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  #21  
March 7th, 2006, 05:13 AM
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Thinking about all that stuff is kind of scary, considering I am horrible with money and can't budget my way out of a paper bag - heck, the only way my daughter and I make it now is because I make good money, but it's not so good when you add the estimated $7000 a year estimated newborn cost to it! And then starting to pay rent again after 6 months of catching up on lawyers bills? I don't think so! I have NO idea how I'm going to make it!
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March 21st, 2006, 03:56 AM
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GEAR
Bassinet: $50 second hand as new
Cot: $3.50 secondhand plus givin a wood one for free
Matress: $99
Bedding Set: $149
Changing Table/Dresser: $10
Changing pad and cover: $0
Pack & Play: got one as a pressie
Car seat/Stroller combo: Capsule $40 bucks from retail shop(no box), pram $100, carseat bros old one
Highchair: $50 from big W
Diaper Genie $0
Sling Carrier: $0
Swing: $90
=$591.50


SAFETY
Gate: dont need one
Monitors: $80 getting one from ebay
Nursery/bath care set: $30
Misc baby proofing: $0
=$110


DIAPERING/BATHING
Baby wipes: $0- got a whole heap from baby shower
Diapers: $20 only had to buy one packet as got heaps as pressies
Powder: pressie
Shampoo: pressie
2 towel/washcloth sets: pressis
Diaper rash cream: pressie
Lotion: pressie
Teething meds: none yet
Diaper Bag: $30
Infant Tub: $10
=$60


FEEDING
Bottle starter kit: $20 going to buy some soon
Breast Pump:
Formula: $40 bought 4 can already
Bibs: hand me downs
Bowls/spoons: pressie
=$60


CLOTHING
Onsies:
Shirts/Pants:
Shoes: = All hand me downs
Socks:
Hats:
Jackets:
=$0

I have saved quite a bit cos i have cousins who just had babies and i have all thier stuff and i go around to all the major retailers and ask for thier discounted baby stuff i have quite a few bargins bcos they dont have boxes etc.
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  #23  
March 24th, 2006, 03:34 PM
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Also if u had to put ur son in daycare, that cost too! My son was in daycare and it was $295 a week!
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May 8th, 2006, 02:17 PM
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GEAR
Crib: $219 (Baby Shower)
Matress: $60 (Baby Shower)
Bedding Set: $100
Changing Table/Dresser: Didn't buy one.
Changing pad and cover: $25
Pack & Play: $160 (Baby Shower)
Car seat/Stroller combo: $160 (Baby Shower)
Highchair: $25 (Baby Shower)
Diaper Genie:$25
Sling Carrier: $20
Swing: $90 (Baby Shower)
=$884


SAFETY
Gate: $20
Monitors: $25 (Baby Shower)
Misc baby proofing: $20 (Great kit from Target!)
=$75


DIAPERING/BATHING
Baby wipes: $40 (Dollar Tree!)
Diapers: $300 (Actually less. I received two months worth of diapers at my shower)
Powder: $10
Shampoo: $5 (Dollar Tree!)
2 towel/washcloth sets: $7.99 (Target, I also received a lot more from my shower)
Diaper rash cream: $10 (Boudroex Butt Paste! Baby Shower)
Lotion: Not Needed
Teething meds: $20 (Baby Shower)
Diaper Bag: $20 (Baby Shower)
Infant Tub: $10 (Bay Shower)
=$402.99


FEEDING
Bottle starter kit: $32 (Second Nature Bottles)
Breast Pump: $5 (Hand pump bought off Ebay)
Formula: $0 (Breastfeeding, if needed it will be free from Foodstamps)
Bibs: $10 (Baby Shower)
Bowls/spoons: $10 (Free from Parenting Classes)
Jarred food: $250 (Free, Foodstamps)
Finger foods: $200 (Free, Foodstamps)
=$507


CLOTHING
Onsies: $20 (Baby Shower)
Shirts/Pants: $30 (Baby Shower)
Shoes: $15
Socks: $20 (Baby Shower)
Hats: $20
Jackets: $50
=$115

Total Cost= $1983.99
Actually Spent= Approx. $605.99.

