The Ultimate Checklist for Baby Prepping on a Budget
Emily Graham, Mighty Moms
September 9, 2019
The baby is coming soon, and to say you have a lot on your mind is an understatement. You have checked the boxes off some of the common to-dos. The car seat is secured (studies show potentially up to 84 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly). You’re stocked up on the essentials, like diapers, baby shampoo, and formula. Your meal train is set and out-of-town visitors have made accommodations. You are almost ready, but there are other important considerations. Read on to learn more about what else you can do to complete your baby prep while sticking to a budget.
Try Prenatal Yoga
Not only will yoga help you build the mental strength you need to become a mother, it will also help prepare your body to manage the pain and discomfort of delivery. Taking a class is a great way to connect with other moms and be part of a support network, but you can also do prenatal yoga classes at home by using free YouTube tutorials or other free online videos.
Take a Babymoon
A babymoon is your chance to enjoy your partner, take it slow, and savor this last vacation. Keep it budget-friendly by looking into vacation rentals in the Austin area. Staying in a home with plenty of amenities—like a stocked kitchen and quick access to exciting activities—can make even a staycation feel special. When taking a staycation in Austin, you can choose a vacation rental in an area that allows you to explore new neighborhoods, like trendy Rainey Street or SoCo, or you may prefer to find a home near one of Austin’s many lakes where you can enjoy swimming and boating.
Wait on the Nursery
Nesting is a big part of preparing for your baby, but there are other ways to nest outside the nursery. Most mothers-to-be put a lot of focus on decorating the nursery, but many children never sleep in there for the first three to six months—and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting even longer. By the time you start sleep training, you will have learned some of your baby’s likes and dislikes, and can decorate the nursery based on his or her personality.
Take a Birthing Class
If you want a better understanding of what labor will be like, how to get your newborn to latch properly, or how to make your own baby food, then take classes. Often your health insurance plan will cover some if not all of the costs of child prep classes. If that’s not the case, check your local libraries and hospitals. Many offer these classes at no cost as a way to improve public health.
Ask Your Mom Friends
You’d be surprised by how many people are still holding on to the clothing, toys, and accessories that belonged to their now adolescent and teen kids. Reach out to your mom’s network to see if anyone has anything they would be willing to sell or give away. Always offer to pay something for the item; chances are your friend won’t charge you much or will straight up give them to you. Hand-me-downs are a really sensible way to save costs on both small-ticket and big-ticket items. From onesies to shoes, bottles to bassinets, and strollers to cribs, you can cut a lot of costs by accepting gently loved items from people you know.
Pre-Register at the Hospital
If you plan to deliver in a hospital, find out if you can submit your admission paperwork ahead of time. This will save you ample amounts of time and stress. Instead of having to fill out these forms in the midst of painful contractions, you’ll already be on file and ready to go straight into triage or delivery. Filling out your admission scores ahead of time doesn’t typically reduce any fees—but it doesn’t add any, either. For those who want to, you can also pay a portion of your projected fees upfront.
There are a million things on your mind right now, which is why using this checklist can help you feel less overwhelmed and more accomplished. Having a baby is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Be patient and compassionate with yourself and stay focused on a healthy delivery.
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