This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 1 Natural Way. All opinions are entirely my own.
Pregnancy announcements and new babies are always exciting. It’s always fun to imagine and dream about what your child is going to be like. The entire pregnancy process can be exciting with all the changes and the anticipation of things to come. One thing that may not be anticipated is the cost of a new baby. Sure, you don’t really need everything on the market, but there is still so many things you do need! When you are on a budget, as so many young families in the military are, it can be hard to find a way to fit all the new baby items in with all your other bills. I’ve been there and I’ve got a few tips to help.
Start Shopping Early
Talk to your mom, other moms, and your friends and figure out what you need. Start planning for the big items early. If you are given a baby shower, you’ll most likely get a lot of smaller items like bottles, burp clothes, and clothing, so budget and plan for the larger items. Plan on buying one item a month and it won’t be as painful on your budget.
Shop Garage Sales, Online and in Person
Military families move every few years and in doing so, purge items they don’t need. Baby and kid items are always cleared out. Make a list of items that you don’t mind buying secondhand and start looking around. Baby items and clothes in almost new condition can always be found for a fraction of the cost.
No Cost Breast Pumps
1 Natural Way is an in-network Tricare breast pump provider for all Tricare plans. They provide the highest quality breast pumps from Medela, Spectra, and Kiinde. Extra breastfeeding supplies such as breast pump accessories, compression socks, and postpartum care supplies, may also be covered and they are shipped to you every month. It’s super simple to sign up.
- Step 1 – Fill out the insurance information form at the link here.
- Step 2 – Select your preferred breast pump model (Tricare covers all the pumps they offer).
- Step 3 – Enroll in the Monthly breastfeeding accessories program, called Resupply.
- Step 4 – Provide a prescription or your doctor’s information and they’ll get it for you.
- Step 5 – Your pump and supplies will be shipped to your door.
Take Advantage of Free Programs for New Moms
There are always organizations on base that offer classes for new parents. Base hospitals offer classes teaching basic care needs. Odds are you’ll get a goodie bag of freebies when you leave, along with useful knowledge. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society teaches a Budgeting for Baby class. Attendees are given a goodie bag, along with a baby blanket knitted by volunteers. There is a large list here of more organizations that offer support and classes for new parents.
If you start early and plan, you should have no problem finding everything you need, no matter the budget.