I probably spent a little more because I splurged on some cute clothing at a sale at JC Penny last week, but I'm not sure how much I actually spent.
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  #26  
July 11th, 2006, 10:59 AM
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I have a cool website that you can get most baby stuff for free.

http://www.freecycle.org/

The only thing is is that you have to be willing to give stuff away too.
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  #27  
August 8th, 2006, 06:05 AM
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hey ladies,

I need some help/advice! I have recently found out i am pregnant and the past two weeks have been great just being excited but now everything is sinking in and my bf and I are starting to freak out about costs. on a monthly basis how much do things cost on average? A friend of his mom's told him that diapers and wipes cost her like 400/mo and that made him freak out! we are already having a lot of people give us things and i know we will get a lot of things to start out with at our shower but could anyone out there give me a rough idea on how much things would cost monthly? i would really appriciate it.....Thanks!
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October 2nd, 2006, 12:23 AM
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I have not purchased anything yet..
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October 24th, 2006, 01:42 PM
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walmart is really good is you get items on clerance....we got super lucky and got his crib, changing table, and dresser (nursery in a box) for $9!!!!! we got alot of stuff on clearnace and alot of stuff from the shower. and from a neighbor who has a little boy.....

and breastfeeding is a real money saver too...and its good for him!
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  #30  
November 3rd, 2006, 11:02 AM
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I just wanted to express my thanks for this thread, it is so helpful!!!!!!
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  #31  
January 11th, 2007, 05:42 AM
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Those who are worried about costs total cost for a year with my daughter hasn't come close to $4-5000. It all depends on your choices. We've only spent around $1500 per year (she's two now). Breastfeeding costs nothing. Diapers & wipes cost us probably $100-150/month for the first few months, but it decreases over time. Now we spend less than $50/month. Food costs more if you buy all the little jars, less if you just feed them real food that you've pureed or mashed. Furniture can cost a fortune, or you can buy it on discount, second-hand, or borrow from a family member. Strollers don't have to cost a fortune either, we found a Peg Perego travel system for $100 at a yard sale. Don't go crazy with expensive electronic toys, they don't know the difference when they're small anyway and do better with simple toys. Buy your clothes from thrift shops, or put the word out that you're looking for hand-me-downs.

Good luck and don't worry about breaking the bank!
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February 27th, 2007, 12:19 AM
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I say London costs about 400 a month... formula/diapers/baby wipes/certain prescriptions sometimes/soothers, losing them lots..
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February 27th, 2007, 04:22 AM
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This is what I have spent so far:


GEAR
Crib: $99 on military base
Matress: $50
Bedding Set: $175...bought matching accessories
Changing Table/Dresser: just have a changing pad...painted dresser we had white
Changing pad and cover: came with diaper bag
Pack & Play: still have to buy one...it will be $55 though
Car seat/Stroller combo: $150
Highchair: not buying until baby is older
Diaper Genie:mom bought it
Sling Carrier: baby bjorn...aunt bought it
Swing: $89
Bouncer: have 2...one friend bought, the other was $45 (I bought)
Toys: books....$45
=$658


SAFETY
Gate: not buying until crawling
Monitors: friend bought
Nursery/bath care set: $20
Misc baby proofing: $10 light socket covers
=$30


DIAPERING/BATHING
Baby wipes: $12
Diapers: friends bought 2 starting packs
Powder: none
Shampoo: $7
2 towel/washcloth sets: $35
Diaper rash cream: none
Lotion: $7
Teething meds: none
Diaper Bag: $60 and $20
Infant Tub: $20
=$161


FEEDING
Bottle starter kit & Extra Bottles/Nipples: $20
Breast Pump: $11
Formula: breast feeding
Bibs: $25
Bowls/spoons: NONE NEEDED!
Jarred food: NONE NEEDED!
Finger foods: NONE NEEDED!
=$56


CLOTHING
Onsies: $200
Shirts/Pants: $300
Shoes: not buying until she is older
Socks: $35
Hats: dont have any
Jackets: don't need we live on Guam
=$535

GRAND TOTAL:
$1440



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April 14th, 2007, 04:28 PM
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My approx expenses are as follows

GEAR
Crib: $0 - Gift from Great Grandpa to baby
Matress: $0 - Gift From Godfather to baby
Bedding Set: $0 - Hand me down from SIL & Brother, as well as baby shower gifts
Changing Table/Dresser: n/a
Changing pad and cover: $5
Pack & Play: $37 Second Hand
Car seat/Stroller combo: $90 on Stroller, $40 on infant seat
Highchair: n/a
Diaper Genie: n/a
Sling Carrier: $0 Gift
Swing: n/a Got a Jolly Jumper from Grandma & Grandpa though
=$172


SAFETY
Gate: $0 Grandma got one
Monitors: n/a
Nursery/bath care set: $0 Grandma got one
Misc baby proofing: $0 got all our locks etc as baby shower gifts
=$0


