The total cost of having a baby in the first 2 years falls somewhere between $12,462 and $26,612. You can break this down to something like $500 to $1000 a month. Here’s a breakdown of the actual numbers… the cost to have a baby, plus the cost to raise a baby for the first 2 years.
With all of the unique baby stuff out there, how do you decide which baby necessities your really need? And how do you choose the right products for your baby? With these mom-tested reviews! If your baby needs it, then we've probably reviewed it here. See also Baby Gifts and Baby Toys & Activities.
Wondering what to do with all of your used baby items (like all of those super-soft used baby blankets) when your baby is no longer a baby? I counted nearly 20 baby blankets in my son’s closet… he’s now 2 years old! I wanted to donate them to a special cause. Here’s my experience donating baby blankets to charity, a list of where to donate used baby blankets, and some fun ways to repurpose baby blankets and reuse them around the house!
My toddler likes to be nearby (and sometimes participate) when I’m working in the kitchen. But I didn’t feel comfortable using just a chair for him to stand on to reach the countertop. Then I discovered the Little Partners learning tower! It’s like a ladder for toddlers to get higher & closer to the action — while standing safely on a non-skid, solid wood, sturdy surface.
I’ve used Pampers Swaddlers since the day we brought our baby home — because they are soft and absorb well. Plus, Swaddlers have a moisture indicator strip, which helped with my observations of baby’s potty signals. However… after using disposable diapers for 16 months and trying cloth diapers for the first time, I’m honestly wishing I made the switch to cloth diapers sooner! I found a good deal on used cloth diapers that were in excellent condition. See why I’m now a huge fan of Alva cloth diapers with snaps that grow with your baby, how to clean cloth diapers, my tips for stripping cloth diapers of bacteria, and my thoughts on cloth diapers vs disposable diapers today.
See the most important things I’ve learned after flying solo with an infant for the first time. Tips to help you with checking in, getting through security, passing time in airports during layovers, boarding the plane, flying with a toddler in a car seat (after scoring an extra seat), and flying with a toddler on your lap (if they’re under age 2 and the flight is full). Here are 16 things I would do differently if I could do it all over again…
We used a Bumbo multi seat as a high chair for about 8 months, but at 14 months of age, I think it’s time for a more sturdy high chair. I decided to try the Keekaroo Height Right high chair after doing a good deal of research on the Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair. The Keekaroo is a great substitute for the Stokke high chair because — much like the Stokke — your baby simply cannot outgrow a Keekaroo high chair… and it’s much more affordable! We especially like the look and the sturdiness of the Keekaroo. See all the other reasons we love our Keekaroo Height Right high chair…
I’m in the process of preparing for my baby’s first plane ride. See everything that we’re packing, how I plan to handle the layovers and connecting flights with a baby, some handy gadgets and travel necessities that I’ve discovered and will be using on this trip, and tips for other moms who are planning their very first flight with a baby.
Which nursery items do you REALLY need? A mom of 3 tells you what to avoid when shopping for and designing your baby’s nursery. See the bare minimum things you need, and a list of things you don’t need for the baby’s room.
Babywearing wraps are the best! I would rather wear my baby than carry him. Here’s my review of the Moby Wrap Classic — what I love about it (…and a few things I don’t), plus how to wrap the Moby Classic for 4 different babywearing carry positions.
A friend asked me for a list of the best baby shower gifts under $50 for her expecting friend. Here are 20 or so baby gifts that I actually received as a new mom, and I use each one of them! I feel these are not only useful, but thoughtful — because every time I use the item, I think of the person who gifted it to us.
Many parents swear by the Baltic Amber teething necklace. As a first time mom, not knowing what to expect, it appears the Baltic Amber necklace is working because he teethes with very little fussing AND he has never once had a fever! Here’s how a Baltic teething necklace works, plus some things you should know before trying an Amber necklace with your baby.
Thanks to the Ergobaby 4 position 360 carrier that I received as a baby shower gift, I am able to be somewhat productive with a needy and heavy baby by my side. There are 4 different ways to carry baby, and the Ergo 360 carrier has lots of unique features!
What’s in your baby’s diaper tote? I believe these 20 or so items are a well rounded assortment of baby items that make the most sense to take with you wherever baby goes — while keeping it minimal. See what I keep inside my Skip Hop Grand Central Diaper Bag…
A first time mom shares her top 10 must have baby items. Wondering which baby things you’ll really need? What should you put on the baby registry? I’ve used these unique items almost daily in the first 6 months my baby’s life!
Looking for a DIY baby monitor or cheap iPhone baby monitor that isn’t too complex? Using the Cloud Baby Monitor app and 2 or more Apple devices is the easiest way to make a WiFi baby monitor yourself! See how to get the only baby monitor you’ll need for only $3.99 using Apple devices that you probably already have.
See my list of really cool features that I love about the Quinny Buzz Xtra stroller (with pics & video), plus a few things I don’t love about this Quinny baby stroller. Pros & cons of the Quinny Buzz stroller from a new mom’s perspective.
If you’re pregnant and confused about how to buy newborn car seats (as most first-time parents are), these tips will come in handy! Whether you decide to buy a used or new newborn car seat, here’s what you need to know about the proper fit, recline angle, and which direction baby’s carseat should face.
A huge list of free baby stuff that new parents can receive (at no charge) just for asking! I do my best to keep this list of free stuff for moms updated.
