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  • April 2020: Monthly Baby Expenses – $115 Saved

    April 2020: Monthly Baby Expenses – $115 Saved

    Checking back in with another Monthly Baby Expenses Report. Each month I report on our baby budget and detail how much we spent on baby-related costs. I also give a breakdown of how much we saved during the month compared to buying new. You can find all the reports here: Monthly Baby Costs and Savings…

  • 12 Ways to Save Money on Baby Wipes

    12 Ways to Save Money on Baby Wipes

    Looking to save money on baby wipes? Read on to learn 10 ways to save on your baby wipe stash. When I studied abroad in Tanzania, baby wipes were like gold. The running water was erratic at best, and baby wipe baths were a respectable way to get clean. To get your baby wipe stash…

  • Has the Pandemic Changed Baby Spending?

    Has the Pandemic Changed Baby Spending?

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce released data on last month’s retail sales and, not surprisingly, they aren’t pretty. As the world waits at home for the COVID-19 pandemic to run it’s course, the global economy has ground to a halt. The New York Times repeatedly used the word ‘catastrophic‘ in their reporting on…

  • 60 Bed Rest Activities That’ll Make You Forget Boredom

    60 Bed Rest Activities That’ll Make You Forget Boredom

    Looking for ideas of what to do on bed rest? Below you’ll find tips and things to do while on bedrest from my personal experience spending over 15 months on bed rest during my pregnancies. Bed rest is isolating, scary and, let’s be real, boring. I hope my experience can help make your bedridden time…

  • March 2020: Monthly Baby Spending – $86 Saved

    March saw very little baby spending due to the current pandemic. If you’re interested in more representative months they’re available here: Monthly Baby Spending Reports. In March 2020, we spent $45.91 on baby items. I also highlight how much we save off retail by opting for secondhand goods. This month, I made a thrift store…

  • 5 Best Costco Baby Items to Save You Money

    5 Best Costco Baby Items to Save You Money

    Have you been wondering about Costco baby stuff? Then this is the list for you. Before having your baby, you may be thinking does Costco even have baby stuff? Indeed, many of the baby items are tucked away in store near the pharmacy so they’re easy to miss. But yes, Costco is a great place…

  • 7 Tips for Coping with Morning Sickness & Hyperemesis Gravidarum

    7 Tips for Coping with Morning Sickness & Hyperemesis Gravidarum

    Learn 7 morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum tips and tricks from a two-time hyperemesis survivor. Within weeks of getting my first positive pregnancy test, I was very suddenly, horribly nauseous. I felt sick all day, every day. At first, I did not realize that unrelenting extreme sickness was not normal morning sickness; or, recognize that…

  • How to Clean a Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Bottle Warmer

    How to Clean a Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Bottle Warmer

    How do you clean a Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Bottle Warmer? That was a question I was asking myself after I couple failed attempts to eradicate a weird spoiled milk smell that turned up in our kitchen a few weeks after our baby was born. I didn’t even realize the smell was emanating from the bottle…