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Before welcoming my first baby, I remember worrying about everything under the sun! Was I ordering the right night lights (yes), the best nursing gear (meh) and the right diaper cream (nope)?
And, as I started ordering (I still love/hate you Amazon!), I started adding everything up, and the sheer cost of a child hit me.
How much maternity leave could I take without losing my job? Would I get paid during my time off with baby?
You too? Well, then skip on down to these other awesome resources to speed up your research journey!
Congratulations mama-to-be. Welcome to your next big adventure!
5 Budgeting Tips for Moms Who Don’t Get Paid Maternity Leave
This list from Krazy Coupon Lady comes first – the reality is that most women in the U.S. are facing an unpaid maternity leave (saving up sick leave isn’t really the same thing as paid maternity leave!)
If you’ve done your best to understand your rights and plan your maternity leave but you just aren’t eligible to receive pay during some or all of your time with your newborn, check out tip #4 to have a few more days with your baby before you return to work.
12 Tips to Survive Parental Leave Without Going Broke
If you’re still in the family planning stage, skip ahead to the last bullet, then work your way back!
11 Tales from the Wallet: Financially Preparing for Baby
I absolutely agree with the author re-setting expectations about a babymoon or push present. I didn’t realize that those were a real thing outside of reality television! If you’re concerned about being financially prepared for baby, then maybe re-think any expectations in this department!
And, be sure to check out her comments thread for some reader real-life-stories!
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