The last few weeks have definitely been busy purchasing baby items and receiving box after box from the post office. It is difficult to believe here in just a few days our baby will be considered “full term” and we will be waiting for his soon arrival! For the most part we are fairly set-up and ready for our baby boy and we can’t wait!
If you are wondering where we stand on our $1000 Baby Budget, please click on the link for the most up to date budget. You can also check out our Minimalist Baby Wish List to see if we were able to get most of the items we “needed” for baby.
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$1000 Baby Budget Update
Baby Products Won
Pampers Sensitive Wipes – I won a 56 count wipes pack with an extremely easy Twitter entry through the Pampers UK Twitter page. Every Wednesday, they have a #WipesWednesday promotion and all you do is retweet the message. At the end of the day, they randomly select ~10 winners. (approx. value: $1.50)
$150 Amazon Gift Card
As you may have remembered several months ago I won a $150 Amazon gift card! When we did our Amazon Registry Completion purchase, I finally used it! I’m quite thrilled with what I purchased with it! Saved us a bundle!
Evenflo Symphony LX Car Seat (US Car Seat!) – Lots and lots of research went into purchasing this car seat. Our little guy will have about 35 HOURS of flight time in his first 8 months of life! Yuck! Anyway, I wanted an FAA certified car seat so the airlines are technically required to allow us to use it. There are not many car seats that are FAA certified and even fewer under $300! So I narrowed it down to two choices and then sent my sister (who was a nanny to many different kids for lots of years) to actually see them in person.
After discussing it with her, we decided the Evenflo Symphony LX Car Seat was the best option for us! Unfortunately, I could not find a company who would ship it to me in the UK. 🙁 So, there it sits in my sister’s house until we make it back to Washington this summer (Having my sister ship it would cost MORE than the actual car seat!). 🙁
Munchkin Backseat Organizer – I primarily want this backseat organizer for our long flight back to the U.S. I am hoping it will keep things organized and easily accessible during the flight. It will also be great for the day to day car trips too.
Our baby boy’s aunt, uncle and cousins spoiled him with gifts! Their generous gifts will definitely be used over and over again! A family with three kiddos, I have an idea they may know what baby items we will need 🙂 They generously gifted us:
Messenger Diaper Bag – It’s perfect! Not bulky, fits right around my hip with the adjustable strap, has several compartments to organize all of baby’s necessities, plus well-made with a heavy duty fabric. Oh, did I mention super affordable if you are in the market for a diaper bag! We love it and can’t wait to use it!
Summer Infant 2-pack Swaddles – I sure hope our little guy likes to be swaddled AND is a good sleeper! Is that too much to ask? LOL. Our swaddles are slightly different fabric (a darker blue swaddle and a “trucks” swaddle) but Amazon no longer has it in stock. Bummer, because they are so cute! 🙁
Phillips Avent Pacifiers – AND… if he is not a good sleeper… I’m thinking we will need these! LOL.
Burt’s Bees: Baby Gift Set – These are smaller sizes of all the Burt’s Bees Baby products, which is perfect because I wanted to try it all out. Determine for myself which ones I LOVE and need to purchase the full size product. I may have to buy another one for our PCS because these sizes are perfect while we are living out of suitcases!
FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator – I have read over and over again mommies raving about the Nose Frida! Gone are the days of the bulb aspirators. YAY! This product is suppose to work amazingly well, so I guess we will see with the little guy’s first stuffy nose.
Grandma and Grandpa continue to spoil us too! Our family members have been incredibly generous during our preparation for our little one. We are forever so grateful for their generosity and we can’t wait for them to meet him and give him cuddles!
Graco Pack N’ Play Playard – We seriously LOVE this pack n’ play! We wanted something compact and portable because our English bedroom is quite small and we knew our family would be moving between hotels and temporary housing A LOT when our baby is 3-5 months old. We also wanted to give our baby somewhat of a consistent place to sleep. The reversible napper and changer was also a selling point because it gave us somewhere to change the little guy’s diaper upstairs.
