I remember when I was pregnant with my first child I felt totally clueless. I’d spend a lot of time on Mumsnet and reading books about pregnancy, working out what was going on with my body and my baby’s, and of course trying to work out what you need to buy when you’re pregnant. The second time around I was a bit more confident, I knew what helped last time (and what was a total waste of cash) so I felt far better about where I should spend my cash.
If you’d like some ideas for what you need to do or buy when you’re pregnant then Smart Insurance’s Baby Checklist: 36 Essentials for Expecting Mums is a really good place to look – it’s pretty much comprehensive! These are the essential things that I thought were most important. I’d love to know what your pregnancy and new baby essentials were too.
Pregnancy and new baby essentials
1) Pregnancy and new mum vitamins – vitamin D and folic acid are essential during your pregnancy and it’s good to know that you’re feeding your body everything that it needs
2) Maternity bras – I spent a lot on maternity bras. Even going with the plainest, cheapest ones there’s no hiding the fact that if you go up five cup sizes when you’re pregnant you’re going to end up spending a lot on underwear. I uhhh… spent a lot on underwear.
3) A good car seat – buy the best you can but make sure that it’s suitable for your car – ours wouldn’t fit an ISOFIX system.
4) A new mattress – I would also really recommend one with a removable, waterproof cover for when the inevitable happens and there’s an accident in the middle of the night
5) A pram/buggy – personally I’ve never managed with baby carriers once my child is more than a few weeks old (especially as I was always carrying a changing bag too). I’ve had three different pushchairs so far – the most important thing is that it suits your lifestyle.
6) Maternity clothes – you don’t need to buy loads and you can buy second hand or borrow from friends but the difference when you first pull on those maternity jeans is awesome.
7) Baby sleeping bags – awesome
8) A blackout blind – I love these, we have a Gro-Anywhere blind that we use for holidays too.
Let’s be honest, having kids is not a cheap thing to be doing. But I don’t think you need to spend loads of cash on everything though so I’m also adding three things that I think you can save quite a bit of money on!
Three things to save on
1) Changing bags – For my first child I used a rucksack which was super practical, it even had a drinks holder and for my youngest I used a bag from New Look. You really don’t need to spend £80 on something to carry nappies in.
2) Nappies – The expensive brands aren’t always significantly better than cheaper ones, it’s well worth trying out different brands
3) Highchairs – my Ikea Antilop highchair has lasted me through two loads of baby led weaning and it only costs £13. It’s so easy to clean I can’t honestly think of a good reason to buy anything else.
Written in collaboration with Smart Insurance