Introducing new life into this wacky world of ours is tricky. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you are an expectant mother, you are one of approximately four million women in America. Pair pregnancy with inflated prices for common household goods, and your budget can get completely thrown out of sorts. Single parent or not, when expecting, the task of determining what is most important budget-wise is daunting. You want to make sure your newborn is cared for, while still having money left for other expenses. Use the following four tips to minimize costs for basic needs so you can ensure a bright future and balanced budget.
Newborns require specific and appropriate nutrition. That’s why so many new mothers turn to formula. However, formula can be costly, especially when the alternative is free. Also, breastfeeding has been known to reduce the odds of sudden infant death syndrome by 37 percent. Choosing to breastfeed instead of purchase formula can save you anywhere between $1,200-$1,500 total, according to womenshealth.gov. This savings is quite substantial, especially since The Affordable Care Act provides services for breastfeeding equipment coverage without co-pays.
2. Use Cloth Diapers
Cloth diapers are a healthy alternative to disposable diapers. The Real Diaper Association reports disposable diapers contain chemicals such as sodium polyacrylate, which has been linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome and associated with severe diaper rash. Not to mention, the environmental waste disposable diapers produce is substantial. Greenchildmagazine.com states 49 million diapers are disposed of each day, each diaper taking between 200-500 years to decompose. Cloth diapers on the other hand, can save you up to $2,000, while also saving the planet.