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Baby on the Way - A Guest Post from Katie Moore!

Baby on the Way?  What’s Worth the Splurge and What’s Not!

Bringing a new child into the family is incredibly exciting, and it seems
like you will never be ready for it!  There’s so much to prepare and so
any things you need to have – but which ones are worth the extra 
money and what can you save your pennies on?  Some things will
depend on your personality, but others are important for every mom. 
Here are a few examples that I learned throughout my pregnancy!

Splurge: A Good Nursing Bra!
I can’t emphasize enough how important a good bra is.  
You need support, comfort and most definitely ease of use.  Y
ou can’t just use an old bra; you need one designed for nursing.   
I highly recommend you buy these in person, not online.  Every 
woman’s body is different and you need a bra that fits you correctly.

Splurge: Cord Blood Banking
I learned about cord blood banking after my pregnancy with Lily.  
The process is easy and is a simple way to save umbilical cord stem cells from your newborn.
There are both public and private options available, each with its own benefits.  
Talk to your doctor and do some research before making your final decision.

Save: Baby Clothes
Baby clothes.  There are some amazing choices out there and most of them 
come with equally amazing price tags.  Resist the urge to spend a fortune 
on clothes for your little one and go with simple outfits that are easy to put 
on and washable.  Check thrift stores if you want something special and you’re 
likely to find a good selection.  Why?  Because most kids only wear a dress-up outfit once before they outgrow it.  Save your money for more important things!

Save: Baby Toys
This is the same principle; kids outgrow things very quickly.  Use hand-me-downs from family and friends, or shop at thrift stores, but don’t skip the safety 
check.  Before you buy a toy, look for snags, sharp edges or anything broken.  
You can disinfect most plastic toys by running them through the dishwasher 
or washing them carefully by hand.  Avoid used stuffed animals, or cloth items 
your baby might chew on and are difficult to sanitize.

As a mom, I know how easy it is to get wrapped up in everything baby! 
Just keep the basic premise in mind: splurge on safety and comfort, save 
on decorative and fleeting.  If you have questions about certain items, ask 
friends for their opinions and talk to other moms.  Worry less about spending a 
fortune and enjoy the time with your new baby!

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, 
motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting 
new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26


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