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Hello I am having baby over next weekend for 48 hours. I am doing a bit of shopping today and making a budget.

 

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This is more about ongoing costs but I will also include upfront costs as I need to get some bottles, car seat etc.

 

I would like to hear about other expenses I have not thought of so I can make my baby budget more accurate. I think this will be useful for people budgeting.

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Lou-bags

I don’t see wipes on your list. And that nappy size will be waaaay too big for your baby (I assume you know this and have just put it on as a price thing?).

 

If you’re going to start having your baby regularly I’d also purchase your own flannels/cloth nappy squares/similar for washing baby and for spit ups and vomits. And a few changes of baby clothes.

 

Dummy? If baby uses one (I had one kid who didn’t and one who loves his). They need to be replaced reasonably regularly as they get damaged and can get a bit gross.

 

I also probably wouldn’t bother with lotion or baby oil. And find out from baby’s mother which brands she uses. Best to stick to a product you know your baby doesn’t react to. (Both my boys reacted to Johnson’s wipes for example).

 

Same for shampoo. My kids are 3 and 6 years old and I never shampoo their hair.

 

And zinc based nappy cream would be good to have on hand in case of nappy rash.

 

I’d also consider a small bottle of paracetamol for babies (and or nurofen if bubs is over 3mo). Good to have on hand rather than scrambling to find an open chemist in the night with a baby in pain.

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Lou-bags

Is your baby 5 months old now? Then pretty soon food will be an ongoing cost too. Solids are started around 6 months.

 

So you’ll likely need some baby spoons, and bibs.

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BusbyWilkes

That's great that you are having your son to give his mum a well deserved break.

 

As others have mentioned in your previous threads, your focus is way too much on the financial side of things. However, now that he will actually be in your care, there are things you will need. Think about what he already uses at his mums and duplicate that.

 

So whatever formula she uses, buy the same.

Whatever bottles she uses, buy the same. Babies are sensitive to small changes, so keep things the same where you can.

 

You don't need any of the shampoo and bath products. If you really want to, keep the soap one. Will you be washing him in the shower with you (won't have enough hands to soap him up too) or in a baby bath/laundry sink? Water is fine to wash with, including his hair.

 

The nappies you have on your list I think would be too big for a baby his age. Also need baby wipes.

 

Where will he sleep? If he will be co-sleeping with you, you definitely need to read up about how to do it safely.

 

Using each parent would have their own supply of clothes, blankets, toys etc. Check with his mum if she is happy to send some with him this time, but if you continue to have some care of him, buy your own.

 

Car seat is essential. He should be rear facing at this age. Make sure you get an appropriate seat and have it correctly fitted. Second hand is not recommended for car seats, as you don't know if they have previously been in an accident (which makes them less safe).

 

Good luck.

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SplashingRainbows

Have you asked baby’s mum?

 

Do you have anyone helping you coffee guy? Most parents would be a bit more concerned about what they need to do for caring for the baby for 48 hours rather than what their budget is.

 

Baby needs somewhere safe to sleep. Find out when the baby’s nap times are and how the baby is settled to sleep. You will need linen for the cot.

 

Baby needs milk, seems to be formula in this case. Find out how much and when bottle times are. You will need bottles, and a way of washing the bottles as well as safe water supply.

 

Baby will need napkins and wipes.

 

Baby will need clothes suitable for the weather - one layer warmer than you are wearing is the advice I believe. You will need a few changes and may need a bib or two.

 

Nappies of the right size. You will need to change baby approx 6-8 times in 24 hours. Possibly more if baby is dirty or wet.

 

Baby will need a couple of toys to play with but not many.

 

You will need a safe car seat to transport baby.

 

That should get you through 48 hours I would expect.

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Kallie88

I don't see bottles, or a bottle brush to clean them, wipes, does he have a dummy, where is baby sleeping? He'll need sheets, a blanket etc. Do you have towels for him? I agree you can prob skip the bath oils and such, unless he needs treatment for something like eczema, water is generally enough. Maybe have some wash on hand for when he starts solids and things get messier. Get the same one mum is using, make sure formula is the same as he has with mum too. For solids soon you'll need spoons, bibs (or prepare to wash lots of clothes) and plastic bowl. If you don't want a high chair, there are boosters with trays that are often cheap on marketplace and can sit on the floor or attach to chairs. If you want to save money second hand is good for a lot of things: linen, booster chairs, bibs etc.

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Expelliarmus

Pram/stroller, cot, feeding chair/high chair, change table/mat are all items you will likely need even for just 48 hours.

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Apageintime

I wouldn't get any of that baby lotion or wash stuff. I only ever washed my son in water at that age. Johnsons gave a lot of my friends kids rashes, so unless you're buying it because that's what mum uses at home. I would not be purchasing this stuff.

 

Has baby had formula before? Does bub definitely take a bottle? You'll need these to be exactly the same at home. Or be getting mum to express breast milk.

 

Is this babies first time away from mum? How will you cope of baby does not settle for you? How will you keep baby in a familiar routine to at home? What if mum wants him back early, what is the agreement there?

