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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamtam View Post
    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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    Yes this. Better to budget for them than not. Maybe set aside 2-300 for one offs like these.

    Other unexpecteds could include nipple shields ($8-30 depending on brand or if your like me end up trying 3 different brands), hydrogel soothing breast discs ($10ish a box), breast pads, maternity pads/regular napkins.

    I have supply issues so my motillium dose in the beginning was 6-8 tablets a day with a box of 100 costing $22-35 depending on chemist plus one tin of formula a month for top ups.

    DD I would go through a tub of nappy cream every few weeks. DS is 7 months and I'm still on the original tub. You don't need soaps, lotions etc. Just water is better for their skin.

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    I've always made sure I've budgeted $80- $100 a fortnight for bubs but have never spent that much
    Dd3 is costing me a box of huggies a month $50 (big boxes from baby bunting) she is part time cloth
    A box of huggies wipes $18 big w every 6 weeks and a few $$ a fortnight in extra food then clothes as she needs them but having had 3 girls I have a lot

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    Zilch

    Breastfeeding and using cloth

    we may be going through a few extra tea bags and coffee now that I'm home full time and probably a few extra loads of washing

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    Next to nothing...

    I breastfeed
    I use cloth breast pads (which are much nicer than disposable, by the way!)
    I use modern cloth nappies full time
    I have two water tanks hooked up to our washing machine and toilet so use very little water.

    So perhaps a little more in food and electricity.

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    About 150ish a month, so 75 p/f is what I've budgetted. I use disposable nappies and I FF, she goes through 1 and a half tins of formula a week and it's $22 per tin and I get the nappies and wipes from Aldi. She uses maybe 2 packs of nappies a week and they're $5 from Aldi per pack.

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    The only thing i can add is if you have trouble bfing.
    Pump, storage bages for breast milk if you want to express then let dh feed bub.
    Lansinoh! Even just one tube. The first few weeks you will need it.
    Apart from that i think its all been covered.

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    I forgot to include in my list all the herbs etc I was having in addition to the motillium to help my milk supply. At least another $50 a month.

    Hopefully you won't need to worry about any of that but.if things are tight better to allow for it than get caught short.

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    Not much - can't remember exact figures, but have read people listing baby wipes, powder, bath wash, creams etc... We were given heaps of the Johnson&Johnson stuff but never used it. As for wipes: Cut up an old flannel blanket for baby wipes and just use water. I found an old one in an op shop that is soft but sucks up liquid like a paper towel. Baby doesn't need to be bathed for a while and when you do bath bub just use water to start with.

    Think about mums in the past that have raised bubs without all the 'stuff' that we apparently 'need' these days. (Sorry, I'm a bit of a minimalist!)

    Just wanted to add that the cost will also depend on whether or not you can breast feed. Bottle feeding is dearer. I know many mums who have had trouble breast feeding. But you have to feed bub somehow! And if bub has medical issues or allergies.
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    in the first few months bub cost us - zilch for food (BF), $150 for cloth nappy set up, $300 for a passport, $100 for clothes/wipes/cloth breast pads. We received a huge amount of stuff as well.

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    I dont remember the actual amount but some of costs which i didnt expect were:
    - breast pads(if u are breastfeeding) Disposables are handy for going out but expensive so I second the cloth ones. However I found I would leak through the cloth ones sometimes so be wary of that. - disposable cotton squares that I use to wipe newborn bubs when I cleaned them with just water.
    - pads for after the birth. I had quite a lot of bleeding.



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