When should I start buying baby items?

Misty - posted on 02/07/2011 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering how far along should I be before I start buying baby items? Is 6 months too soon? Any suggestions?

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Donnielle - posted on 05/19/2013

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Im 23 weeks and I don't know if I should continue to buy things

Jennifer - posted on 02/07/2011

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I've always heard to never buy in the first trimester (just in case) but anytime after that 12 week mark is game on!!

Stifler's - posted on 02/10/2011

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I would buy one box of newborn and then infant and then mostly crawler. Most kids stay in crawler for ages but aren't in infant or newborn very long

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Be careful buying only one size of nappies, babies (especiaslly newborns) grow really quickly, you don't want to end up with boxes and boxes of unused nappies.

Laura - posted on 02/21/2011

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Hit the clearance racks! Look for things like wipes. socks. bottles. etc. I'm 5 mos. and just today I was at Target just browsing and found a 60.00 bouncy chair for 25.00.

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Tere - posted on 12/17/2012

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with ma first i started at 8 months and i`m telling you it wasn`t easy, i was so tired, but now with my second which is due on May 10, 2012, i will start probably by next week because i still have lots of energy and i am not showing too much and also i know that i am having a boy.

Sandra - posted on 10/15/2012

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i mean whenever you feel like it but i knew that no matter when i found out i was pregnant to start buying wipes and diapers. and then when i found out what i was having i bought everything else so he had everything before he came into the world!

Stifler's - posted on 03/01/2011

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I bought too much stuff to tell the truth. I got about 6 things of baby wash and um have used 2 in a year because you use one pump for their whole body. The shampoo is still 3/4 full coz you use a teeny bit for shampooing their hair. Powder lasts a fair while unless you are really spraying it out of the holes. Wipes last longer than you think too.

Tori - posted on 03/01/2011

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I started buying items that could be used for a boy or girl, bath soap and such like that around 16 or 17 weeks with my first. My husband and I were buying everything ourselves and are young parents and we wanted to make sure that we had time to get everything we needed. I bought the crib at that point as well. Once we knew the sex we bought some more gender specific stuff. I had my baby shower early so that we had a good 10+ weeks to buy anything we didn't get that way it wasn't right before her due date and she came early and we didn't have anything. Good thing we did that she wound up trying to come out 5 and a half weeks early.

With this one, we are having a boy, and I waited a little longer before we bought stuff for him because we already have alot of the big stuff left over from my daughter. However, I went overboard with pink and brown for her, so we did have to buy boy colored items and a new carseat. I definetely recommend that if you are planning on having more kids that you get a gender neutral carseat, pack and play and high chair!

Be careful buying diapers. You don't want to wind up with too many of one size! You never how they will grow! I always recommend alternating buying formula and diapers. You never know how your milk will come in or if you baby will latch on and may need formula sooner than you expect if you are breastfeeding. My cousin had her heart set on breastfeeding, but she had issues, and her son wouldn't latch on and she couldn't afford a pump so she had to go to formula right away. WIC covers some of it, if you are eligible but formula is expensive!!!

Erin - posted on 02/21/2011

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With my first son I bought clothes and such around 6 months and on, we bought the carseat and stroller about two months before. And then about a month and a half befor I had him, my boyfriend took out a small personal loan and we went to walmart at like midnight and just cruised up and down each aisle and bought any and everything we thought we needed, which included the crib. We did have a few things that were given to us like a bassinet and a rocking chair but they waited until the baby came to give those to us. Plus we didn't have our place completely set up until about ten days after he came so everything wasn't all ready before he got here. With our second son we were able to use clothes from his big brother or that was the plan so we didn't really go all out shopping for clothes. I did buy a double stroller and carseat I saw in the paper about 2 months before he was born but he was born 5 weeks early so I thought I was buying it 3 months ahead of time, but it was a good deal. And then we knew we wouldn't need the crib right away so we were just planning on buying a new bassinet. But since he was early we didn't have it before he was born but he stayed in NICU for alittle over 2 weeks and we were able to get it while he was in the hospital. And then we also had to buy a lot more clothes because he was smaller than our older son and unfortunately they were born in different seasons so he couldn't really wear all the short sleeve shirts from my first one. But i'd say if you have the money and the space I don't see any reason why you shouldnt. Its better to be prepared than not have anything when your baby comes!

