Second hand items – to buy or not to buy?

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!

Maternity wear for the growing bump

Being only 14 weeks I do not really have a visible bump yet although I have noticed a lot of my clothes are getting rather tight and quite a few work items are now no good. I have also got bloating towards the end of the day for quite a few weeks now so leggings have become my favourite.

I decided to use this as a good opportunity to go through my wardrobe and have a good clear out! All my smart work clothes that are now uncomfortable, I have packed away in vacuum packs as I will be going back to work after my maternity leave and would rather not buy a whole new work wardrobe after the baby is born!

I also put away my more skinnier summer clothes as I am determined to fit back into them by next summer…I’m hoping this will be some sort of motivation!

I then managed to fill a large sack to take to the charity shop (after my sister has been for a rummage) which made me realise just how much I had in my wardrobe that I no longer wear… I even found a few items still with the tags on… oppsy.

My New Year’s Resolution (once the baby is here) will be to purchase little and often and clothes of better quality rather than being drawn in by sale signs and filling my wardrobe with things I do not actually need.

Everyone has told me I will be large at the right time – in winter when I can get away with legging and jumpers – rather than the summer where pregnant ladies appear hot and uncomfortable no matter what they wear!

For now I am on the lookout for some maternity clothes for work, eBay seems to be the place to look with great items and good brands going for a few pounds each.