will need. Baby clothes are one thing. A crib is another. They will also need diapers and wipes and a few other things. Knowing this ahead of time allowed me to look for sales and to choose items that were inexpensive. While I loved several cribs in the $400-$600 range, I chose one in the $200 range because we have to buy two of them for the twins. Even though I might like a certain style better, I just remind myself that the babies don’t know about high end products. All they know is that they have a quiet place to sleep at night!
Ultimately, it’s hard to stay balanced and focused when it comes to saving up to bring your baby home. However, as long as you have the basics and a safe place for your baby to sleep at night, I think that’s more than enough! I know that we’re just trying to keep things as minimalist as possible and not spend a ton of extra money unless there is an emergency. I’m sure that will change over time, but for now we’re more focused on the babies themselves than all of the gear that’s “necessary” to bring them home.
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