Must stop buying baby supplies – borderline hoarding?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I sort of did this for my first, but I am keeping it under wraps better now.  Try setting strict limits for yourself.  Say no more than $25 a week on baby stuff.  And if you don’t spend the money a certain week, then put the money into an account for baby.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh and also avoid buying very small outfits (under 6 months), they grow out of them SO FAST!  Try to buy things you will be able to use for a long time.  And if worst comes to worst… force yourself to return some things.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Oh don’t worry I can help. I’ll PM you my address ;).

There’s just so much cute stuff, do keep in mind you won’t use most of it though! babies needs are amazingly simple.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Foreverblonde345:  you are not alone! i used my Christmas money to clear out my amazon baby registry (which was nearly 80 items). {I’m not having a baby shower} Anywho, I saw the UPS driver every single day for a week in a half while my order shipped. I still have one item on back order that he’ll be bringing me soon I’m sure. I’ve also been hoarding diapers, I found a blog that had some suggestions/guidelines on how many of each size to buy & what the best price point was per size, so I have at least 8 cases of diapers right now. All of this crazy shopping started on Black friday and 95% of my baby purchases have been done online. I’d say I’m officially “nesting.” I’m still waiting for the baby’s closet organization system to be installed so I have baby gear coming out my ears in my guest room. Every once in a while I have a little bit of buyers remorse but I’ve found that I’m spending little to no money on myself these days because the joy of buying for my unborn baby girl is far greater than any satisfaction I receive when buying for myself. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

its hard not to buy a million things isn’t it!! i think with first babies its very hard to know what is and isn’t necessary. doesn’t help when people say things like “some babies like swings and some don’t”! it makes me want to have every possible thing just to cover my bases

my husband thinks im mad and that i need to tone things down haha

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I literally have 6 Rubbermaid containers of clothing from NB to 2T. If there’s a way to stop shopping, I haven’t found it yet!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have just started washing clothes and I’m up to load 4 and still going.. and I haven’t had my baby shower yet :

I also have literally thousands of wipes..

Just enjoy it 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m totally guilty of this. I’ve bought so much baby stuff online for this LO. In fact, I just bought something less than 15 minutes before reading this post Embarassed. There are so many adorable things to buy online though and Etsy is my weakness!

Unfortuntely DH doesn’t think we need as much baby stuff as I do. I made the mistake of watching the documentary “Babies” with him and ever since then he’s been reminding me that babies don’t need a lot of stuff to be happy. I’m not sure if you guys have seen it, but in the movie the African babies use bones and rocks as toys and the mother cleans the baby’s butt with a cob of corn. If your DH is a minimalist like mine, don’t let him watch that movie!! lol

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

My best advice for you is to unsubscribe from the e-mail that you are getting from your online shops. I’m not even TTC yet, but I go crazy shopping online at Target, Amazon, etc. just because all of the deals they send me through e-mail. I started to realize that it’s not actually that great of a deal if I end up buying something that I don’t actually need. I unsubscribed to all of the ads and weekly e-mails, and it has helped tremendously because it is out of sight out of mind. 

I think you also need to focus on the fact that a lot of this stuff will most likely end up going to waste no matter how much you think you like the things when you made the purchase. I’m in childcare, and the woman I work for also went crazy with buying a lot of outfits and things. They also registered for a lot of random things that were not completely necessary. They live in a small house, so they have baby items that are going unused that are just pouring out of every corner. The baby has so many outfits that he outgrew before he could even wear them, and she has ended up donating a lot of the outfits that she bought or received as gifts.

I know it is hard to stop shopping, but my advice for you is to think on things before you buy them. I try to put the things that I am contemplating buying online in the shopping cart, and then leaving the website for 24-48 hours. If you are still thinking about that item by then then you can buy it. Also, when you really have the urge to buy something, think about the things you will DEFINITELY need. You aren’t going to need a ton of special occasion outfits for your baby, but you will need tons of onesies, receiving blankets, diapers, lotions, etc. Maybe just the rush you get from buying something, no matter what it is, will curb the desire. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

I know there is a lot of panic about not being able to get out of the house with a newborn. I’d just like to point out that I was doing my groceries with Hunter in tow the day after I got home. It’s not impossible. Also, the internet will still be there once your baby is born.

A few things I was gifted tons of during pregnancy, at my baby shower, and after Hunter was born (and had possibly too many of):
-BIBS! SO MANY BIBS!
-Newborn clothes
-wraps suited to the season of his birth (so in my case muslin and cotton) 

Things I wish I’d hoarded more of:
-Cotton balls. We’ve nearly gone through a pack at 5 and a half weeks. I forgot what I’d bought them for – but they sure come in handy!
-Out of season wraps – because sometimes you’ll get a really out of season day or even week.
-Nipple cream (don’t need to hoard it but invest in a bit of lanolin if you plan to breast feed)
-Maternity pads.
-Breast feeding clothes (again if you intend to feed) and maternity clothes for laer in your pregnancy. Seriously the shops in Aus limited me to stipes or hideous block colours except for 1 nice dress. If you see something that might look nice – BUY IT!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@Foreverblonde345:  You know what I did immediately after reading your post?

I got on etsy.com since that was one site you mentioned I hadn’t looked through yet! lol.

I understand. Maybe it would help you to make a list of what you need and what you want…when you see how much there is to buy on the “need” list, it may re-direct your focus. 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Foreverblonde345:  Lol I hear ya. I set up newborn photography, and she said to go on Etsy and find a cute chicken hat for our son for his announcements.

Yeah, 3 different chicken hats, a few Harry Potter ones, and 5 different Dr. Seuss ones later….now I can’t decide which ones I want or how many I need. Damn Etsy.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Foreverblonde345:  I have no advice. My daughter is 4 months old and I’m still doing this!

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