Shilynn - posted on 02/21/2011

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I'm in the same boat as you. I'm 24 weeks pregnant with baby #2 (another girl). We've just been buying diapers, and now that we know we're having another girl I went through all of my daughter's old clothes today. Looks like we're pretty well set except strangely for 0-3 month items. We also still have to get a few bigger items like a crib (threw out my daughter's old one because it was in bad shape), a swing, dresser, and hopefully a rocking chair. If space is an issue you can also save up the money for these items and then buy them in a month or two when you're closer to your due date!

Erin - posted on 02/17/2011

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I didnt even think about buying anything for the first three months, and now that im halfway through my 4th month, ive made a list, and started to window shop around. I figure I will get something each paycheck until I stop working, saving the biggest things till last due to lack of space in our apartment. Dont need a double stroller hijacking my hallway for 2 months unused for my daughter to break before I get to use it!
My thought process is that if I span out my spending, I wont have a huge impact on my money. dropping a thousand dollars on baby stuff in one go is a shock, but 100 here, 200 there, isnt as bad.

Jules - posted on 02/12/2011

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You can buy baby items anytime and 6 months is not too soon. I waited until i found out the sex to buy most of my little girls things but it depends on when you want to buy stuff.

Cyndel - posted on 02/11/2011

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about the diapers, I know of a couple that started buying diapers at 14 weeks, every shopping trip (about once a week), they bought a pack of diapers, starting with size 1, every time they bought the next size up until they went through all the diaper sizes up to pull ups, then started again, they didn't have to buy diapers for 2 years! And they gave away their extra unopened newborns and size 1-2 as baby shower gifts. But kept most of the extra's for baby #2.

Cyndel - posted on 02/11/2011

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I started buying once I was out of my 1st Trimester. We needed to be able to buy the baby stuff a little at a time because of our budget.
But honestly you can buy anytime, even in the first trimester, because even if the baby is lost it is highly likely you will be pregnant again within 6 months. Just don't go over board until after the first tri.
But you are 6 months along so have at it! have fun!

Sharon - posted on 02/10/2011

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If you get stuck with nappy sizes you can always exchange them for the next size up...atleast here in Australia we can :-)

Stifler's - posted on 02/10/2011

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I got lots of things given to me by people. Like bags of clothes and stuff and then heaps of suits as presents when he was born. So don't buy a lot of things if you have friends with kids! One thing I'd suggest is like not getting heaps of 0000 suits, they grow out of them so fast. Same with 000 my baby grew out of them and I had hardly any 00 or 0 suits. If you have heaps of things in 000 and someone asks what you need tell them size 0 and 00!

Sharon - posted on 02/09/2011

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And things like nappies, we have been buying 1 bulk box each month since December, so by the time April comes I'll have about 400 newborn nappies to keep me going for a little bit. :-)

Angela - posted on 02/09/2011

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You should start buying baby Items such as baby care,thermometers,diapers,wipes, etc at your 12 week mark and then clothes you should purchase after you know the sex of your baby. Hope this helps! :)

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I was really paranoid with my son, I was told we couldn't have kids so I was really scared that I was going to miscarry (and it didn't help that I am a bleeder and had several episodes of bleeding), so we didn't buy anything except 5 Disney books which are far to advanced for him (even now at 16 months) until I was over 20 weeks pregnant and even then I only brought a few things because we were lucky enough to have lots given to us from my SIL (who had kept the stuff from her 3yo for us). However, I have friends who as soon as they found out they were pregnant at 4 weeks they were buying their baby stuff. Buy when you are ready but try to have the basics before 34 weeks just in case :-)

Sharon - posted on 02/08/2011

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Absolutely not! go for it...I started buying almost straight away, that way there wasn't this huge amount to spend at the last minute. Also, my SIL had her babies at 32wks & 28wks so I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be caught of guard.

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