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Old Jan 28th, 2011, 11:01 AM   1
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Im putting together a list of essentials we would need when we get a (a long way off i know) but i wanted to start saving now, although i have abit put aside for a baby fund i dont know how much is kind of mininium amount we would need for essentials.....does anyone else have a list? whats on it? and how much (roughly) in the UK? thanks



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2011, 11:05 AM   2
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I also did this, I just googled Lists of items for new baby and found a list of essential items needed and then I googled each item to find out a rough cost of these items, it was actually really fun i know i am sad and made the broodiness so much worse!

I was actually surprised (obviously less things I will be handed down) wasn't actually too bad!



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2011, 11:08 AM   3
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thanks chick i will have to try that too i know i will get gifts off my family etc but a rough idea would be nice so we know how much we have to save ideally x



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2011, 11:11 AM   4
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I went with my head rather than my heart so I looked at basic's so plain muslins, bibs, blankets, babygro's etc as not knowing what I will have would mean they would need to be plain and plus you will get so many gifts etc when it is born! and then buy things when it is born regardless as you will want the pink or blue!

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Old Jan 28th, 2011, 11:18 AM   5
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exactly yeah only buy essential babygrows, they soon grow out of there first ones anyway im thinking about knitting/making some blankets too so will be nice to do when i spoke with my mum about it i said id be happy to look at some used items i.e the cot just buy a new mattress etc



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2011, 11:19 AM   6
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There was another thread about this further down somewhere! I'm really bad for looking at baby things and listing. Slightly OCDish. I'm really similar, when I started listing it was so I had a really good idea of what I would need and how much it would cost, so that when i did have the 'talk' with my OH, i'd be able to outline the things that we'd need.

I'd done what Twag had done, I'd just googled what I'd need for a newborn, and one of the lists that came up was the essential clothes for a new born. When I searched through mothercare to see how much it would cost to buy all the things it recommended it came to 120. That's for unisex clothes for the first 0-3 months stage-ish. But that is brand new and the more I look at it chances are some or most of the things on that list would be given as gifts or handed down from family friends. It's just a good figure to know.

Let me look at my list and i'll reply shortly!




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Old Jan 28th, 2011, 11:22 AM   7
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thank you im having a looksy too i know that my family and friends have hand me downs etc....i already have a pushchair so that is a big saving



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2011, 11:27 AM   8
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I found this basic list online, its sourced from mothercare, obviously though when buying things there is a variety of prices but this is the middle cost

http://www.teething-babies.co.uk/you...y/realcost.php


Cost of Baby Items*

Item Cost
Cot 160
Bedding 80
Baby carrier 30
Push Chair 200
High chair 50
Baby bath 18
Baby monitor 30
Disposable nappies (2,555) 500
Bottle feeding equipment 20

Total 1,088



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2011, 11:31 AM   9
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thank you thats very helpful



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2011, 11:32 AM   10
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I have several different lists, but the stuff written below is mainly costs relating to the my own personal way I'd most likely parent.

The first on my list (it's not that I pioritiesed it over other things that are needed more, it was just the first thing that came into my head when I started the list) was a sling (to aid with breastfeeding and for general comfort for the baby). I've just grown up seeing mummys 'carry' their babies, so it's a natural progression for me. The one that I saw was 38.

Next was a breatfeeding pillow (I plan to breastfeeed, isn't essential but hopefully would make things so much easier), the one i liked was 44.99, but would mostl likely be able to get that a fair bit cheaper.

Nappy bin was on the list, for nappies to be washed (hoping to use cloth nappies, again, just what i've seen my friends/family use so would be a natural progression). Only 6.99.

The car seat I saw was 109.99. The cot was a cheaper one at 50, would need a matress ontop. which was varying prices. Looking into a 2nd hand cot though I think.

Moses basket, between 20 and 30. I hope to use cloth nappies and I'd start off with collecting pre-loved (second hand) ones until I find the make that suits me and the baby and that would be about 70 for the amount i'd need.

A play pen which i saw at 70 to seperate part of the room off from our dogs.

A changing mate for 10. And breastfeeding shawl at 15. Allowing 100 for a pushchair and up to 100 for a mattress for the cot all in all I think my aim for saving for the baby would be at about 700.

None of that made any real sence but there you go


Edit to say:

I'm hoping to get several things pre-loved though, so second hand. I saw some amazing knitted cardigans in my local charity shop, like new, for very little money. Blankets and the like I think I'm going to knit, and am hoping to knit and craft some booties and hats as well. I just new that my OH would like to get as much of it as new as possible so had to record those things on my list hehe.



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