Having children can be the most rewarding thing people ever do, but raising a family is not without its problems. For example, bringing youngsters up these days isn’t cheap and mums and dads can quickly start to feel the financial strain. Highlighting some of the expenses associated with having children, Aviva has revealed that many expectant parents shell out thousands even before their babies are born.
According to the firm, mums and dads-to-be spend an average of £1,370 preparing for their babies. Items like cots, clothes, pushchairs, bedding and nappies all featured on shopping lists. Commenting on the findings, Aviva’s Louise Colley said: “Every parent wants to splash out to prepare for the exciting arrival of a baby, so it’s no surprise that the costs can stack up.”
However, there are ways in which new parents can minimise their spending. For example, by being savvy when shopping for household essentials like disinfectant, they can save themselves a tidy sum.
First and foremost, it helps to buy in bulk. Anyone who has the space at home to store extra supplies should consider buying en masse. Initially, this may cost more, but over time the savings will be felt. Also, this way of shopping saves hassle because it means busy parents have to shop less often.
Another top tip for mums and dads is to squeeze every last drop from the products they buy. Whether this is washing up liquid, bleach, toothpaste or anything else, financial savings can be made. Adding a little water to soap bottles, for example, can help people to make the products stretch further.
However, one thing’s for sure: it’s not a good idea for mums and dads to compromise on home hygiene in a bid to save themselves money. Babies are particularly susceptible to a range of illnesses, so it’s important that their environments are clean.
For instance, babies and young children are especially vulnerable to bacteria that can cause food poisoning. This means it’s vital that mums and dads wash their hands well before preparing food and after touching raw meat, fish and eggs.
Kids should also be taught to wash their hands after touching pets and going to the toilet, and before they eat. Also, all surfaces need to be clean and any bowls and spoons used for feeding must be washed in hot, soapy water. Chopping boards and utensils also need to be thoroughly cleaned.
As long as parents bear tips like these in mind, they should be able to help protect the wellbeing of their new arrivals without splashing too much cash in the process.