When to Splurge on Maternity Clothes

If you’re preoccupied with baby budgeting, you may not be in the mood for a mammoth shopping expedition. Whether you’re saving for that top of the range pram, or trying to minimise your spending, you may be trying to pick up maternity clothes at bargain prices.

There are some items, though, that you should splurge on, if you can afford to. These include:

  • Maternity bras – if there is one time in your life when your breasts need good support, it’s now. Your breasts will grow during the pregnancy, and again after the birth if you decide to breastfeed. They may feel sore, itchy and tender, so they deserve a bit of TLC. Head down to your local department store, or invite a maternity bra specialist to your house, for a fitting. You will probably need to be fitted twice during pregnancy, once when you first outgrow your pre-pregnancy bras, and again around week 36 if you are planning to breastfeed. If you value comfort, it’s worth splurging on this necessary purchase. You can save a bit of money by choosing nursing/maternity bras which will be useful after the birth too.
  • Occasion wear – whether it’s a wedding, charity ball or birthday party, if you’ve been invited to a special occasion, you deserve a splurge. You’re already going to be the sober one, and will probably spend most of the evening answering the same five questions about your pregnancy. So, if you’re feeling a little self-conscious about your body, invest in an outfit that makes you feel your best. There are lots of flattering dresses, expertly tailored suits, and cute skirts available in the maternity section, so shop around until you find something you love.
  • Shoes – some women find that their feet grow during pregnancy. You may find yourself needing a bigger size of shoe. Comfort is paramount during pregnancy, so if your shoes are feeling tight, buy some new ones. Some pregnant women suffer from swollen feet and ankles by the end of the day, and properly-fitting shoes could be all you need to reduce this pregnancy symptom.
  • Coat – if you’re pregnant over the winter months, you will want to invest in a warm maternity coat. By the end of the pregnancy, your pre-pregnancy coat probably won’t stretch over your bump, meaning you’ll be left vulnerable to the cold. Invest in a good quality, warm winter coat, and make sure there’s room to grow into it.
  • Pyjamas – ok, you could just make do with an oversized t-shirt, but there are some really cute maternity pyjamas out there and you deserve a treat. After all the sickness, and the fatigue, and the stretch marks, and the barely getting any sleep because you always need a wee, you deserve some comfy pyjamas.

Remember, any clothes you buy can be saved for later pregnancies or sold after the birth, so you can (sort of) argue they’re an investment for the future.

What is your favorite maternity clothing splurge?

Written by Fiona, proud owner of a toddler, @fiona_peacock

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a trained medical doctor. Health & Parenting Ltd disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information, which is provided to you on a general information basis only and not as a substitute for personalized medical advice. All contents copyright © Health & Parenting Ltd 2018. All rights reserved.

5 Top Tips for Creating a Stylish Nursery on a Budget

The average cost to raise a child is thought to be around $250,000, but you’ll be relieved to hear you don’t need to spend all of that on the nursery. In fact, you can create a stylish nursery without blowing your budget. That’ll leave you plenty of money for the shiny red bicycles, family holidays and college tuition of the future. You may have had the nursery finished since before you even gave birth, but if you decided to wait until your baby was ready for his own room, these handy hints might come in useful. Here are five tips to help you create the nursery of your dreams without breaking the bank:

  1. Go timeless

The key to good decorating is longevity. If you choose a style that is timeless, you’ll get to enjoy it for longer and won’t be in any hurry to redecorate. In a nursery, this means choosing a design that will grow with your child. You might be surprised at just how quickly your child can outgrow cartoon animal decorations. One way round this is to use temporary decorations such as wall stickers which can be easily updated as and when you want a new look. Use wall stickers, decorative knobs and wall prints to add the details to your baby’s bedroom. These can be easily updated when necessary and you won’t have to strip wallpaper or repaint for a fresh look.

  1. Value practicality

There is an overwhelming urge to create the most beautiful nursery the world has ever seen, but you need to make sure it’s practical as well. While your Pinterest board may be filled with breath-taking nurseries, the rooms themselves may not really be the easiest to live in. During the design process, it’s important to imagine how the room will be used. If you’re planning to have your diaper station in there, you’ll need wipes, diapers and a diaper bin all within easy reach. If you’re planning to breastfeed in there, you’ll need a comfy chair and some form of entertainment at hand to keep you awake during those 3am feeds.

  1. Wait and see

With six months of parenting under your belt, you’re probably well acquainted with the fact that you don’t need to own every baby product on the market. In fact, you probably already have a cupboard full of seemingly pointless baby products you never quite got round to using. To avoid spending more money on pointless junk, take a wait and see approach to the nursery. Don’t buy the things you think you should buy, instead buy the things you actually need. Wait and see whether you really do need something before forking out your hard earned money on it.

  1. Shop second hand

Buying second hand items for the nursery can save you a small fortune. Many baby products are only used for a short time and so can be picked up second hand in really good condition. You can buy pretty much anything second hand, though there are certain baby products (such as car seats and cot mattresses) that need to be brand new for safety reasons. Look on local selling sites, in thrift stores and at car boot sales to see how much you could save. To save even more, try borrowing items from friends and family members. This way, you won’t have to spend any money and will be able to return the items when you’re done, saving you plenty of space in the loft!

  1. It’s all about organization

As you may be aware, kid’s bedrooms can get messy real quickly. While you may look at your adorable six month old baby and think that’s unlikely, it won’t be long until the baby grows into a toddler. And toddlers, you may have heard, are pretty good at wreaking havoc. They’re good at emptying drawers, tipping up toy baskets and throwing soft toys around the room. The key to preventing a disaster zone is organization. Make sure everything has a place and that everything is easy to tidy away. Toy baskets and storage buckets are good ideas for the nursery and will allow your child to find what she wants to play with.

Is your nursery primed and ready to go or are you still putting together the finishing touches?

Written by Fiona (@Fiona_Peacock), mother, writer and lover of all things baby related.

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a trained medical doctor. Health & Parenting Ltd disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information, which is provided to you on a general information basis only and not as a substitute for personalized medical advice. All contents copyright © Health & Parenting Ltd 2016. All rights reserved.