Even though we planned our second pregnancy, the question of being able to afford to do it still came up in conversation. Along with the aches and pains of pregnancy come the financial worries too. It’s normal to question how you’re going to be able to make it work. I feel like everyone thinks this. Are you thinking of ways you can save money with your second?
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Either way, raise your hand if you have (or will have) two under the age of four.
Imagine me putting my arms in the air and waving them like I just don’t care. We have been blessed with baby number two, and we are so excited to meet the little one that is busy intensifying my acid reflux and making my hips feel like they’re being separated by a world.
Because we’re expecting again, we recently spent way too much time in Babies ‘R Us when they were going out of business, snatching up whatever we had on our need list before they closed. It’s totally reasonable to want to go shopping as soon as we hear the good news. At the same time, it’s okay to wonder how you can save money with your second.
But, do we even think about the fact that one pair of socks cost $10 or a one-of-a-kind crib sheet is nearly $40? Maybe not until we’ve already swiped our cards and are well on our way home to nest with our new purchases. Splurging on baby one is a given, but money may be tighter with pregnancies to follow and so it’s normal to be a little more aware of the numbers that end up on our receipts.
Want to know 5 ways you can save with your second?
Check your car seats, ladies!
I was reluctant with this at first because car seats do have expiration dates and that’s something that not everyone knows. From my research, most of them expire after six years. This means that if you have two little ones close in age and are the same sex (or if the seat is gender neutral) you can reuse baby number one’s car seat for the second! It’s a pretty exciting way to save money with your second, right?
Just make sure that your car seat hasn’t passed the expiration date. Check the manual and if that doesn’t have the expiration date, call the manufacturer and ask. I called the maker of our car seat (Baby Trend) and they were able to tell me when the car seat would be expiring.
This one doesn’t come until after the baby is born, but choose to breastfeed!
I can’t tell you how much money we saved nursing our first-born. Mostly, because I didn’t keep track. (If anyone has a number to this, I’d really like to know.) It was awesome not having a formula expense. It’s something that I plan on doing to save with our second. And at the same time, our little one will be getting that golden liquid! I understand that not everyone can breastfeed.
If it’s something that you plan to do to save money with your second make sure you do your research. Anyone that has breastfed knows that it isn’t always easy. Thankfully, there are lactation consultants and support groups with supportive women who are going through the same thing and looking for balance, confidence, and that extra little bit of reassurance. If you end up not being able to breastfeed, know that it’s okay!
Don’t splurge on clothing.
I feel like clothing is the first thing we’re looking at when we find out we’re pregnant. It’s like our eyes are glued to it as we pass the clothing aisle in every single store. Babies grow so quickly in the beginning.
We received a lot of hand-me-downs for our first baby and he didn’t even get to wear a lot of it because he was growing into the next size super quick. (You’ll especially find this common if you breastfeed, I think.) If you’re having the same sex, I suggest going through your old clothing if you’ve held on to it and reuse it.
The only clothing we purchased was baby number 2’s bring home outfit. Everything that we have packed away from our first son is still in good enough condition to reuse, some of it like new. If you’re having the opposite sex, still go through that clothing! Chances are you have quite a few neutral outfits you can reuse to save money with your second.
Coupon your way to diapers.
When I was pregnant with baby number 1 I used coupons on baby products (wipes, diapers, Dreft detergent). Back then, CVS is a good place to pair coupons with sales. I remember hitting the jackpot doing this, going in and using my coupons when sales occurred, AND one time I was even able to use my coupons on clearance prices, which meant that I got multiple packs of diapers for a ridiculously stupid price. Do it to save for your second too! (Note: I’m not sure how CVS is now with this. I did this nearly 4 years ago now.)
Be conscious and aware of purchasing toys.
Depending on the age of your first child, he/she isn’t going to care much if you repurpose their baby toys with your second child. They will be so excited about having a sibling that they’ll probably want to share their toys, especially ones that they don’t have much interest in anymore. Toys are expensive and buying all brand new ones for baby number 2 is going to add up. Not to mention, you’re going to have duplicates lying around the house, which will turn into an annoyance down the road when you’re trying to pick up after two little ones. Dig out those toys from baby number 1!
Being pregnant is such a thrilling time.
It’s a blessing that I think we sometimes override with judgments from society on needing to be materialistic, but it’s really not necessary. The only person that understands the price of something baby’s needs is you. Your little ones don’t care about the price tag. As long as your baby is safe and happy and his/her needs are being met, it’s okay to reuse items. The money that we can save by being more frugal can be used to do something fun with them when they get older or you can even open up a savings account for your child and tuck the money away in there until your littles get older!
There are so many ways you can save when it comes to having a baby. If you have any additional tips, I’d love to hear about them. Leave me a comment with some suggestions or things you’ve done to save money with your second.