Congratulations on your pregnancy! There’s a lot to look forward to and organise before your little one makes their grand entrance. Perhaps the most important aspect to consider is how you’re going to manage your finances once they’re here.
Raising a little one isn’t cheap and for many expectant parents’ a new baby can quickly upset the delicate balance of their finances. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can manage your finances and save money before your baby arrives and once they’re here. Let’s explore some straightforward money tips for expectant parents.
Think about their financial future
Ok, so they might not be here yet, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about their future. Having better control of your finances and putting money aside for their future will give you financial confidence and give your child the best start in life. You can place money in a simple savings account or you could make their money work harder by getting a junior investment isa. From their first home to their first car, this simple gesture will go along way!
Research is your best friend
We all want our children to have the very best. The best car seat, the best pram, clothes and the latest toys and gadgets. However, it’s worth remembering that just because you’re spending huge amounts on baby products, it doesn’t guarantee their overall quality.
Don’t be fooled by the latest pram that an influencer is selling on Instagram, or the expensive baby bottle warmer one of your Facebook friends keeps posting about, conduct plenty of research into the best products in your price range. Check reviews across several platforms and ask yourself if you really need these overpriced expensive items at all.
Be wary of overstocking on essentials
It makes sense to stock up on the essentials before the baby is born but be wary. If your baby is smaller or larger than expected and you’ve spent hundreds on certain sizes of nappies and clothes, then you could be stuck with huge amounts of items you have no use for and no way to get your money back. Start with a few essentials then stock up, or buy big and then at least your baby can grow into these items in time.
If you’re planning on breastfeeding, hold off purchasing expensive breastfeeding equipment before the baby is born. You may change your mind about breastfeeding after the baby arrives, or for medical reasons are unable to do it. The same applies to bottles. Some babies are quite particular about the teats on their bottles. Try to figure out which works best before you spend more of your money.
And finally, buy second hand
Do you have a friend or a family member whose baby has grown out of their clothes or toys? Ask if they have anything, they’d be willing to sell or give to you. There’s nothing wrong with second-hand baby items. They grow out of things so quickly; you’ll save a small fortune!