We all know how hard it is to be a parent. Whether you have 1 child or 8 we all need support and advice from time to time. I have been incredibly blessed to have my husband around to help me raise my little ones and I always say I have NO idea how I would do it without him. For others raising children is a one man (or woman) job. Being raised by a single mother I saw how beautiful but also how difficult it can be going it alone.
Today I am featuring a wonderful article written by Alexis Hall of www.singleparent.info. She is dedicated to empowering parents and offering them the tools and support they need to get through and thrive. You will find many other fantastic articles on her website. This article has fantastic resources whether you are a single parent or not.
Preparing For Parenthood On A Budget: Tips For Moms-To-Be
By Alexis Hall
Preparing for parenthood is a big process that often comes with a lot of stress; there are so many decisions to make and things to take care of that it can easily become overwhelming, especially if you’re expecting as a single parent. When you’re on a tight budget, it can be tricky to navigate your way through a world of diapers, baby food, health insurance, and clothing that will quickly be outgrown. That’s why it’s so important to create a plan that will help you stick to your budget without the stress; fortunately, it can be done. The key is to think about what your needs will be and how to prepare for as much as possible before the baby comes.
Advances in technology have made it easier than ever for parents to save money by shopping online and utilizing subscription services for things they use every day, such as diapers and wipes. Learning how to maximize coupons and hunt for the best sales will help you stay on budget no matter what you need. Once you figure out the details of early parenthood — like whether you’ll breastfeed, for instance — you’ll be able to pinpoint your exact needs.
Here are a few things to think about as a mom-to-be on a budget.
Find online deals
Shopping when you’re in the late stages of your pregnancy or when you have a newborn isn’t always comfortable or convenient. That’s where online shopping comes in. You can get just about anything you need from the Web these days, and often that’s where you’ll find the best deals anyway. Whether you’re looking for maternity wear or new baby clothes, you can find great coupon codes to use at retailers like Macy’s for everything you need.
Figure out feeding time
One of the most common questions a new mom hears is, “Are you breastfeeding?” That’s because studies have shown that breast milk is often superior to formula in terms of the nutrients that baby gets, and breastfeeding also allows for an important mother/baby bond with skin-to-skin time. If you’re planning to breastfeed, there are a few things you’ll need, including comfy nursing bras, a good breast pump, a nursing pillow, and salve that will soothe sore skin. Look online for the best deals on everything you’ll need to feed your baby, and keep in mind that many shops offer discounts if you bundle an order.
Register for items at your favorite store
Baby showers aren’t for every mom, but they can be helpful when it comes to getting the items you need for baby. Consider registering for the things you want at your favorite store so your friends and family will have a handy list to choose from. Be sure to stagger the prices a bit so there’s room for everyone to buy something in their price range. You can also request gift cards; this way, if you don’t get a more expensive item you really wanted, you’ll have a little help paying for it.
These days, there are so many subscription services available to make life easier that you’ll have a huge variety to choose from should you decide to go that way. With everything from diapers to baby bath products offered up, you should be able to find a service that fits your budget and your needs in no time.
Preparing for motherhood is a big job that comes with many responsibilities. In order to ease the stress, plan ahead as far as you can and think about what your needs will be in the coming months. By creating a budget you can stick to, you’ll be making life a little easier one step at a time.
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