 

Do you have a car seat? How will you get around with bub - do you have a baby carrier or pram bub is comfortable in?

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Apageintime

Also nappies, you'll need to check with mum what bub uses. A lot of disposable nappy brands can give babies rashes. You don't want one that baby reacts to.

 

 

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Jenflea

A bouncy chair is great for younger babies.

You can feed them in them too, but NOT on the table or bench if there's a chance they'll fall out or bounce over the edge! Same goes with those Bumbo seats.

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Bethlehem Babe

A good quality baby carrier can be useful too. Some babies don’t like the pram, sometimes prams are too awkward for some places. Sometimes baby just doesn’t want to be put down, so if you want or need to get something done that can be important.

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Caribou

ok, baby for 48 hours?

 

Ask mum if you can borrow her pram. You don't need one -now- alternatively, I'd consider getting a baby carrier or again, ask mum to lend hers. until you can get more set up later.

 

as for change table, you can buy portable change mats and just change him on the floor. seriously, don't do a table unless it's more long term, plus they never use those tablets for long. I also use the change mat out and about, so it fit into a normal backpack just fine.

 

You need a cot, sheets, warm blanket or swaddle whatever he is using, nappies, wipes and clothes and formula and bottles.

 

Everything else can be sorted later. Car seat is only needed IF you plan on picking him up or dropping him off, otherwise use public transport until you can get more sorted later down the track.

 

Don't worry too much about what you do and don't need, a lot of things can be picked up 'on the go' so as you learn, and more than often they can be collected from a supermarket. If you're in walking distance you'll be fine.

 

Good luck.

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Amica

I just want to add that it might be best to ask what bottles baby is already using. I know there is only one type of bottle and one type of teat that my niece will drink from.

 

Just putting it out there so you don't waste money buying something unsuitable.

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Crazyone26989

Hello I am having baby over next weekend for 48 hours. I am doing a bit of shopping today and making a budget.

 

post-316121-0-56195800-1570928906_thumb.png

 

This is more about ongoing costs but I will also include upfront costs as I need to get some bottles, car seat etc.

 

I would like to hear about other expenses I have not thought of so I can make my baby budget more accurate. I think this will be useful for people budgeting.

 

I must be reading the spreadsheet wrong! I’m reading it as you earn $9400 a year and it will cost you $8000 a year to care for your son - without a whole bunch of other expenses that you’ll actually have. Is that right? If it is you’d get a lot more FTB and probably parenting payment too (all up about $500 or more a week) so it would be a lot easier than what you’ve got on your spreadsheet.

 

As for what you need to budget for

- clothes (2-3 changes a day sometimes)

- a few toys

- potentially dummies

- bottles and new teats as he gets bigger

- wipes

- blankets/sheets/sleeping bag

- nappy cream

- Panadol

- bibs (for feeding and if you have a drooly baby)

 

Plus plenty of other things that aren’t essential but are handy to have

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Demera

Surely baby is coming to visit with his own bottles, formula, blankets/swaddles, toys, dummy, and at least a few nappies/wipes?

 

Take note of what they are, and purchase the same to keep on hand for the next visit. Keeping in mind of course that nappy size will change. I'd get his mum to supply nappies but you send him back to her with a new packet of nappies to cover what you borrowed. The next visit he may be in a different size and you could have unused nappies left over if you buy them and keep them.

 

Formula expires a few weeks after opening. You'll only use part of the tin over a weekend. It would be better if his mum sent enough formula to cover the weekend. Give her a few dollars for it if need be.

 

Apart from that, if you're being frugal, lots of what you need for the baby can be found second hand through friends, or from opshops. Especially baby clothes and furniture. You need enough clothes to cope with up to four changes per day - due to spitups and nappy leakages. Sometimes an outfit lasts two days, sometimes it lasts two minutes.

 

One of the handieset things you should get is a pack of terry towelling nappies, just the cheapies from kmart. They make great change mats, spit cloths, bath towell etc.

 

Change him on the floor. He will need a safe place to sleep and perhaps a playpen or baby-gates to keep him safe from heaters/kitchen/tv/electrical etc.

 

The only thing I wash my baby with is a bar of goatmilk baby soap. It lasts 6+months if kept dry between baths.

 

Sudocream is essential. Panadol also essential. Thermometer is good but you can tell a fever without it. Sunscreen/hat if you plan on going outside.

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onetrick

I agree with the others to think about the 48 hour thing first, and then see how you go.

Nappies- they go through sizes quickly at that age, so ask the mum about brand and size and just give her the rest of the packet (surely? If you havent been paying child support, I would absolutely not ask her to supply everything...). You will need wipes, too. These arent optional when baby has pooed. They do last a while though and are handy for other things, so I would just keep the packet for next time.

We use qv bath wash only as everything else irritates DS' skin. I wouldnt buy anything for the 48hours as babies can bathe in just water and check with your ex about allergies before committing to Johnson brand (lots of people have issues with their products).

As others have said, formula and bottle brand are very baby specific (cant change easily from one to another), so again, check with your ex. You will find yourself handing the formula over at the end of the visit too in all likelihood.