The Forecaster style print was slightly different than I expected. On my screen it looks red, but in person the accents look more orange. I’m not usually an orange fan, but I do still love the color. There is also a slight aqua/blue accent and the main color is a little more brown than gray. It’s great for a neutral gender option!
Baby’s First Year Calendar – My parents had a first calendar for each of my siblings and me. I knew with all of our moving this year. I needed a simple solution to keep track of baby’s milestones. I plan to put together a Shutterfly Baby Book once we are “settled” and hopefully life gets to a new normal towards the end of 2016.
God Gave Us You & Open the Barn Door – We LOVE books in our home and we hope to make reading a regular part of little guy’s routine. He has already heard muffled versions of these stories. LOL. God Gave Us You is a beautifully illustrated book. Open the Barn Door was surprising very small in size, perfect for the diaper bag!
Baby Items Purchased
As I mentioned before we did our BIG Amazon Baby Registry Completion purchase. I LOVED using the extra one-time discount they offer to complete your registry. They offer a 10% discount or 15% discount for Amazon Prime Members starting 60-days before the baby’s due date! The discount really adds up when buying all the baby gear!
We purchased the following items using Amazon Gift Cards that I earned through Swagbucks. I used $130 worth of Amazon Gift Cards and ONLY paid $0.11!!! Yes, that is NOT a typo… 11 CENTS!!! Plus, we have $75 of Amazon and $25 of Target Gift Cards left. I should be able to earn another ~$200-$300 in gift cards through Swagbucks by the time we are settled into our new location in the U.S. This will definitely help with the purchase of a crib and stroller!
Gerber 2 Pack Long Sleeve Side Snap Mitten Cuffs Shirt – I wanted to try these kimono style shirts because I figured they would be great to have the first couple of weeks. Easy to put on, make keeping his umbilical cord clean and dry easier and with the mitten cuffs we wouldn’t have to worry about losing the tiny scratch mittens. We will see what I think once we actually use them.
Matimati Bamboo Washcloths (6 pack) – These washcloths are soooo soft and in my opinion worth the little bit higher price. They will be so gentle on our little one’s sensitive skin.
Hooded Towel and Washcloth – At the time of ordering I didn’t know we would be gifted 2 other hooded towels at the Bundles for Babies class. Plus my sister has made us a towel apron and my mom has purchased a few hooded towels too. We will receive these shortly after baby’s arrival. So we will have plenty of hooded towels. 🙂
Aden + Anais Swaddle Muslin Blankets – I love, LOVE these blankets! They are super soft, HUGE, and super cute! They will be perfect to swaddle our little one, use as shade and nursing covers and I’m sure they will clean up a few messes here and there. So happy that I “splurged.” At the time they were on sale, plus I got to use my 15% registry completion. So I only paid $30!
Summer Infant Cushy Straps – These car seat strap covers were too cute and affordable to pass up. They are sooo soft and will be very gentle and snuggly for our lil’ guy.
Summer Infant Changing Pad – I wanted a place, besides the floor to change our baby’s diaper. Although getting up and down from the floor numerous times a day might be good exercise. 😉
Munchkin Changing Pad Liners – I bought these to help protect the changing pad cover when little guy has a massive dirty diapers and to help protect the baby gear like the bouncer. Hoping to decrease the need to put the large things in the wash. I know, I’m dreaming! 🙂
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (2 pack)- I asked all my friends who have had babies in the past couple years “what’s the best diaper rash cream?” Believe it or not, they ALL gave me a different answer! LOL. So I asked my sister who was the nanny who has dealt with many babies with different skin types and has tried just about every product out there. She said without hesitation Bourdreaux’s, so we are giving it a shot!
Lansinoh Lanolin (x2) – Hopefully two packs will at least get us started on our breast feeding journey.
