second baby, what now?

Danielle - posted on 10/19/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My fiance and I were not planning on another baby, but as luck would have it, here we go. As many parents I am sure struggle with money having a family and bills, how do you handle it all.

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Chet - posted on 10/20/2014

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Babies don't need to cost a lot of money though. Breastfeeding is free. Cloth diapers can be a lot cheaper than disposables. Hand-me-downs and second hand clothes are easy to come by for little kids (harder for older kids, but cross that bridge when you come to it!). You can usually find lots of cheap or free activities (playgroups, library groups, playgrounds, free days at museums, community events, etc). Skip the packaged baby food and make your own. Skip the baby wipes and just use wash cloths with a little soap and water. You get through it. You really do figure it out as you go.

Danielle - posted on 10/20/2014

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Abraham is my first and he turned two in September, if I do my math right ill be due around june, so almost three years apart. In my mind he will soon be done with most baby things, bottles binkies, diapers, and babbling, so that means I will be taking care of a todler and a newborn. The money aspect of it all is what really scares me.

Sarah - posted on 10/20/2014

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The biggest adjustment for me was our first baby and becoming a mom at all. After that, you just include each one into the fold. Are your two going to be close in age or is there a significant age difference?

Chet - posted on 10/20/2014

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Like Sarah, we also have four kids...

Two children is not twice as much work as one, and four is nowhere close to four times as much work! Raising two kids doesn't cost twice as much as raising one. Families scale pretty well.

You do figure it out as you go. There are lots of ways to save time and money. Four kids doesn't really count as a huge family, but I used to read "mons of many" boards to get ideas for cutting corners and how to be more efficient.

Sarah - posted on 10/19/2014

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We have four kids and as silly as it sounds, you just figure it out. After baby 2, we decided I would stay home. Daycare was super costly! We laid out our budget and figured out what we could do without. We don't eat out much. We have older cars. We don't take fancy trips. Being home with my kids and not missing out on many activities and milestones was worth all of the penny pinching.
Good Luck and Congratulations! Getting on the same page financially with your partner is a number one priority.

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