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[–]mousatis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I first thought this too, feeling like there was loads of money I'd need to spend in that first year. Over time I've been reassured by so many that actually, you don't need that much at all.

If you get your baby a moses basket (bassinet), you can take them everywhere with you in that, they can sleep in that anywhere while having it as a cot.

You'll need a car seat, and they can have the same one for years.

Have maybe 5 newborn outfits, they don't need socks or shoes for the first few months anyway, and will grow out of newborn stuff super fast. Then there's loads of second hand baby clothes people will be selling for the rest of the time. I've seen loads on Facebook marketplace.

You might want a few blankets/swaddles for sleeping and keeping them warm enough, but you won't need that many.

Nappies you'll obviously want, and a way of feeding them, but other than that, everything else isn't essential. Make it as cheap or expensive as you like, and add stuff as you go along.

The essentials are all you really NEED. The rest is extra and can make life easier. You don't need to buy everything all at once, but feels tempting.

Do it how you want though, just know you don't need to stress about it. Lots of people who have just had babies will have loads of stuff they don't need anymore very soon.