Shopping for your baby

Your to-do list can seem never-ending when you’re expecting a bundle of joy. From planning the delivery and shopping for baby clothes to preparing your household and your finances, there’s so much to learn and do. But with some careful research and preparation, it can all get done in time for the big day. Here’s a guide to help.

Married couple shopping for their baby

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Advice for pregnant women

According to government guidance, pregnant women are considered a vulnerable group during the current crisis. If you are pregnant, you’re advised to stringently follow social distancing measures. This means staying away from public places whenever possible, and avoiding anyone who has symptoms suggestive of coronavirus. You’re advised to continue attending antenatal appointments.

As a member of a vulnerable group, you may also be eligible for help with food shopping, collecting medication and other essential supplies. To check the most current COVID-19 guidelines and support links for shopping help, go to NHS Advice during pregnancy.

If you’re looking for help managing financially during this crisis, you can visit Coronavirus help and support

Start saving

Babies are magical and life-changing. They’re also expensive – from nappies and nurseries to other potential impacts on your family income. So the sooner you start setting money aside and preparing your finances, the better off you’ll be. That’s even more true now given the current uncertainty.

You can find lots of practical advice on How to be financially prepared for a baby. This includes resources on creating a baby budget, cutting down debt and building an emergency fund. A good place to start is by opening a savings account so you can start setting money aside for the new arrival.

Make a shopping checklist for your baby

When there’s a baby on the way, it can be tempting to start shopping for jogging strollers and cute baby outfits. But it pays to do your research, prioritise, and hold off on major purchases. That’s where a baby shopping checklist really can help you stay within your baby budget.

Many people prefer to hold off on baby clothes, furniture and décor until they know the baby’s gender – which is usually after the first trimester. It’s also important to remember that every baby is different. That means your needs are likely to be different than what someone else might need. So it’s smart to shop for the short-term essentials you know you’ll need, and leave the rest for later – as you get a better sense of your evolving needs.

Stick to your baby budget

A baby budget will help keep your spending on track when you’re short on sleep and buried in nappies. It should include one-off expenses like baby furniture and infant car seats. It also needs to include ongoing costs like formula, food, nappies, clothes and toys. For some, childcare may also need to be factored in. Check out our practical guide on how to plan and stick to a budget. Budgets aren’t always exciting, but they can really help get your parenting adventure off on the right foot.

In addition to the baby budget, there are other financial steps to consider – from getting life insurance and writing a will to checking your credit score.

You’ll find lots of practical hands-on help at How to be financially prepared for a baby. You can also get other ideas for getting a handle on your money at Barclays money management.

Prepare for unexpected expenses

Having a baby is about preparing for the unexpected. If you already have a credit card, this might be a good time to apply for a higher credit limit to help with unforeseen expenses. Our repayment calculator can help you figure out how to save on the interest payments for your credit card.

If you don’t have a credit card, it might make sense to consider one. Whether it’s a standard purchase credit card or rewards credit card which lets you earn cashback on purchases, it can be a good way to cover unplanned expenses. Of course, these are subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. So it’s a good idea to use our Eligibility checker to find out which is right for you.

Representative example

Representative APR
20.9% APR (variable)
Purchase rate
20.9% p.a. (variable)
Based on a
£1,200
credit limit
Annual Fee
No annual fee

The approval of your application depends on financial circumstances and borrowing history, so do the terms you may be offered. The balance transfer period and interest rates, may differ from those shown.

Representative example

Representative APR
22.9% APR (variable)
Purchase rate
22.9% p.a. (variable)
Based on a
£1,200
credit limit
Annual Fee
No annual fee

The approval of your application depends on financial circumstances and borrowing history, so do the terms you may be offered. The balance transfer period and interest rates, may differ from those shown.

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