A unique take about saving money by BWing

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alwayssmile's picture
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A unique take about saving money by BWing
sweetsriracha's picture
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that is an interesting thought! We didn't buy a baby swing or bouncy chair, and inherited my sister's jogging stroller - so lots of savings there. While pregnant I was definitely anti-stroller, and like a lot of other FTMs, have "relaxed" considerably since actually being in the thick of parenting. That being said, I hate the stroller and so does Laszlo, so we've used it exactly twice now.

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A very interesting take! I love it! My own savings are pretty hard to calculate exactly, but I definitely saved money when you think about it like this. A lot of my costs were deferred anyway since I was so lucky in the hand-me-down and craftiness/thrifting department, but BW saved me the infant seat, bouncer, and playpen for sure.

As far as strollers, we were given a bunch but hardly ever used them until she started getting really heavy and I didn't have the Ergo yet. Even so, though, we only ever used a simple (but good quality) umbrella (other than one really horrible experience with the cheapest umbrella you can buy, in NYC: NEVER AGAIN). I never felt the need for anything fancier, since if I was doing anything even remotely challenging to an umbrella stroller, I had carriers to fall back on--even before the Ergo. I, too, hated strollers and didn't use one AT ALL until she was about 7 or 8 months old. And now am back to hardly using it Smile

alwayssmile's picture
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Well, we certainly have not saved money by BWing but it's good know others have! My son is a motion junkie so even with BWing we still used a bouncer and swing a lot that first year. And we own two strollers, neither one of them cheap (BOB and a Quinny Buzz). I LOVE my strollers (for a stroller :lol:), but they don't get a ton of use right now. I bought them to last through multiple kids though and they do have their purposes (like I had a c/s and DH went back to work after a few days so boy was I happy to have a stroller that my car seat snapped into!). I have a feeling that whenever #2 comes around it'll get more use. DS doesn't mind the stroller, but he'll let me BW him longer than he'll let me stroll him.

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Its really hard to say if we've saved money by BWing. Sure, I skipped the infant seat and the playpen. But, I bought 5 carriers in addition to the one I received as a gift (even on sale they were a few $100 all together). I also bought a new BOB stroller, which we do get a lot of use out of. There are lots of other parenting choices we've made that have certainly saved us money (BFing & CDing, for example) but I can't say BWing has.