Some people say babies are expensive, and that can certainly be true if you aren’t budget conscious! Having a baby can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Babies are simple creatures and require little. It is the older kids that suck your bank account dry.
That being said, babies do need some things during the first year of life, and since we all have different budgets, I’ve broke my list into two categories: things you need and things that are helpful.
Things You Need
Things that are helpful
I can’t write this post without sharing my personal pet peeves for useless baby crap. I'm sure some people love these products, but I can’t share that love!
So, as you can see, there are some big purchases to make for baby, but it isn’t such a long list as Babies R Us would have you believe. You can get by on very little, and, sadly, before you know it, your baby will have outgrown that swing any way.
If you have any must haves or pet peeves to share, please a comment so we can all benefit!
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I’m all about making do as much as possible when pregnant. It doesn’t last forever. It’s just nine months. Unless you plan on having a big family, the investment in specialty maternity items isn’t usually worth it. What you buy depends on your lifestyle and career, but overall, the recommendations I make will hold true.
Here’s what you need to avoid making big maternity purchases:
Belly Band + Hair Tie - I loop a hair tie through my buttonhole and then around the button to hold my pants closed. I put a belly band over it to smooth it out. The belly band also holds up too big maternity pants, or hides your tummy if your shirt is a smidge too short.
Dresses and Skirts - Most stretchy dresses and skirts that fit you prepregnancy will fit you while you’re pregnant. If you buy any of these while pregnant, you’re investing in your maternity wardrobe and your regular wardrobe.
Leggings- I’ve always been able to make my regular leggings work. I wear them with the skirts and dresses.
But you might have to buy…
1-2 Pairs of Maternity Pants - It depends on your job and the season you are in your last couple months.
5 Maternity Shirts - I don’t wear tight clothes, so many of my shirts will fit for most of my pregnancy, but in those last couple of months, nothing fits. The baby bump turns into a baby beach ball and there’s no avoiding the maternity shirts. Only buy enough to last you between laundry days and make use of dresses during this time.
Flip Flops, Birkenstocks, or Roomy Shoes - Did you know your feet could go up a size when you’re pregnant? Did you know sometimes the change is permanent!
Bigger Bras - This depends on how pronounced the changes are. I only needed one nice bra (I bought a nursing one), and made due with some roomier sports bras. If you intend to breastfeed, you will want to pick up enough to last you between washes.
Prenatal Gummies - Prenatals make me nauseous. These gummies, for whatever reason, never do. I’m not in love with the flavor, but at least I don’t feel sick.
Water Bottle - My doctor recommends drinking a gallon of water a day while pregnant. Carrying a water bottle around will help you remember to keep drinking.
Pantiliners - Trust me on this one.
Tylenol - Don’t take medicine unless your doctor has okayed it. When I’m gestating, I take tylenol for headaches because I’m not allowed to take my preferred ibuprofen. You never know if or when you will need to take a pain relief medicine. I keep a small bottle handy, just in case.
Maternity Pillow!!!!! - I own the Snoogle and I love this thing. It is the best. I use it even when I’m not pregnant. You could use a body pillow, but this maternity pillow was worth every penny.
Bring pregnant is a truly wonderful and crazy experience. Your body changes and things happen you'd never expect. But really, it is fairly simple. You don't need much. Just a big sense of humor and a lot of courage.
I've posted a couple of pregnancy related videos that might interest you. I love Damian's reaction to me telling him we're having another baby. While honest and funny, you can tell he is happy. In the second video, I talk about how the pregnancy is going, my glucose test woes, and I reveal the sex of our newest baby and the name.
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