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    Hey newlywed333 , I went through the whole public/private question a few months back in order to decide if I needed to change my PHI. I was always keen on going through the public birth centre but you literally get sent home the day of the birth, providing all goes well. Being this is our first the thought of being sent home so quickly with an itty baby that I have no idea what to do with scared me lol so that ruled that out. The public hospital is quite similar, if all is well then off home in a day or so.
    With private you can stay for up to 5 days and the idea of having that support right there while DH and I found our feet appealed to me. Plus getting to know the Dr who will deliver my baby and seeing them regularly also appeals to me. Also I like the idea of having visitors at hospital, cause I don't won't visitors for a few days at home so we can settle in as our new little family.
    So that's how I came to the decision of going private, at least for the first one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by may85 View Post
    As this is baby #2 for us we won’t have to buy much however are hoping for a boy so will have LOTS of girls clothes to sell! Our garage is full of DD’s clothes she has outgrown – maybe I can on sell to some of you lovely ladies!!

    With DD we had a pram and carseat from Target (both around $200 each) and there was absolutely nothing wrong with them! No need to spend a small fortune. I think Target usually have their big baby sale around July so keep your eyes open!
    That sounds great, yeah I have been pricing Target out for a while lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Newlywed333 View Post
    Thanks May85 and Lilac07 and Wobblermummy - I'm planning for my husband to stay home with our kids (his choice) so we have to account for the loss of the larger income which is hard but I think totally do-able. We already own our house and after updating the bathroom this year we shouldn't have to do anything else to it for a while (not like Wobblemummy building her dream home - which is so cool).

    However, I find it really hard to justify not buying the best pram / cot etc for my future kids as I have spent so much on myself in the past (specifically last year when we had the wedding and honeymoon) it seems mean of me to skimp on their stuff! Anyone else suffer from this?

    Also, I am thinking of maybe going public to save $4,000+ but my family are very "private is best" and I am worried they will try to convince me otherwise - from what I've read public is almost as good as private, just maybe without the trimmings (i.e. private room etc). Any thoughts?
    Some public hospitals are great but some areas there is a massive difference between both, I'd love to go private unless complications. Definitely wont be going to the public hospital that is midwife led , i trust my profession but I want my drugs lol don't get them without an OB or anaesthetist. One of our public hospital boots you out 4 hrs later whether you want to or not. After all the care I have given other people I think I want a little time with someone else taking care of me for a change.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lilac07 View Post
    Hey newlywed333 , I went through the whole public/private question a few months back in order to decide if I needed to change my PHI. I was always keen on going through the public birth centre but you literally get sent home the day of the birth, providing all goes well. Being this is our first the thought of being sent home so quickly with an itty baby that I have no idea what to do with scared me lol so that ruled that out. The public hospital is quite similar, if all is well then off home in a day or so.
    With private you can stay for up to 5 days and the idea of having that support right there while DH and I found our feet appealed to me. Plus getting to know the Dr who will deliver my baby and seeing them regularly also appeals to me. Also I like the idea of having visitors at hospital, cause I don't won't visitors for a few days at home so we can settle in as our new little family.
    So that's how I came to the decision of going private, at least for the first one!
    It is nicer having visitors when you have your own room and not 3 other mums and bubs, not sure how many patients are in rooms out of newcastle but the maternity rooms are standard public hospital sized 4 bed tooms

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newlywed333 View Post
    Thanks May85 and Lilac07 and Wobblermummy - I'm planning for my husband to stay home with our kids (his choice) so we have to account for the loss of the larger income which is hard but I think totally do-able. We already own our house and after updating the bathroom this year we shouldn't have to do anything else to it for a while (not like Wobblemummy building her dream home - which is so cool).

    However, I find it really hard to justify not buying the best pram / cot etc for my future kids as I have spent so much on myself in the past (specifically last year when we had the wedding and honeymoon) it seems mean of me to skimp on their stuff! Anyone else suffer from this?

    Also, I am thinking of maybe going public to save $4,000+ but my family are very "private is best" and I am worried they will try to convince me otherwise - from what I've read public is almost as good as private, just maybe without the trimmings (i.e. private room etc). Any thoughts?
    I am the same. I am already asking for baby clothes and baby items for my birthday and Christmas. I don't see a point in people giving me anything anymore because I know outfits for my babies or little throw rugs are what I want. I have already got a list of what we will be buying (been looking at cots and stuff for months) and pretty much researched exactly what I want and why. Some things are cosmetic (Strider anyone?) where as I think other things will be crazy practical (Lilac bumbo please).

    I am going Private. If it can offer me $1 more cover I think its worth it. They say that it does jack all if you have a healthy smooth pregnancy except cost - isn't that what the baby bonus if for? to cover your expenses? not buy a tv. Anyway, but if something DOES happen, which it could - your covered up the waahzoo. Its a small price to pay especially considering that the only benefit of not having it is having an extra.... $1500 a year in your pocket. I am certain you can find $1500 a year somewhere to cover PHI.

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    Can I ask what you ladies are planning on buying? Aside from PHI, cute/necessary outfits what are you buying to bring home bub? Any brands? Reasons? Budgets?

