I wasn't sure where to put this but I figure that pregnancy and eary childhood count as stages of life. :) I have a question: What would you consider the minimum needs of a baby, and how would those needs be met frugally? Here's my list to show you what I mean:
Maternity clothes - Save your bigger clothes if you previous weighed more; or alter your smaller clothing; or get secondhand clothing from friends and family; or buy a few basic outfits at thrift stores or yard sales.
Diapers - Use cloth, especially to save money in the long run.
Wipes - Use cloth.
Feeding - Breastfeed, then make your baby's food at home.
Carrying your baby - Use a baby sling to keep your hands free during the day and to avoid the cost of strollers. As an added plus, mother and child share body warmth.
Clothing for baby - Sew your own; or get seconhand items from friends and family; or buy a few basic items at thrift stores and yard sales.
What does anyone have to add or say to this? I'm sure there are costs I'm forgetting.