The cost of preparing for your first child can go into the thousands! There seems to be so many gadgets out and about that you MUST have that it is no wonder parents end up spending a fortune on things that lets face it, they may never use. I think back to what our parents had and what their parents before them had and we all turned out okay – so what do you really need and what is just a bit of a gimmick!?
This list seems to be quite good, there is a section for items which are nice to have but but essential as well.
We have decided to buy bits and bobs as we go along to try and spread out the cost. Prams were one thing that we found to be crazy prices – some over £1000 once you had purchased all the extras! We went out and tested a few and in the end settled on the Joolz Day Earth which was easy to push, at a good height and folds down to go in the car well. It also means we can use the maxi cozi car seat on this pushchair which will be very handy when the baby is first born. If we purchased the pram new it would still cost us over £1000 so we did a bit of looking around on eBay and Gumtree and saw there were quite a few second hand ones about – some in much better condition that others. The one we went for in the end was from eBay and had only been used a very limited number of times, it came with a whole load of extras and looked immaculate. It cost us less than half the price of buying new and is in perfect condition, it is a little bit of a gamble buying second hand if you cannot go and view but it certainly paid off for us!
There are lots of local groups on Facebook and also Gumtree which you could use for second hand items and be able to go and view before purchasing.
We also picked up a massive bundle of 0-3 month clothing either new or worn once for £30, there must of been over £200 worth of clothes all brand like Next and Mothercare.
The cot is another item we purchased from Facebook locally, it is a John Lewis cot which costs over £100 in the shop and we got it for £25, other than a scratch or two it’s in amazing condition. We will be purchasing the mattress new as that’s advised but cannot fault the cot.
It just shows that even though having a baby can be expensive, if you do look around locally, there are some bargains to be had.
We are going to go along to the next local NCT Nearly New sale as I have been told these are fab!