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New products hitting the shelves this month, including Le Creuset's adorable baby range.
Save money on kids wear with my tried and tested list of 21 ways to spend less on clothing.
Guide to packing your hospital bag and what you need for baby, mom and your first trip home.
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Thank you for the wonderful feedback received on the launch issue of my digital newsletter. I look forward to continue creating informative and easy to read newsletters, packed with my latest blog posts. news and reviews. This month the focus is on clothing - how to buy for the family on a budget with my top 21 tips, and what to pack for your hospital bag. Over the years I have featured a number of fantastic local clothing brands. On page 9 you will find links to all my blog reviews under categories, including clothing and accessories.
Last month we had a scare when Ethan was rushed to hospital with asthma. He has been diagnosed with severe allergies, and I have been implementing changes to make our home allergen-safe. Read all about allergies, asthma and eczema in next month's issue and follow our story on my blog.
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WHAT TO PACK CHECKLIST
WHAT I PACKED IN MY HOSPITAL BAG THE SECOND TIME ROUND AND LESSONS LEARNED FROM MY FIRST BIRTH.
When pregnant with Ethan, I left packing my hospital bag a little late - at 37 weeks. I had been collecting bits and bobs for a few weeks and had them in a pile for just in case. Once my bags were finally packed, I was confident that it would see me through my 4 day hospital stay.
It really isn’t the end of the world if you haven’t packed everything you need – the hospital will have a pharmacy and a family member or friend can bring you things as and when you need them – but being somewhat prepared does help with the stress levels at this late stage.
Packing your hospital bag
There are a number of good hospital bag checklists out there. My checklist is very much like any other except it’s my second time round so these are my preferences for a planned caesarian.
A few points are worth discussing which you don’t often read about:
Ask your hospital for a list of what they need you to bring. Each hospital will have different requirements. For example my hospital will provide newborn clothing during the hospital stay so I only need to bring an outfit for the day of discharge, whilst other hospitals may require you to provide clothing for the 3/4 days. Recently my hospital have introduced complimentary baby bags with all the essential items, but since they are subject to availability, I’m still packing my own just in case. Hubby can take whatever I don’t need home with him.
Discuss your contraceptive needs with your doctor for after the pregnancy.
A Home Affairs representative will visit you in hospital to register your baby so have original and copies of ID documents at the ready and agree on the spelling of your baby’s name beforehand.
Leave valuables at home or insure them, especially jewellery, as the hospital won’t take responsibility for any loss or damage.
• 2 pkt maternity sanitary towels
• 3 nighties (button-up or easy access to breast for feeding)
• dressing gown
• slippers/non-slip socks
• feeding bras, breast pads and nipple cream
• 2 x disposable stretch panties (Carriwell)
• toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, face wipes, face cream …)
• face cloths
• plastic bag for dirty clothes
• phone charger and adapter (put your name on it)
• ID document and copies
• black pen and notebook
• jujuice powder (instant jungle juice)
• hospital socks (from my first delivery)
• Cherished Belly (belly belt)
• sleep eye mask
• lip balm
• hospital and medical aid documents
hospital bag checklist mom & baby
• 50 mg tub non-perfumed vaseline
• 50 ml surgical spirits
• cotton balls
• 1 pkt newborn nappies
• 1 pkt wet wipes
• newborn hat
• baby blanket
• outfit for baby
• outfit for mom
• car seat
What did you pack in your hospital bag?
Clothing your family can be expensive, but there are 21 ways you can save!
cut clothing costs
Babies grow out of their clothing in a matter of months, and crawling can tear holes in pants. Toddlers love messy play and their outfits can end up stained and well worn quickly. Then school children require expensive uniforms, sports equipment, as well as casual clothes. Once your child is a teenager, then they want the latest fashions and designer wear, all at a cost.
So how can we try save money on children’s clothing, whilst still providing our children with the outfits they need and want?
Here are my top 21 tips on how to save money buying kids wear. You can adapt the same tips for girls and boys clothes, for buying clothing for yourself.
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To save money on kids clothes
BUYING CHILDREN'S CLOTHES
21 ways to save
1. Organise your child’s closet
If a clothes cupboard is not organised, it’s amazing how many items go unseen and unworn.
2. Make a shopping list
Now that you know what you need, write it down on a shopping list and try not deviate from these items.
3. Stick to a budget
Beware buying on credit and only spend what you can afford. Create a budget for each family member.
Involve older children in budgeting their clothing spend. Let them earn their clothing money by doing chores around the house
or by achieving good school grades.
4. Shop sales
Shop the sales in-store or online for bargains which are on your shopping list and follow these 21 rules.
5. Quality before designer
Don’t be lured by designer labels. Look for quality items which will last longer and worn longer.
6. Ignore sizes
Clothes sizes can differ between stores. Sizes should be used as an approximate and not the rule.
7. Stick to the basics
Purchase clothing that won’t go out of style.Use accessoriesto brighten up outfits and provide new looks on a budget.
8. Hunt the factory shops
Visit factory stores regularly, as new stock comes in all the time. Sign up for store notifications by SMS/email.
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9. Return if unwanted
Return for a credit if items are the wrong size, the quality is poor, or you changed your mind.
This is a summary of 21 Tips to save money on children's clothes.
Read the full post on my blog for more detailed advice and tips to save!
10. Buy gender neutral
With a boy and girl, I look for gender neutral basics which both can wear.
11. Size up
Allow room to grow by buying bigger sizes on more costly items. Excludes shoes which are worn daily.
12. Limit cute clothing
It’s harder to mix and match cute items, or accessorise them, for multiple outfit looks.
13. Rent or borrow special outfits
Have a special occasion to attend like a wedding? Rent or borrow that special dress/suit.
14. Clothes as gifts
Save money by buying clothes as part of birthday, celebrations and Christmas gifts.
Caring for children’s clothes
15. Check tags for care instructions
Avoid dry clean only items, which will cost to be cleaned by professionals.
16. Take care of your clothes
Wash according to care instructions. Clean cupboards regularly to avoid moisture and mould.
17. Repair or repurpose clothes
Replacing lost buttons, close up small holes or let down a hem on a skirt. Repurpose to make new items.
18. Bling it
Get creative by giving basic items a personal touch. Make embellishments interchangeable for multiple looks.
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Gently used clothes
19. Shop charity or thrift stores
Search your local charity shops regularly to find clothing bargains and other household items.
20. Organise a clothing swap
Get together with friends and family and have a clothing swap.
21. Sell gently used clothes
Make money from your gently used second hand clothes by selling on Gumtree, community forums or on consignment.
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