When a new baby is brought home (or the new baby is on the way), the budget can quickly blow out of proportion with baby purchases.
The hip-pocket pain can be eased with some smart choices and less reliance on disposable products.
Families are throwing thousands of dollars away by using disposable nappies, single use wipes and onesies that are outgrown in weeks. Most people don’t know but there are lots of alternatives.
Repeatedly buying disposable nappies, wipes and breast pads becomes really expensive and it’s also bad for the environment. The re-usable market has come a long way recently too.
Many new parents think cloth nappies are the old fashioned style that require folding, pins and plastic pants. Modern cloth nappies are shaped like disposables and close with snaps or velcro. Technology, materials and innovation have come a long way and they are easily washed, dried and very breathable. The new materials don’t require any soaking or special wash routines, just wash like your clothes.
Here are some tips to help you save thousands of dollars (and the environment):
Modern cloth nappies
A pack of 24 cloth nappies costs around $700, it’s expensive upfront, but if you compare it to the ongoing costs of disposable nappies, which cost close to $4000 from birth until toilet training, you’re better off spending more upfront.
Modern cloth nappies are made from bamboo, cotton, hemp or microfibre which makes them super absorbent. There are many types, colours and prints available, so you can easily find something to suit your family’s style.
For a small upfront cost, you can save an extra $300. Usually made from bamboo or cotton, there are so many funky prints to choose from. You will need less wipes per change and just pop them in to wash with your nappies.
Babies also grow so quickly – particularly out of those newborn onesies. By adding 9cm extenders to your onesies you can get an extra two sizes out of them and save at least $200. Use them to get some extra wear out of your favourite onesies.
Reusable nursing pads
Made from bamboo, cotton or microfibre, these are a more comfortable solution, save money and produce less waste. You can choose a funky print to suit your style, or opt for a plain colour to keep these hidden under white t-shirts.
Disposable products are only relatively new on the market but they seem to have become the norm for most parents. By making these small changes you will save money as well as the environment.
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