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Baby Expense #3 – $440 Baby Gate


OK, I confess. The headline is an attention grabber ploy, but it’s not a complete fabrication. Here check it out.

baby gate

The $440 baby gate from IKEA!

Hey baby RB40, I caught you by surprise! 😮

See the baby gate behind him? That’s the box from the IKEA PAX closet. Grandma is moving in to help out for a while and Mrs. needs more closet space. She took over the closet in the 2nd bedroom a while back and can’t live without the extra space anymore. Is the Mrs’ closet expansion as unavoidable as lifestyle inflation? haha, I think so…

Talking about IKEA, their PAX closet instructions could use a little rework.

PAX closet instruction

They forgot to list Andre the Giant in the tools list.                              

Back to baby expense. We haven’t had many unexpected baby expenses lately. The bulk of the expenses are daycare, diapers, and formula. Other than that we only purchased a few clothes and a couple of toys. Oh yeah, here is one thing I purchased last week.

Baby Car Seat – $68

I got a baby car seat from Costco. It is supposed to fit a 5 lbs baby until he’s a 100 lbs. Baby RB40 is 18 lbs now, but I think we waited just long enough. The baby carrier worked quite well and the new car seat is a bit too upright for a small baby. He was getting too big for the baby carrier and he is sitting up well enough for the bigger car seat . It will probably take him 8 years to get to 100lbs so we are set for awhile with this seat.

Other than that, we haven’t had any big unexpected expense.

baby RB40

He’s got my hair! hahahaha…



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  • 101 Centavos October 22, 2011, 4:38 am

    I once heard that Sweden was a land of giants. Those instructions sure seem to be an indication. 🙂
    Thanks for the link to my guest post, RB40.

    • retirebyforty October 22, 2011, 5:06 pm

      I’m short, but that instruction assume everyone is from Sweden. 🙂

  • Niki October 22, 2011, 5:54 am

    Awww! Baby RB40 is so dang cute!

    Andre the Giant costs extra, obviously.

    Thanks for the mention.

    • retirebyforty October 22, 2011, 5:06 pm

      If you have to ask how much Andre the Giant costs, you can’t afford him. 🙂

  • Roshawn @ Watson Inc October 22, 2011, 8:08 am

    Thanks for posting the Baby pic!

    • retirebyforty October 22, 2011, 5:07 pm

      I’ve been looking for some excuse to post baby pictures. He’s too cute to not share. 😀

  • Lindy Mint October 22, 2011, 11:10 am

    That hair is the best!
    So for next time, per the instructions, you need one large man, one short woman, and a step stool.

    • retirebyforty October 22, 2011, 5:07 pm

      Thanks! haha, yeah…

  • Aloysa October 22, 2011, 11:43 am

    Oh My God! He is the cutest baby I’ve seen for years! lol No, I am serious, he is so cute! And he grew up so much!

    • retirebyforty October 22, 2011, 5:08 pm

      Thanks! I think he is the cutest baby around too. Most baby looks kind of like an alien. haha 😀

  • krantcents October 22, 2011, 2:18 pm

    Hey, what is with the spiked hair? Does the Mrs need more clothes because she is supporting the homestead? 🙂

    • retirebyforty October 22, 2011, 5:09 pm

      The hair is great, isn’t it? He has the best hair out of everyone at the day care. I’ll let the Mrs. answer your other question. haha 😀

  • Jon -- Free Money Wisdom October 22, 2011, 2:40 pm

    That kid is a doll. I love the hair. I was about to chastise you on how much you spent for a baby gate–but then I read further down. haha And your kiddo looks like he just got caught — how cute.

    • retirebyforty October 22, 2011, 5:09 pm

      Thanks! 🙂 Yeah, that would have been way too much to spend on a baby gate.

  • I loved the comment about Andre the Giant! I’m 6’8″, so the instructions probably would have worked for me! 🙂 Cute baby by the way – especially with the hair-do. 😉

    • retirebyforty October 22, 2011, 5:10 pm

      Next time I’ll have to get you to help me. haha. 😀

    • Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter October 25, 2011, 8:46 am

      Derek you are 6’8”?! I would never have guessed.

      OH my- he is sooo cute!! I love the rock star style hair. Very cool. And yes they do grow fast so enjoy every moment and every inch. lol

  • Shaun @ Smart Family Finance October 23, 2011, 3:57 am

    It’s the basketball player’s instructions. Hey, the woman is actual size.

  • Alex | Perfecting Dad October 23, 2011, 9:18 am

    Headline was awesome. You suckered me with that, I was going to jump in with both feet 🙂 Come on over to my blog where you can read about how I spend $1200 for socks each week (kidding).

    • retirebyforty October 23, 2011, 9:59 pm

      Haha, thanks for stopping by! 😀

  • Phil Jensen October 23, 2011, 9:26 am

    It can definitely get expensive (I have a 2 and 4 year old), but it’s definitely worth every penny.

    I’m finally done with diapers!!!

    I know it’s a cliche, but they sure do grow up quickly, try to enjoy the ride. Before you know they’ll be asking for the keys to the lexus….

    Great post


    • retirebyforty October 23, 2011, 9:59 pm

      I can’t wait to be done with diapers. He is a lot of fun, but it’s so much work… 🙂

  • MR October 23, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Cute baby… You’re Andre the Giant comment made me laugh out loud 🙂

    Oh, thanks for the mention too…

    • retirebyforty October 23, 2011, 9:58 pm

      Haha, glad you enjoyed it.

  • 20's Finances October 23, 2011, 5:14 pm

    I agree with MR; I literally laughed out loud when reading it (to my wife’s amusement). Sounds like a huge change of environment for the family. Hope it goes smoothly.

    • retirebyforty October 23, 2011, 9:58 pm

      We all need a funny post once in a while. Can’t be serious all the time. We’ll try to make it work…

  • SB @ One Cent At A Time October 23, 2011, 6:38 pm

    Very cute baby. Joe you soon need a baby gate for sure.

  • Kris @ Everyday Tips October 23, 2011, 7:34 pm

    I was just about to hassle you about posting another baby picture and you read my mind and shared a fantastic picture. I love crazy baby hair, that picture is the best!

    Thanks for the link too, and glad you have some help coming to town. Also glad you found a storage solution.

    • retirebyforty October 23, 2011, 9:57 pm

      Glad we can be of service. 🙂

  • youngandthrifty October 23, 2011, 9:09 pm

    Okay he is TOO cute! Are you going to style his hair and give him a baby mohawk?

    He could be like the baby version of Budgets are Sexy! LOL

    Haha so true about Andre the Giant.

    BF and I have the PAX closet as well and it took a lot of swearing, a chair, and a lot of repitition to get that $%#)*$ door on.

    Did you have any luck?

    • retirebyforty October 23, 2011, 9:57 pm

      Haha, yeah. We decided to return the sliding door. Our space is a bit too small we would have to rearrange the bed. That’ s good though because the door cost $450!
      Heh, I’ll send Budgets are sexy and email to come check out the pictures. 🙂

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