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Old 05-06-07, 08:43 PM
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Babies are expensive --- daycare is huge!
Infants are generally more expensive than toddlers, so for a premium child care center, think $250 a week (250 X 50 weeks a year = $12,500 yr.)

Daycare = 12,500
Diapers = arm and leg
Holding sleeping baby = priceless!
 
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Old 05-06-07, 11:25 PM
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I love that, Sarah.
 


Yes, it's a lot of money, but it's nothing when you think of the lifetime of joy you're getting in exchange.
 
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Old 05-07-07, 01:34 AM
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It totally depends on how you parent! I don't use a lot of the "baby" stuff. We co-slept with our babies and put a $15 changing pad on the bathroom counter top for a changing table. Put our girl's clothes in our dresser and part of our small walk in closet. The thing that we splurged on was car seats as I think they are extremely important and my child's safety is a huge concern for me! Our other big purchase was our double stroller and single stroller when we had our first. My girls are 5 and nearly 4 and we still use our double stroller! My mom bought us a travel swing for our second and MIL bought a big stand up one for our first. The big one is super nice and I loved it for my first. The travel swing was so wonderful for my second! She spent meals in there while we ate and was so happy there. It folded up quick for trips to grandma's! I even took it to my cousins outdoor wedding as a safe place for her to nap in. I exclusively bfed, so we don't own a bottle. I also sew and made all their diapers and covers. Really kept the expense down there! I stay at home, so there isn't the daycare issue!

Our kids have been more expensive as they've gotten to be preschoolers then they ever were as babies! We homeschool, so there is the cost of making materials and such for them. Now they want outside play equipment like scooters and bunkbeds to sleep in (our big purchases this yr)!

Our biggest expense was actually paying for their births! See if someone in your family would like to throw you a baby shower! That's so helpful for getting big items as well as baby clothes! They can really add up costs, but are outgrown so quickly!

I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy and remember that you don't "need" most of the wonderful inventions out there for your baby! Look at your lifestyle and how you want to parent and go from there!

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Old 05-08-07, 02:06 PM
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Wow, you read my mind by asking this question. Dh and I have been arguing nonstop about money this week. We have decided to sit down with all of our bills this weekend so we can see how long we can stretch our savings so I can stay home as long as possible. I have even been looking for a part time job for the summer (I teach) so I can make some extra money before the baby arrives! I know for us, since we have a mortgage that could probably feed a lot of families each month, as we live on Long Island in New York (just outside the city, where the prices are soooo high!) so we are not confident that we can even pay our mortgage when I am home!
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