You might not be able to imagine you could afford your child's dreams and wishes for the future right now. But that could change if you use the right tactics. There is a way that can help you to prepare for the your child's future - mutual funds. There are many funds that can help you invest in specific plans that augment your child's future. The plans tend to vary based on the age of the child you're investing for. If you're investing for an infant or a child of up to 5 years - investments are likely to be equity based. Generally, the investment period could be up to around 15 years from when you start investing your money. This is the best time for you to start investing. It gives you more time with which you can build up your assets. You end up with more time in which you can keep investing money into the mutual fund. Once your child is around 6 or 7, start considering a balanced fund. Even if you're leaning a bit towards equities, that's alright. But by this time, you shouldn't rely only on equities. This is because you'll have less time with to invest. Relying on equities means exposing your capital to volatility. At this point, the fund you choose needs to be balanced with a great deal of safety too. The investment period should range up to about 12 years. It gives you comparatively less time - for both investing and for you money to grow. Once the child reaches teens, don't take any risks with your capital at all. Get a children plan with emphasis on debt funds rather than equity. You will have an investment period of around 5 years at the most, so don't take risks with your money. Let it grow slowly but safely with debt funds. Why debt funds? The investment period is too small for you to take risks with your money. You'll need your money back in five years. Equity is simply too dangerous when you would need the money back in such a short while. Investing in debt funds helps to gain at least some level of interest on your money. You should have a good option for liquidity when you're investing, though. Whatever plan you want to choose, ensure you have a fair idea of what you want when the investment comes to an end. You don't want to fall short of the money you need. If you need more money, start investing earlier. Your money will have enough time to grow that way.