(Closed) Baby Budgeting -One time costs

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think the range is from $1,500 – $2,500 depending whether you want everything new i.e. crib, change table, stroller.  We got a lot of gently used stuff from our friends so we didnt’ really spend a lot of money from the beginning.  The most expensive daily stuff is diaper.  I did breastfeed my little boy so we had no cost of formula.  Then when you’re back to work, the most expensive thing is daycare.  Then we put into his RESP at max so it’s quite a bit of money each month as well.

Post # 5
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I can’t recall an exact figure, but we did not buy everything all at once so honestly I have no idea how much I spent. A lot of it is subjective. Are you going to buy new things, have a shower, borrow things, buy used? I bought brand new nursery furniture, but I bought a crib that converts so he is still using all of it which helps with costs later down the road. I had 2 huge baby showers so I didn’t have to buy a lot of things. I did buy some used things and accepted hand me down clothes because honestly they don;t wear it all for long. 

You can make do for much less than that. Just decide where your priorities in the budget are ( expensive furniture or top of the line stroller) and go from there. 

Post # 6
6826 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It all depends really as PP said if you want new stuff or not.  For example we got quite a few items (big items) off of Craigslist. The crib, to diaper changing station to dressor.  Clothing quite a few items were either hand me downs, or thrift store/garage sale items.  New items were car seat/stroller combo with extra base. 

You also need to factor in costs of hospital stay after insurance.  Also just an FYI factor in just in case deliver early. For example I delivered 7 weeks early and my son had to stay in the NICU unit. Luckily insurance covered almost all of his stay or we would be hugely in debt just for the hospital stay. 

Post # 8
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My brother told me last week that they just now had to buy a box of diapers.  My niece is 8 months old.  They got a lot of diapers at their shower.  My sister-in-law had her crib re-finished.  So they just bought a new mattress.  Then she found a dresser online that matched the cribs details and had it re-finished with it.  The nice thing about the dresser is that she can continue to use it for several years.  VS the one’s you see in baby furniture stores that you can only use for a short time.  Something to consider.

Post # 9
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

When I was pregnant I wanted all new stuff. We spent $1000-$1500. Keep in mind if you have a shower, you will get lots of diapers, wipes, clothes, and toiletries so I would hold off on buying those things until after.

Post # 10
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

This is a hard question to answer. I’m 22 weeks pregnant and the ONLY thing we’ve bought so far is the crib. It was $250. We still have some bigger ticket items on the list to buy, but we want to see what we get at the shower first. We’re planning to cloth diaper (which can be a big upfront cost). Someone gave us a bunch of cloth diapers, so we’ll spend less than $50 on diapers. The only other “big items” we’ll need are a breast pump, swing/bouncy chair, and rocking chair.

We were given quite a few clothes from a friend, and hope that between our baby shower and some garage sales we’ll get the rest of what we need for clothes. That basically leaves the toiletry things, medicines/first aid stuff, and little things like bibs, burp rags, towels, etc.

I think we’ll spend less than $1000 on baby start up costs.


Post # 12
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Wow! That’s a ton of money…way, way more than we’ve spent on start-up costs for our baby. I’m not having a shower, so these are all things we’ve purchased:

Crib/Mattress: $150

Stroller/Travel System: $75

Bedding Set: $50

Used Swing (horizontal and vertical swing): $40

Pack N’ Play (deluxe with changing station): $55

Exersaucer/Jumperoo thing: $15

Used things at Garage Sales/Craigslist: baby bath ($2), boppy pillow with cover ($10), bumbo chair ($10), misc. little einstein toys and other infant toys ($5), mattress cover/extra sheets ($2), clothing for the first year ($20), other (bottles, monitor, pacifiers– all new in packaging) ($15).

I’m sure I’m forgetting to list some small things. We’re reusing an old dresser for her clothes/changing table, and repurposed an old rocking chair. I’m going to breastfeed and hopefully rent a pump from the hospital. The ONLY thing I have left to buy is cloth diapers, which I’m planning on spending around $200. We were super vigilant about watching sales and deal hunting at garage sales. It’s amazing how many of the things we bought still had the original tags on them or were sealed in the original packaging. It’s all about what you want– some decked out nurseries are amazing, but the baby has no recollection of them. We’ll put all the money we’ve saved into a hefty downpayment for her college πŸ™‚

Post # 13
1317 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have calculated exactly how much we’ve spent on baby gear and furniture, but my advice is to only use those guides as a guide. For instance, unless you know you’ll use a stroller everyday, a few times a week, then why buy the “best”? Think about your lifestyle and go with that. We bought a nice stroller on sale and because it isn’t a well-known brand, we saved a bundle (it’s a foreign brand, known in Austria, just not much elsewhere). We could have easily spent 3 times more if we went with a local, well-known brand (that offers the same features).

Same goes for a carseat, a lot of them test similarly – I spent hours trying to find the best carseat only to realize later that some don’t even fit into our car! We ended up getting one on sale, with good test records, but it isn’t a convertable or a system … which is fine with me since it was cheap enough. When the baby is big enough to graduate into a larger carseat, we’ll buy one that’s the best in safety since we’ll travel a lot more by then.

As for cribs and baby furniture, it’s really hard to not go overboard! But think about how long the baby will use it, and that’s IF the baby will even use it (a lot of babies refuse to sleep in a crib). You can buy something expensive with the intention to reuse it for your next baby or just get a cheap non-convertable crib and go for the full sized bed as an upgrade instead.

Clothing wise, you probably won’t be getting many Newborn size clothes as gifts. People tend to buy 0-3 months and up, so you may be left to buy those yourself. Consider buying used newborn clothes on eBay. It’s a gamble IF your baby will even fit into them, but chances are s/he will and just outgrow them fairly quickly. It’s worth it to have clothes that fit, even if it is just for a week or so, IMO.

One last thing I want to mention is laundry. How often do you want to do laundry? I hate doing laundry and we’re horrible at keeping up – it’ll surely be more often when the baby comes! I’ve purchased things around laundry. So a waterproof mattress pad and 3 fitted sheets for each mattress to avoid the dreadful middle-of-the-night changes. Same for newborn clothes, I have a bunch just to get us by when we’re still newbie parents. Friends have bought us a lot of receiving balnkets, I intend to throw those on top of sheets for easy changes and a layer of extra protection.

Things I didn’t skimp on:

Swaddling blankets, I recommend Aden + Anais and The Ultimate Recieving Blanket by SwaddleDesigns (they sell it in Nordstroms but on their online shop is cheaper with items on sale). 

Places to put the baby in: a crib, a playpen, a bassinet (family heirloom), a Leachco podster, a newborn bouncer. I didn’t want to have to constantly go up and down the stairs to put the baby to sleep, so we have a bunch of places to park the baby that suits our current habits. The podster and the bouncer is in case the baby has colic.

Post # 14
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I think we spent about $1000 on the big ticket items like crib/mattress, swing, stroller, car seat, pack n play, bouncer, crib bedding, etc. We got lucky because we had a dresser and rocking chair already that I refinished/recovered, so all we bought was the crib and a small bookcase.

I would say $300-400 on the rest. Blankets, clothes, tub, bibs, burp cloths, books, toys, towels/washcloths, storage/closet organization, decor, etc. I’m not sure that we really spent this much, but I didn’t keep track. I got a lot of things used and free (my Bumbo, play mat and a bunch of clothes were given to me by a friend whose daughter is 7 months older than mine).  and I got lots of stuff as gifts.

Overall, I would say $1500 but that’s a generous estimate.

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