I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is flying by. It feels like just yesterday, we found out that this pregnancy was a healthy fetus. With the flying days, Rob and I are slowly starting to prepare for our little girl to arrive. One positive is that I am somewhat of a hoarder when it comes to Aubrey’s baby items, which means a lot of our saving graces are now being able to be unpacked and set up for our little miss. But, as we do inventory, we start a baby wish list of wants and needs for this time around. I have put together a quick link to all our favorites from Aubrey and wish list for Baby #2 above.
As a family, its hard to budget for everything and we look to second hand a lot. It seems as though if its baby and works, big price tags are thrown on it. So, if your budget conscious like us, don’t feel bad if you don’t have all brand new shiny things. Look to local consignment stores, check Kijiji, or what we love to do is follow/subscribe to our favorite baby stores on Facebook and stay up to date with their sales.
Some things that I do recommend splurging on are car seats and a really good carrier or wrap. The main reason for that is the safety of it all. Did you know that car seats have a best before date?
Strollers on the other hand, are a different story. We bought our Bugaboo second hand from a family friend after she used it with 2 of her girls. It is on its last leg, but justifying spending $1200 on a new stroller just doesn’t sit right for us, especially when you factor in that this may be our last child. So, for $200 we ordered new wheels and a new fabric set for our Bugaboo and it’s almost like new.
My last tip for all you first time moms when building your wish list is to remember that a baby grows like a weed, especially in the first few months. Don’t stock up on a ton of clothing before baby is here. A. people will spoil the baby for you and B. No matter what, your baby will end up only wearing half of it before growing out of it. Wait! have enough to get through the first few days and then buy out of necessity instead of habit or want.
Katie Rose xo