Dear Baby G as you know we are not very organised for your upcoming arrival yet. I am pretty sure by this stage in my previous pregnancies i was all organised, ready to go and twiddling my thumbs. Technically i guess there are only 9 weeks to go until i am considered full term 37 weeks. Now I am older & wiser I realise there is no great rush yet and we have plenty of time to get ready.
Babies don’t need a lot , however in the western world we seem to commercialise it like we do with every other major event in our lives. We have purchased a few things for you though, so far we have:
- Kanoe Hammock $200
- Car Seat $220
- Baby Jogger City Elite Stroller $400
- Bookshelf/Change Table $30
- Cloth Nappies/MCNs $600
- Monitor purchased on FF points
Your room still looks like this:
But all your Grandparents are pitching in to paint, carpet and put up curtains, aren’t you lucky!
I am finding that it really isn’t that much more expensive to have a baby now then it was 10 years ago, some things are even a little cheaper now. I remember buying a baby swing when your sister Gabby was a newborn from Toys R Us 13 years ago and that was around $400, now they are about $180.
So what else do we need for you??
- wipes, baby bath etc
- chest of drawers
- baby swing
- breast pump
Not all these items are essential and most of the bigger stuff i will probably buy second hand off Gumtree. I tease your Dad about being frugal, but the truth being I am probably just as bad as him and I am always looking on Gumtree for bargains. I know i can get the baby swing I want off there for about $70!
We have spent about $1500 so far, that is not so bad! We are very fortunate that are parents are doing the nursery though.
Oh and we need a bigger car still but i won’t add the cost of that onto your expense sheet 🙂 Hippy Brad will freak out!