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Old Mar 16th, 2011, 15:37 PM   11
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Thanks so much for all the info, ladies. Those of you who made lists, how did you determine what you really needed? I've seen a few bloggers who list the "things I need for my baby versus things you don't really need" and they love to contradict each other!

We're hoping that I'll go part time after baby, and saving up a bit more before that happens is actually the reason we're WTT. I hadn't even thought about what we'll do with the income gap during maternity leave!



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Old Mar 16th, 2011, 17:02 PM   12
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I've written down the minimal items - in a way.

The only clothing I will buy will be what I can't get from SIL. Maybe a few personalized outfits, a coming-home outfit, etc. As for feeding supplies: I will be BFing if possible, but I will be pumping so that OH can feed too. So, I will need a pump and need bottles.

I will be using the play yard as a sleeper for the baby for the first few months (maybe 3-6 months, depending) so a crib is NOT necessary. However, it is a pricey item and I would like to have it ahead of time so that if we are tight on money once it's time to switch, we won't have to worry. I am also considering knocking the changing table off the list, as most people I've heard from just don't use it!

Bedding isn't necessary until the crib is being used (most play-yards either come with a sheet or you can buy them cheap) but I know I'll want to have the nursery ready as soon as I find out gender!

Jumper and high chair can wait, but swing and seat seem necessary to me. My friend has a three month old and it seems the baby is always happy when she's in her swing! I've also seen a swing that has a removeable seat, so it's two in one!

Obviously car seat is necessary



 
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Old Mar 16th, 2011, 17:32 PM   13
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there are a few other things like sterilysing equipment and moniters that might need to be added.
im hoping to get stuff second hand like this as they are often in very good condition.



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Old Mar 16th, 2011, 18:53 PM   14
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Has anybody started looking into monthly costs for food and clothes and such? I guess the food budget doesn't really change much at first if you BF, but what about FF? And diapers - oh the horrors of that cost!



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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 09:56 AM   15
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Has anybody started looking into monthly costs for food and clothes and such? I guess the food budget doesn't really change much at first if you BF, but what about FF? And diapers - oh the horrors of that cost!
I plan on using cloth diapers. I know here in the States we have cloth diaper service companies that will pick up your dirty ones and give you clean ones every few days. It costs approx $20/week - about half the price of diposables!



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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 12:36 PM   16
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We are budgeting as well, and have included hospital costs into our baby fund. Several of my close girlfriends have given birth in the last year and all of them walked away from the hospital with a several thousand dollar (USD) bill even though they had insurance! If your child needs to go to the NICU at all (God forbid!), the cost will just skyrocket! I doubt anyone can be totally prepared for something like that, but we are planning to sock away at least $3,000 just for the hospital bill. I believe you can always go on a payment plan with them if you can't afford the bill, so don't let it stress you out too much if that seems impossible.



 
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 12:46 PM   17
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We are budgeting as well, and have included hospital costs into our baby fund. Several of my close girlfriends have given birth in the last year and all of them walked away from the hospital with a several thousand dollar (USD) bill even though they had insurance! If your child needs to go to the NICU at all (God forbid!), the cost will just skyrocket! I doubt anyone can be totally prepared for something like that, but we are planning to sock away at least $3,000 just for the hospital bill. I believe you can always go on a payment plan with them if you can't afford the bill, so don't let it stress you out too much if that seems impossible.
Forgot to mention - this obviously wouldn't be a concern for those of you living in countries where healthcare is free! *gasp* SOCIALISTS!... JK!



 
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 14:35 PM   18
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We are budgeting as well, and have included hospital costs into our baby fund. Several of my close girlfriends have given birth in the last year and all of them walked away from the hospital with a several thousand dollar (USD) bill even though they had insurance! If your child needs to go to the NICU at all (God forbid!), the cost will just skyrocket! I doubt anyone can be totally prepared for something like that, but we are planning to sock away at least $3,000 just for the hospital bill. I believe you can always go on a payment plan with them if you can't afford the bill, so don't let it stress you out too much if that seems impossible.
Forgot to mention - this obviously wouldn't be a concern for those of you living in countries where healthcare is free! *gasp* SOCIALISTS!... JK!
Luckies...



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Old Mar 18th, 2011, 17:32 PM   19
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I spent almost 3k on all the bits for my dd, but I (as always) went WAY OTT!!!!

Once baby arrived, we got so many outfits in 0-3 & 3-4 so didn;t need to buy alot, and also my parents bought a few newborn things which was great as I had bought stuff but it was all neutral and really wanted to put her pink or girly clothes!

The cost of baby weekly wasn't huge either! The 20 family allowance covered everything! 1 tin of formula cost approx 7-8 and lasted a week - in the early days it was nearer 10 days, and also once weaned it became less again too. Nappies - I have found shops own as good as the more expensive brands, but half the price! You use about 10 nappies per day at the very begining so maybe 2 packs of nappies - well under 10! Then maybe a couple fo packs of wipes. theytell you to use cotton wool & water for a while, and no toiletries, but you can pick them up in deals too, and it's not something you need to buy every week either! In 14 & a half months, I think we've used about 5 bottles of shampoo!

I also gave myself 20 per week pocket money while I was on maternity leave, for lunch, parking etc. Most classes, clubs, soft plays are free until they're at least 1!



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Old Mar 18th, 2011, 17:40 PM   20
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I didnt budget at all. Just started buying things from when i was about 20 weeks whenever i saw a sale or offer. Also signing up to all of the baby clubs at various supermarkets etc is really good. They send regular coupons for all of the essentials. Also the freebies and samples and buy, swap, sell sections on here have been great for me. Second hand is definitely worth it. My DD has just stopped wearing newborn today (at two weeks old) as her feet have grown out of everything!



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