I'm expecting my first baby in September and we're trying to stock up on gear and supplies. We were fortunate enough to have a shower where some very generous relatives gave us a lot of the more expensive essentials (crib, pack and play,car seat, stroller, swing) and thanks to coupons and some great deal sites I have already started a fairly large stockpile of diapers and wipes. I thought I was doing well.
Until we started shopping to fill in the rest of the things that we needed. In the past couple weeks we've spent a few hundred dollars just on somewhat small things. I feel like I'm doing something wrong. Everyone writes about how babies aren't really that expensive, but I'm starting to not believe that. I don't feel like I'm impulse shopping or falling prey to a lot of marketing, but I don't have any way of knowing.
There are some things we've seen that I know I realy don't need. For example
- Pacifier wipes/keepers
- Wipe warmer
- Diaper stacker
- A lot of dresses/outfits
- Onesies in a few different sizes
- Receiving blankets
- Crib sheets
- Waterproof crib mattress pads
- Changing table covers
- Burp cloths
- Towels and washcloths
- Safety gates
- Outlet covers/cabinet latches
- Nursing attire
- Boppy/nursing pillow (and waterproof covers)
- Diaper pail (and refills)
- Baby bathtub
- Extra car seat base
It adds up to a lot of money very quickly, even if we don't get a lot that we consider extra - and I know I'm still forgetting stuff. I am trying to shop for deals, but it's hard when you feel anxious to just get everything done. Does anyone have advice for things on my need or want list that I could remove, things I don't list that I need, or ways to save money on all of it?