Baby on a Budget

For us we found that midwives and a birthing center was way cheaper than an OB & hospital, about 1/3 the cost. It was also a much nicer experience for us. Home birth would be even cheaper and we're considering that if we have more. Other than that there is breastfeeding, and if you use

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    For us we found that midwives and a birthing center was way cheaper
    than an OB & hospital, about 1/3 the cost. It was also a much nicer
    experience for us. Home birth would be even cheaper and we're
    considering that if we have more.

    Other than that there is breastfeeding, and if you use formula sign up
    for freebies and WIC if you qualify and buy store brand if your baby
    tolerates it and you don't get WIC.

    I use cloth diapers during the day and disposables only on my 11 month
    old and only at night and on long trips. My 2 yr old is just in
    cloth. I didnt pay much for my diapers, a friend gave me a ton of
    prefolds and covers and a WAHM I know needed sewing practice so she
    sewed me some all-in-ones for the cost of materials. I have purchased
    used as well, they really have a fantastic longevity. I don't use
    store brand dipes on my babies, only Huggies and I usually get them
    cheaper than store brand with a coupon. I've also found the warehouse
    stores are the best place to buy diapers for me, especially since my
    2yr old and 11 mo old weigh the same and are in the same size. I buy
    several cases when they have a BJs coupon in the sales paper and then
    i double up with a manuf. coupon. I normally pay $18 for the $26 case
    and it lasts a month between the two of them since i use the cloth
    during the day.

    warehouse stores also seem to be the best place for me to get wipes,
    medicines, baby bath, even supplies like a bassinette and carseats.

    I get almost all of our clothing free or used, and most of it in
    really good shape. I dont shop thrift that often, but I do shop
    cheapcycle and ALWAYS accept handmedowns, even if i dont like them or
    they are the wrong size! if you say no once ppl are less likely to
    pass more down to you!

    I dont typically feed my babies babyfood, i nurse or bottle feed until
    they are old enough to eat table food, and then I just mash it up,
    normally somewhere between 8 and 12 months, depending on which kid it
    is.

    I dont buy dreft, never have. I use Gain free or Tide free, we are
    very selective in our detergents because of skin allergies in my 7 yr
    old and my husband and those are the only two they dont react to (both
    are procter & gamble, which we buy only as a last resort). I use ECOS
    brand baking soda-based detergent on newborn clothes and on whites.

    I am very selective as to what i bring into my home with
    babies...meaning I know now that I dont need every gadget out there.
    If baby has food, clothing, diapers, shelter and loving caregivers,
    they have enough! When I do need something I see if I can borrow
    first, then I comparison shop online and ask stores to match prices (I
    LOVE froogle.com!). I ask people to save coupons for me too!


    I manage to feed the 6 of us, 2 kitties and two horse-size dogs on a
    special diet for $130 a week, including diapers, toiletries and
    formula (I was only able to nurse my son for 9 months, he's turning 1
    next week and we're moving him to enriched rice milk). I know I can
    do better, but I buy as much organic as I can and we spend a small
    fortune in milk & cheese alternatives on the toddlers since they can't
    have dairy but they LOVE it!

    I homeschool them too and spend about $300/yr for everything we need,
    the only extra we have presently is dance and acting classes, which
    run me about $80 a month for the two older kids (together).

    Anyhow, i pretty much introduced myself and replied right there
    I'm meg, homeschooling/freelancing/SAHM to 4 kids, ages 9, 7, 2 1/2
    and almost 1!

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    Babies are truly gift from God! My daughter's baby was born in January and he is a delight!

    Last year when she found out she was expecting her first baby, she found a "pregnancy support center" in her town that is a spiritually-centered organization, and it is wonderful!

    My daughter (and I) attended classes there that covered everything from prenatal care to infant and child care, parenting, first aid and CPR, as well as life skills. (Incidentally, it was in these classes that we learned about Budget101!) Class speakers were doctors, nurses, mid-wives, EMT's, dentists, educators, and representatives of many other agencies in the community.

    Just for attending the classes, the moms-to-be earn "vouchers" that they can "spend" in the center's boutique for everything for the baby from clothing to carseats to cribs! At 8 months, the mom receives a "layette" that includes a selection of baby clothing, diapers, bottles, blankets, etc. Every thing in the boutique and layette is new or very gently used. (There is a group of older Christian ladies who make and donate beautiful hand-made baby quilts, blankets, and afghans!) There was so much stuff in my daughter's layette we were amazed!

    Also maternity clothes are provided to any mother-to-be who needs them. They also offer counseling and all kinds of referral services, and non-denominational Bible studies as well.

    They recently opened a small low-cost photo studio there at the center too - everyone knows how expensive professional photos can be! What a nice service to provide to lower income moms who might not be able to afford photos of their little ones!

    My daughter met some wonderful people there and has made some terrific new friends from her association at the support center.

    Look around in your community and see what is available! Help is out there!

