Just trying to gauge, as I am expecting our first, and y'all have been so helpful...
Am I way off, or are babies (especially "crunchy" babies-- ) not too terribly expensive in the first year or two?
I mean, even though we aren't doing a nursery, cutting costs here and there, I'd say we could use ~$2000 worth of stuff to get us started (very comfortably started). I'm talking about a convertible carseat, some wraps/carriers, a crib (we plan to sidecar), a stash of CDs, some clothes, maybe a couple of nursing tops, a Sophie...
So, not JUST the essentials, but not going crazy, either. Because they're older, comfortable and this is the first grandbaby, I know my parents will be giving us a chunk of what we need/want, and then we have the ILs, great-grandmothers and plenty enough family and friends (though certainly not all well-off) to probably cover most of that "initial investment" of $2000. Even if we get a bunch of gifts we have to donate, I'm guessing we'll only be out-of-pocket $1000 or so before baby is born, which I think we can handle.
So, then... what monthly expenses are we looking at, in the first year or so? Keeping in mind...
-I'm taking additional health insurance $$ out of the equation.
-I plan on EBF, don't expect to pump much (we plan on being dual W/SAHP).
-We shouldn't need daycare or even babysitting more than rarely.
-We plan on EC'ing and CD'ing (with the initial stash+).
-We plan on BLW with whole foods.
So... what else will there be, during the first year, after our "initial investment?"
I'm thinking (assuming baby has no particular SN)...
-Occasional doctors' copays, medicine, etc.
-Breast pads, Lanisoh, that sort of thing. Maybe an extra pack of BM freezer bags or something, though, again, I don't see myself pumping much.
-A couple of really good nursing bras once I know my new size (I am already "hard-to-fit," so even at a discount, they will be $30+ each). A few new articles of clothing (and shoes!) for me.
-Possibly additional wipes, baby creams/lotions/etc. (not much).
-Some more baby clothes, esp. past 6 months (hoping to thrift a lot), maybe a few more CDs.
-Obviously we might buy a new toy or book or two (or three) during the year.
-Occasionally have to replace a missing Sophie, etc., or find that we'd rather have a My Brest Friend than a Boppy-- that sort of thing.
-Possibly a SLIGHTLY increased grocery bill for my additional caloric needs and/or a TINY bit of additional food after BLW begins.
Since we're pretty much skipping sposies, jarred baby food, formula and daycare, I figure we'll be getting off relatively easy?
What am I missing?