Thursday, March 29, 2012

.Baby Things: Baby Essentials.

The other day husband asked for an 'essential's' baby list. I think it really hit him that this thing is happening and we soooo need to plan for it. And pay for it. 
We have t-minus 6 months left and only a box full of books, sleepers, and toys, which I'm fairly sure won't cut it in the new baby department [i should mention we have a hand-me-down crib as well, but i'm pouting about using it. it's brown and just doesn't go with the theme of our baby room that i'm dreaming up. so the crib here aren't really an essential.....and speaking of which, can you paint a crib??]
So I put together this little list for him. With mostly my dream items.
And then husband had a little heart attack.
one] bugaboo cameleon stroller [dark grey/ dark blue or dark grey/black or dark grey/off white] $900
two] tommee tippee bottles $10
three] monte joya rocking chair [white] $895
four] sleepers various sizes and styles $32 each
five] joovy room2 ultralight playard [black] $215
six] tripp trapp high chair $300
seven] skip hop pallet plate $33
eight] medela breast pump $300
nine] cloth diapers [various colors] $20 each [and we'd need approx. 30 of them!]
ten] zara body suits/sleepers 2pack [white] $16 [and we need lots of these!!]
eleven] monte ninna nanna bassinet [white/wood] $395
twelve] slim & secure video baby monitor $300 [my momma actually purchased this beautiful video monitor for us recently, so we can actually scratch this off the baby list as well! Thanks Mom!]
thirteen] bloom coco stylewood baby bouncer [coconut] $200
fourteen] babyletto modo 3 in 1 crib [espresso/white] $350
fifteen] eco sleeper contour change pad $29
sixteen] advent soothers $6 each
seventeen] dresser ikea hemnes $300

Approximate 'get-started' TOTAL: $4881! Phew, now that is one expensive little critter.

26 comments:

  1. It's only that expensive because you are choosing items that are very over priced. You could cut that amount in half by going with some cheaper-but just as good-items. Zara 2pk plain bodysuits/sleepers for $16.00? You could get plain sleepers for dirt cheap-same quality at superstore or walmart. You'll figure it out once you have the baby, trust me! And please do yourself a favor and don't get that high chair. I've never seen something more ridiculous, and as a mother of 2- I know that thing looks great but will be more of a pain in the ass than its worth it.

    Stacey Hilbert

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    1. Hahaha, I really liked your honestly here Stacey! Thanks for the tips, and yes, I do know that I went on the complete HIGH {very very high!} end of the spectrum here, but like I said, totally my dream items. In reality I will probably be hitting up IKEA for a bunch of items :)
      As for the high chair all I've heard is people going on and on about how great it is, so it's refreshing to hear another's perspective. I like to get all the facts and opinions on people who have used these items before I go ahead and purchase the big ticket items.
      Thanks again for your input!
      xoET

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  2. Beautiful list Erinn. That will be the most trendy baby room ever! (my sister & brother in law actually have that high-chair for their little lady & they love it) :)

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    1. Thanks Angie :) I think it looks so cool, and can grow with the baby, so that's a bonus. Just wondering how easy it is to clean and if it's comfy for baby.....
      xoE

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  3. Awe, you are NESTING!!! Love it!! And girl, go get you that shirt I posted!! You would look precious...and you aren't going to be "knocked up' forever, right! ;)
    Because Shanna Said So

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    1. YES! I am in FULL nesting mode and just wanna fix up my house for little baby T, but you are right, I can't live in sweats forever right? That shirt really is calling my name. xoxoE

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    2. I say get what you want! It's your first baby and such an exciting time! And I hear ya on the crib, I would have some anxiety too over it not matching! But that's just me! I am sure you could find something on Pinterest about refurbishing a crib!

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    3. This is why Nathan and Peter are in trouble! Haha, I'm with you on this one too! All of it actually, maybe that's why we where such good friends.....great minds think alike {and shop alike!}
      xo
      Erinn

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    4. I recommend going with the "hand me down" crib...I bought Lauryn an expensive one from e-children....and she has destoyed it by chewing it with her sharp little teeth......apparently most kids chew their cribs..waste of money.

      Also, for the bassinet..I bought an expensive one...waste of money beacuse they only use it for 6-8 weeks....honestly...an $8.00 plastic laundry basket would do the job ( that is what Lauryn always used to sleep in at the lake or at grandparents).

      I bought a peg pergo skate stroller...waste of money...too many parts to haul around....we bought a "bob" jogging stoller too....BEST STROLLER EVER!!!

      Tamara

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  4. I have the Medela breast pump and used it with Isla and it was AMAZING. Definitely worth the price tag! xoxo

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    1. Very good to know! I was thinking that one or the Tommee Tippee one, but don't really want a hand pump.....I'll be calling you for more details on this one my dear!
      xoE

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    2. Pumping can be a long and tedious process (depending on your milk production) and I would have given up completely if I had had to do it by hand. Also, not sure if you'd call these essentials, but I thought of a few more things that we used and are still using daily: baby bath, hooded towels, baby wash cloths, bottle warmer, swaddles, burp cloths.

