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Good list. I would suggest to anyone pregnant to buy most of this stuff second hand or out of the paper and then clean it up. Or if you have a friend or family member who isnt using the stuff ask to use it for the first year and in return when they are ready for their next child they can then borrow your stuff for the first year. I wasnt that lucky with my first, but with the twins I really didnt have to buy much.
Baby wipes: $60 parents choice
Diapers: $180 Dri bottoms later White cloud
Shampoo: $5 Dollar store
2 towel/washcloth sets: $10 regular towel baby wash cloths
Diaper rash cream: $5 vasilean and corn starch
Teething meds: $20
Diaper Bag: $13
Infant Tub: $20
Bottle starter kit: $14
Breast Pump: $60
Formula: $336 parents choice $0 breast feed
Jarred food:n/a Blender: $28
Finger foods: $416 Cherio's and other
=$836 if bottle feeding or 558 if breast feeding
Onsies: $40 18
Shirts/Pants: $300 Only buy 5 alfets a month at $5 a peice
Shoes: $20 Pay less
Socks: $21 payless
Grand total =$2,073 if bottle feading
$1795 if breast feeding
My mom sewed together some .. vinyl I think it's the kind with the fabric backing? and some cute material to the backside. I love it for the 'diaper pad' use! Waterproof barrier for th elap too. Great idea with the placemat but not too cushy. maybe try bulking it up with an old blanket or something that's nice and clean, and lay a waterproof barrier over that?
I really do like the pad I got though, with the upturned edges. He can't move now, but I know when he does.. it'll come in handy to help contain him.
I just wanted to thank you guys for putting up your expenses....it's helped me to make out a plan for how to manage money when the baby comes. Knowing my parents and Charlie's too...I probably won't be paying for most of the one-time objects (things that only need to be bought once) so I just figured out how much we'll have to spend a month and it really came out to be doable You guys have given me a little bit of room to relax.....Also, I agree...if most of those things are bought discount (at a place like wal-mart) they really wouldn't add up to be as much as people say it costs to have a baby. I think it's really going to be when my baby starts running around and needs toys and canned foods and more clothes because of growing that we should be worried
Also don't forget to use resources like some pregnancy groups. We have a program here where you watch parenting videos and you earn baby bucks and then you can use them for purchasing things in their baby store like clothing and furniture and such. It is called earn while you learn you can also get diapers and formula and baby food. Not everything is new but it all has to be within the safety standards! It is a wonderful program put on by pregnancy resource center. There should be one in almost every county if you need any info feel free to email me. There are also other organizations: Call…Call…Call it never hurts to ask for help!!!
Planned Parenthood, Catholic Charities, Birth Right, Crisis Pregnancy & Salvation Army should have a list of pregnancy related resources.
If you can find stuff second hand I recommend getting that. There are a few things that I would want to have new. Like a car seat but you can save a lot of money if you go to garage sales and things like that!
Wow! I feel so lucky. My older sister kept all of her baby stuff and her kids at 10 and 7 so she has no need for them. She's giving us her crib, stroller, car seat, etc. If I have a girl I'm also set for clothes. But my husband has nephews on his side so it won't be a problem. Also I sell used clothing for a living and find tons of new brand name baby stuff for incredibly cheap. I think the only things we'll really need to buy during the first year are diapers (although I have lots of cloth ones), clothes here and there and baby food (although I'm hoping to make most of my own if I can). There are many ways around paying $4000 the first year.
Just a thought, but changing tables and pads are really not necessary. Yeah, they might make things less messy, but you can live without them. My sis has two boys, and never bought those. We just lay the boys on the bed or the floor (with a towel or something under them) and change them that way. It works just fine, and you save a lot of money on furniture that you won't use for very long anyways.