One of the trickiest parts of having a baby is figuring out how to do certain things on a budget. It is difficult, for example, to stick to a strict budget when you are buying baby food and the like, because baby food is something that is not a luxury, but a necessity to your baby’s wellbeing. One of the biggest expenses when expecting a baby is the baby clothes. It may sound strange, but new parents often feel lost when they begin looking at purchasing things like apparel because it is so hard to know exactly what size items their newborn will wear at birth.
In the lead up to the arrival of a new baby, parents receive all kinds of gifts, including (but not limited to) books, toys, and diapers. Baby clothes can be one of the best gifts for new parents because they are so expensive and, given that babies generally grow so quickly, you need so many. With your new baby growing at such a rapid rate (especially in those first few months), it is handy to have an abundance of clothing in different sizes at your disposal to keep up with the rapid rate of growth.
Because dressing your baby is such an expensive task, having solely luxury brands is not feasible for most families. Instead, having second-hand options and some designer items (if that is your style) is the way to go. Not only will it give you more options day to day, but you will be able to have options for all occasions and sizes – something that is quite important when bub is going through those initial growth spurt stages.
Shopping sales is another way to get more for less. This is especially true when you are willing to shop the entire baby sale range, rather than just the gendered sections that are relevant to your own child. Clothes listed as ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ can easily become unisex if you do not have preference on colours. Girls can wear blue and boys can wear pink – this is an increasing realisation. Sales allow you to buy bulk items, in varying sizes, ultimately giving your child more range and comfort than perhaps solely the more expensive options can provide.
It is a well-known fact that all babies are different, even at such a young age. Therefore, it is near impossible to estimate just how big your baby will be when they are born. This is exactly where the issue comes into play, because newborn sizes are not always big enough to fit newborns. Expecting parents, when packing a hospital bag, generally pack a little bit of everything: onesies, shirts, shorts, nappies, a bib, socks, baby wipes (and the list goes on). It is a natural factor to draw in that, without knowing how big the baby will be, different sizes of everything are added into the baby bag.
When preparing for the arrival of a new little addition, potential expenses can set expecting parents back quite a lot. Many parents are under the misconceived impression that they need to spend big money on the “best of the best”. Realistically, though, most clothes are made from the exact same (or very similar) fabrics, and such the label makes far less difference than you might think.