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Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 06:59 AM   11
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having said that, technically you may not even need wipes. Many mothers that use cloth nappies also use cloth wipes (since you will be washing and soaking the nappies anyway, you may as well do wipes too). You can have reusable wipes by just cutting and sewing little pieces of cloth and using them as wipes with warm water. Better for the environment, and you would save a lot of money; we go through about 3 packs of wipes per week.



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 15:09 PM   12
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My dd was formula fed, and in desposables, so I would approx 25 per week. I also allowed myself 20 per week pocket money for lunches out, and soft plays etc as she got a little older.



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Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 15:30 PM   13
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I'll be getting products from superdrug, their own brand stuff aren't tested on animals :-) (not that nappies would lol)



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 15:33 PM   14
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I'm breastfeeding and using cloth diapers, and I haven't found that our day-to-day costs are all that much. We use cloth wipes at home and disposable wipes when we go out (I bought a giant pack of 700 for $20 and I'm not even half-way through them almost 6 months later).

Baby gear is expensive. I bought most things while pregnant, but there's always SOMETHING. For example, we just bought a high chair in anticipation of starting solids. In the next month or so we'll have to buy a new carseat. He's outgrowing his clothes very quickly. We put money into his RESP every month. Plus, you'll discover things that you simply must have as you go along (my new jogging stroller was a necessity, or at least that's what I told my husband) Lots of these things are as expensive as you decide you want them to be, but even if you do it cheaply, it's still going to cost more than anticipated.

The hardest part hasn't been added expenses, but rather the drop in income while I'm off work on maternity leave.

I imagine that the major expenses will come later, when we want to give our kids the opportunity to play sports, go to camp, help pay for post-secondary, etc, but I can't think about that right now



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 16:01 PM   15
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This threads great! Was only talking about this the other day with OH. We thought it was going to cost alot more than this! Thank you girlss!



 
Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 17:35 PM   16
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You can make it as cheap or expensive as you like! You can buy outfits for 10 - and less - in supermarkets! And if you do BF- it's free, and if you use cloth nappies, there's the initial outlay, but not much more to pay out.

I agree though that the drop in salary is a killer! I have also returned to work 3 days instead of 5 so I'm down 40% of my wage! In the UK you do gt some benefits that help meet the costs.



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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 07:47 AM   17
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No more than 20 a week, if that.



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 09:22 AM   18
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My biggest worry is loss of income whilst on mat leave, and then the childcare!



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 11:19 AM   19
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Yer im 70 a week down at the moment and its only going to get worse.



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 11:31 AM   20
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up until now, LO hasn't really cost anything weekly because he is cloth bummed, we also use cloth wipes and make our own wipe solution and he is breast fed, not we are starting to wean he is again not really costing much, maybe 3 a week buying extras for him like baby rice cakes or baby corn snacks, otherwise we are BLW so he just has a tiny bit of food off my plate or hubby's plate

We don't use baby bath or baby lotion as he has bad eczema so use stuff we get from the dr

so our only real costs are if he needs clothing ect



 

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