Babies are bundles of joy and parents are giddy when they arrive. However, they can also be very expensive to provide for. Welcoming the first baby in the family is a particularly costly affair as every item needed has to be bought brand new. Granted, these can be used again for the next children but they can cause quite a financial stress at the present time. The bottles, the pram, the clothes, and the cot may seem like trivial matter but they add up to a considerable sum.
Let's take the bedding, for example. Babies are highly sensitive so buying just any old bedding will not do. The size must be just right for the cot as being excessively large will cause rumpling and may even cause restricted breathing during the baby's sleep. Bedding that is too small, on the other hand, may allow for gaps that the little one could slip through. The best way to go is to find the ideal size and material. Wool blankets are perfect for babies and you may find discounted items for a great bargain.
Be careful when hunting for discounts, though. Some of these are cheap because they are made of poor quality materials. These may harm the baby instead of bringing comfort. Instead of buying lots of cheap products by bulk, consider investing on a few high quality items instead. A nice wool blanket is more valuable than three cheap cotton ones.
If this feels like it will be out of your reach, then strategize your purchases to lower the cost. For instance, buying items in sets will typically come with a discount. Get a sheet, a blanket, and a pillow case in a package with the same design instead of having them bought piecewise. Bedding sets are great for the budget.
Shop through the Internet. In every corner of the Web, there is always a sale waiting to be discovered. After the holidays is a great time to shop as stores are eager to dispose of their overstock. They know that the shopping mood of consumers has passed and so they use a sale as a way of attracting them back to the store to make new purchases. You can get several nice items this way at a fraction of the original price.
As a parent, you will have to contend with the fact that many baby products are overpriced. The manufacturers know that you will do anything to provide the best for your baby and they try to cash in on this attitude. If you have had enough of this overcharging, then why not make your own bedding? It is not that hard to do and there are many tutorials on the Internet that you can use as reference. This way you will only need to spend for items that are more complex.
Use an old full size sheet as your material and just cut it down to size. The advantage of going the DIY route this that the finished product will have a custom fit and your personalized design.
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