Here’s a list of what we have purchased for baby and why we chose each item. I will continue this series as we buy more to prepare for baby’s arrival.
When we were trying to conceive, we went ahead and bought a few items… because you know, it was supposed to be easy! In retrospect, I’m glad we got some good deals BEFORE we started paying for fertility treatments. Note: All prices listed in Canada – which is ALWAYS more expensive than US.
We got this on sale at Babies R Us for $199 (regular price $279). This 4-in-1 seat converts from an infant high chair to a toddler booster seat. I liked the flexibility of being able to use it as a separate high chair or as a booster seat with your own dining chairs.
We live in a 4-level split home. My plan is to set up the pack ‘n play on our 3rd level living room where we tend to spend the most time during the winter. I can use the storage for diaper supplies and the changer instead of putting baby on the floor. The regular price is $249.99, but we also got it on sale at Babies R Us. I can’t find the receipt but my guess is somewhere in the $200 range.
I bought this swing excellent used condition. A mother had bought it for her baby, but the baby didn’t like it. We paid $120 (regular price $199 at time of purchase). I picked this swing because it matched our set, but also because it’s higher off the ground. I was worried with a lower swing (like the Mamaroo) our dogs and cat would be all up in the baby’s face. This swing does a forward or side-ways swinging motion, uses a power adapter or batteries and has a smaller base than the traditional triangle swings.
I bought this on Zulily for $37.76 (regular price at Babies R Us is $49.99). To be honest, this was an impulsive buy. I was buying a few others things and added this to the order when I saw it was on sale. Instead of a change table, I’m going to place this on top of the dresser in baby’s room.
All of these items were purchased in 2013. I won’t deny that buying items ahead of time does add some extra pressure when trying to conceive. We used to have them sitting in our nursery room, until I couldn’t bear to look at them and got my husband to pack them away in the closet.
Now, it feels good now to know we are ahead of the game! Plus, we saved about $260 by watching for sales and buying used. Bargain shoppers unite!