Would be interested too. Then I can see what a realistic budget will be. Should make it easier to go without things and put into the baby fund then.
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Kim I'm so sorry to hear that bub is not doing great, but glad there's an improvement! Please keep us updated whenever you are here, we're all thinking of you xx
13-08-2013 23:13 #544
Ok this is what I've worked out so far. I'd be interested to hear what others think! We have gone not just 'bare necessities' exactly, but what we think are just the important. No excess....... and for some reason I can't go to the next line so this is going to be a bit crowded!! Cot/change table/bookshelf/dresser (we can get a package deal second hand on gumtree) = $700; Crib Netting (we have cats) = $70; Nursing Chair = $180; feeding pillow = $20; mobile = $20; block out curtains = $50; lamp = $40; baby monitor = $200; toy box = $100; fan = $50; White noise = $40; Diaper Genie = $60. TOTAL = $1,530. Round it up to $2,000 for extras like jumpsuits nappys, rash cream etc and anything I've missed, and we are still 3k under anticipated budget!!
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14-08-2013 04:32 #546Senior Member
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Also put in there breast pump or bottles/bottle sanitizer. I think they both go for around $200.
I think if you buy as you go once you are pregnant it'll be easier. And if you're planning on having a baby shower a lot of the little things can be covered there.
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14-08-2013 07:52 #547
Are you ladies going to be using a bassinet? Or straight to cot? We want to have the bub in our room for the first few months so we are getting a bassinet.
Also, a good thermometer is a must in my books. We chose one that you just point at their foreheads and press the button (like a laser). That way it can be used when they are sleeping or fussing and it won't aggravate them. It can also be used on liquids! Point and shot at the bath and you know what temp the water is. Very handy. It was about $100 so not too bad.
We also want to baby wear as much as we can (and use pram when we aren't) so one of the costs for us is on wraps - love the moby wraps and they aren't too expensive. We will probably spend $100-$150 on those.
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14-08-2013 08:43 #548
Derp my bad. Obviously we missed pram & car seat. We will be getting a capsule. DH and I will look at brands tonight. Thermometer definitely. Wrap yes, bouncer we will get given for sure.
Breast pump will wait til bub is born.
Thanks guys! We are slowly filling in the gaps :-)
I really haven't decided what I intend to do with bub sleeping wise. Gonna have to think that through. Not a co-sleep fan. Want them in the nursery as soon as possible though. Ill ponder on that one
Oh last night was so great. DH and I sat down together and went through the list I has compiled, searched brands and prices on the Internet. He was actively involved and had an opinion on everything. Never seen him like that before with baby!! Think I'm rubbing off on him!!
14-08-2013 08:54 #549Senior Member
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That's great news MrsT.
Also I recommend checking some of the other threads on baby expenses. There is some good stuff on here.
We were out for lunch with some friends the other day and they were talking about the cost of prams. They bought theirs floor stock so instead of paying $1100 they paid about $700. I've also heard a lot of baby stores price match so it's probably a good idea to get catalogues and keep an eye out.
When speaking to my friend about prams she suggested I buy one that has the capacity for an extra baby seat attachment. She said she is now going to have to buy another pram when she has bub #2. So that might be worth thinking about when you buy your pram.
So much to consider! I think I'm just going to worry about it once I'm pregnant!
MrsT do you have any recommendations on parenting articles/books? I noticed you mentioned you have been reading a few
14-08-2013 09:57 #550
Coco I find the best thing to do is just scroll through the "recent" tab on here. I do it every day. I read pretty much anything that isn't about ivf or TTC groups (only because of irrelevance). It not only reveals real every day problems, it offers real every day advice :-) articles are great, but what could be better insight than a woman going through something specific herself.
I don't intend to buy many if any books. I think the Internet is such a great resource, just utilise google!! Type a question into google and see where it takes you! After a few clicks I guarantee you an hour later you'll wonder how you got to where u are (I always end up somewhere TOTALLY RANDOM but you will have learnt a lot along the way !
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