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Baby on the way? Keep calm and don’t overspend

If you're due a new arrival, it can be tempting to go all out with stocking up on baby bits and bobs, but before you do, stop and think about whether you really need everything you are buying or whether you can get it cheaper.

According to a new poll of more than 30,000 mums by Milton BabyCare, one third of first-time mums (35%) spend between £1,500 and £3,000 on preparing for their newborn – and some even spend more than £3,000.

Do you know how much a baby costs in the first year?

Our research showed that a baby could cost as much as £7,200 or as little as £1,600 in their first year, excluding childcare


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Cutting back on baby costs

Of course, it’s natural to want to spend money on your child, but try to ignore the ads. Focus on the priorities, and make sure you’re prepared for the expected and the unexpected.

When we asked members of our online community, Tell MA, for their thoughts, a lot of answers focused on thinking about what you buy first. Don’t be caught up with keeping up with the Jones’ -  a lot of baby things are only used for a short amount of time. Second-hand clothes or hand-me-downs for babies will have hardly been worn.

One of the best things you could do is ask other mums what they found useful and there’s also nothing wrong with asking friends and family for specific items as gifts. 

Shopping around is also a good idea. With a bit of planning, you can get baby things cheaper in the supermarket or online.

The members of our community also suggested making the most of freebies – such as from survey sites or parenting clubs.

Calculate your baby costs

We have calculated the costs of a number of baby products over the first year of your baby’s life, from nappies to food and buggies. Whether you’re on a budget or looking to make sure no expense is spared, we can help you.  

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