The Sticker Shock That A Lot Of New Parents Face

Becoming a parent for the first time is one of the most exciting periods of our lives. Getting out on your own and starting a family is something that most young adults look forward to. However, once the reality of what raising a child entails, the stress and anxiety start to kick in. This is especially the case when you start to realize everything that your baby is going to need and how much it is going to cost. Raising a child can be quite expensive and having a plan and knowing what to expect before hand is going to reduce some of the shock.

Big Ticket Items Your Infant Will Need

These are some of the more expensive items that you should include on your baby registry if you can to help curtail some of the costs for yourself.

Nursery

This is soon going to be the the most important and most active room in your house. If you are fortunate enough to have a room to dedicate to your newborn then you should be prepared for what it needs to be stocked and ready to go. Since you and your child are going to spending so much time here this is an area to give a lot of thought of what you want and need to make it as comfortable as possible for the both of you.

A crib is the most obvious piece of furniture for a nursery. A decent baby crib is going to cost you between $100 and $400. Of course there are some cheap alternatives as well as some more expensive models available, but this is a ballpark figure to expect. You will also need sheets for the mattress and perhaps a mobile to attach to the crib. There are numerous accessories that you may also be wanting to buy to keep your baby occupied and safe.

Baby monitors are also something that you will want to get for your nursery. Whether it is an audio or a video monitor, being connected to your child while in another room is going to remove some stress while also letting you try and get some sleep at night. These can range between $30 to $200 depending on the type of monitor you get and the range that you need.

A rocking or gliding chair is another good addition to have for a nursery. While not a necessity, one of these will help you rock and soothe a crying baby while you try and calm them down and get them to sleep. This is obviously a luxury, but it is worth it if you can afford it. These can be expensive and will probably set you back at least a couple of hundred dollars for a decent gliding chair.

A diaper changing table is another piece of furniture worth investing in. Having a dedicated space with all of your supplies handy will make this part of taking care of your baby less of a hassle. This is another luxury item that would be a perfect addition to your registry.

Getting Out Of The House

Safely transporting your child and getting out of the house is something that is also going to require special baby gear. Strollers and car seats are going to be vital pieces of equipment that you are also going to need.

There are many types of child seats available, but for the most bang for your buck we recommend a convertible safety seat. These will give you many years of use and can be used for infants and taller kids as well. They can adapt with your child as they grow and can be adjusted to accommodate them.

There are also “All in One” convertible seats that have booster seat capabilities which means that you will just have to buy one car seat. When looking at the top rated options you should expect to spend between $100 and $300. Getting a head start by reading some of the 2018 convertible car seat reviews can shed some light on which models perform best for parents. While there are some expensive seats out there, there are also some decent budget options. They usually do not have as long of a life span as some of the more expensive all-in-one seats. This is also a perfect registry item as the protection and safety of your child is something that family and friends will be more than happy to help with.

Once you are out of your vehicle having a stroller will come into play. This is not only something that your kids will enjoy, but it is also something that is good for you. Walking, or even running, is an activity that is healthy and will help alleviate stress. If you just want something for the mall or short walks around the neighborhood then a regular stroller should suffice. A good one should cost between $50 and $150. More expensive models are going to better built with extra storage features.

If you like to go at a faster pace and jog with your little one, then a running stroller is something you will need. These are designed to take more punishment and give better cushion to your child when going at brisker speeds. They have bigger tires, dedicated suspensions, and handbrakes that all add to their price. These will typically run you (no pun intended) between $200 and $400.

The Little Things

While these are more expensive gear that you might need for your child, you should also consider how much the little things are going to cost you. Baby formula, diapers, and clothes are items that can quickly add to the bottom line. Being a parent is an expensive wake up call. We always recommend making use of a baby registry so that you can get help from the people close to you and you can get exactly what you need. Learning to budget is one of the skills that will best serve you so if you are lacking in this area now is the time to shape up.

The one thing to remember is that you should not get down on yourself if you cannot afford certain things for your child. The most important things that they need, guidance and love, are things that you can give for free which are always in abundance.

