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Old 04-10-2013, 08:31 AM   #21
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Congrats, ATC guy. In addition to Goodwill, Craigslist is a great source for used baby items at a fraction of their new price. Especially furniture and clothes. Tag sales also, but you need to be there first thing to get a good selection.
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Congratulations! I hope your baby will be healthy and happy.
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Congratulations. For our first baby I bought everything needed then got duplicates of everything in gifts and showers. So my advice would be to hold off buying things (or at least keep the receipts) until you see what other people might pass along to you second hand or give as presents, especially if there are future grandparents around.
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Congrats as well. It is a truly exciting and very special experience.
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Congratulations. For our first baby I bought everything needed then got duplicates of everything in gifts and showers. So my advice would be to hold off buying things (or at least keep the receipts) until you see what other people might pass along to you second hand or give as presents, especially if there are future grandparents around.
You could also make a list of what you need and invite your friends to choose gifts from it. Need not be a formal registry at an upmarket store!
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As very often, smart advice from Meadbh.
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You could also make a list of what you need and invite your friends to choose gifts from it. Need not be a formal registry at an upmarket store!
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You could also make a list of what you need and invite your friends to choose gifts from it.
Personally I would not feel comfortable sending, or receiving, an unsolicited list of 'gifts'.
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Personally I would not feel comfortable sending, or receiving, an unsolicited list of 'gifts'.
If not comfortable, then do baby gift register.

My advice is to avoid baby merchandise consultants. Boy, we learned a lesson of being duped to buy a Baby Tenda crib and table/chair. When you're pregnant with the 1st child, you're all confused and scared and listen to all the advice how to protect that little bundle. I wonder where these so called 'baby consultants' got our address from with names to invite for this great crib consultation. Do ob/gyn offices sell addresses of prospective parents?

Anyway, the presenter showed us, maybe 20-30 pregnant parents, how used cribs are unstable, they can break down at the touch of your finger, how baby's head can get stuck between the sticks if the gap is wider than the thickness of a beer can, etc. etc. If you decide to participate in any such direct selling, google first, which we didn't. Anyway, that was great lesson for our future. OTOH, I cannot complain that much, we used the crib for 7 years (2 kids). Not sure if I should keep it for my future grandchildren in 20-30 years or just try to sell it now.

Anyway, don't jump into stocking up on clothes or diapers, you might get lots of gifts and buy at Goodwill, Ross, WM or other cheap stores. Kids don't care what they wear or play with unless you choose to buy the latest toys, brand clothes, etc. They do want your love and protection and watch your behaviour that is immitated later on...can come back to bite you later so watch out.
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At our Goodwill, onesies are 50 cents each. No need to buy fancy ones since they just spit up on them and have to be changed and washed so much anyway. Just one way to save a little money.
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After three kids, I wholly support Goodwill & ARC.
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After three kids, I wholly support Goodwill & ARC.
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Congrats!!! some $ saving tips... Breastfeeding and cloth diapering. Our 2 girls have cost us very little. You really dont need so much "baby stuff," aka "b.s." We really arent into stuff (DH moreso than I). No swing, no pack n play, no gates, no baby proofing junk ( easily sub watching or holding baby for all this stuff) no big crib that converts to a toddler and full bed. Got a portable sized crib and moved kid to a twin @ 2. both girls potty trained @ 18 months using cloth. GL!
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Found out about 3 hours ago! We've been trying but this is our first and my mind is having a tough time wrapping itself around this whole situation but I am elated! I come here today for advice, mostly financial, but I'm open for any and all! I am active duty AF so medical care for my wife will be virtually free through, during, and after the pregnancy as well as for the child. I have $400k life insurance and about $5,000 in savings. We are both 25.

Any and all advice welcome. How much do I need to save before the baby gets here? I'm sure we will have a baby shower with family at some point. We live below our means now and save regularly. I get a $500/mo pay raise next month for time in service.

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I think kids cost about 400-500k until they are independant... if you want to give them many opportunities in life. Kids are expensive, but worthwhile.
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