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    Default How much is bub costing you?

    Hi squishy mummas!

    I'm expecting our first bub at the beginning of April and currently updating our budget for 2014.

    Just wondering if anyone can give me a rough idea about how much your newborn is costing you? Weekly or fortnightly, doesn't really matter, I'm just looking for a bit of a guide. I'm not worried about getting set up for the baby as we've budgeted for all those items already - it's the day to day costs that I'm interested in.

    Obviously this can vary quite a lot, and bub may have different ideas to what we want to do! I am planning on breast feeding (colostrum coming through already so hopefully a good sign) and we will be using disposable nappies.

    Any suggestions would be great

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    The only day to day expense I had for my newborns was disposable nappies which cost me about $20 a week.

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    About $20 a week here also. Start stock piling things like wipes, bath wash, nappies in different sizes, powders, creams etc. It really helps on the weeks were things are either lean or there's no specials, I refuse to buy baby stuff at full price.

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    Yep roughly one box of.nappies every 2-3 weeks, less if its hot and you have a bit of nappy-free time. Formula if you need it is between $20-$30ish and we would use one tin every 3-4 weeks with our newborn. Shampoo amd powder is cheap as but if you see it on special between now and then just pick some up. I also got given enough to last almost 6 months with everyones baby shower gifts. If youre breastfeeding youll find that you need to eat a bit more so maybe factor in a few extra dollars to account for your snacks etc, especially overnight.

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    I'd budget $50 a week;
    $20 nappies
    $20 formula (if you end up needing to)
    $10 for the extras like wipes, powder, bathwash etc.

    Then it's roughly $100 for new clothes every time she would go up a size.

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    My boobs did not stop leaking in the first weeks so I spent a small fortune on breastpads...

    Otherwise our expenses for the first couple of months were only nappies ($12 for 2 weeks I think) and gaviscon / various other reflux meds.

    At 2 months we switched to formula, $17 a week.

    Added expense was buying steamfresh veggies and other reasonably healthy convenience foods.

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    It really depends on whether you BF or FF... I FF DS3 and he was on specialised formula that was $30 a tin and some weeks we'd use just over a tin. I would budget at least $50. Its way better to over budget than to under budget.

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    $0.

    Cloth nappies and BF full time (cloth breast pads too).

    Actually, maybe an extra $10 a week in food for me now i an home during the day.

    I'm doing an extra load of washing every second day so I guess that'll show up in water bills.

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    Just trying to think of a few things. Many have already been said. It depends how far along we are talking.

    * Nappies
    * Extra heating/cooling (which should be okay in April at first)
    * I find with each child we do an extra wash, ie. 3 kids + 2 adults =5 washes/week
    * Clothes for each size (we buy in clearance sales ahead of time)
    * Wipes, shampoo, bath oil
    * medicines/doctor or specialist bills (hopefully won't need these, but...)
    * Odd bod bits (found we were always buying stuff with our first)
    - bath seat, drinking vessels, feeding things, bibs, portable high chairs, portacots, tt things, shoes/socks, hair things for girls, swim things, hats/sun protection, (the list can go on)
    * we had to go formula which bumps costs up unfortunately - I think our cost was $20/week.

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    You should budget for any extra medical expenses, just in case you or bub need some antibiotics or reflux meds or something. Or even gripe water/infants friend type stuff. You hope you don't need it but medical stuff can be expensive.
    I actually bought some of this stuff before bub was born so I had a little medical supply for if something happened.

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