5 Money Saving Tips for New Parents

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Bringing a new baby home is an exhilarating time. Along with excitement, many parents feel anxiety about the financial impact the new arrival will have on the family. But having a baby doesn’t have to drain your bank account. Here are some of our favorite ways to save money during this exciting time.

  1. Breastfeed

Breast milk is convenient and it’s the perfect food for your baby but best of all, it is free! Putting a lot of effort in the first few days to establish breastfeeding will really pay off in the long run. If you have to go back to work, you can get a basic manual breast pump for around 50,000 Uganda shillings in many supermarkets and you can continue to feed your baby breast milk even when you are at work.

  1. Use washable nappies

The cost of disposable/throw-away diapers can add up quickly. In most markets, a single diaper is 1,000 Uganda shillings, which means just 2 diapers per day will be 730,000 Uganda shillings for one baby annually! A whole set of washable nappies can cost anywhere between 200,000 and 400,000 Uganda shillings and these can be used for several years and on more than one baby.

  1. Skip the baby foods and baby porridges

There is no need to buy special foods for your baby. When babies are ready to eat at 6 months, they can eat most of the same foods that you eat. You’re advised not to spend money on specialized baby foods and just feed your baby the same healthy, natural foods that you’re eating.

  1. Borrow baby items or buy secondhand

There are many items that babies only use for a short time – things like baby seats, cribs, beds, etc. On top of this, babies outgrow clothes so quickly! Ask around and see if any of your friends or relatives have these items you can borrow, or buy them secondhand instead of buying new.

  1. Skip the fancy baby skin products

Most cosmetic products manufactured for babies are expensive, and many of them have perfumes and other chemicals that are not healthy for your baby. Your baby does not need fancy cosmetics – a gentle, natural soap and a natural moisturizer or plain Shea butter is sufficient to keep your baby’s skin clean, healthy and well moisturized.

What would you add to this list? What are some ways you have saved money on your baby?

Bringing a new baby home is an exhilarating time. Along with excitement, many parents feel anxiety about the financial impact the new arrival will have on the family. But having a baby doesn’t have to drain your bank account. Here are some of our favorite ways to save money during this exciting time.

  1. Breastfeed

Breast milk is convenient and it’s the perfect food for your baby but best of all, it is free! Putting a lot of effort in the first few days to establish breastfeeding will really pay off in the long run. If you have to go back to work, you can get a basic manual breast pump for around 50,000 Uganda shillings in many supermarkets and you can continue to feed your baby breast milk even when you are at work.

  1. Use washable nappies

The cost of disposable/throw-away diapers can add up quickly. In most markets, a single diaper is 1,000 Uganda shillings, which means just 2 diapers per day will be 730,000 Uganda shillings for one baby annually! A whole set of washable nappies can cost anywhere between 200,000 and 400,000 Uganda shillings and these can be used for several years and on more than one baby.

  1. Skip the baby foods and baby porridges

There is no need to buy special foods for your baby. When babies are ready to eat at 6 months, they can eat most of the same foods that you eat. You’re advised not to spend money on specialized baby foods and just feed your baby the same healthy, natural foods that you’re eating.

  1. Borrow baby items or buy secondhand

There are many items that babies only use for a short time – things like baby seats, cribs, beds, etc. On top of this, babies outgrow clothes so quickly! Ask around and see if any of your friends or relatives have these items you can borrow, or buy them secondhand instead of buying new.

  1. Skip the fancy baby skin products

Most cosmetic products manufactured for babies are expensive, and many of them have perfumes and other chemicals that are not healthy for your baby. Your baby does not need fancy cosmetics – a gentle, natural soap and a natural moisturizer or plain Shea butter is sufficient to keep your baby’s skin clean, healthy and well moisturized.

What would you add to this list? What are some ways you have saved money on your baby?

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