Baby prep and upcoming trip to Poland

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!

 

14 comments

  1. Michele White says:

    So happy for you and glad for your upcoming visit with your family. One reason perhaps to limit your diaper stockpile is the possibility that Baby may be sensitive or allergic to certain brands as was the case with my little grands. I’m looking forward to your future updates!

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Thank you, Michele 🙂
      This trip is my annual trip and probably the shortest I ever made. I will be staying for only 6 days 🙁 I am not able to get more time off at this time since I am trying to keep a few vacation days for December in case my little babe come early. But I am going to make every day count while with my family!

      I truly hope the baby is not allergic etc, I had not even thought of it to be honest, I guess it is a real possibility but I am keeping fingers crossed this will not be the case. xx

  2. Renee says:

    Renee here from Kew Garden Hills–love your plan to purchase the Ergo in Poland. I would be very careful with buying diapers and formula ahead of time. You just don’t know if he will tolerate that particular brand of diaper. Also, the NYC hospital give you tons of Pampers Swaddlers to take home. If you are formula feeding, they will also start him on either Similac or Enfamil. Just hold off on stock piling diapers and formula for now. Also, same thing with baby bottles and nipples–you just don’t know which nipple he will tolerate. Trust me, I tell you from experience $$$. Stockpile on all the free hospital items they’ll give you. Can’t wait to here about your adventures in Poland. Love your blog!!

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Renee 🙂
      Oh shoot, I think I am going to stop with the diapers. Considering you are like the 17th person advising the same thing. I shall learn from those you did this before me.. Now that I have 30 packs I hope the baby will be cooperating and go with the CVS brand. Yikes. We shall see.
      I have not been buying formula, I just got some free sample cans which were mailed to me for free. I am hopeful to breastfeed and pump at work. Although the pumping part (while at the office) is really stressing me out already. But I will do my best and just see how I go. I don’t want to overwhelm myself too much too early.
      I had no idea the NYC Hospitals give away samples / goodies. You know I will take whatever they offer to me 🙂 I am scheduled to give birth at NYC Langone on 1st Avenue, hope that’s the case at that location as well.

      I appreciate your online friendship. Hope you are having a great weekend! (I am at Rockaway Beach today, beautiful day).

      • Renee says:

        Hola again! I gave birth at NYC Presbyterian on Broadway. Do a quick Yelp or Google search on the free baby items that your hospital gives away. Also, I would send my husband home with all the diapers, formula bottles and nipples that were stored under our babies isolate (baby bed/storage they fill up everyday). I never left any leftovers for the nurses to bring back to the nursery in the evening. 😉

  3. Holley says:

    If you have an Aldi near you, I would suggest checking out the prices on their diapers. After a year using Pampers for my grand daughter we tried the Aldi diapers and we think they are exactly the same EXCEPT for the price!!! They are exceptional and way cheaper than even buying other brands with coupons! My daughter has loved everything that we have ever bought for my grand daughter from Aldi.

    • Renee says:

      I love Aldi’s diapers! I believe they are called Little Journey/ies diapers. We get a jumbo BOX for $10.49 at the Aldi’s at Rego Park. We go downstairs to Costco and buy the box of unscented Kirkland brand baby wipes for $20 a box. It lasts us forever!!! -Renee

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Holley, I just did a quick google search and it seems like Aldi has a full line of baby items, all with great reviews. Diapers at $4.99 sound pretty amazing to me 🙂
      Thanks so much for the advice, I do have Aldi just a quick drive away!

  4. Bethany says:

    Do you know if your work/family will be throwing you a baby shower? We had a nice stockpile given to us without having bought any. Lots of size 1 and 2, one big box of size 3 and one package of newborn diapers. Our little one is just a week old and we’ve burned through the newborn diapers (including the hospital ones) already. I can’t believe how many we use in a day. I change her before/during every feeding and by the end of the night there is a pile of diapers waiting to be thrown in the trash. It’s my understanding that older babies use fewer diapers, but we’ll see about that!

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      That’s what I heard!
      Based on what my sister says, she would use 1 jumbo pack (50 diapers) within 2-3 days for the first 3 weeks or so. That’s pretty crazy. I guess, one does not know, until they do.
      I don’t think I will have a baby shower with traditional gifts. I know that my co-workers will have a ‘baby shower lunch’ for me sometime in November (which is my birthday month as well so we will just ‘kill two birds’). The female co-workers who had babies before me simply got a gift card from our boss / HR. Usually that would be an Amazon gift card or a pre-paid visa or Amex. I will happily accept any gift card and that’s probably easier too. I shall see. I am going to be very grateful for whatever I get, if anything. 🙂

  5. Lea says:

    Sounds like you’ve done terrific planning ahead! Older babies and toddlers do use fewer diapers (they have larger bladders for one) so it’s wise to hold off on purchasing.

    I hope you have a wonderful time with your family! My two cousins who live in Europe (one in Sweden, one in Estonia) always brought baby clothes and items back for their siblings in the US and we all passed them around. Very pleased with the quality!

    If your baby ends up allergic to the diapers, I’m sure a food shelf or homeless shelter would be delighted to receive them as a donation.

    Enjoy your planning – both for the baby and the trip home!
    Lea

  6. Becky says:

    I’m so glad to hear all your “baby” news. It is so exciting. It’s great that you even know about European baby things–and even better that you can get some.

    I’ve got no advice on the diapers, since I never had a baby. All 8 of ours were bigger than babies when they came to live with us. Only 1 was less than 2 years old, and she was in diapers until just after her 3rd birthday. She used 1 huge Costco box of Huggies a month. So, I just went there monthly and bought one, and that was that. One day, when she was a little older than 3, she started in on my husband, asking over and over for big girl panties. He finally went and got some towards late afternoon, and she put them on and that was that. So, I really can’t give advice on any of that. She potty trained herself!! I was just thankful it was so easy for me:)

    I’m glad you are going to Poland. I really enjoyed hearing about your trip last year, and am glad you can see your family before the baby is born, and then hopefully before long, you can take the baby over to visit, too.

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