There are a lot of common myths floating around in regard to the cost of having a baby. Here are a few common ones where what people believe and what the reality can be are quite different:
Myth #1 Your cute new baby is going to cost you hundreds of dollars per month in food and feeding supplies: Breast feeding is absolutely free. If Mom is going to go back to work soon, you will need to buy a few bottles and use the breast pump that the hospital gave you to express the milk. But those few bottles and maybe a few freezer bags for the breast milk are not that expensive.
Myth #2 You will spend a ton of money on cloths to keep the baby warm: No one said that just because they sell outfits with licensed characters on them for $25, that you must buy them. If you can not obtain hand-me-downs or enough gifts to keep the baby clothed, a few packs of plain white onesies, the hat that they gave you at the hospital and a blanket are all that you need for the first few months. After that you need only look at the clearance section of Walmart or Target to get a few pairs of pants and shirts, to go with a pack or two of underwear and socks.
Myth #3 You might as well buy stock in the diaper company: If you are aiming to save money, you can go the route of the cloth diaper. It may not be much fun to actually wash the crap out of the cloth diapers, but it is a lot cheaper than disposable, not to mention better for the environment.
Myth #4 You have to buy everything on a list in order to have everything that you need for your baby Those lists are made buy baby or furniture stores. The only thing that you need is a comfortable place for the baby to sleep, and a drawer to put his or her clothes in. Anything more than that is a luxury item that is not truly needed.
Myth #5 You have to buy special detergent to wash the baby clothes with: Use less soap on the baby clothes and your baby should be fine. There are rare occurrences where infants develop allergies to soap, lotion, etc. but this is not the norm.
Myth #6 You need a nursery or an extra room for the baby: New babies are going to spend most of their first few months very close to you, so they might as well share your room. A bassinet, crib or blanket on the floor is all they really need. As the kids get bigger, they may need to get out of your room, but they certainly do not each have to have their own room. Think back to the homes that our ancestors had their large families in. They had huge families in small single story dwellings.
Myth #7 You get less sleep once you bring a baby into your home: OK, this one is going to be true. I told you there were only six common myths I was going to address…