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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 11:49 AM   21
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Remember as well, if you register with the local pharmacy for Minor Ailments, you get free Sudocreme, vaseline, calpol, ibuprofen, oilatum, diprobase etc. It brings the cost down loads. As someone said earlier, plans, unfortunately don't work out, so budget for the most expensive scenario and go from there. Also, cloth nappies don't always work out to be the cheapest option... I keep seeing the cutest ones and bang goes another chunk of money!

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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 11:50 AM   22
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My biggest worry is loss of income whilst on mat leave, and then the childcare!
Yup, it's a freakin' fortune!



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 12:04 PM   23
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I honestly don't know how anyone copes!



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 12:12 PM   24
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Wow thanks girls its much cheaper than my OH was worried it would be, im lucky that i can just do shoots around looking after a LO. Is very useful stuff, thanks girls x



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 12:57 PM   25
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It is not really noticeable, just adding a few bits to the shop a week (and I am talking from the point of view of a toddler here, a newborn costs even less). things like baby bath lasts ages and if you are using cloth nappies/wipes and BF'ing there is not a lot to pay out. I do recommend washable breast-pads if for no other reason than the disposable ones are really uncomfortable. I understand why people worry about the cost, I know we did, but it really is not bad at all. The main cost is the nursery and even that can be affordable, ikea is actually good stuff (bare in mind they grow quick and if like my son they are really tall for there age and/or will only co-sleep then even less use) and I swear a changing table is a waste of money.

I thought no one would even get us stuff when DS was born but family paid for so much and we got ikea vouchers at the Xmas before he was born to buy furniture and my MIL buys DS so much (designer) clothes that we struggle to get through it all before he grows out of it. My mum, MIL and gran-MIL buy stuff like toys a lot too. So basically we sometimes look to spend money on him and have no idea what we can buy!

Cloth nappies cost more to start with but cheaper in the long run. That said even if you buy them you may not like using them as switch anyway. I was really pro-cloth and loved building a bit of a nappy stash up while pregnant but they were so impractical (for me). We used them on and off for a short while and some, including 4 totsbots wraps and a few nappies, ended up getting left and needing thrown out.

However if you are looking into pre-loved and are not superstitious and your partner would not think it mad doing it so soon, I have some I want out of the house as they are taking up room and I am just looking for P&P costs. I would have to look exactly what I have left is good condition. Plus, if you lived close enough to pick them up I could throw in a barley used cot and changing table, lol.



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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 15:36 PM   26
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i never thought about using reusable wipes thats a really good idea



 
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 05:10 AM   27
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I've been really interested hearing about all of this stuff in this post- it's a really useful resource for us first time mums to be...

I've been particularly interested in hearing people's views on the cloth nappies as this is something I was going to look into myself, and also the cloth wipes. I love the idea of being an 'earth mum' (though without the hippy look/attitude!!)- that's what one of my old friends said I would be! I grow a lot of fruit veggies at home, love to cook, and love the idea of making my babies their solids when they're old enough. I also knit and sew, and would love to follow on from what my mum did and make stuff for my LO (though not to the point where they'll be embarassed with what they're in!!)



 
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 05:43 AM   28
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I guess in some ways I fit into the earth/hippy mum and I thought I would love cloth and they were so cute but I hated them. I am still BF'ing and my son is one in about a month, we are a veggie family, we plan to home school and ect.

My experience using cloth was not great. Firstly no one seems to tell you that newborn size means over 10lbs so my son who was 6lbs 14oz took ages to get into them and even the two really small ones I got were too big. They did not contain things well enough for me to trust them on a night. Sticking them in the wash was not a hustle but rinsing the poop (and newborns poop even more than I realised) was time consuming. I first took a brake from them when I was having problems with my c-section healing and then stopped altogether. All that said we are taking an early but very relaxed approach to potty training now and are thinking of using washable potty training pants in the day now he does his poop at 6am and does some wee's on his potty since it will just be a case of washing them. I did not like them (despite being very pro-cloth while pregnant) and are even less practical for those who are not stay at home mums. All that said, some people love them and I really recommend the natural parenting section for advice about them, they really helped me when building my stash while pregnant. I have a draw full taking up space for no reason now.

I also planned on only making food from scratch but the first few months he did end up with mostly jars. I went back into full time education when he was 4 months old and DH who works night looks after him in the day while I am out so we never had time to spend ages making food. I planned on fully BF'ing for 6 months and that came and went and now the plan is a year but that is getting close and he seems close to self weaning so who knows. But I had to do some FF top up feeds and it is not that easy to find a veggie formula) when I first went back to uni as I could not always express enough.

I tried knitting but did not have the patience, lol. I have sewing machine now and should get some time in summer to give that a go.

For advice from anything from DIY projects to cloth nappies, slings to general advice the natural parenting section is both helpful and friendly (although I have not used it in a while). I used it a lot while pregnant but some TTc and WTT people used popped in from time to time too.



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I've been really interested hearing about all of this stuff in this post- it's a really useful resource for us first time mums to be...

I've been particularly interested in hearing people's views on the cloth nappies as this is something I was going to look into myself, and also the cloth wipes. I love the idea of being an 'earth mum' (though without the hippy look/attitude!!)- that's what one of my old friends said I would be! I grow a lot of fruit veggies at home, love to cook, and love the idea of making my babies their solids when they're old enough. I also knit and sew, and would love to follow on from what my mum did and make stuff for my LO (though not to the point where they'll be embarassed with what they're in!!)
yeah i knit and sew too and have already knitted blankets and make quilts, started on booties and bibs sown with terry toweling and cotton, i have a few links online for pattern ideas if you'd like them? x



 
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Wow thanks girls its much cheaper than my OH was worried it would be, im lucky that i can just do shoots around looking after a LO. Is very useful stuff, thanks girls x
This was my OH's biggest worry, after telling him the prices his minds been put a rest



 
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