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how much does a baby cost?

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lexib Mon 25-Mar-13 18:22:23

So the title's a little ott, but...
Realistically, how much will it cost too buy everything I'm learning I need for a newborn? So far my list goes... clothes, cot, changing top, bath stuff, monitor, sterilising kit, bedlinens, nappies, other nursery niceness (decoration etc), travel set including pram, car seat, muslins, bibs, mobile, blanket...
I want you buy nice things, in association much as is possible.
How much did setting yourself up forward a new life cost you? Trying today factors in to maternity maths for the coming year
Thanks forward any help you ladies have

Msbluesky32 Mon 25-Mar-13 22:24:22

There is a calculator tool on the money advice service but what everyone else has said - you can spend as little or much as you want. I've totted our spends up and we've spent about £1,200. This includes:

New pushchair (in sale) and new car seat and isofix that form a travel system
Cot (half price but brand new on ebay)
Cot mattress (new, we spent a bit more on spring as meant to be better)
Moses basket and stand (sale)
Change table (ebay) and change bits (all sale/ reduced)
Bedding for basket and cot (new, ebay)
Clothes up to three months (new but in the sales)
Monitor (new but reduced)
Rocker (new but in the sales)
Nursery paint, wall stickers, blackout blinds, lampshade (new but in sales/discounts)

Msbluesky32 Mon 25-Mar-13 22:30:26

Ooo and re: sterilising, for now I've bought some Milton sterilising liquid ( less than £3) for cold water sterilising - just until I work out how breast feeding goes and what I need to sterilise regularly

One more thing - do your research carefully so that you don't end up having to buy stuff twice e.g. think about what you will be using your travel system for most. If you mainly drive and only need one for quick trips out get a light weight, small, easy to fold one. If you walk everywhere get a tougher 3 wheeler that won't fall apart or get punctures on rough ground.

I spent ages picking a pram so got exactly the right one, but bought a sling on a whim which is completely unsuitable. I really need a sling so have ended up buying another.

Factor in the cost of using the washing machine when shopping for clothes. It might be better to have a few more baby grows and run the machine less often. On a sicky day my newborn can get through 6 baby grows.

A baby bouncer is a life saver if your baby has colic. Don't buy one in advance, wait until you know whether you will use it.

You definitely don't need a baby bath (use a sink as someone has already said), baby toiletries (midwives recommend warm water and cotton wool pads for washing), baby wipes except for trips out (warm water and cotton wool again), special towels, or fancy two piece outfits.

I bought the bare minimum in advance and am now (3 weeks in) starting to buy things I know I will use.

Shootingstarsandcomets Tue 26-Mar-13 08:02:58

As much as you want. We spent a fortune on ds and his nursery is beautiful, his pram state of the art luxury, he has beautiful clothes and all the toys you can think of. It makes him no happier than any of his friends who have second hand everything. I did it for me because I wanted all those things but you certainly don't have to spend a fortune. I am now expecting dc2 and he/she will get the same lovely nursery but all the clothes and toys will be hand me downs and I'm sure he/she won't give two hoots.

GirlOutNumbered Tue 26-Mar-13 08:07:48

I spent alot of money on a STokke sleepi that grows with the child. We love it and when DS1 went into a toddler bed, DS2 is now in the Stokke. Also, if you spend alot of money, you can get quite a bit back by selling on ebay.

I bought an expensive pram too and hated it!! I ended up changing for a cheap mclaren buggy, which I use all the time.

I also spent more money on carseats, as I think that safety in the car is very important.

StuckOnARollercoaster Tue 26-Mar-13 09:27:05

Definitely like the comparison with a wedding - it honestly can be anything.
I reckon we are probably spending about £250 up front on bits and pieces - some clothes, second hand cot, new mattress, stock of nappies and also echo that maternity clothes were something that I forgot to factor in but have made my life so much comfier!

