First of all thank you to everyone who gave me their advice on my previous post. I have contacted my doctor and done some research as well. The doctor said that he feels Caleb is fine with the 25 ounces he is getting since he is gaining weight, and doing great. However, I did research on babycenter and I found an amazing site that helps you schedule your babies feedings by age. I think I am going to try their method and try to make sure that Caleb gets at least 30 ounces per day until he is 9 months. Here is the site it is amazing.
I decided to do a post showing just how much we have saved during Caleb's infancy by not being too picky about items. I am strong willed about not spending to much on babies because they outgrow things so quickly. I am so for accepting things for free/finding a good deal on items. However, I am also not a germaphob or freaked out about the fact that another baby has used the same item, or do I believe I have to have everything new. I am not saying that is a bad way to think, I am just saying I am not like that at all.
I mean, I know it is exciting when you register, and you want everything perfect and matchy matchy. However, when it is time for baby, and you are still missing key items, and you see how much they cost your mind changes. I mean a baby doesn't know what color their highchair is, or if it matches the stroller etc etc.
Here is my list to show you how we have saved..
Peg Perego highchair: Retails $179-229. We got ours as a hand-me-down for FREE!! Nothing wrong with it, just maybe not the color/pattern I would have chosen.
Graco Pack-n-play: Retails $69.00-179.00. 2 Hand me downs for FREE. I may decide to buy a new one when we have another baby, simply because of the changing pad/it being the bassinet. However, for Caleb the ones we have are working great.
Bassinet: 89.00 and up. We borrowed two from my great-aunt. The one we had did the job, but I was not to happy with the wicker siding. I had it basically covered the entire time Caleb slept in it, so he would not rub his face on it. We will not use it again, but we did not waste the money to begin with. A pack-n-play will do the same job and I understand that I do not need both next baby.
Jump-a-roo: Retail $100. I borrowed my Rainforest brand one from my brother for FREE.
SWING!! Every new moms must have. Retail: 100-139. My neighbor let us borrow hers, and it was my FAV baby item. We will need to buy a swing for our next baby, but I have loved not having to spend the money this go around.
Exersaucer- Retail $79.00. I bought mine for 5 dollars at a yard sale and cleaned it up. Good as new.
Bumbo- Retail 40.00 Bought for 3 dollars as same yard sale.
Britax Marathon Car Seat: Retail: 279.00. Bought ours gently used, never in an accident, for 110 dollars.
Total at lowest retail of all items: $935.00 (still scary)
Total we have spent: $118.00 (YAY)
I also buy a lot of Caleb's clothes at Once Upon a Child, different consignment shops, or on sale! There is to much to pay for with babies, and it is always great to save a little here and there on things that you can. Hope this helps any mama to be understand that they do not have to break their bank.