Most new parents spend £3,000 on their first baby in just a year. But if you plan and are a clever shopper you can prepare yourself for the new arrival for less than £200.
Most new parents spend money on consumer goods and fall for the advertisements that tell you that you need and what their products that will be barely used, then discarded or sold.
What are the baby basics?
Not much is the answer. What you will need in the first few hours are maternity pads for mum, some nappies, a few sleep suits, a baby blanket, and a warm suit, booties and hat if it’s winter, You will also need a car seat if travelling home by car You will be tempted to buy more but wait before you rush out and spend your money, ask yourself a few questions can I borrow or buy the item from a family member or friend or does my baby really need it and you will get plenty of new baby gifts in the first few weeks so wait and see before you buy too much.
Must have items
Sleep suits, bodysuits and bibs
If winter warm outdoor clothing
Feeding equipment if not breast feeding
Blankets, towels and bedding
As a rule always have a couple of each item one being used one in the wash and one ready to be used you will have a lot of washing so buy washing powder when on offer too.
Pram or Pushchair suitable from birth try to choose one that will grow with your new baby.
The experts say that your newborn baby shouldn’t be carried around or in a upright position for long periods of time so take this into account when choosing one.