11.06.2014

Babies are Expensive.

Disclosure: I'm a Similac StrongMoms Ambassador and am a sponsored blog partner, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.”  

 


Little baby Aiden is 8 months old! He's 23.5 pounds, but I'm not sure his current height. I only know his weight because he has a terrible sinus infection and we had to take him to the pediatrician a few days ago.  Poor guy, it's hard for me to even tell when he is sick because he doesn't fuss all that much, but it started to some out of his eye, yuck. Giving him antibiotics is a nightmare, I forgot how much I despise forcing medicine down a babies throat. We are still using and loving the teething necklace, it makes a world of difference in his drooling and I have only had to give him Tylenol once for his teeth, he has the two bottom ones in right now.


This kid loves to eat, I honestly don't know where he puts it some days. He's been getting the standard array of baby foods and eats 2-3 servings a day. I bought some of those practice chew food for crawlers which was a mistake, if he sees the can he cries for more. So I tried giving him some frozen waffles, he hated 'em.


He is slowly crawling and trying really hard to pull up on furniture, which is distressing because we have tile flooring and I worry about his little noggin. He's not as vocal as Madison was at his age, but she can really get him going, if she screams he will follow suite. It's adorably annoying if you know what I mean. She doesn't need one single toy for Christmas, she's got a live doll all to herself.




 One of the things I haven't talked about much is the price of formula, with Madison I only supplemented until around 10 months so the cost of formula didn't really factor in too much. Now that Aiden has been on formula full time it's been quite expensive, averaging around 60 bucks a week.



We have stuck with Similac from the very beginning and have been really pleased with it, but the best part - all the coupons. I want to say I get a few every month, usually for 5 bucks off, but any amount is helpful! If you are pregnant or planning to be soon I highly suggest signing up for the Similac Strong Mom's Program {totally free} you get a lot of great deals and some cool free stuff, babies are expensive enough!


He sure looks like some fake plastic baby in this picture! Another added expense has been diapers, seeing how I was planning to cloth until I was outnumbered. Sigh, swear I'll get over it one day. Anyways - we love Pampers and you can sign up for Pampers Rewards here and save yourself a few bucks.  I tried to save money by having them auto-shipped from Amazon, but they never have the size in the brand I want, same for the formula. The only time Amazon Prime has ever failed me! I still get my money's worth so it's all good :)

So y'all share with me how you save money on baby stuff!?

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24 comments :

  1. Oh my he looks like a baby doll! So perfect!!!

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  2. I can double up my formula coupons. And sign everyone you know up and use the coupons they get in the mail.

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  3. Costco for formula. I get larger cans for way less $ and they allow me to use multiple enfamil checks. It's been a lifesaver.

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  4. He's a doll. Man, Oliver sure marks his babies properly doesn't he! ;)

    Almost immediately with mine (as in when all my shower gifts ran out) I switched to Target brand everything. We did the Target brand Enfamil and Target diapers. I've been able to keep that up through my second baby. The only thing I can't do off brand right now is training pants for my toddler. I didn't think the Target training pants were as good as Huggies Pull-Ups. Which really grinds my gears, b/c the brand stuff is of course a lot pricier. Boo, hiss.

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  5. The way I saved money (besides being eligible for WIC with my ex husband in the military) was cloth diapering a little bit, finding the best cheap brands for diapers and formula (I made sure to compare and look at reviews) and I got second hand goods from Once Upon a Child if I needed them. I really never thought it was that expensive to have a baby. We never used a diaper genie or bottle warmer. Just all the basics. We were barely above the poverty level and we could always pay our bills with no problem. I think it was just because we were pretty simple people that we could get by with ease (excluding the fact that I got WIC for a certain amount of time). He is just a cutie. His smirks remind me of my son when he was younger!

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  6. I just have to comment on how cute he is! And how excited I am to see another baby that's chunky like mine. Atticus was born March 5th too and he's at 22.5 lbs

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  7. Have you ever thought of using Essential Oils instead of antibiotics to help him out? I can send you more info if you need it!

    He sure is a happy baby! I only hope I get that lucky! :)

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  8. I was just telling a friend that I was getting nervous about baby costs as I was looking through our new insurance plans at work. I've run all these numbers (accountant, hello!) and was just trying to prepare myself. I got an email from my bff saying "don't read SkinnyMeg's post today". hahaha! Too late! But seriously, if you get a lot of amazing tips in the comments you should compile a tips post :)

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    1. JMc, babies don't have to be that expensive. ;) of course there are always costs and you do have to spend money on them, but there are several ways to cut costs as well.