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  5. My husband and I tried to spread out all the big ticket items - that way you don't add it all up and it doesn't seem so expensive. I am excited for the second one - should be way cheaper :)

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    1. LOL, Oh I'm totally down with that mentality too! Im thinking one big ticket item a month and then I can trick myself into thinking it's cheaper than it is! And yes, the 2nd will be MUCH cheaper, but I need to remember to buy gender neutral items for that very reason (which should be easy as we're not going to find out)
      xoET

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  6. Loved looking at your list. Now that I consider myself an old pro, I do have some suggestions. First off, I forgot your due date again? I never ever used those white bodysuits. Some people used them for warmth, but babies can overheat, and with blankets or swaddling, you just don't need them. I'm from the South though so it's not that hot here, and both of my children were born in Nov. and Dec. Also, if you get a playyard or pack and play then you really don't need a bassinet. That is an expense you can cut.

    Also, remember Old Navy, Target, and some other shops for sleepers, etc because sometimes you may just need to throw them out after a blow out diaper. Carters is always a good brand. I also love Hanna Andersson for quality. They last a long time.

    Yea!!

    One thing you do need to add to your list though is a Halo sleepsack. I love them. Both of my children wore them, and it really cut down on worrying about dressing your kids warmly at night because they slept in a sleepsack. Some people hate them, but I love them.

    The video monitor is a must. Ours was not that expensive, but it was worth having. However, you need one just for sound, too. Our video monitor made a static sound at night, drove us crazy, so we relied on the sound one mostly, and if we heard something then i would view the video monitor, but never used it for sound. Hopefully, this one will be better in that department due the price. Ours was $100 and about the best available at the time.

    Also, don't buy a lot of bottles before the baby is born. One or two. Every baby is different, and some bottles can cause gas or they don't take to them so it's wise to only buy a few because you may find yourself having to switch.

    You will need a few burp clothes. I love the monogram ones. If you are a city slicker (forgot where you live) and you walk everywhere you go then I would say a stroller like a Bugaboo is a wise investment, but if you are a suburb queen like I am, and never walk anywhere with a baby except for a stroll then I don't think something like that is really needed. I like things very lightweight. A great invention is called a Snap and Go. It's basically a stroller base and the car seat sits into it. You snap it and go. I borrowed one for the second pregnancy. We have an Aria stroller that is very lightweight, and a lot of my friends switched to a high-end umbrella stroller after a year, once they are out of the car seat.

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  7. ha ha. this is so cute. I must never show this to my hubby or he won't want kids. ha. cute blog! xo

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  8. You most definitely can paint a crib, you just have to use the right paint. As for the other stuff, there are actually few 'essentials' for a baby. He really just needs love and milk :) Word to the wise before you spend $$ on a breast pump: rent one from the hospital at first to make sure you are able to breast feed and able to pump. With my second boy, I was unable to pump and eventually got a breast infection which disabled me from breast feeding at all! You never know until baby comes what it is really going to be like. Someone else above suggested the snap n go as the stroller, we looooved ours, so easy to manage!

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  9. Maybe compromise? Pick a few pricier items that will last for a long time (like the rocker and dresser)? And, while I don't have kids, I know people that do, and I wouldn't buy a ton of cloth diapers. I know a few girls who were gung-ho and then it was just too much on top of taking care of an infant (and a lot of day care providers won't mess with them, if you have to leave the baby). Looks super fun!

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  10. Wow, we didn't buy anything new other than a carseat! Though we admittedly ”hippied” our parenting experience, the only thing I wish I had that I couldn't get second hand was more lanolin! Good luck, you well be a very stylish mommy/baby.

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  11. I look at your list and think hah i would've had the same spoiled baby if i only had one :) DONT BUY CLOTHES until u have your shower. I still have barely bought my girls clothes and they're almost 6 months old!

    -Savery

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  12. eee, shopping! my favourite ;) perhaps it will help alleviate some of pete's sticker shock (ha!) a bit if you don't worry too much about the high chair and dishes yet -- you've still got a good year before you'll be using them. that rocker is the one i really really wanted this year -- i could only justify so many duplicate purchases for baby two though, and the crib was kind of a biggie, haha. i'm excited to see your nursery, and so excited you're waiting to find out the gender too! yay.

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  13. Such nice items you've chosen! Not that my experience/opinion really matters, buuuuut, I really wish I had bought The Bloom Alma Mini crib for my first born. Because mh daughter co-slept in our bed for about 9 months.. It would have made more sense than having the full sized crib. The bloom folds up nicely, and I could have brought it to our main floor during the day. Because we knew we wanted kids closer together.. My first born would have still fit in the bloom before our second daughter was born ( we had transferred our first born to a double bed a few months before turning 2 so the new baby could have the crib) anyways... Long winded... But would have been so practical! Also, we bought a stroller when our first born was 3 months old and she HATED it!!!! I have carried her in a sling forever and she RARELY goes in a stroller.. If she does, it's our other chariot style stroller that we also use for bike rides. I know someone mentioned holding off on a breast pump.. I had such a difficult time pumping and had bought 2 that didn't work for me. I even rented a hospital grade pump that still didn't really work. Waste of money for me. We also waited until our daughter was about 6 months old to buy a highchair.. Right before that we just used the bumbo seat. We bought the aGe HiLo chair and really liked it. We also used cloth diapers (apple cheeks brand) however, sometimes you can find nice ones on etsy.. Or sometimes on mama bargains.com or baby's steals.com they have some. I also highly recommend the Aden and Anais bamboo swaddlers- so soft!

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  14. I also recommend the Britax car seat!

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  15. Laurie PMay 11, 2012

    I love your list Erin! I have to say it looks quite similar to mine ; ) Just one tip, you can use the Bugaboo bassinet attachment to replace the other bassinet on your list, and I heard you can buy a cheap compatible stand like the Jolly Jumper. Even without the stand, it would still be a good alternative and save you some $$

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