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There are common ways to save money when you are expecting a new baby (only buy the essentials and buy used or borrow from friends), but my number one money saving tip is a lot less popular.
The secret to saving money on a new baby is…
Don’t find out the gender ahead of time!
Waiting to find out the sex of our babies saved us a lot of money for 3 different reasons.
1. We were forced to buy gender neutral baby equipment. Every time Nate and I picked out a new item for our registry we asked ourselves, “Is this too girly? Is this too boyish?” We wanted to be sure that we could use everything again with our second child regardless of the gender. The oh-so-sweet pink bedding set (that you might have to replace if baby #2 is a boy!) is easier to leave in the store if you don’t know the sex of your baby.
Here are some of my favorite gender neutral baby gear:
- organic bedding set – This is almost exactly what we have except our’s has bunnies on it instead of deer.
- portable swing – I loved having a swing that folds up and doesn’t take up much space.
- play mat – Both of my kids loved the little animals on this thing.
2. The majority of our baby shower gifts were practical items. One of my girlfriends shared that at her baby shower she was flooded with pink clothes for her soon-to-be born little girl. The clothes were adorable, but she wished she would have received some of the more practical items off of her registry.
Nate and I didn’t have that problem. Since we waited to find out the gender of our first baby, everyone was able to avoid the temptations of the tiny pink dresses and little blue sleepers and focus on items that we really needed. Plus we were able to use all those items with baby number two!
Of course gifts of gender appropriate clothing are nice. We were extremely thankful for the ones we received after our babies were born. Don’t believe the lie that your baby will be forced to wear only yellow and green if you wait to find out the gender!
3. Sometimes gender predictions are wrong. With both of our pregnancies we waited to find out the sex of our babies, but we asked our ultrasound technicians to write down and seal their predictions in an envelope for us just in case we changed our minds. It was fun to open the sealed envelope in the hospital after Grace was born. When we opened Noah’s envelope…
It was wrong!!! I was so thankful that we waited to find out the sex. I can’t imagine the shock and stress of being mentally and physical prepared for a girl and then having a boy.
Our experience with Noah’s ultrasound predicting the wrong gender sealed the deal for Nate and me. If we ever decide to add to our family again we will definitely wait to find out the sex of the baby.
Waiting to find out the sex of your baby guarantees that your baby equipment will be gender appropriate for all of your children, it forces your friends and family to focus more on your practical needs rather than cute clothes, and it can save oodles of money if the prediction is wrong.
Psst! I want to interrupt just for a moment to let you know about the problem I had breastfeeding my children. The problem is called excess lipase activity and it caused my pumped breast milk to develop a bad taste over time. Because of this my children didn’t like to take a bottle of breast milk until I discovered the problem and was able to fix it.
I encourage all of you to taste your pumped breast milk to make sure you don’t have this problem! And if you do, I wrote an eBook all about my experience. I have all the answers you need to overcome excess lipase activity. I’ve got your back, mama!
Could you or did you wait to find out your baby’s gender? Do you think waiting can save parents money?
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