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    Hi Sprinkelle, I've pretty much narrowed it down to the pram and the cot being the main expenses (my sister just had her baby so we plan to borrow her car capsule for the first 6months). We're looking at the bugaboo cameleon as my husband just loves it (I prefer the bee but he says its too flimsy)! I know its expensive but i would rather spend the money and have it last through all our kids than skrimp and have to buy another later in. However I have been considering the mamas&papas sola which seems to do all that the cameleon does and is only $450 at babies r us now (on special). Or we could consider a 2nd hand cameleon also if we decide $1,200 for the cameleon is too much.
    Also we really like the nifty clear cot by Ubabub as we both love the idea of no bars on the cot but as its $1,600 we will probably go with the Troll sun cot which is a much more reasonable $500 (both include the mattress).
    Othan that it's just clothes, breast pump (as I plan to express once I go back to work), wraps, change table (happy the skimp on this) and car seat for later on. I know there will be a few more little things but as my sister just had her first baby with minimal stuff I am hoping I can do the same. Hope this helps!

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    I am the same, few main expensive purchases.

    I want the Strider plus 4 with infant carrier and later on main seat. I think being able to transfer bub from car to house, house to car without waking is going to be a practical way of transporting bub. Plus it will also allow me to say 'no leave baby in capsule' because I know I won't want DF family all over our child all the time. Plus with all the accessories I am just in love (also a cosmetic reason, happy mum happy bub).

    I am pretty set on having a white cot. I don't like all sorts of wood textures being mixed so the only wood in our house (when its built) will be our floors in main rooms. A white cot will suit either boy/girl or neutral room. I like Tasman Eco and I am a slight fan of anything 'sleigh' so I think Boori will also be on the cards. I was going to get a bassinet or porta cot, but I think they will just be a waste and just another thing to find storage for in the first 6 months after I dont use it, so will just find room for the cot in our room. Obviously in addition a mattress, and manchester.

    I was thinking of getting some draws and I am in love with the Tasman Eco 6 drawer (in white) or the 'sleigh' option (in white) of whatever matches our cot. I think for only wondersuits and 'at home options' as my current collection of baby clothes are all way to cute to sit at home for tummy time which will be hung up on tiny baby coathangers lol

    I think a rocking chair would be a good option but I honestly think that I will have baby before I decide.

    I don't think I'll buy a breast pump, but I understand why people do. Unless bf is getting to much for me or I start to feel uncomfortable (in front of family or out and about) I'll just go el natural. I thought I would buy one but its $$ that if we don't have to buy or store it.. the better.

    Oh thank goodness I got that off my chest. Although DF will listen and be 'like oo pretty' or 'yes very nice' thinking those appropriate responses I know you ladies will be nodding in agreement about my exciting baby furniture lol

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    Ladies, don't forget to read up on the reviews for a product before you buy. Just google product with 'review' attched to the end. Really gives some good insight at how the product really works and also ways people are ending up using the items you plan on buying.

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    I like the strider plus range, don't mind the cruiser system either I just like the sets that go together. Have looked at the Bugaboo range but unless second hand don't think that is affordable with wedding, house, new furniture and car as I said I'm not driving my car with a new baby its a small hatch back and wont fit anything baby related in the boot besides shopping lol so not practical.

    We are having wooden floor boards downstairs and our bedroom furniture is all wooden but I kind of like the white baby furniture it just looks nice. I told DF we will have a bassinet in our room whether he likes it or not lol, we were brought up in my parent's room for the first few months so we can do that too. If too noisy he may have to move into a spare room lol me and bubs wont be hehe

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    Sprinkelle: We have the lilac bumbo! It's done DD and 2 of my friends little ones - we got ours on ebay best purchase!

    Newlywed333: We have the Tasman Eco in White (from Bubs Baby) and have just made it into the toddler bed for DD - another great purchase!

    Our changetable was on the DF's grandpa made for DF's newphew (now 16) so we cleaned it up and painted it white - really is a special piece.

    Rocking chair - DF's parents purchased it off eBay for me.

    I had issues with BF and Dd was on the bottle at about 8 weeks old. I had the Tommee Tippee Close to Nature pump was good but I just couldn't do it. This time I amd determined to BF much longer.

    I'm not sure which pram and carseat we will get this timme (I still have to convince DF about the pram as we have our old one.) The carseat is a def as I was in a small accident with DD and the carseat was replaced and the one she is in now will do her for a few years (and isnt a newborn one).

    In other news - AF was due on Wednesday and there is no sign...I know I'm not UTD so wish she would hurry up!

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    Hi ladies,
    I have been reading the posts but been flat out with work so haven't had time to reply - sounds like you have all been busy though!!

    I bought a book called 'how to afford a baby' by justine davies - its australian so that was a good start! I bought mine off ebay, it is a few years old but I suppose the concepts are the same. I will change little things like my life insurance/TPD etc to just be covered by my super fund rather than the $220+ a month I pay at the moment (but will have less cover - compromises I suppose).

    Gosh you are all very organised re your baby research! Has anyone done up a baby budget in excel? My friend had a bugaboo camelon pram and it seemed nice and practical, but then she upgraded to a Stokke pram - now thats luxury! Her sister was travelling and found one in spain super cheap so she organised to get it posted to her!! How nice is that sister!! I want one that is light and easy to fold up and travel with but is comfortable for the baby - does such a thing exist??!!

    I have had a quick look at cots and I am torn between spending money and just getting one second hand - I have been looking at Grotime change over cot. To buy they seem cheapest on baby bunting and their postage is $5 from what I can see so thats a bonus for me since we aren't close to the big cities!

    We will go private for the 1st baby and see how that goes - I do know that the public mat ward here apparently has great nurses but I still like the idea of having some help the first few days rather than being back at home and having a nurse visit.

    Have a good weekend girls


 

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