Just a few more days until that huge consignment sale! My BFF (who has an 18 m.o.) and I can't wait!
In the meantime, someone needs to keep me off Zulily!
I have done pretty well limiting myself to actual good deals on stuff that I wanted anyway... and I won't buy anything that's just a couple dollars more at Amazon/etc., as I hope to get some things off my registry, this being my first and all.
It "helps," too, that most of the baby clothes on Zulily are gendered, because I won't buy 99% of those (but darn, are they cute!) I don't buy much in the way of clothing at all, unless it's REALLY cool/cute/unique and usually, it must be reasonably cheap (~$12 or less per item-- preferably MUCH less)-- and there's not much that meets both those criteria.
I also check reviews on Amazon and elsewhere before buying each item.
But here's what I've ordered so far-- (3 separate orders in 3 weeks!):
-2 pocket slings from a well-reviewed sling-maker... I still haven't tried many carriers out in person, but these are so pretty and so cheap ($15-18 each) that I thought I'd give them a whirl and if they don't work for me/DH, I can always resell/swap them.
-A plastic potty that looks good for ECing an infant (since they stopped making the BBLP-- hope to find one of those at the consignment sale!) ($10)
-An irresistible geeky onesie that was pricey for me ($13):
-2 AIO, 2 diaper covers and 1 pocket diaper from Bumkins-- $8 for the diaper covers, $10-11 for the AIOs and pockets-- all One-Size. Thought those were pretty good prices for new and probably-something-that-will-work-for-us-- especially because I loved the patterns. Got owls, fire trucks and cars, which I guess might seem a little boyish, but I couldn't give a rat's butt... Especially since my awesome cousin is a firefighter and he might be one of the baby's godparents (and he has a female firefighter on his squad!) Here's the owl, which I got in AIO and a diaper cover:
-A wet bag for CDing that's pretty and well-reviewed ($11)
-A cornstarch-based teething ring (not cheap, but better than most at $7)
-My Brest Friend Pillow with awesome cover ($22) plus an extra cover ($10). I know I haven't really tried it vs. the Boppy yet-- I'm a little out of control, LOL... But those were very good prices IMO and my BFF swears by the MBF. Now, she has 5-6 inches on me and slightly/somewhat smaller breasts, which I heard may be the reason a MBF might work better for her (and a Boppy might work better for me), but I can see getting both and using each in different circumstances. We'll see.
-4 piece set of matching maternity/nursing loungewear (two nursing/maternity tops, pants and long shorts). It was pretty well-reviewed and looks like something that might be good for me to wear when people come over to visit after the birth. You know-- acceptably "clothing-like" but still open for nursing, etc., and PJ-comfy. I'm sure when people aren't over, I'll be more or less topless and letting it all hang out, but it's nice to have this option. May be the only items like this that I will buy, period. ($50 for 4 pieces-- okay price IMO for good quality... but maybe I should have waited for the consignment sale.)
-2 Halo fuzzy fleece/velour sleepsacks that look very comfy... These seem well-reviewed and were $12 each-- a decent deal IMO. Again, maybe should have waited for the consignment sale!
-3-pack of Sock Ons... Seem KINDA silly to me, but well-reviewed, I hear socks are so terribly hard to keep on and I only bought the 3... I already have a ton of well-reviewed Old Navy socks I got for like 85 cents each, so I am letting myself off the hook on this slightly silly purchase ($12 for 3, not cheap, but the going rate seems more like $6-8 a pair).
If anyone wants a Zulily invite, just PM me your email address! I have coupon codes, too.
Outside of the Zulily stuff, the only things I've bought so far are maybe a dozen onesies/baby clothing items (per above-- $1-3 each), a dozen baby socks (<$1 each), a couple of baby hats ($2 each), a few maternity clothing items ($5-15 each) and the PPB bag.
I've now spent maybe... $450 total, including the $65 for the diaper bag, all the maternity clothes, etc. I'm really not planning on spending more than $500-750 more out of my own pocket, if I can help it, for baby's first year (including EVERYTHING)... and I do plan on buying my own crib to sidecar (because it's Ikea, I don't plan to register for it). I'm HOPING I can get the rest of what I need from gifts/registry, but whatever will be, will be. It will help that we aren't planning on buying a stroller, not setting up nor decorating any sort of nursery, using formula, jarred baby food, etc., etc.
Not too bad, right?