Tired of taking the same ordinary gifts to baby showers? You’ll LOVE these clever baby shower gift ideas! A helpful list of unique baby gifts. These are the best gifts for new parents and first-time moms.
If the idea of having lots of free baby stuff when your newborn arrives gets you as excited as it does me, then you’re in the right place! Check out this list of websites where you can get completely free baby stuff.
Want to save money on baby supplies? Here are 2 simple diaper rash cream recipes that will prevent and heal diaper rash at a fraction of the cost.
Time to start looking for a diaper bag? Here are 8 things you should look for in a diaper bag. Plus our top picks – diaper bags that meet a mom’s needs best
Baby sign language is good for you AND your baby! It’s a simple and easy to learn. Here’s how and why baby sign language works…
Wondering about buying baby registry gifts vs unique & creative gifts? Here are 3 things I learned that have changed the way I buy baby shower gifts: 1) Registry gifts are better than unique gifts, 2) Don’t give baby clothes as gifts, and 3) Think beyond the newborn. See why…
Prepare for it now… your cell phone will become your baby’s favorite new toy! In order to protect your smartphone from the drool, drops, and accidental button pushing, check out these fun phone cases. They enable your little one to watch video, play games, listen to music, and more — and your phone stays safe.
If your baby is born before 37 weeks, then you have a preemie baby and will need to do some things differently than most parents. Here are the most important things you need to know about premature babies — including preemie milestones.
You’ll find only the bare necessities here… from baby clothing and bedding to all the best baby gear, feeding & diapering needs, and some little extras just for newborns.
Here are all of the different types of baby thermometers — including the best, highly rated brands — plus when to call the doctor if your baby has a fever.
Most of us have heard about the thousands of cell phone apps available these days, but do you know about all of the baby cell phone apps that exist for new moms and dads? Here are all the best iPhone apps for parents — to make both your pregnancy and life with your new baby a little easier… and fun!
Does the thought of finding the right newborn baby car seat make you nervous? Are you worried you won’t get the right type of infant car seat? Here are the things you need to know before you choose a car seat for your newborn, plus special tips if your baby is a preemie.
Think your baby deserves to be a cover model? Maybe your little one won’t make the cover of the Rolling Stone, but you CAN feature your baby on the magazine cover of your choice! Here’s how.
Is your baby a little girl? Have you found a baby girl name yet? Here are all the best resources to help you find a unique baby girl name for your new bundle of joy.
Wondering which baby nursery products you REALLY need to buy? What new mom isn’t, right? You can save money by buying the things on this list. Plus, there’s a list of baby nursery products to avoid too!
Does the idea of a baby heart monitor for your unborn child make you feel better about knowing your baby is healthy and safe? You may want to reconsider that thought once you see these findings.
Lots of great reasons to choose cloth baby diapers here. They’re not like the cloth baby diapers when you were growing up. They’re better! There’s no need for diaper pins and folded edges anymore. Today’s cloth diapers have different closures that keep them snugly on your baby — without the need for pins.
Are you overwhelmed with all the decisions you have to make now that you’re pregnant? If so, then a baby planner may be for you!
Did you know that there are actually baby boys names that you shouldn’t choose for your baby? Choosing baby boys names can be challenging, but choosing the wrong baby boys name could actually determine a bad future for your child. See why.
When you’re pregnant, there are lots of fun ways to bring attention to your belly… and your personality! Here are some fun pregnancy t-shirts and baby onesies that will be great conversation starters.
With so many baby bottles on the market, does it really matter which one you choose?
What’s the difference between all these baby bottles? Which are the best …and why? What do the experts say? Here are the best baby bottles, according to mothers and other experts.
If you’re pregnant and trying to be more frugal, make do with what you have, and keep your life free of clutter, what in the world are you supposed to do with all that baby stuff you receive as gifts? Here are some tips for controlling baby clutter.
Set up a baby savings account using these simple steps. It’s a great way to save for your child’s college education without breaking the bank! For example, can you afford $1 a month or $12 a year?
How to save money when you’re having a baby at the hospital. Defray the cost of having a baby with these 4 simple tips.
Yep, the SSA keeps track of the most popular names each year, based on newly registered Social Security numbers. What a neat way to see which names were popular each year!
Tips for living a more natural and toxin-free life for you and your baby.
Choosing a baby name can be difficult. The name you choose will ultimately impact your child’s life and maybe even his future! Here’s how to choose a name for your baby that he or she will love!
With a new baby, you want to try and prevent diaper rash if at all possible. Here are the best ways to keep your baby diaper rash free, and how to clear up the diaper rash if your baby has it.
Here are the essential baby items that every new mom REALLY needs to buy and have on hand for the day your baby is born.
Following are some tips for making your own diaper cakes, plus some places to order diaper cakes online. That way, you can have it delivered to the new parents — at the hospital or at home. Or have the diaper cake delivered to you, and you can take it to the baby shower!
How do you choose a name for your baby that is unique enough to make your child feel special, but not so unique that he wants to change it at the first opportunity? Here are 7 ideas, plus links to lots of helpful websites & the best baby naming books!
You’ve heard of Baby Mozart and the Mozart effect, right? Well, the iPod Baby Belt is along those same lines, and it is fast becoming one of the newest fashion interests for mothers-to-be. Here’s the scoop.