– Buy clothes and toys from flea markets and sales, and exchange them with other families.
– Sell clothes, baby care equipments and toys that are useless; lack of room may quickly lead into a purchase of a bigger apartment.
– Buy the crib, the babysitter and the high chair as used. However, buy the bed mattress new because of the risk of mold.
– Less expensive diapers do usually fine. Washable diapers are the most inexpensive alternative. It has been estimated that disposable diapers will cost you approximately 1000-2000 euro, whereas washable diapers only cost 400-1300 euro.
– Loan children’s books and music from the library. That way you won’t get bored to them either. Another nice idea is to buy a good quality children’s book every Christmas and write the year there; your child will have them as nice memories from his childhood when he grows older.
– Consider whether you really need a nursing bag, a travel carriage, a changing table, a baby alarm or a breast pump. The changing table won’t be used for a long time. Terry cloth covered with plastic will make a good changing base, and you can pack that as well as the other equipments into an old shoulder bag which will be as fine as a nursing bag.
– A family with children often uses more water and more energy, but it’s good to pay attention to their economical use as well.
What you SHOULD get:
– You will need a baby carriage every day and for different weather. There ARE differences in them.
– Buy a NEW safety seat for your baby: if the seat has undergone a car accident, you may not notice it from the surface.
– A good carrying cloth or rucksack carrier calms down your baby and releases your hands for homework etc.
– Care insurance will pay itself back soon, especially if your child is sick often.