    From: Peggy <queenpeggy29@...>
    Date: Thu Dec 1, 2005 1:27 pm
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    If you live near a HEB grocery store, buy HEB diapers. I started out with pampers and then switched to the HEB brand to save money and the HEB brand works great. No leaks and I have used them for over a year.

    From: Christeen Tidwell <christeen21@...>
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    Making your own baby food is so much cheaper, better for the baby, and EASY! After you cook and puree the food pour the puree into ice cube trays. When frozen solid place into zip lock bags marked with it's contains, and you just have to pull out a cube or two as a serving. For the price of 1 or 2 jars you can make at least a whole tray of GOOD baby food. A whole tray equals a little more then 6 jars of store bought.

    It really does save money. Most of all it's better for your child.

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    I have heard people say that if you wait to have kids until you think you can afford to, you'll never be able to.

    First of all, in response to a couple of the other answers you've gotten, be careful with Parent's Choice diapers. I had problems with them causing a very bad rash, & so did a friend of mine. I'm sure not everyone has that problem, though, or they wouldn't sell so well.

    Of the 2 cheap Walmart brands, I prefer White Cloud. Also, my Sam's Club only sells Huggies & Pampers & in my area, they just went up to $32 a box from $28! The Walmart brand is now cheaper per diaper for me to buy. Check the per diaper price wherever you buy!

    With my first 2, I used a diaper service. It was economic for us, because we lived in an apartment & had to pay $1.25 a load to wash & dry, & I would have washed the diapers twice to make sure they were well rinsed.
    That was 15+ years ago, but it may be worth looking into. The service supplies a diaper pail, with a deodorizer, pail liners, drops off a week's worth of folded cloth diapers, & picks up the unrinsed(!!!) soiled ones weekly. I loved it.

    I never bought baby food for any of my six kids (The oldest is 18, the
    youngest is 2). Just cook veggies & put them in your food processor or blender. I would cook enough for a couple of weeks, then put the puree into ice cube trays sprayed lightly with baking spray (Pam) & freeze it. When the food was thoroughly frozen, I put the cubes into a labeled freezer bag, then took out & thawed whatever I needed. Regular sugar-free applesauce is good, and I bought canned-in-juice peaches, pears & apricots, and drained, pureed, and froze them, too. I have an immersion blender that I was able to use right in the can for my youngest 2! I love it! It makes good milk shakes, too!

    When the kids got old enough for more seasoned table food, I kept a baby food grinder at the table. I also bought plain yogurt & mixed the pureed fruit into it. You can find recipes online for homemade baby cereals, too. I even made my own teething biscuits once upon a time!

    I only bought formula for one of my kids, because my milk wasn't sufficient & she stopped nursing at 6 mos. Breast feeding is definitely the best way to go, if you can, until you're child is ready to graduate to cow's milk!

    We use our bed as a changing table, & didn't even set up a crib for our youngest. He slept with us at night, and in a cradle, or someone's arms, during the day. (It's nice having 10 extra hands home all the time!) The cradle is a plastic & mesh one that was part of an expensive baby swing; the cradle was given to us, used, when one of our other kids was born. When our toddler outgrew the cradle, he napped on our bed with pillows around him, & someone was always in the room.

    We've never decorated a nursery, as our babies always slept in our room. The crib we got when our oldest was born is a portable, so it is a little smaller than a full size & less expensive. It only got used for naps by our 4 oldest.

    Thrift stores are a frugal parent's best friend! I even take my teens to the thrift store first if they need clothes! $6 for a pair of jeans beats even Walmart!

    My philosophy is if they didn't have it 200 years ago, you can do without it , if you're willing to Well, ok, maybe not the computer All of the extras might be more convenient, but if you really examine them, they aren't necessary. Just my 20 cents worth. I talk too much!

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    what we do instead of buying dreft is buy ALL free and clear. It is the same thing

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    One thing I did to save money with my second baby was to use Parent's Choice diapers and formula from Walmart. Of course breastfeeding would be even more frugal but I could not because of medication. Also if you have a good thrift store in your area for clothes, maybe even baby furniture but the crib needs to be made in recent years for safety standards. Also make your own baby food. Don't buy babyfood applesauce. Nonsweetened regular applesauce is just as good. That is all I can think of right now. Oh you could use cloth diapers too.

    Melissa

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    I'm having a hard time tracking the order of the posts, but has anyone
    told the new mamas about Freecycle? I use it absolutely all the time!
    For Christmas last year I received awesome presents for my children
    (like a $600 play castle- FREE!!) and since then I've received
    furniture, clothes, cds, toys, you name it. THere are always baby
    items, clothes, necessary stuff. If the new members haven't seen the
    old posts about freecycle, go to freecycle.org. It is a list serve
    where people in your neighborhood give away whatever they don't need
    anymore, like a garage sale, only everything is free. God has blessed
    me abundantly through this.

    From: "Stephanie Havener" <woohoo810@...>
    Date: Thu Dec 1, 2005 7:42 am
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