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  • Budgeting for Baby: Tips for almost-moms

  • Breastfeeding and using cloth diapers top the list of frugal tips from local moms for expectant parents.

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    Breastfeeding and using cloth diapers top the list of frugal tips from local moms for expectant parents.
    “I’ve only spent $174 total on my daughter’s diapers, and she just turned 1,” said Cala Seifer of Canton. “And now we’re having another baby, and I won’t have to spend any on this one.”
    Seifer recommends purchasing cloth diapers at consignment shops, at the Breastfeeding Center, 2800 Lincoln Way E in Perry Township, or online at www.diaperswappers.com.
    “I get most of my diapers at DiaperSwappers — they’re really cheap,” she said. “It’s also a forum where mothers give advice and tips.”
    Lisa Steigerwald, a Jackson Township mother of a 9-month-old son, suggests expectant parents start shopping for diapers now.
    “I do a combination of cloth and disposable,” Steigerwald said. “I started stockpiling disposables when I found out I was pregnant. I haven’t had to buy a diaper yet.”
    Steigerwald, formerly of the popular couponing site Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring, used a combination of sales, coupons and rebates to score rock-bottom prices on diapers.
    She also said breastfeeding is a “huge way, and very healthy way, to keep baby fed on a shoestring budget.” Both she and Seifer are proponents of “baby-led weaning,” a movement which encourages parents to feed babies table food instead of buying commercial baby food.
    “You start them on table food, not purees, so you’re not spending a lot of money on specially marketed baby snacks and food,” Steigerwald said.
    If you know the gender of your baby, don’t tell anyone before the shower, advises Steigerwald.
    “When people know what you’re having, they tend to buy nothing but clothes. People can’t resist getting the cute clothes. So the parents don’t get the basic necessities they need even though they registered.”
    If you need clothes or supplies, consider consignment stores.
    “I don’t buy new clothes because they outgrow them so fast,” Seifer said. “I go to Babyland or Once Upon A Child, where you can buy and sell.”
    Steigerwald trades with coworkers, friends and family, and hits garage sales, the Lil Lambs Closet (Aug. 10-11) at Church of the Lakes at 5944 Fulton Dr. NW, and the A-Round-Again-Kid’s Sale (Sept. 10-15) at St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church at 4600 Fulton Dr. NW, both in Jackson Township.
    Seifer recommends the free classes for new and expecting parents at one of the three Pregnancy Support Centers in Stark County.
    “They have Bridges classes that show you how to diaper, and teach about nutrition, and it’s all free,” she said. “They also give away diapers and layettes.”
    Page 2 of 2 - For information on Bridges classes, which also cover child development, CPR and budgeting, visit www.pscstark.com.

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