(Closed) When did you start buying things for baby?

posted 8 years ago in TTC
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@CookieCreamCakes:  I totally get what you’re saying. I’m 5 weeks pg and I just bought a bunch of stuff. There’s a department store neart us closing and they have everything really marked down, so I figured why not? I’m not supersticious and I also don’t want a baby shower (AND like you, have a pushy relative who will probably try to force one). If – God forbid – anything happens to our pregancy I know we’ll try again eventually, and if it never works out we would adopt or give things to my sister when she starts a family, so it won’t be a waste.

We bought a crib, pack and play, stroller, breast pump and a bunch of other big things since they were on clearance. No point waiting until 3rd trimester and paying full price if I can get it now on sale.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I was around 20 weeks before we really started buying baby stuff.  We bought a couple of little things here and there before that, but no major purchases.  And nothing at all in the first trimester.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We’ve bought a few things but only because they were on a really good sale.  We recently just started TTC but we bought a glider/ottomon combo on sale for 70% off, a jogging stroller that was 70% off, and some baby proofing stuff, a few bibs, and some toys that were all 70% off because our Toys R Us was closing.  We actually plan to start stockpiling diapers if we find them for really cheap.  I feel a little odd buying things without being pregnant yet but I also figure if something happens and we can’t have kids I will donate the items or give them to friends.  Plus I’m not actually setting up a nursery or anything yet, just buying things and throwing them in storage tubs or storing them in the garage.  I do think it would be hard to take down a finished nursery if we couldn’t have a baby.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@KateByDesign:  +1 times a gazillion! 

I am 6 weeks along too and I am so, so LUCKY to be pregnant that I don’t want to jinx anything by buying stuff.  That being said, I just got married November 24, so everyone that was at my wedding will be hit with a double whammy with me now being pregnant.  We both have great jobs and I would like to just get all the stuff we need rather than having a shower.  I don’t want to feel like I am “hitting up” the same people all in less than a year!  But, just like the wedding shower I didn’t initally want, I know my mother will have another, out-spoken opinion that will include a shower…..

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are about to start TTCing. I haven’t bought anything yet, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t longed to buy that adorable little bear sleep suit that I see everywhere.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve had two miscarriages, I’m not currently pregnant and I still buy baby stuff. I’m not superstitious. I believe with all of my heart that DH and I will have a baby of our own some day. For me, buying baby items helps me to keep our dream alive of having a child. Plus, I’m a total bargain hunter and hate paying full price for stuff so if I find a good deal, I take it!

I haven’t bought any big items though, mostly just clothes and small stuff that I can pack away in a container out of sight until I need them. I like to check out thrift stores and clearance sections. I’ve bought about 6-7 pairs of Robeez (aka really expensive baby shoes that retail for $25-$45 a pair) from thrift stores. Some of them were still in the package and most only cost $1.00 each. I also bought a bag full of brand new Carters sleepers from a thrift store and they were 50 cents each. You wouldn’t believe how much baby clothing I’ve found at thrift stores that still have the tags on them! I figure that even if I can’t use all of them, I can pass them on to my nieces and nephews or to friends. 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We didnt purchase anything until after the first trimester. We don’t know the sex so we aren’t purchasing clothes.  We considered beginnning to buy a big box of diapers at each grocery trip but chose to wait since we don’t know which brand the baby will like. 

*ACTUALLY my husband got me a fancy diaper bag as a form of a good luck charm about 2 weeks before we conceived.

I think it’s a good idea to start buying things if you know you are going to start a family soon – whether you are blessed with a pregnancy or adopt – you will have a baby to put into those clothes at some poiint!  🙂 

 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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@KH:  + 1! Set those boundaries NOW or you will regret it Later. 

I don’t think I want a baby shower either, didn’t like being the centre of attention at my wedding shower so not sure how I will avoid that but I plan on trying. 

Post # 25
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m 16 weeks, and haven’t bought as much as a onesie, and don’t intend to until at least very close to the start of the 3rd trimester. 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@texasbee:  I’m sorry things didn’t work out with your adoption.  There is a reason for everything!  I hope you find your reason!

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I bought my first onesie during our 1st TTC cycle.  Its a onesie from DH and I’s University, which I thought would be a cute way to surprise him once I get my BFP.
 
Also am guilty of perusing Target’s maternity section before we were trying to TTC!  Bought a maternity dress bc it was super cute and on clearance a few months before TTC.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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@As_You_Wish:  You sound a lot like me w/buying baby things on sale….luckily I work at a thrift store!  After everything I’ve been through w/infertility and the failed adoption, I just recently started “thinking” about buying baby stuff again….plus we’ll be trying IVF soon.  

When I mentioned this thread to DH, he told me he doesn’t want to buy anything big but he has NO problem w/me designing a dream nursery on pinterest, etc. and told me I can go HOG WILD when I do get a BFP (will be my first ever!)  He firmly believes we’ll be parents one day soon….I’ve waited long enough!  Sorry to hear about your heartaches! FX for you!

 

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@CookieCreamCakes:  Well, my Future Mother-In-Law gave us my FI’s nephew’s nursery furniture before Fiance even moved in.  The nephew just happened to be moving out of it at the same time we announced our engagment.  It is a convertible crib, so I currently am using the backboard as the headboard for the guest bed.  The guest room will eventually be our nursery, so I went ahead a couple months ago and painted it the color I want.  I’ve moved the two dressers and the headboard in, and tucked the other crib parts under the bed.  I am baby obsessed but we are 2-3 years from TTC.  Even so, I am working on all the decorations for the room.  I don’t want an overly cutsy nursery because what baby remembers their nursery?  We are actually going with a music theme (FI is an audio engineer and we met in band) and I am custom sewing all the linens for the room.  I have already picked out all the fabrics for the curtains and crib bedding, so I am saving $ towards buying what I know I will need.  Once I have it, I will make curtains and such that are useful now.  I also built a private Amazon list and every time I get a shopping urge, I pick something and dump it in the list.  I know we will be cloth diapering and I am leaning heavily towards the Flip system, so I figure once I’ve made all the linens, I can buy a few of those types of things if I really have to have something in hand.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

thankfully, my sister just had a baby, so I got to get my “fix” of buying baby stuff by getting stuff for her once she was out of her first trimester. I actually just bought my first little outfit at Baby Gap (we’re out of first tri on Sunday) – but I also found out that my mom has been buying things since we told her (I had no idea!) I’m a little nervous, but have been feeling better/more confident so I think it’s okay 

Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m a little under 6 weeks along and we were TTC for two months before getting the BFP. I had started buying things for some time, even before we were TTC. Like you, they were deeply discounted “designer” items, such as Aden + Anais blankets (which can be pricey when at full price), and cute, funny baby board books that are not your normal Dr. Seuss ones. I stopped at clothing (as I didn’t want all yellow/neutral clothes) and furniture/strollers (in the event we have multiples). My Amazon shopping cart has items in there “saved for later” that are more like things I do plan to buy but don’t need to at this point as they’re full-priced or dictated by gender/quantity.

Like you, DH and I are successful in our own right and can easily afford all the baby things ourselves, unless we get saddled with like sextuplets or something! So I get where you are coming from with regards to the baby shower. I didn’t have a bridal shower and I don’t regret it. I was originally anti-baby showers, but I think we’ll likely have a nice coed “shower”/party and I was going to include more books and other fun things on the registry. It is the first grandchild on both sides (and first niece/nephew) so it seemed a little unfair to rob them out of a party.

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