Baby on a budget-essentials?

posted 4 months ago in Babies
Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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tastastic :  glad to hear youve had success with cloth! Dh doesnt think it will stick but im pretty determined.  Yes ill definutely be byying the sleeping bags secondhand, unless gifted!

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KittyYogi :  oh for sure may need it! I detested moving as a baby and got motion sickness easily.  On the flip side, dh would sleep best when his uncle took him out in the pram at full sprint, drifting around corners and throwing it around, so it could go either way!  If i find ineed one, ill buy it. 

Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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rosadiaz : good luck with it! I felt pretty determined too.

And I also even had the babymel nappy bag you mentioned, haha.

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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tastastic :  Thank you! 

Ooh really?  I don’t know anyone with it.  Did you like it?? It seems to have good reviews and I love the little pocket for easy wipe access! 

Post # 34
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Sugar bee

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dianaj17 :  id skip the bucket seat if I did it again. Our baby woke up when we took it out of the car anyway so it wasn’t that great of a transporter.

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee

Check out consignment sales. They’re big in my area where parents sell their stuff. I’ve gotten a lot brand new. Your big spender is daycare, next diapers and formula. It’s expensive for sure. If you live in the states consider a 529 (it’s a college fund). Baby showers are helpful. Diaper lottery at the shower is also helpful. We’re trying to come up with a new spend plan cause I’m pregnant with twins and we already have a 16 month. I tell myself others can do it, so can we. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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dianaj17 :  

I found out about the second hand store in our city and they always have amazing deals, like 10 sleepers for $10. It’s been an absolute LIFE SAVER. I don’t think I’ve paid full price for any of our DD’s clothes.

If we do it again the next go around things I’d skip: the formula machine we had and sold (turns out our Dear Daughter is allergic to regular formula and hospital recommendations are to use the canned formula for the first three months, no powder).

I’d skip the swing because you never know if your LO is going to love our hate it. Our Dear Daughter absolutely hated hers after the first couple months and it went relatively unused.

Splurge: convertible crib and a good steralizer. I spend so much time steralizing I’m so thankful we got the brezza. Just pour the water in, set it and forget about it. So much easier than any other options I’ve seen and it’s been amazing. 

Also: a stroller with cup holders is an absolute must I find. A lot of my friends have the more expensive strollers and honestly I like ours better because it’s got built in cup holders.

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m currently pregnant, so I don’t have first-hand mom experience yet but I can give some insight as to why we picked what we did!

I registered for a reversible crib mattress- 1 side is firm for an infant, the reverse side is softer for a toddler. I figured that way we’d get more use out of the mattress.

We did not register for a pack n play but I got a small travel bassinet (it’s called the stow and go) for next to our bed and it’s hopefully easy enough to take downstairs and use in the living room also (although I also did buy a little napper to use downstairs). Our house is small and a pack n play wouldn’t fit next to our bed or in our living room without a lot of reconfiguring.

Don’t buy a bunch of bottles. I got a couple of free ones, from our registry welcome boxes, and when you buy stuff from the Motherhood Maternity store they send you a Mam bottle with every purchase! Also, don’t buy a bunch of clothes because I got sooo many at my baby shower that I probably won’t even use all of them!

I picked out a diaper bag that can be used crossbody or as a backpack for different situations. Haven’t used it yet, obviously, but I thought that was a feature that I would like.

I also picked out the City Mini GT stroller, which is on the pricier side, but I like how it’s lightweight, not massive, sturdy, and can go pretty much everywhere with it’s all-terrain wheels. I wanted a stroller that could handle any situation so I didn’t need more than one.

Post # 39
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I fully admit to being the ultimate consumer of baby items. I definitely feel like there are things that are 100% worth the splurge and other things that you don’t need to spend your money on. I also am all about spending the money on whatever makes your life easier – and sometimes those things aren’t “essential” but can go a long way.

At the end of the day when it comes to baby gear it’s all personal preference. It doesn’t matter how experienced of a mom you are or how many kids you have, everyone loves different things for different reasons. You will find that plenty of what you will buy might not end up being useful, but the great thing about it is you can always sell it (consigment stores, facebook marketplace, etc) and get things you DO want. 

My must have’s

  • Quality car seat + stroller system. We went with the Uppababy Mesa (car seat) & Vista stroller. I knew I wanted a quality stroller stystem that would last and could eventually be used as a double, as opposed to having to buy a new stroller down the road if/when we had a second child. The Mesa because I just wanted everything to match. I recognize that some people just don’t have that budget, but if you can swing it, a quality stroller makes a huge difference.
    • Sidenote, I do suggest getting an infant seat for convenience. Yes they shouldn’t be in it for more than 2 hours at a time, but being able to quickly pop the seat out of the car and run into a store or your house is super convenient.
  • Bassinet – I don’t think it needs to be the most expensive, but something for baby to sleep next to your bed. Some people just opt for a PnP and that’s fine too. We had the HALO, which I did love, but I think a more basic bassinet would have been just as fine. 
  • Swing/Rocker. We had the Mamaroo & Rock N Play (which is now discontinued), and our baby liked both at different times.
  • Comfy rocker/glider. This is subjective and you’ll hear a lot of people throw out that it’s not a NEED or that a nursery is a waste. We used our nursery every.single.day even when he was sleeping in our room. The glider was the most comfy spot for me to nurse or snuggle. Also I used that spot for pumping. My son is 20 months old and we use the rocker to read and snuggle before naps and bed everyday. 
  • Back diaper bag. A shoulder bag is the worst when trying to carry baby + bag. It’s so much nicer to have both your hands free.
  • Dohm White Noise Machine. Best thing ever, we use it for all naps and bedtime.
  • Infant Optics Monitor. I know people have been using sound only monitors for years and been just fine but I like to use technology to my advantage and I want to be able to SEE my baby in his crib. 
Post # 40
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

To anyone looking for the very popular (great imo) baby monitor,  the infant optics dxr8 is $54 right now in Amazon warehouse. 

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