Now we are safely into the second trimester, we (I?) have decided that we should start considering what we need to accumulate for the baby. I don’t plan to start buying or acquiring anything yet, but I would like to put a plan in place of what we need and within those categories *what* we would like. Basically, come the Christmas sales and the months thereafter, I want to be keeping an eye out for specific things on our list, not just “oh goodness, we need a pram, quick” etc.
My aim is to acquire as many of these without outlaying a vast amount of cash. We are in the process of sorting out a budget and so on, but although we won’t starve after baby comes, we are going to feel my lack of salary, especially as what “income” I do have in the way of statutory maternity pay will be leaving as soon as it arrives paying my law school bank loans.
That said, I have no idea where to start. My midwife gave me a Bounty pack and I picked up the second one at the hospital when I went for my scan. These contain lists of things we should buy and lots of adverts of options. As well as lots of coupons, which is also nice, along with a few free samples of things.
I plan to start by seeing what Mum and Dad have held onto and whether we can use any of it. Apparently they have a cot and a highchair, but both of these will be at least 30 years old (given I will turn 30 in January) and I have no idea whether its safe or advised to use these sort of items. I know that some regulations have changed for new cots but does it matter?
One thing I think we will either end up buying new, or searching for a specific second hand one, is a pram/pushchair/stroller/buggy. Though where to start I have no. idea. The two people I know that have bought a pram in the last year both chose the same one, a Bugaboo Chameleon. These friends don’t know each other, so there must be something in their research (as they are both families who will have researched, not just read a celeb magazine) but I think that not only are their budgets perhaps a teensy bit larger than ours but they are both families with reasonably new cars ergo large boots, not a 20 year old golf.
So, in the interest of *starting somewhere* when I found myself with a lonely husband-less Sunday afternoon and I was at the retail park going to Sainsburys, when I noticed Mothercare was next door, I thought I’d pop in. And my goodness, it was dreadful. I’ve mentioned before how tired I am, but why the fuck Mothercare thought it would encourage people to spend money by having a piano mat in the middle of the shop next to roller pushing things therefore encouraging small people to push things up and down over the piano mat, activating the most god awful noise, I don’t know. Anyway, I stood in front of a display of prams and my brain shut down and I had to leave. Please tell me there is a sort of Which? Guide to prams and if so, please someone tell me where it is…
…because I’m sure as hell not going back to Mothercare in a hurry. Not even because they’ve sent me some money saving vouchers.