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05-11-2013 19:33 #32
Some money saving tips, check facebook for local buy, swap and sell pages. You can get a heap of second hand things cheap which are in very good condition because babies don't use them for very long. I know there are facebook groups for carriers and modern cloth nappies. Another thing I do is cloth wipes. I got a pack of cheap thin face washers from target and I just wet them with water and when used, throw in the nappy bucket with my cloth nappies and wash them together. I have bought one of those hard plastic huggies wipes containers folded the washers in half and stacked them in the container then wet the lot.
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05-11-2013 19:39 #33
We bought a really good cot on gumtree - $75 and the seller threw in a portacot just cause
05-11-2013 19:57 #34Senior Member
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Agree with checking out the local buy swap and sell pages on facebook. I still use these pages and local second hand markets and I get comments all the time on my girls clothing that they always look really good- most of the time I paid $2 each of the items of clothing (and most are pumpkin patch, etc that are perfect condition)
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05-11-2013 21:28 #37Senior Member
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eBay is great for cheap clothes. I'll be putting heaps on there next winter. I planned for a big baby... So had heaps of warmer clothes in 0000 and 000... But had a prem so never used my winter clothes in those sizes! So I have heaps to go that are brand new. I have picked up heaps for DD this way too, new or near as new stuff for so cheap!
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06-11-2013 07:36 #38Senior Member
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I would recommend buying a new car seat. Go for a convertible one that will go from 0-4 years. If you are planning more kids or have a small car, look for slimline ones. The Infa Secure Kompressor is great, and there are often sales you can watch out for.
An ABA breastfeeding class is money well spent. Can really help you prepare for breastfeeding, and give you somewhere you can ask all your questions.
My first two never used the cot, and i'm not bothering to get one for #3. I love my amby hammock though, and then cosleep or baby goes into their own bed.
A carrier is a great investment. New or secondhand, just make sure they are authentic and not dodgy copies (there are lots of dodgy Ergo's on ebay).
Have a look at your friend's and family, if they have kids who will be growing out of stuff/equipment they may be looking for someone to pass them on to.
don't buy too many clothes 'for the next season', cos you don't know what size baby will be in. My LO was in size 1 for ever, and then kinda skipped size 2 cos she had a massive growth spurt. Even more applicable with littlies.
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06-11-2013 07:47 #39
06-11-2013 08:14 #40
If you are going to spend now I would recommend buying a good carrier. Baby bjorns and similar are often not comfortable for very long and so you don't get much use. If you do a bit of research and look for a babywearing meet in your area you will end up with something that you can comfortably wear well into toddlerhood (and beyond if you wish). Plus good carriers can be sold for basically the price you bought it if you look after it. I personally recommend hug-a-bub for newborns and a mei tai or half buckle for older.
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