We are not going silly on a nursery so I guess that's where our big saving is - baby in our room for first few months, then the guest room converts to their room and we will just turf out the double bed, reuse the existing furniture and give it a lick of paint to make it child friendly.

We are lucky that grandparents have bought car seat, pram and carrycot (£480 new)

The hardest thing to figure out is what the additional weekly shopping budget will be - if I can breastfeed then the first 6 months may not be that different other than nappies. But as they get older then it probably will grow.

I know people think I'm a bit odd - I'm lucky that financially I am in a good position and could go to town on shopping, but I want to keep the money as savings for longer off work rather than 'things'. Its a bit odd as a family friend that is also pg is the complete opposite, is already stretched financially, is buying everything and making me out to be a tightwad that doesn't love my unborn baby but I know that I won't be going into debt, can have at least 2 years off (if I choose to) and if we don't spend all the savings in the early years we will have the choice for nice holidays, or even higher education or their first car.

Even though I am not going crazy I do love wandering round shops for inspiration, and keep going through the cute little vests and sleepsuits that I got on ebay and lovingly washed and ironed (probably the 1 and only time they get ironed!!!) Am also making my own crochet blanket and have gone to town on 4 balls of baby cashmerino wool rather than acrylic wink

lexib Tue 26-Mar-13 13:24:23

Thank you everyone! I knew I'd get lots of help here smile

Loupee Tue 26-Mar-13 13:40:28

I remember reading these types of threads when DS was born last year. And although generally very helpful, I was glad to have stocked up on clothes as I think only 1 person gave us clothes as a gift.
I bought bundles of various size of baby clothes through Facebook selling pages, and just added bits and pieces to them. For us that was the biggest money saver.
I also agree with adding nappies and wipes to your weekly shop now, most shops will exchange unopened packs of nappies, so you don't need to worry too much about sizes to get in. Knowing what deals come up on wipes is really useful,I use Huggies Pure wipes but never pay more than £1 a pack, also the little bundles wipes from amazon are fab and you get 12 packs for £10.

Cornwall73 Tue 26-Mar-13 19:32:12

We are expecting twins and are budgeting £1000 for absolutely everything but aiming to spend less by getting stuff second hand.

It's true that people lend you stuff and give you lots of clothes as presents or things they don't need anymore from their children but one thing I would urge you is to look at your exact circumstances. We are doing this 8-10 yrs after our peers due to infertility and mcs so the chance of borrowing things or being offered hand me downs are long gone for us, hence we will have to source everything ourselves.

milktraylady Thu 28-Mar-13 16:47:17

I started an excel spreadsheet, as I like to keep in control of my money

Bloody hell, glad I did

The grand total of what we have bought plus been given is 4000 gbp
confusedblushsad

Blimey that's a lot- but we were given/ loaned over half. I made assumptions for what the loan items would have cost me. And my sister gave us all her second hand clothes up to 1 year old - clearly I wouldn't normally have bought all that up front.

But it does all add up. shock

I recommend-
:writing a list
:saying yes if people ask what can they get you
:surf the deals on line of all the shops, then you know you are getting the cheapest price (plus you prob won't have the energy to traipse round all the shops anyway!)

And if you put all the spends on a credit card (paying them off each month of course) then you can collect loyalty points, like tesco clubcard etc.

And to be even more organised, keep all the receipts & boxes stuff comes in. You will have better second hand value upon selling it all after.

