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Having a new baby brings extra expenses to every family’s budget. With these uncertain times, many families are losing jobs due to layoffs and the economy having ups and downs. To help you with ideas on how to save money, here are a few ideas:

  • Breastfeed Your Baby as long as possible, at least a year. Breastfeeding saves parents $1000 or more in formula expenses for a year and much more money and family energy because breastfed babies have fewer doctor visits and medical bills, less diaper rash, less stains on clothing, etc.
  •  Use Cloth Diapers as much as possible! Disposables cost 10-25 cents each! Babies use up to 6000 diapers in 2-3 years. That means parents spend at least $3000 (most times more) to use disposables until their child is potty trained! Using washable diapers can save you so much, not only with the first baby but also with the second and third!
  •  Stop buying Baby Wipes. Make your own or use a plain clean washcloth with warm water and a little baby wash.
  •  Cook at home and cook from scratch as much as possible. Fast food doubles to quadruples your food expense. Cook larger amounts and have more for lunches and leftover meals.
  • Pack lunch, snacks, and a bottle of water when you go out instead of shopping for fast food. 
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room.  Wear a sweater in the winter and use fans in the summer to save energy at home.  Put up a clothes line and hang your clothes and cloth diapers to dry instead of using the dryer all the time.
  • Plan your purchases! Make lists and stick to your lists when you shop.  Don’t allow yourself to “impulse buy.”

Things Many Moms Say You Can Do Without:

Changing Table – change baby on top of a dresser or bed.

Baby Bath Tub:  Wash baby in the sink or tub

Baby Towels and Robes

Baby Food:  Babies eat many foods from the table when ready.  Buy an inexpensive Baby Food Grinder (at Best Start).

Baby Wipes Warmer

Mobile:  Babies soon tire of these and you can make your own with a coat hanger and some pictures or toys hung from it.  Just be sure to keep it out of baby’s reach.

Infant shoes:  Purely decorative and unnecessary until baby can walk

Baby Dishes:  Baby can eat off clean high chair tray, place mat, or table.  They usually throw the dish on the floor anyway.

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A recent death of a baby in New Mexico is blamed on contamination in powdered infant formula. Most people are not aware that powdered formulas are not sterile. Many parents and care givers are too casual about cleaning feeding supplies and handling of formula once prepared. Please pass this information on to those you know who are interested and who use powered formula for their babies.

New Mexican Baby Death Blamed On E. Sakazakii

Posted on December 1, 2008 by E. Sakazakii Lawyer
http://www.enterobactersakazakiiblog.com/2008/12/articles/e-sakazakii-watch/new-mexican-baby-death-blamed-on-e-sakazakii/

http://kob.com/article/stories/S680176.shtml?cat=500

http://www.babymilk.com/safety/esakazakii_background.htm

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/inf-ltr3.html

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/431689

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Welcome to our Blog!  We hope to share our thoughts, passions and loads of good information about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting with you.

Many of you heard in the news about the horrible contamination of infant formula in China with the industrial melamine.  The CDC reports nearly 60,000 children were brought for medical care, thousands of children hospitalized, and at least four infants died as a result.  Similar health problems have been reported in Hong Kong and Singapore but have not been confirmed.  Read what the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have to report about this situation.

Powdered formulas have had more recalls that any other type.  CLICK HERE To learn more about recalls of infant formulas.

If you or anyone you know is using a powdered formula, please CLICK HERE to read about guidelines for the safe preparation, storage and handling of powdered infant formula.

Here is a great excerpt from American Chronicle (Beverly Hills, CA): Breastfeeding Can Save Your Baby’s Life! :

“As if there weren’t enough great reasons to breastfeed your baby, here is one more!  Between 1982 and 1994 alone, there were 22 significant recalls of infant formula in the US due to Health and Safety problems.”

Thanks for visiting our blog.  We will work to give you lots to consider and learn as you make your journey through parenthood.

Warmly,

Jane

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