Preparing to Start a Young Family

You and your partner have tried for the longest time, and now you’re about to bring a newborn into this world to start your young family. It’s a period of elation for both of you as you plan for your and the child’s future. However, it’s also when most new parents panic at the costs they’re about to incur in getting their residence and themselves ready for a new addition to their family. Some go a bit crazy and over-prepare, while others don’t do enough ahead of time and need to crisis shop once the baby arrives. Either way, unnecessary money is spent.

Many veteran parents who were once in the same boat would probably tell you to step back, take a breath, and assess the situation. They’ve been in the same boat as you and can provide important advice that can prevent you from taking out a loan for crib or emptying the aisles of jumpers at the local baby store. Here are a few things they may suggest.

Don’t go Crazy – Bringing a newborn into the world is, in most cases, a joyous occasion, and many folks go on a spending spree to celebrate. Unfortunately, after using most of their money on expensive furniture and toys, there isn’t enough to spend on the basics like food, formula, and diapers. The baby isn’t going to know he or she is laying on 1000-count threaded sheets or sleeping in a Christian Dior jumper, so they really aren’t needed. Be as simplistic as you can in your initial purchases.

Thrift Stores are Okay – You’re probably going to get some lovely outfits for your child from your friends and family, and your newborn will grow out of them after one wearing. In other words, there’s no need to stock your closets with frilly and fancy clothes that aren’t useful. Other than the ride home from the hospital and events like a baptism, there’s nothing wrong with loading the baby’s dresser with onesies and jumpers from Arc or Goodwill. To be honest, they’ll last longer after the first official spit up than the Gucci sailor suit you purchase.

Used Strollers are Good, Used Car Seats Aren’t – Like clothes, clean and gently-used strollers and cribs can be found at stores like Once Upon a Child. Check to make sure everything is working and there aren’t any sharp or loose items that could harm the baby. The one thing you don’t want to purchase used is a baby carrier or five-point harness chair. They may look undamaged, but it’s hard to tell if there is any internal structural damage that can cause the seat to fail in an accident. In this case it’s best to buy a well-recommended and decently-priced new car seat to protect the newest addition to your family.

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