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Trade Me Baby - A New Mothers Diary

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Rebekah Joy
Rebekah Joy

Ho hum, they say it is expensive to raise a new baby. It is so pricey in fact that the Australian government give their citizens a generous $5000AUD for the pleasure of copulation. Many of my Kiwi friends gripe that New Zealand is stingy compared to our cousins over the ditch. Well factor into the equation New Zealand has maternity leave (which comes to over $5000) plus free medical for children under six, massively subsidised  childcare, parental tax credits, free midwifery care during and after pregnancy and free Plunket support , I ask you - who is on the better deal? 


That aside many of my friends living in Australia actually spend the $5000 on purchases for their children. There must be a different mentality over there or Kiwis just like old and dirty - whatever - Trademe has saved me a fortune on baby gear meaning that so far having a baby hasn’t been to heavy on the wallet.

Here is a list of things that we have scored for next to nothing (although admittedly I have had to bid like crazy and don’t you just hate that extended autobid thingee?)

Reusable nappies 20 for around $200.00 (we are intending to pass them onto my brother and when he is done sell them on)

A front pouch for $2.50

1 x wooden highchair for $50.00

1 x buggy with sheepskin $75.00 (actually this was from buy sell and trade magazine)

1 x bassinet $8.50 (actually from Salvation Army although we bought new mattress)

1 x very cute cot $10.00 (I am a little ashamed but we got this from the tip, sanded it back and repainted it)

1 x cot sheepskin, duvet and cover set $15.00 

1 x set of medela breastpump bottles $6.00

1 x swimming nappy $7.00

1 x breastpump $7.50

Although living in a small time has its advantages, in this case it means that many items listed on trademe are more expensive than in the big cities. However it doesn’t compare to what my friends are spending on their babies on other parts of the world. Maybe all this trading of second hand goods is why we have such a high rate of Meningitis in New Zealand? Whatever the case, a quick wipe a lick of paint and everything is as good as new and I can spend that extra bit of money down at the pub on beer and cigarettes…if only.



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