New babies are so cute and so cuddly. They also cost quite a bit of money. Many couples don’t realize this until after baby arrives. Suddenly the price for diapers and formula looks outrageous. Too bad they didn’t plan for the expense from the beginning. Some people say the sum cost of rearing a child to the age of 18 is $250,000.
Mother Nature provides every woman with an inexpensive way to feed baby. It’s called breast feeding. This milk supply is simple and easy to use. If you add in the cost of a breast pump, you may spend a little more. Breast feeding also helps protect the child against infections and illnesses. Ordinary things like wheezing and SIDS are reduced in children who breast feed. It also protects against allergies. Plus, they say breast feeding is more likely to make your child intelligent and develop better.
You may find people pushing you to enroll your child in special classes. Take the baby to the pool and try to teach him on your own. You don’t need to spend a fortune. You also don’t need to give the baby piano lessons. Just give him the piano to get his interests started. Gymnastics is something you can work out on your own in the living room. All you need is a mat, some free time, and a great sound system. Then go to it and watch baby roll and tumble.
Another thing people will tell you that you need is a digital camera, DVD camcorder and small production studio. Simple photographs taken with an ordinary camera will keep most of the relatives happy. You can always have these scanned for application to an e-mail program. You don’t really have to spend all your hard earned money getting the perfect picture.
What about the baby’s library? Do you need to buy only hard bound books? Do you have to have the latest best seller? The truth is most babies are content to gnaw on a cardboard cover book. Furthermore, they only want to see the pictures. They don’t care what kind of a story you’re reading. All that matters is that you’re reading. Go ahead. Enjoy this relaxing time. Savor the fun of being with baby.
Child care can be an expense. You may have to advertise at the local high school. It doesn’t hurt to ask friends for recommendations. What you really need to consider, however, is how you can find someone who is trustworthy and reliable. That’s beyond the nickel and dime of babysitting costs.
Your baby can be pure joy. Take a deep breath and get used to the idea that it’s not the easiest road for any adult to navigate. You’ll figure it out in time, and you’ll soon see that you don’t really have to spend a bundle on your bundle. You only have to be there to love him and let him know he’s the best thing that happened to you.