Thanks for the congrats! We're excited!
This is what we've purchased so far:
- Cloth diaper covers: $110
*I plan on buying about $10 on flat folds/cloth wipes and that should be more than enough until the baby is at least 9 months or older (depends on the size).
- Baby Accessories (wet bag/changing pad/spray for cloth wipes): $63.75
- Used baby clothes (ebay) - 20 pieces of fall/winter for 0-3 months: $25
*I plan to buy some new onesies, some baby pants, socks and bibs and I should be set.
- 3 books & 1 DVD (baby related) $58
We still need to buy a car seat, bottles, breast pump. (estimating $300 for these)
The baby bed and blankets, we plan on getting here (overseas) for under $100
So, not too bad. My friends with babies have said that they didn't use 75% of the stuff they bought, especially in the first three months, so I am trying to stick to bare essentials. I figure I can buy the fun stuff once the baby is born if I feel the need. Of the three books I bought, only one is what I consider truly essential (Mayo Clinic Guide to Pregnancy). The DVD is a workout DVD and umm, I've watched it, haven't even used it.
Health care costs will probably be reimbursed by my company, but if not, they will be under $10k (probably closer to $5k). We already have saved up for this. My husband and I have a joint checking and savings account and once my student loans are paid off, I will either convert my sole bank account to a joint account or just close it.