Buying for Baby – A Checklist

 

While buying for your baby, especially if you plan on working with a budget, it is advisable to ask yourself what is really essential for the baby. In today’s world, clever marketing will try to convince you to buy all kinds of fancy equipment for your baby but remember, this will only leave a hole in your pocket. Nothing is more valuable than the care, attention and love that you lavish on your child. That said, you can figure out what exactly your baby needs.

 
 
There are a few basics that you will need to have ready just before your baby’s birth.

  • Nappies
  • Soft one-piece body suits and singlets
  • Socks
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby cream, powder and soap
  • Blankets and other bedding items
  • Feeding bottles and extra nipples
  • Mosquito Net
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    These are the bare necessities that you need to be stocked with on the arrival of your baby. Many people bring gifts for the baby when they come to visit and this is a great way to save some money. You can add to your shopping list as you go along and when the need arises.

    6 Months And Above:

    Now that the first few months of your baby’s life has gone by, you will have had enough time to get to know your baby. You will now know approximately how often to change nappies or how often you need to replace nipples on the bottle, etc. you can now start planning for future requirements. Here are a few things you might need to consider.

  • Do you plan to put baby in a cradle, cot or crib? Plan a budget accordingly.
  • Do you find the need for a stroller? Consider the comfort of using a stroller for the baby as well as yourself.
  • Will you be travelling a lot by car? You could consider the safety option of a car seat.
  • Will you be needing a babysitter or day care provider?
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    Begin by researching your options and checking their references. Then shortlist options that fit into your budget.

    Just remember that you don’t really need every product available in the market today. You can spend heaps of money buying your baby expensive toys but nothing can replace the time you spend playing with your child. Think of creative ways to offset expenses without depriving your child.