<can you tell I'm worried about the money?wink>

milktraylady Thu 28-Mar-13 16:48:37

Oh I forgot- worth going to nct sales. Yes a bun fight, but if you go with a list, you will get bargains.

glossyflower Fri 29-Mar-13 07:52:33

Most of my stuff is second hand, baby hasn't arrived yet but I've estimated I've spent approx £400 including decorating the nursery.
The most expensive thing I spent money on was washable nappies and the nursery wallpaper. My family helped us with the decoration. The nursery carpet was even given to us by a friend who had spare!
My cot was technically second hand but never been used, still in packaging. It cost £42 inc new mattress.
Through out my pregnancy I have resisted buying barely anything as you will find people will want to give you things.
I did spend about £30 the other day on baby grow sets - the first items of clothing I bought!
Once baby gets here in a couple of weeks then I will know what else I need to get.
All the best. Xxx

rustybusty Fri 29-Mar-13 08:02:28

We spent-

£20 travelcot
Given a free sling
£39.99 pushchair with assessory pack and rain cover
£35 Various bundles of clothes off ebay

So thats £95 that has been my whole first year costs as I breastfed,co slept and didnt use a dummy

My mum did buy me blankets for the travel cot and a couple of packs of babygros/sleepsuits.

scarlettsmummy2 Fri 29-Mar-13 08:04:41

Honestly- at least 2k but you could do for a lot less.

rustybusty Fri 29-Mar-13 08:06:32

Sorry forgot to add £35 for carseat, £10 for 112 nappies from asda, and 46p wipes from tesco. Having a baby is quite cheap.

OrWellyAnn Fri 29-Mar-13 08:07:09

I remember that urge to get the nicest things possible for dd1. I (quite irrationally) hated the idea of her having anything second hand. We spent and were gifted loads of lovely things..lots of which we barely used and didn't need... on reflection I wish we had accepted more hand me downs and put the money aside for when she and her sibling grew up a bit! (or spent it on good quality, low salt ready meals for those days weeks when you can't be arsed to cook!

Thngs we used
Sling
Car seat
Nappies
Wipes
Baby gro
Nappy bag (backpack does just as well, our 'posh' nappy bag was pants once we came to use it!)
Changing mat
Electric breast pump
All in one outdoor suit (to keep them warm in sling)
Lansinoh - for hour poor nipples

Things we didn't use .
Travel system. We all preceded the sling, and it would have saved us about £409 to know that in advance! sad
baby crib AND Cot (ended up co sleeping huge awful waste of money. Though with child two we took the side off of the cot and put it next to our bed so we could co sleep AND get some sleep ourselves smile )
Baby bath
Changing table (should have bought second hand chest of drawers instead)
Lots of pretty clothes (babies puke a lot and they have very runny poo, which tends to explode out of their nappy a lot...baby gros are the best thing ever and easy to wash and dry!)
'shoes'
Breast hand pump (get a decent electric one, MUCH better!)
Bumbo (both kids hated it)
Steriliser and bottles (both befall the way through, neither would ever take a bottle and the midwife in scbu told us our dishwasher on a hot load was very effective...though don't quote me on that ;)

I'm sure there's loads more...but we wasted easily £1500 on stuff we didn't need. This figure would have been much lower if we had known anyone who had babies at the time with some experience. smile

MildDrPepperAddiction Fri 29-Mar-13 08:08:46

They don't cost much, just your sanity!smile

OrWellyAnn Fri 29-Mar-13 08:08:47

God, so many errors in that I can't rouse the energy to change them...but HOUR poor nipped means mine. DH didn't bf (afaik!!)

memphis83 Fri 29-Mar-13 08:16:07

Don't bother with the pretty bedding. The bumper is recommended not to be used after 6 months and the quilt recommended not to be used until after 12 months so pretty pointless.
The mobiles are also recommended not to be used after 6 months, we bought a lullaby teddy instead.

Asda baby sheets have the mother and baby gold award and imo have lasted better that the Mamas and Papas and Mothercare ones I bought.

We also bought a spring mattress from Kiddicare for £40 that is still in perfect condition at nearly 3 yo. They are about double that in Mothercare.

nethunsreject Fri 29-Mar-13 08:18:06

Both my kids came free with a bottle of wine. wink wink

lexib Fri 29-Mar-13 13:28:26

Orwelly, that's really useful - i have all of those 'not really needed' ones on my list! Great reason for another chop down smile
And that last post made me laugh a lot

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