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How Natural Parenting Saves You Money   Leave a comment

Conscious, peaceful, crunchy parenting is an amazing world of love, dedication and bonding. Not only are you providing your child with the best possible start in life- but you are also easing the financial burden of raising your babies! This will likely resonate most with dads. Want to save thousands of dollars while making no sacrifices? Its as easy as getting back to nature.

BREASTFEEDING

It is well established that breastfeeding provides unmatched nutritional and immune system benefits to your baby, and helps mom with bonding and losing the excess baby weight. However, did you ever stop to think of the money you’re saving?

-Bottles. The endless search for the “best” bottle, paying as much as $15 a pop (or more in some cases), and of course replacing them whenever they show signs of wear. (Not to mention all the work that goes into cleaning them, and the new studies coming out every day about the dangers of plastics).

For the sake of example, lets take the popular Dr Browns bottles, in glass so as to not worry about bisphenol-A, or the lesser known and unregulated bisphenol-B and bisphenol-S. $6/ 4oz bottle. Lets say you have eight 4-oz bottles. That’s $24. Your baby gets bigger and needs more than 4oz in a serving. $8/ 8oz bottle. Lets say you need 8 of those too. That’s $64. So you’ve spent $88 on bottles alone.

-No bottle is complete without an artificial nipple. Many, many artificial nipples. You try 10 different kinds before baby will really take to one. Then you must replace them at the first signs of wear, as to not risk pieces coming off and choking your baby.

For the sake of consistency, lets stick to Dr Browns. $3.50 for two nipples. You need 8, one for each bottle. $14. Replaced once a month for 12 months. You just spent $168 on fake nipples.

Add in some odds and ends, like 2-3 bottle brushes @ $5, a bottle warmer for the car $15, a bottle cooler @ $20. So $50 in extra expenses.

You’ve spent $306 and haven’t even fed your baby anything yet.

Add in $25 per week for Enfamil, times 52 weeks in a year, that is a whopping $1300.

BREASTMILK IS FREE.

Breastfeeding could save you around 1,600!

And that, of course, is if your baby does not have a sensitive tummy (add another $520 for Nutramigen), and you don’t care about artificial additives in the formula (add another $1,000 for organic).

Decided to breastfeed? Congrats! And enjoy your extra $2,600!

CO-SLEEPING

Co-sleeping is healthier for both mom and baby, and is what the human race has done since the dawn of time. Baby can synchronize their breathing & heart rhythms with mama’s, reducing the risk of apnea or SIDS. It also makes breastfeeding (see above) much easier when baby is nursing 3+ times a night.

-Crib. You know, the big wooden cage “bed” you’ll need if you aren’t sleeping with your baby. Da Vinci Convertible Crib- $250.

-Crib mattress. $75 for a Sealy. Oh wait, you don’t want your baby sleeping on PVC and formaldehyde? Then lets make that $200 for an organic crib mattress. After all, your baby spends 14 hours a day with their face against it. It better not be toxic.

-Bedding. $125 for a complete “set”. $25 for 2 extra organic crib sheets. That’s $150 on cage bedding.

-Distractions. Your baby’s natural instincts tell him to seek the comfort of mama when he sleeps. You’ll need things to distract him from your absence. Mobile, $40. White noise making and lullaby singing sheep, $25.  Total, $65.

-Baby Monitor. All parents will likely need a monitor somewhere down the line, but in those early weeks or months when mama is catching naps right alongside baby, it is not necessary. That’s $100 out of your preparing for baby budget. Extra receiver for dad? Make it $15o.

CO-SLEEPING IS FREE.

Decided to share your bed with your little one? Enjoy your $815

You’ll probably be more productive at work with a better night’s sleep anyways, so feel free to add in that financial benefit.

BABYWEARING

Wearing your baby out and about in a sling or other carrier not only gives her the comfort of mommy’s (or daddy’s) heart beat and smell, makes nursing on the go a breeze, and saves you the struggle of lugging a stroller all around town, but (you guessed it), it saves you money.

Infant Car Seat. You are going to need a convertible car seat either way in order to meet the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2-year rear-facing guidelines. Save yourself $150 and skip the infant carrier. Your car seat doesn’t need a handle when its only for the car. Plus, spending too much time in a seated position is bad for baby’s spine

Stroller. The big clunky stroller that the infant car seat snaps onto. $80.

Umbrella Stroller. Because you won’t always want to drag aforementioned clunky stroller with you everywhere. $25.

That’s $255 in unnecessary baby travel gear. Moby wrap, $35.

Babywearing savings of $220. Besides, the extra workout is good for your figure.

CLOTH DIAPERING

I won’t go into a diaper-by-diaper cost chart here, because that has been done many times before. The consensus seems to be that disposable diapers for a child from birth-age 2 costs between $2,000 and $5,000 depending on your choice of brands. Lets go down the middle and say $2500.

You can cloth diaper a baby with flats and a few covers for as little as $80. However, that is impractical and unlikely. The realistic cost of modern cloth diapers (the kind with snaps and cute prints) is around $500.

You just saved $2,000, while simultaneously helping the environment and keeping suspected carcinogens off babies’ bums! Hooray!

There you have it. No wonder co-sleeping, breastfeeding, babywearing mamas are always so happy. They have content, snuggly babies and an extra $5,635 in their pockets!

Of course, there are a lot of variables in this comparison. You could spend less, and you could spent a lot more on the above things. There are also other hidden savings in this type of lifestyle, as it encourages you to use more reusable products, maybe grow a garden etc.

Thanks for reading 😀

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