(Closed) When to start buying baby stuff?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am almost 15 weeks… wondering the same thing!  I have a list… but have not started purchasing anything.  I have a terrible sinus headache, but am going to start cleaning and rearranging in the next week if I am feeling better.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I wouldn’t buy anything until your had your shower(s), which is usually in the third trimester so you are good and showing.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

After the shower.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I started pretty early as a way to research what I will need, then I updated it a month before the shower.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We started early- about 8/9 weeks I think.  I know a lot of women prefer to wait until the second trimester and or anatomy scan, but this was my reasoning:

We aren’t exactly poor, but money is tight for us.  So going to a store and buying a new nursery set was out unless we wanted to eat ramen noodles 3 times a day for a few months.  Instead we’ve bought a lot of things on craigslist, at consignement sales, thrift stores or yard sales. By starting early we’ve had time to wait for really good deals to come up and get pieces as we could afford them.  

Right now (at 22 weeks) we have: crib (hand me down from church), changing table/dresser ($60.00 on craigslist/would have been $350.00 new), glider rocker (yard sale ($30.00/would have been $200.00 new), stroller/car seat travel system (gift from the inlaws- we knew for saftey reasons we wanted a new car seat and were saving towards it when they surprised us with an early Christmas present), pack n play ($5.00 thrift store), bouncy chair ($7.00 consignment sale), 3 bedding sets ($20.00 thrift store), baby monitor ($5.00 yard sale), 12 bottles ($2.00 consignment sale), and about 40 pieces of clothing from newborn to 12 months (approx. $30.00- from several different thrift stores, consignment sales and yard sales).

The next things on the list include cloth diapers, a second base for the car seat, so we can keep one in each vehicle (again this will be a new purchase), some baby toys, baby blankets, towels, washclothes, bathtub, bath accesories (nail clippers, shampoo etc) and decorations for baby’s room now that we know its a boy.  

Hopefully between our shower, and some careful bargin hunting we can get all this at a reasonable price.  If I had waited until later to start shopping, I feel like I would have ended up paying more for items.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@nikkialys:  It sounds like we’re both bargain hunters!

I haven’t bought a lot of baby stuff yet (I’m only 10 weeks) but the things I’ve bought have come from thrift stores. I bought 5-6 onesies in various sizes, all in excellent condition. Most of them are brand new and still have the tags on them from places like Old Navy and Baby Gap. Most of them only cost me 50 cents to a dollar! I also got an adorable pair of Robeez that look brand new and they were only $3.00.

I’ve made myself stop buying clothing for now though until we know the sex of the baby and I can buy things that are more gender specific. I’ll probably start watching Craigslist/Kijiji in a couple months or so for bigger items like change tables, etc.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

The first thing we bought was a stroller and it was around 17 weeks. We really wanted to wait until we knew the sex before buying too much. Once the gender scan came and went we decided to wait until after the baby shower in hopes we wouldn’t buy double and/or people would get us the things we really needed before spending too much money. We did the bulk of our buying after our shower which was roughly after the 7 month mark.

I did buy little things here and there early on though, cute outfits and things I couldn’t resist 🙂 We also thought about buying bigger items that we did not expect people to get us like a crib and what not.

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I buy some things as I see them in stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls since they have good deals. 🙂 I’m 13 weeks and so far have bought a couple little bath toys, cute childrens books, wrist/foot rattles, a thermometer, and a really cute blanket/security blanket combo. And I purchased a couple of items I plan on storing babies clothes in (plastic under-the-bed storage bin and a drawer). My family has started buying some stuff too – SIL bought us some pacifiers, bath essentials, and onesies. Not much yet, though. I registered for things already since I wanted to do lots of research before choosing which things to register for, but I don’t think anyone will be buying anything till our shower which will most likely be in the spring.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t think I will buy anything until later in the pregnancy, like around 30 weeks. I’ve been researching, though, so we’ll know what we want to get when the time comes. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Didn’t buy much until we knew what we were having, more or less for clothes. Bought little things here and there. After the baby shower we went and bought the things we really needed off our registry.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m almost 8 weeks. I have a baby sling to carry the baby in, and Udder Cover for breastfeeding and a car seat cover. All were free thanks to coupons for Motherhood Maternity and I had to just pay for shipping. Probably won’t get too much more til later on.

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