Budgeting for baby

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Budgeting for baby

As a new parent you'll soon find out having a baby is the most rewarding but life changing decision. So, if you're looking for ways to cope with the expense, let Boots help with our money saving tips and products.

Budgeting for baby

Top 10 tips for baby essentials without blowing your budget

Having a baby is the most exciting and wonderful time so it's no wonder you want to do all you can to spoil them, before they even arrive!

From the essentials big and small, like a pushchair or nappies, choosing nursery furniture and those hard-to-resist little outfits and teddies, the shopping list can just go on and on.

But there are lots of ways you can still get everything you need without breaking the bank. We've come up with 10 great ways you can budget for baby, plus check out some of our mum's best budget buys.

And who knows, there might even be enough left for a treat for mum!

  1. Try and remember that your new baby doesn't actually need that much to start with. So why not make a list of the bare essentials that you need for the early days and concentrate on getting those first
  2. Breast is best: Exclusive breastfeeding (giving your baby breast milk only) is recommended for around the first six months (26 weeks) of your baby's life. Not only is the healthiest option for your baby, but the good news is it's free and unless you choose to express, doesn't need any accessories. Try Boots Expert Moisturising Nipple Cream
  3. Remember that everyone will spoil your new baby and buy you lots of presents, so you probably don't need to spend too much on clothes and toys - if you feel able, you could probably put in a request with your nearest and dearest to make sure you get the things you want
  4. Think about products that will stand the test of time. Cots that convert into junior beds and prams that become pushchairs may be more expensive up-front but can help you to save in the long run
  5. If you're having a baby shower, your friends tend to buy presents. But you could ask for gift vouchers so you can get the things you really need
  6. Shop smart: Make the most of 'baby events' and promotions
  7. Take advantage: Make the most of your Advantage Card points offers
  8. Think about when the sales are taking place so you can grab a bargain on larger items like nursery furniture
  9. Baby shoes are tiny, cute and irresistible, but remember your little one doesn't really need them until they start walking! Socks or baby grows with feet should be enough to keep their feet warm, especially if they're a summer baby
  10. Brilliant bundles: Remember you won't need items like toiletries and baby wipes straight away because they're not recommended for a newborn's sensitive skin. But when you do need to start buying everyday essentials, buy in bulk - not only will it save you money, but also lots of trips to the shops

Get some relief: Don't forget to check what tax relief you might be entitled to when you have a baby. And check whether there are incentives or benefits available from your employer

The best budget buys

Here are some great budget buys, as recommended by Boots customers. Remember to look out for the budget buy and value buy flags when you're shopping online.


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Budgeting for baby

Top 10 tips for baby essentials without blowing your budget

Having a baby is the most exciting and wonderful time so it's no wonder you want to do all you can to spoil them, before they even arrive!

From the essentials big and small, like a pushchair or nappies, choosing nursery furniture and those hard-to-resist little outfits and teddies, the shopping list can just go on and on.

But there are lots of ways you can still get everything you need without breaking the bank. We've come up with 10 great ways you can budget for baby, plus check out some of our mum's best budget buys.

And who knows, there might even be enough left for a treat for mum!

  1. Try and remember that your new baby doesn't actually need that much to start with. So why not make a list of the bare essentials that you need for the early days and concentrate on getting those first
  2. Breast is best: Exclusive breastfeeding (giving your baby breast milk only) is recommended for around the first six months (26 weeks) of your baby's life. Not only is the healthiest option for your baby, but the good news is it's free and unless you choose to express, doesn't need any accessories. Try Boots Expert Moisturising Nipple Cream
  3. Remember that everyone will spoil your new baby and buy you lots of presents, so you probably don't need to spend too much on clothes and toys - if you feel able, you could probably put in a request with your nearest and dearest to make sure you get the things you want
  4. Think about products that will stand the test of time. Cots that convert into junior beds and prams that become pushchairs may be more expensive up-front but can help you to save in the long run
  5. If you're having a baby shower, your friends tend to buy presents. But you could ask for gift vouchers so you can get the things you really need
  6. Shop smart: Make the most of 'baby events' and promotions
  7. Take advantage: Make the most of your Advantage Card points offers
  8. Think about when the sales are taking place so you can grab a bargain on larger items like nursery furniture
  9. Baby shoes are tiny, cute and irresistible, but remember your little one doesn't really need them until they start walking! Socks or baby grows with feet should be enough to keep their feet warm, especially if they're a summer baby
  10. Brilliant bundles: Remember you won't need items like toiletries and baby wipes straight away because they're not recommended for a newborn's sensitive skin. But when you do need to start buying everyday essentials, buy in bulk - not only will it save you money, but also lots of trips to the shops

Get some relief: Don't forget to check what tax relief you might be entitled to when you have a baby. And check whether there are incentives or benefits available from your employer

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