The last few weeks have been filled with a lot of office work and baby prep of course. I have been on a lookout for clearance, Amazon deals and I make sure that everyone knows that I am happily and gratefully accepting hand me downs 🙂 Since I know babies grow out of everything in a New York minute I am not overbuying / over hoarding clothing. Just a few pieces of a specific item in a specific size should hopefully do.
I am also counting days till my annual trip to see my family in Poland. When I travel I will be at week 26/27 so most likely it will be my last international trip for the year. Anyway, my wonderful sister (and mama to four little ones) is putting aside several newborn winter outfits / outerwear so I can take them back with me. Funnily enough, most if not all of those pieces are what I purchased for her babies over the last 7 years! Four of her munchkins wore the newborn sets she is giving to me now. I am thrilled since not only will I not need to buy newborn outerwear but it also has so much meaning to me. We are taking our sisterhood to a whole new level – we both are mamas now, we can relate to the same things.
While in Poland I am going to pick up some of the items that are way too expensive here without compromising any quality. Actually, I love the quality of European baby clothing, blankets, sheets. The cosmetics (not just for babies) are much healthier as well. So I am stocking up. I already did some shopping on a Polish equivalent of Amazon and will be bringing home some really nice goodies! One of the items I am most happy to get brand new and at least three times cheaper is this amazing Ergo Carrier:
They start at around $115 new here in the US, while the same Ergo carrier purchased in Poland is 129 zloty ($36). If you scroll down you will see all the beautiful fabrics they offer. I could buy it half the price used but I decided to splurge and get a new one since I am planning on using it until my little babe outgrows it (I am assuming 2.5 years old). After that I will easily re-sell it on eBay for the $36 that I am paying for it now. Ha! See? I have a plan.
I am also stocking up on diapers, since I know that if I get them ahead of time and don’t rush I can get them at a really good price. If I wait too long until I really need them, I will probably not be able to ‘hunt’ for the best deals and will spend more than I want to. I have been reading some mommy blogs trying to find out how many diapers a little one uses in a year and let me tell you I am in shock. I found this article by Moola Saving mom very helpful to give e some ballpark estimates.
So far I am at:
- Newborn: 2 packs
- Size One: 17 jumbo packs
- Size Two: 13 jumbo packs
- I am holding off with any other sizes at this point considering I don’t have much storing space and T. is already thinking I am going slightly overboard
I am averaging 7-9 cents per diaper (shopping at CVS with coupons, Thursday discount emails, extra bucks, etc). I am mostly buying CVS brand (which has great reviews) but I am also buying some Huggies if I can get them as low as the CVS brand. Sadly I am not looking into cloth diapering as we don’t have a washer / dryer in our apartment and also because I will be going back to work after 6-8 weeks and just can’t imagine to put another project on myself.
I also already pre-ordered a breast pump through my insurance. They cover the entire cost so I chose one of the fancy, expensive models. I am hopeful that I will be able to breastfeed and pump while at work too. The breast pump will come very handy and nothing beats the free kind.
While I still have 3.5 months to go I am getting a bit nervous as I feel very unprepared. I started creating multiple ‘to do’ lists to ease my nerves a bit. I am also very much looking forward to sitting down with my sis in two weeks’ time and going over all that she’ll think I’ll need. I am very grateful to have her, even if an ocean away!