 

As for other things? Check Ebay/ fb marketplace for prams/ cots etc (our cot was $10, dresser was free...). You will need linen- bedding for the cot, spare blankets (to play on the floor as well as for the cot/ pram), towels.

Clothes are a given, but they can be cheap if you look around and shop the sales/ op shops etc.

You will need things to entertain your son as well- you library could be a cheaper option for you?? Or ask around if you have friends/ family with older kids for hand me downs? They dont need to be surrounded by toys, obviously, but a few wouldnt hurt (even if they prefer to play with non toys when they get older and more mobile!!).

 

Carseat isnt optional but doesnt have to be expensive. If you still.dont have a car, my advice would be to get something with a roomy back seat so you dont limit your choice of carseat (and the ones that are smaller tend to be more expensive! We are dealing with this atm...).

 

And medical expenses need to be in your budget somewhere- this is the biggest unexpected expense for us. Dymadon for aches and pains, doctors/ specialist visits, antibiotics potentially... just... they get sick. A lot.

 

Someone above mentioned food- babies eat a surprising amount when they get used to solids, and if they are like my DS, it isn't always good that you would be purchasing for yourself!! Would be under this, but maybe budget $10-20 per week?

 

I'm sure there are other things, but you just kind of make it work, so put a misc line into your budget as well for everything else that you havent thought of? Even if its money to put aside each week for his bday/ Christmas presents if it's not needed :)

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TrixieBelden

I’m a bit worried that you seem so budget focussed - have you looked after your son alone before? The spreadsheet thing is fine but what have you arranged for help and support?

 

48 hours is a long time to look after a baby alone if you haven’t done it before.

 

Did you end up finding a safe home environment for him?

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Sweet.Pea

With the nappies, you could use a supermarket brand such as cub or Aldi (providing the baby hasn't previously had reactions to them).

 

You will also need wipes as someone else has mentioned. I wouldn't bother with a change table or mat - you can just use a towel on your bed.

 

You will need a cot, mattress protectors and a couple of sheets.

 

Definitely use a sterilizer to sterilize the bottles. You will need to wash them with a bottle brush and hot soapy water after each use. And sterilize after each use. A microwave one is easier then boiling on the stove. And a lot safer. You will find if the baby is younger then you will be washing 6 bottles a day, so also buy rubber gloves to save your hands.

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CoffeeGuy

The products on my list were recommended by the mother. He did get a bit of dry skin in winter.

 

Nappy size. I double checked and mother says this is a good size for him.

 

Bottles, mother recommended a couple 260ml Avent bottles ($20 for a couple) and microwave sanitizer ($60). I think I'll grab six Tommee Tippee Narrow Neck Bottles 250ml for the $20 instead, bottle brush, soap and boil.

 

I'll clarify routine with the mother.

 

Yes childcare is costly but required if I have him during the week.

 

I'll ask that he has some changes of clothing and his blanket for this stay over. Will get some for later.

 

48 hours is a long time to look after a baby alone if you haven’t done it before.

 

Did you end up finding a safe home environment for him?

 

I originally suggested 24 hour but mother asked "why not till Sunday". I hope it will be ok. No support. I'll have to baby safe my room before he is crawling.

 

I'll pick up some wipes.

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onetrick

Different bottle brands have different teats and some babies only like a particular brand. My DS only used avent ans anything else we tried (including the tommee tippee ones) were rejected. Such a waste of money :-/

It depends how frequently DS is feeding and how often you sterilise as to how many bottles you need? We mostly breastfed and survived with 2 bottles but still had a few 'on no, the bottles are both in the dishwasher!'moments (can use dishwasher and avoid steralising for breastmilk, please dont take this as advice for you).

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SplashingRainbows

No. You don’t get to change the baby’s bottles. Don’t change the baby’s bottle.

 

Get what you were told that the baby uses.

 

Seriously. You’re not listening. The baby is what’s important here. Have you ever held one before?

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CoffeeGuy

Ok I'll get the Avent bottles.

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Sweet.Pea

You should be able to get a sterilised for around $40.

 

Do you live in a studio? The whole house will need to be baby proofed, not just a room.

 

You will also need to clean the kettle if it hasn't been done in a while. No point in having clean bottles of the water that's going in them isn't clean.

 

With the bottles, you can just buy 2 and clean them after each use. You just have to be more on top of it, which might be hard if he is a handful.

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Mooples

Yes you definitely can’t just change which bottles he has at your place because you don’t want to spend the extra $5 or $10 on the ones he uses at home. I’m glad you are getting the avent ones he likes.

 

I’d be adding a misc line in the budget. Things like sunscreen, medicines, toothbrushes, water bottles etc that only need to be bought sporadically but all add up. So a generic amount to cover all that would be good.

 

Also considering factoring in swimming lessons/ mini sports classes / mini music classes etc if you’d like to do something like this with him, a token amount each month for a nice outing to the zoo, children’s farm etc, money for his birthday / Christmas or other treats you’d like to get him through out the year (I know I’m a shocker for spending on books)

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