DIAPERING/BATHING
Baby wipes: $75
Diapers: $200 Maybe. Get them on sale a lot
Powder: $0 Baby Shower gifts
Shampoo: $0 Baby Shower gifts
2 towel/washcloth sets: $0 Baby Shower gifts
Diaper rash cream: $0 Baby Shower gifts
Lotion: $8 The one we got was no good for our little guy so we bought a different one.
Teething meds: $10
Diaper Bag: $20
Infant Tub: $0 Grandma again
=$313ish


FEEDING
Bottle starter kit: $20
Breast Pump: $50 Then the stupid thing broke after like 6 months so Grandpa bought a new one
Formula: $180 Breast fed for first 6 months exclsively
Bibs: $10 holiday bibs, we didnt need them i just thought they were cute, we got tons at baby shower
Bowls/spoons: $5 spoons, bowls got as gifts
Jarred food: $50
Finger foods: $10 cheerios, arrowroot cookies, Sage eats what we eat mostly.
=$325


CLOTHING
Onsies: $20
Shirts/Pants: $20
Shoes: $5
Socks: $10
Hats: $10
Jackets: $0
=$65 Most of the clothes we got including snow suits were gifts from people. I have a spoiled kiddo lol. Clothes I bought were all clearance rack items so SUPER cheap!

GRAND TOTAL: $875, wow I must have the least expensive child in the world...
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October 1st, 2007, 07:32 AM
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WOW I can't imagine how much I spent on my first 6 kids
in the first year and far as my grandson I have no idea
because I splurged,however with this baby I will try and
keep a record and come back and tell everyone hopefully
I won't forget. If you have the money to spend then go for it
but if your on a shoe string budget there are so many
agencies that will offer help even for those who want to
breastfeed but can't there's a program called La Leche
League that takes breastmilk and store it for mothers
who have difficulty breastfeeding their babies.
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  #37  
December 7th, 2007, 08:55 PM
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I'm going to steal your form to add up my own costs

GEAR
Crib: $0 (Co-sleeping)
Matress: $40 (May be side-carring a crib mattress with our own)
Bedding Set: $0
Changing Table/Dresser: $0
Changing pad and cover: $0
Pack & Play: $0
Car seat: $100
Highchair: $0
Diaper Genie:$0
Sling Carrier: $50
Swing: $0
=$190


SAFETY
Gate: $10
Monitors: $0 (No need, small apartment)
Nursery/bath care set: $20
Misc baby proofing: $20
=$50


DIAPERING/BATHING
Baby wipes: $25 (Making most, will buy a few)
Diapers: $150 (Second-hand cloth, plus making some)
Powder: $0
Shampoo: $0
Towel/washcloths: $10
Diaper rash cream: $10
Lotion: $10
Teething meds: $10
Diaper Bag: $25
Infant Tub: $0
=$240


FEEDING
A couple of bottles: $10
Breast Pump: $30
Formula: $0
Bibs: $10
Bowls/spoons: $20
Jarred food: $0
Finger foods: $0
=$70


CLOTHING
=$500

GRAND TOTAL: $1050
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December 9th, 2007, 10:09 PM
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This is a great list, with a TON of great suggestions, but I have to add in something about formula costs. (Unless you have WIC) (We didn't)

My daughter was a preemie, born with several feeding issues, 2 of them being severe allergies and reflux. The absolute only thing she could tolerate eating, was Nutramigen formula. She could not BF, and yes, we did try very hard to make it work.

Nutramigen is about $25 for a 16 oz can of powder. We went through 2-3 cans a week, for the sake of being VERY conservative, and taking into account we did use a bit less when she was very small....

8 cans a month.....

$25 times 8 cans......$200 per month.....

times 12 months.........

$2400.00 on formula alone for us.
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February 1st, 2008, 10:22 AM
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My parents kept the crib, cradle, and changing table that they used when my younger sister Jacqueline and I were babies 18 years ago. My older half-sister Kimberly just had a baby and my dad gave the crib, cradle, and changing table to her. My nephew, Asher, will still be using the furniture when my baby is born. The only way I will be able to have furniture for my baby is if I live with Kimberly and the two babies share the furniture. However, I have been bleeding since Wednesday. I am worried that I might have a miscarriage.
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Oh great, I'm only 5 weeks along and just trying to focus on finishing my first trimester. Yesterday I calculated that my income will drop by 80% while on maternity leave - YIKES! I knew that this would cost money but I hadn't added it up. This week has been full of suprises for me!
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