No, no and no! Certainly not mine but I am highly excited that not one but three very good friends will be welcoming tiny bundles of joy in 2015. Ones that I can coo over, spoil with cuddles and hand back when they start to cry. Two will become first time mums and are a little daunted at the prospect of baby shopping, something I remember all too fondly!
I made huge mistakes and wasted an awful lot of money when I was pregnant with Imogen on clothes she never wore and equipment that we simply didn’t need and just so that others can learn from my mistakes here’s my baby shopping dos and don’ts.
- Do remember that there is very little that is essential for a newborn. Nappies, a handful of vests and babygros, bedding, a cot and a car seat should be plenty to see you through the first couple of weeks.
- Don’t snub hand me downs or second hand items. Very few consider second hand when buying for baby which means that there are some real bargains to be hand. Check with friends and family if they are willing to pass on, sell or even loan anything that you need. Local NCT sales are also full of bargains. The only things you do need to buy new are mattresses and car seats.
- Do your research. Especially when buying high value items such as prams and car seats. Check online reviews, try the car seat out in your car and if you see a mum with the pushchair you have your eye on, ask her about it.
- Don’t overbuy clothes. You’ll often be gifted with lots of cute newborn outfits and remember that babies grow quickly, really quickly usually before they’ve worn an outfit twice!
- Do compare prices. Trawl websites as well as the shops for the best price on everything you buy. Special offers on pushchairs and prams as well as hitting the sales and clever use of promotional codes and money off vouchers could save you a fortune.
- Do sign up to the big retailers baby clubs. Tesco as well as the other big supermarkets and Boots have them and you’ll be sent useful money off vouchers and there’s usually a practical free welcome gift too.
- Do ask advise from friends and family. Write your list with a good mum friend or even your own Mum they’ll be able to offer advise on what is essential and possibly what you should be looking to spend as well.