(Closed) Baby questions!

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Can’t help you out with budgeting (we’re working on that ourselves!), but as far as the vitamins, my OB/GYN recommended prenatals for 6 months preconception for the folic acid.  

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Some influencing facts for cost would be

Do you plan to breast feed?

Do you plan to use disposable or cloth diapers?

Do you plan to work where you will need daycare or will you be at home?

If you plan to return to work, what is your maternity leave like? For how long and is it paid or unpaid?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

So the budget is hard. We are supplementing with formula but I think with her needs its about 250 per month. I buy a lot of extras though so it is hard to give a good budget and we buy in bulk. She is a month old and we bought our first pack of diapers and wipes last week. Formula is crazy expensive but join the formula’sclubs I get great coupons that way!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have completely forgotten the newborn costs, but I can give you an idea of where we are now, at 7 months.

Dirty Delete goes through 72 diapers in 2 weeks.  They are about 20.00 a box for Huggies at Wal-Mart (but I buy in bulk off Amazon)

She goes through 1 large canister of formula a week.  It is 18.99.  We started with Enfamil, but our Pediatrician said it was the same as the WalMart brand, so we switched to that.

At this stage we’re also buying baby food, but that is next to nothing in the budget, at least right now.  We buy the straight Gerber brand, and it’s 1.00 for 2 containers.  2 containers lasts her 2 days.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i am due january 24th but i started my pre-natals as soon as i got off birth control which was 8 months before i actually concieved.  we are getting alot of free clothes and such from friends and family and i will have a shower but some of the up front costs that we have incurred from things we have bought ourselves include a stroller/ carseat ($600), crib/mattress ($425), dresser ($300), glider ($500)… so obviously we bought all the major furniture… this could be less depending on if you buy new or used or have it gifted to you…. plus medical bills.

 

i plan on breastfeeding and my insurance covers a breast pump so that will help. and then my husband is having a diaper party so im sure we will have diapers for months! also i had my ob prescribe me prenatals so that saved a bit each month as well πŸ™‚ another thing i didnt really give much though to was childcare… for an infant it can get pretty pricey if you have to go back to work like i do. i called around when i first got pregnant and many of the childcare centers that were recommended to me had  a waiting list already for march 2013!! crazy! plus they charge upwards of $125 a week for infants. so yea… πŸ™

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@ForeverBlessed:  oh that will be nice!!

 

make sure to ask how long you have to be there to get benefits… i know where i work i have to be a year full time before they will pay short term disability/ maternity leave. my one year is january 16th… my EDD is january 24th…. so i am cutting it so close… i never knew before i was pregnant that it would even be an issue though!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Well, we’re due on Christmas…and are just figuring this out…but our budget so far has been:

 

About $800 for the nursery set up (crib, dresser, glider, and other miscellaneous items that we bought ourselves).  We estimate another $250 for a monitor, baby carrier, and some smaller items we still need.  We did not ask for furniture from family, and it’s not something my family does…but if yours will, it can save you a lot of money.

 

Daycare – in our area it’s between $75-$130/day, depending on whether we want to use a daycare by our house or by our jobs (in the city).  We’re leaning towards a daycare in our town, because they’re so much cheaper than city prices.  Also, we changed our work schedules so we only need 2 days/week while we both maintain our full time status.  That’s something to look into at your new job, as well.

 

Diapers – The cheapest I’ve found is .10/diaper at BJs.  It’s cheaper if I happen to find a coupon, too.  We joined BJs just for the diapers, and are saving a ton of money there all around…so I definitely recommend a wholesale club!  The wipes are the cheapest I’ve seen there, too.

 

Food – I plan to breastfeed.  As of Jan 1, insurance is mandated to cover breast pumps (yay!).  We did spend about $40 on bottle supplies, because I will be pumping when I return to work.

 

Healthcare – don’t forget about all of the visits your little one is going to have.  The copays will add up!

When you start your job, check into flex spending accounts.  You can pay pre-tax for daycare and medical care, which can make a big difference each year!!

 

Clothes – I’m just learning how to buy baby clothes, and returned a bunch of stuff I originally bought when I realized how much I overpaid!  Old Navy and Baby Gap frequently have an extra 40% off sale prices and you can get things cheap, cheap, cheap!  I got four onesies, a jacket, and a pair of pants at Baby Gap for $18 this weekend!  You can also find really nice, new or almost-new baby clothes at thrift stores. 

 

Toys – these can be bought cheaply, too.  Consignment stores, craigslist….you can find pretty much everything you need for baby that way!

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and that’s all I know at this point!

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