I’m 38 weeks pregnant and just about all of the things I had hoped to purchase before the baby comes have been acquired. I think we have enough things to get us through that first month (hopefully) but I’m fine with sending someone to the store or going myself if necessary.
Out of pocket so far, we have spent $1,086.31. This does not include the value of gift items (and gifts are listed in the sheet so you can see all of what we have).
If you’d like to see a detailed breakdown of how that was spent, you can see my list here. Here’s a categorical breakdown:
Medical: $8 out of pocket. Gotta love our HMO!
Maternity wear: $191.53
Baby clothes: $63.14
Car seat: $148
Crib items: $275
Baby’s room: $118.97
Ways we could have saved:
We could have avoided buying so many baby clothes ourselves. We received a lot as gifts and also some hand-me-downs. In all, we spent about $63 ourselves on clothes ranging from sizes newborn through 9 months. Judging by my baby clothes inventory and his already-full closet, I think we have too many clothes already!
I got a lot of use out of most of my maternity clothes and I feel like many of them will be useful when I’m gearing up for our second baby.
We could have scouted more second-hand stores for storage solutions for our baby’s room, but I am happy with what we came up with.
Overall, I think we did a good job getting what we needed without spending too much. Still, we’ve already spent more than a thousand dollars, and the little guy isn’t even here yet! It has been tremendously helpful for us to set aside a “baby” fund. We threw all extra money into it until we had $1,000. Some things were purchased from our regular budget, just because. We still have a few hundred in the baby fund to use for the first month or so, if needed. And, we’ll continue to set aside money for diapers, clothes, gadgets, whatever.
I estimate that we’ll be able to reuse at least $650 worth of that stuff with our second child.
About how much did you spend on your first baby?