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Bun in the oven.

Updated: Apr 30, 2023

Financial Planning For Expectant Parents


Exciting times ahead! You've got a bun in the oven, and that's fantastic news. There’s a baby (or more) on the way! However, it's important to remember that babies come with financial responsibilities as well as joy. In this article, I'll share some tips on financial planning for expectant parents.


First things first, congratulations! But before you start shopping for cute little onesies and adorable baby booties, let's talk about money.

 

One of the biggest expenses that come with having a baby is the cost of childcare. Depending on where you live and what type of childcare you choose, you could be looking at a pretty penny. So, it's important to start thinking about your options early on. childminderIf you and your partner both work full-time, you might consider getting some help at some point. This may be a relative like a parent or a child minder. If you decide to go the childminder route, be prepared to pay a premium for a good one.


Alternatively, you might choose to send your baby to a nursery. This can be a more affordable option, but you'll need to shop around and find one that fits your budget. And don't forget to factor in other expenses like nappies, baby food, and clothes.

Another big expense that comes with having a baby is healthcare. As doctors, we know how important it is to make sure our little ones get the best medical care possible. In the UK, healthcare is free at the point of use, but there may be other costs associated with things like private health insurance, vaccinations, and specialist care.


It's also important to think about how having a baby will impact your work. As doctors, we're lucky to have relatively stable employment, but maternity and paternity leave can still take a toll on our finances. Make sure you know your rights and entitlements and plan accordingly.


Finally, let's talk about saving for the future. As parents, we all want the best for our children and that includes a bright financial future. Consider opening a savings account for your child and make regular contributions to it. This can help you build up a nest egg for their future education or other expenses.



And of course, don't forget to take care of yourself too! Being a new parent can be exhausting, both physically and mentally. Make sure you're taking care of yourself and getting the support you need, whether that's from family, friends, or a professional.


So, there you have it - some tips on financial planning for expectant parents. Having a baby is an exciting time, but it's also a time to be practical and plan ahead. As Nigerian doctors in the UK, we're lucky to have a decent income, but you may find out that with the addition of a little one to your family, you may need more careful financial planning. By being smart about our finances, we can give our little ones the best possible start in life.


Congratulations again, and happy planning!



Author: Dr Ndubuisi ‘Andy’ Egwim, a UK based entrepreneur, investor, and part time sessional GP, is the founder of MoneywiseDoctor.com, a blog and newsletter that provides practical financial insights and strategies to help doctors avoid ‘financial heart attack’. With a passion for empowering healthcare professionals to achieve financial freedom, Dr Egwim is committed to helping others take control of their financial well-being for peace of mind. 


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