Lansinoh Nursing Pads (x2) – Supposedly Lansinoh is the best brand for disposable nursing pads. I will take other moms’ wisdom and go with it. I know I can get these exact pads through UK Amazon for about the same price and it will be on my door step in 2 days. So I only purchased 2 boxes for now.
Phillips AVENT Thermal Gel Pads – These are suppose to help tremendously with breastfeeding. Both with pain and with encouraging let down before each feeding. I figured it was worth a try!
Medela Quick Clean Bags – These are to clean the tubing and accessories of the Medela breast pump.
Medela Nipples – For some reason insurance will cover bottles for the breast pump, but not the nipples.
Medela Battery Pack – We bought an American breast pump. However, we needed this battery pack to use it while we are living in England because of the different electricity voltage.
Amazon UK Purchase
Over the past year, I have been completing surveys on I-Say and earning Amazon UK Gift Cards. I used £50 (~$71) of Amazon gift cards on these purchases and a total of £0.01!!! Yes! Less than 2 CENTS!!! 🙂 This may seem like A LOT for seven items. However, some of these are pricey items (water wipes alone £25) and believe it or not are actually cheaper in the UK than in the US. I have an additional £20 to use in the future, which I will most likely use to purchase things like diaper rash cream and nursing pads.
Water Wipes 720 Count (UK link)- Water Wipes are expensive wipes and they are relatively “new” to the U.S. Although Target has just started to keep them in stock over the past few months. These wipes are “chemical free” made with 99.9% water and 0.1% fruit extract. We figured this huge case will last us the first couple of months and will be good while our little guy has super sensitive newborn skin.
Sophie the Giraffe Teether (UK link)- Okay this was completely a “Nichole wants it and she’s going to get it” type of purchase. I’ve thought these little Sophie Giraffes were just too adorable way before we even thought about having our own children. So naturally, I wanted one! LOL. They are ~$5 cheaper in the UK than the US, so I got it because it was a “good deal.” 😉 LOL.
Disposable Diaper Sacks (UK link)- These are WAY cheaper in the UK vs. US. 200 count for ~$1.80. I did not want to buy a Diaper Genie, just to have it packed up and in a box for months and months while our household goods make the trip to the U.S. So, I’m hoping these scented diaper sacks will help if I can’t immediately get the diaper outside.
Medela Breastmilk Collection Shells (UK link)- These sound like a good idea in theory and were about half the price on the UK site when compared to the US site. So I’m going to give them a try.
Lindam Sensor Night Light (UK link)- I wanted a night light to help us cope with night time feeds and diaper changes.
Earth Friendly Shampoo/Bodywash & Oil (UK link) – I knew the smaller bottles of Burt’s Bees body wash wouldn’t last too long, so I also bought these.
We purchased the breast pump and accessories separately and have submitted it for insurance coverage. The total was $188.92. I will not be adding this expense to our baby budget until we receive reimbursement from insurance.
Medela In Style Double Breast Pump – After some research and knowing some of my mom friends have been happy with this breast pump. I settled on it.
Medela Breast Pump Kit – Insurance is suppose to cover two of these kits. So I figured why not have an extra set of tubes, shields, etc.
Medela Bottles – I think insurance should cover these. The paperwork said “bottles” it didn’t indicate how many. It probably only meant 2 bottles in order for the breast pump to operate. However, these were the fewest amount I could buy on Amazon. We will see.
Medela Breastmilk Storage Bags – These Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags are much cheaper. However, per insurance guidelines everything has to be the same brand for insurance coverage.
Like I said, our mail box has been busy receiving packages of baby items! However, can you believe we only spent $0.13 on ALL of these baby products!!! I was impressed! lol. We are just weeks away from baby boy’s arrival and we have spent a total of $77.87! Meaning we have $922.13 remaining in our $1000 Baby Budget! Check out our $1000 Baby Budget page for a list of all our purchases!
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