How The Various Types Of Depression Can Affect You

different types of depression

There are many different types of depression that fall under the “clinical depression” umbrella that millions of people suffer from every day. Clinical depression is more than just a general sense of sadness that most people experience at different times during their lives, but it is an illness that can severely disrupt and affect someone’s everyday life and activities.

Clinical depression involves a combination of depression symptoms that last at least two weeks that disrupt a person’s normal routine or well being, such as not wanting to leave the house, sleeping the day away and total withdrawal or isolation from family and friends to name some examples. General sadness usually subsides after a few days or a couple of weeks but anything longer lasting might be cause for concern and professional help may be advisable.

Some of the different types of depression include major depression, seasonal depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic depression, dysthymia, postpartum depression and atypical depression. Below is a quick rundown of some of these various types of depression.

Major Depression

Major depression refers to a change in a person’s mood that directly disrupts and affects once normal activities such as sleep, working, appetite and eating habits and loss of interest in sex or hobbies. It is usually characterized by irritability and loss of interest. A person suffering a major depression episode loses the ability or is extremely limited in their ability to function normally. Physical symptoms usually manifest themselves and may include insomnia, weight gain or loss, fatigue, agitation and trouble thinking clearly or concentrating.

People may suffer just one major depressive episode in their lives but multiple episodes are not uncommon. According the National Institute for Mental Health, just under 7% of US adults are affected by major depression. Women suffer major depression almost twice as much as men although it can affect anyone from children to the elderly.

Seasonal Depression

This is basically what it sounds like, depression that occurs during certain parts of the year, usually winter when there is less daylight and more hours of darkness. Known as Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) most people just think of it as “winter blues”. Long cold winter nights can cause some people to develop this type of disorder. It can be severe and treatment should be sought if a pattern is noticed.

Bipolar Disorder

Formerly referred to as manic depression, bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of severe depression that can alternate with episodes of extreme elation or excited happiness known as mania. The depression suffered by those with bipolar disorder is often called “bipolar depression”. The mood changes with bipolar disorder cycle between the extreme highs of mania and the extreme lows of depression. The cycling can be rapid in some cases but most of the time it happens gradually.

Bipolar depression may include any or all of the common signs of depression. Bipolar mania can manifest itself in the form of hyperactivity, fast talking and extreme elation.

Psychotic Depression

A person suffering from psychotic depression shows the usually symptoms of depression, in addition they also may suffer from hallucinations or delusions. They may hear or see things that aren’t actually real or may have irrational fears or thoughts. A significant break from reality may occur. Around 25% of patients admitted to a hospital for depression suffers from psychotic depression. Unlike people who suffer from schizophrenia, a mental illness that also involves a break from reality, those suffering from psychotic depression realize their delusions or hallucinations are not real. This causes a sense of shame and causes them to try and hide their illness which makes a proper diagnosis that much harder.

Dysthymia

This is a less severe type of depression, however it may last for years. People who suffer from dysthymia typically are able to function normally however they may feel unimportant, displeased, sullen or generally disconcerted. This is often referred to as melancholia. Dysthymia sufferers are usually unaware of their condition. General anti-depressants can usually significantly help those with this disorder.

Postpartum Depression

This involves mothers who have an episode of major depression within one month of giving birth. While it is a normal occurrence for new mothers to have what is known as “baby blues” which is less serious, nearly 10% will have a more serious depressive episode and develop postpartum depression. It is often tied to the chemical (hormonal) and psychological adjustments associated with having a baby.

Atypical Depression

This type of depression may be harder to diagnose since a person with atypical depression may experience few of the common symptoms of depression while also having periods of normal mental balance. Someone with atypical depression may return to a normal mental state with the influence of positive outside factors such as personal success. They can be brought out of a depressive state with a job promotion for example whereas this would have no affect on someone suffering from a typical major depressive episode. Some experts believe this form of depression goes underdiagnosed due to this factor.

As you can see, there are quite a few different types of depression each with their own set of criteria, and in some cases, some extra set of symptoms. You should never self-diagnose a mental illness but rather leave it to a trained mental health professional. If you or a loved one are concerned that you may be suffering from some type of depression you are encouraged to seek the help of a mental health care provider in your area. Reaching out for help is often the hardest step to take, but it also the most important step to take

1 2