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Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 02:05 AM   31
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I made a spreadsheet and then went online and found prices for the items to show my hubby how much it should initially cost us, I was pleasantly surprised as was less than I thought
OT: but your puppies look so cute!! (Shar Pei?)
Thanks yes they are Shar Pei Lela (black) & Chloe (lilac) they are our furry babies



 
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Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:10 AM   32
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Hi ladies , I bit the bullet and made a rough list to estimate cost.

If we buy everything new it'll be 2500 I reckon. Although there is a chance we could get some things second hand via family etc. Sadly I need 3000 to cover maternity leave just for me to be off 3 months !! Damn mortgages and shitty 6 weeks maternity!!! Seriously 6 weeks is nothing!!

Ahh well gives me a target to aim for next year!! Xx



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Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:50 AM   33
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Hi ladies , I bit the bullet and made a rough list to estimate cost.

If we buy everything new it'll be 2500 I reckon. Although there is a chance we could get some things second hand via family etc. Sadly I need 3000 to cover maternity leave just for me to be off 3 months !! Damn mortgages and shitty 6 weeks maternity!!! Seriously 6 weeks is nothing!!

Ahh well gives me a target to aim for next year!! Xx
What type of things did you have on your list if you don't mind me asking?

I just started my new job, and really don't think the company are very maternity leave friendly. I think they offer literally just the basic they HAVE to offer, but that's about it..



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Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 09:22 AM   34
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Travel system (pram and car seat) 250 est, nursery furniture set 500 est, can't list everything the other things were monitors, bouncer, highchair, bottle steriliser, breast pump, baby bath, food purée system, baby clothes, travel cot, baby bedding, Moses basket, all the deco for nursery, nappies, stair gate, fire guard - it also has two luxurys for me (300 for maternity clothes, bearing in mind will def need a wedding outfit, and 300 for one of those breast feeding nursing chairs).

I hope we will get most of the stuff second hand as this much is not an option!! Who knows will prob get some of the little bits as presents!!

At least that gives me worst case scenario! :-) plus a lot of it is not for new born!! Xx



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Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 09:24 AM   35
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Olivette ditto on the maternity - 6 weeks at 90% and my salary pays the mortgage so I have to be on almost full pay the whole time I'm off - hence the 3 months maternity only!! Xx



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Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:05 AM   36
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Olivette ditto on the maternity - 6 weeks at 90% and my salary pays the mortgage so I have to be on almost full pay the whole time I'm off - hence the 3 months maternity only!! Xx
Thanks for the list hun, it's really good to see what other people are planning on getting pre-baby!

My new job really was meant to be my new start (previous jobs had small wages and bad working environments), so when I got this new one, which pays really well, and the staff seem great, I was really hoping it would be a start of new things for me and my OH, but after reading through the contract and the companys procedures, I don't think they will be overly friendly. Which is really sad as I'd hoped for me! Unfortunately like you I NEED the wage/money.



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Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:27 AM   37
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ive done a rough list for costings and mine is well below the 2500 mark. i didnt put in maternity clothes as id just buy those as i was going along like normal clothes. ive decided though that i wouldnt go crazy on furniture for the nursery as you can get things just as suitable from ikea than mothercare. luckily my job has pretty good maternity leave as i work for the nhs. its the only reason ive stayed tbh!



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Lol my old job had better maternity but they were awful and I couldn't have done that job with a baby!!! My new job is great, and they are so pro family (despite the maternity policy) that sure it'll be fine - apart from having to save the money somehow!!!

I think I can save 4k, I need 3k for maternity money, so need to get the baby stuff down, but will worry about it nearer the time!! Will prob ask for bits for Xmas etc when pregnant too!! X



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Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 12:41 PM   39
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...ive decided though that i wouldnt go crazy on furniture for the nursery as you can get things just as suitable from ikea than mothercare...
I got Ikea furniture (and accessories like a rug, bedding and curtines) and was really happy with it. I am glad we did not get anything that cost more because my son is very tall and active so will need a toddler bed by the time he is 1 anyway I think, he is 8 months old now and there is not much room left. Plus, it turned out the changing table was a waste of money anyway.



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From having 2 sisters with children I have noted a lot of things that you end up not needing and also a lot of things I can have handed down from them, so I am quite lucky! My list came way below £2500! and included the pram/travel system and cot!

I agree changing tables are a waste of money!

I am only going to be taking 6 weeks maternity leave (we cannot afford any more) but I am going to work from home one day a week and my baby will be with my mother so I know he/she will be in good hands (always feel mean saying I will only have that amount of time off but I know in my heart that my baby will not suffer from it)



 
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