Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Preemie Formula

Because someone didn't get their full 9 months in the womb we are having to use preemie formulas. I'm not sure they make any difference but of course we trust the pediatrician and do what she recommends. She wants her on Similac Neosure which basically has more calories than regular baby formulas. This is also the hardest one to find, most stores only seem to keep a couple of cans in stock and they don't make it in bigger sizes. Of course since it's for preemies it's also the most expensive compared to other Similac products. The best value is the 13.1 ounce can which can be mixed with water but the baby is going through a can a week! here's the cost:

Amazon.com sells 6 pack for 92.50 with free shipping and no taxes. This may be the best deal out there:


Babies R Us as usual the most expensive but sometimes they do have coupouns:









Target has decent pricing per can:







Walmart is the same price as Amazon but I would have to pay the sales tax (6 pack):


So around $60 dollars per month and going up. Soon it would be 5 cans per month. I found a Simply Right at Sam's club with the same ingredients for $23.28 for 48 OZ can! I wish I could buy that but the wife said no, only the best for the little one.

So yes... babies can be very expensive but worth every penny! The good news is we have saved closed to $1000 in gift cards just for baby stuff. I look at it as another emergency fund just for baby needs, hopefully we don't have to use it.

HS

14 comments:

  1. Baby formula is regulated. Ask your dr about the Simply Right. Most likely it is fine.

    Bossy's supplies run $2500 a month before insurance...usually $250 to $300 for our cost. Plus $20 a week copay for occ therapy. Kids ain't cheap.

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  2. I am spending $25 a week on Similac for my little one. I have realized that I will spend $1300 on formula for the year.

    Janie Out of Debt

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  3. WOW.. OK I have no right to complain geez

    HS

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  4. I think it's great that you're looking around and price comparing - I find it amazing how many people don't realize what a good deal can usually be found on Amazon.

    Also, I laughed at your comment today - of course you noticed my sunglasses. :) Hubby has converted me - always bought the $20 ones before from Target, and they ended up broken or lost all the time. I bought those Ray Ban's last spring while going through our IUI, and I LOVE them. Wear them every day. Worth every penny.

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  5. I feel terribly embarrassed to ask but what about breastfeeding? I noticed your wife's comment about wanting the best and its considered the best. I only ask because I have no clue about breastfeeding and preemies. So feel free to ignore this if that is too personal.

    But in the end formula was the highest cost for most families, well that and diapers. Cause I had to buy preemie diapers which were more expensive and they never came with enough.

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  6. She nursed for 3 weeks so the baby could get all the nutrients but then she stopped since she wasn't producing a lot of milk... now she's dry :(

    And yes, preemie diapers are crazy!

    HS

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  7. It is very hard to nurse a preemie. I tried, while communting a 55- mile distance every day. Just did not work out. As for the formula.... later, when they baby is bigger/stronger, ask the doc about getting the store brand formula. We did that with kid #2 and she is fine... She was a 36 weeker. Kid #1 was a 33 weeker and we never did store brand, but looking back, I should have done the same with him once he was good and sturdy!

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  8. It is hard to nurse a preemie. I tried, while commuting a 55-mile distance, to nurse my 33 weeker. He was too weak to nurse, and the pump never built any sort of supply at all. Kid #2, a 36 weeker, had a poor latch and again, good supply never happened. How awesome that your wife was able to do it for 3 weeks!

    I would consider doing the store brand when the baby is bigger, and you know she's doing fine. We never did that with the 33 weeker, but really could have. My 2nd baby got a combo of Similac and expressed milk at first. Later, when she was obviously big and healthy, we switched to Walmart brand. She did absolutely fine, and it a beautiful, smart 8 year old.

    Ask the doc about switching at some point.

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  9. Why both early? Preterm labor. Once I hit about 31 weeks, my body decides it doesn't want to be pregnant anymore. Spent a week in St. Luke's holding off the birth of my son. Luckily home bedrest, oral meds, and careful monitoring worked almost well enough with my daughter!

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  10. Why both early? Preterm labor. Once I hit about 31 weeks, my body decides it's done being pregnant!

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  11. Hi again. Just wanted to apologize. Realized I have ended up posting comments twice. I am sure you don't want to hear that much from me!

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  12. All good, love hearing from other preemie parent!

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  13. I’m sorry if I sound mean, but your wife is right. If you have money for a guys nigh out of $150, collect watches, still going almost every year on vacation, spend more or less $100 in a pair of sunglasses, throw a birthday party with wine and champagne for 19 people, get a 60inch tv when the last one broke… Then you totally can pay $60 a month in baby formula… you have so many places you can take the money from.
    You dream about this baby, you pay to be able to have this baby… the least you can do is give her the food she needs. (Pediatricians do have preference over one baby formula or other; but generally have a reason for it; ask him why. They are not on commission so if he is recommending this one it must be for some reason)

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