      Breastfeeding is totally free (especially since insurance pays for breast pumps now), and most people can do it successfully for the entire first year if they choose to (I was on a very very very tight budget when I had my first and the cost of formula was a very big factor in my determination to breastfeed for at least a year).

      I saved so much money cloth diapering. We used disposables at night but still, so much money saved.

      There are tons of kids consignment sales and shops these days where you can get baby gear and clothing for so cheap.

      No one is ever going to be 100% financially ready to have a baby, but there are definitely ways to cut down on expenses of kids, too.

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  9. We use Costco formula and diapers. They are wonderful products and half the price. We haven't had any problems with their formula and one can usually last us almost two weeks. Their diapers are wonderful as well and we haven't had any leaky problems with our little boy using them.

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  10. Have you tried the Target Up and Up brand formula? The big cans are like $24/can and they last longer than a week. I used Target brand on both of mine and never had any problems.

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  11. I saved thousands by breastfeeding and cloth diapering my twins. I know that sam'sclub/costco sells store brand formula for half of similac in huge cans.

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  12. Diapers.com. Diapers delivered to your door.

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  13. I have 4 little boys, 2 are in diapers. I go to target and buy their up and up brand diapers. I use my target debit redcard (%5 off) then cartwheel always had %5 off diapers, AND target usually always offers gift rads when purchasing two boxes of diapers. The other day I got a $20 gift card for buying two boxes of diapers!!

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  14. Cute baby videos are MOMMY CRACK!!! Thanks for the post :)

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  15. I also ended up having success with Target formula when I couldn't breast feed anymore. It's all FDA regulated so don't worry about buying off-brand! Also, my kids had to go to daycare so they wore disposable diapers there and then in the evening and overnight I used cloth. You already bought them, you may as well use at least one overnight!

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  16. Breastfeeding, cloth diapers and wipes, and baby-led weaning (no baby food just solids with the family) saves us a ton!

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  17. My son is 8 months and we do the Target branded Similac advanced. It's the exact same stuff as Similac it's just for Target. You can get a huge container for $24. It lasts up about a week and a half to two weeks. Much better on your waller :)

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  18. You didn't even mention the biggest baby cost- daycare!!!

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  19. We've just started using formula on a regular basis (offering it to him after I BF since my supply has gone way down) and we're still using the stuff we got for free when he was born. My mom bought us the big can of Similac and I'm crossing my fingers that that will last us until he can start weaning to whole milk. How many ounces does he get per day?

    We're still cloth diapering, too, but we use disposables overnight and if we're going out. We buy the jumbo boxes and only have to buy one every month or so.

    I joined a local free/sale/trade group on FB and have found a ton of used toys that way. They go through them so quick that it irks me to spend so much buying them new! I haven't bought anything from anyone that I don't know, but that's the good thing about FB is that I have a ton of momma friends in the group and can get their hand me downs for cheap!

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  20. Breastfeeding didn't work for us, and I feel your pain re: formula. I loved knowing my kiddo was healthy and not hungry, but I was also really happy when he was old enough to eat solid food. We cloth diapered for his first year, which helped save on disposables (we used those when we traveled, which was most weekends), and now that he's at daycare, he's in disposables full time. We donated his diapers to other mamas who wanted to try cloth. We are really fortunate to (a) have lots of hand-me-downs from his big brother, and (b) live in an area where there are fantastic used-clothing stores. He has maybe two or three articles of clothing that were bought at Carter's or somewhere similar. Everything else has been super inexpensive or from a friend or family member. We looked at buying diapers through Amazon but it's way more expensive there than when they go on sale at our local (big) grocery store. I don't find babies (or kids in general) to be expensive. Daycare is about a third of my paycheque each month, but it's so worth it, and I love the social interaction he gets, and he loves his classmates and teachers. It's ridiculous, but the only time that I think "hey, this kid is pricey" is when we go out for a meal and he eats a regular meal.

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  21. Where did you get the chair the kids are sitting on? The Gray and white one.

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    1. It's local to Dallas, but the name is BackAlley Furniture on Facebook :)

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