- January 3, 2006 at 10:12 pm #235416
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.I loved it.
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 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!
From: Dee Webber
Date: Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:27 pm
Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Re: New to Budget101
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