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    • Isolt
    • By Isolt 4th Jan 18, 7:27 PM
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    at what point did you start buying cot, pushchair etc?
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    • 4th Jan 18, 7:27 PM
    at what point did you start buying cot, pushchair etc? 4th Jan 18 at 7:27 PM
    How far into your pregnancy did you buy a cot, and other necessities? I'd like to take advantage of the sales, but it seems a bit early
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    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 4th Jan 18, 7:46 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 7:46 PM
    I waited till at least 6 months
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    • FreddieFrugal
    • By FreddieFrugal 5th Jan 18, 8:28 AM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:28 AM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:28 AM
    After 20 week scan was when we started buying things. Bought things quite spread out whenever there was a good deal on something.
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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 6th Jan 18, 12:43 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 12:43 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 12:43 AM
    As late as possible, and as a result about the only thing I had to buy was a changing mat.

    Aunt offered me a Silver Cross pram, which fortunately I had room for. Her daughters had used it for their children, and I'm not sure if before that my mother had used it for us, or whether it had been my aunt's ...

    Aunt also gave me a cot, again used by her grandchildren, and I think her children before that.

    In-laws bought me a second hand Silver Cross pushchair.

    After the birth I bought a lightweight pushchair for the car, secondhand.

    Moses basket from an NCT sale?

    Honestly the only thing I remember buying new was that changing mat, which I bought in the early stages of labour ... which is possibly leaving it a bit late!
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    • clairec79
    • By clairec79 6th Jan 18, 3:59 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 3:59 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 3:59 PM
    With my youngest about 8weeks as there was a pushchair on sale for a ridiculous price (think it was less than 30, suitable from birth with footmuff, rain covers etc)

    There's no right or wrong answer. Some prefer to wait in case something happens others are happy to buy immediately.
    • carlislelass
    • By carlislelass 6th Jan 18, 4:56 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 4:56 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 4:56 PM
    From about 6mths.Store kept the pram and cot until I came out of hospital. Don't think that would happen now
    • kirtsypoos
    • By kirtsypoos 9th Jan 18, 10:26 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 10:26 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 10:26 AM
    I put a deposit on furniture when I was 14 weeks but didn't pay the balance until 26 weeks and it's not being delivered until 30 weeks.

    My parents bought us the pram at 16 weeks. I'd have preferred to wait but they were like cats on a hot tin roof, and they actually went and bought it while we were out of the Country and didn't tell us until I was 18 weeks.

    Everything else I've been buying along the way as I've seen it on offer - including stocking up on nappies/wipes of various sizes etc so there is less to buy whilst on SMP
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    • GLM71093
    • By GLM71093 9th Jan 18, 11:06 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 11:06 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 11:06 AM
    I am currently 30 weeks, I ordered the pram last week and its due to be delivered this week. I was planning on getting it next month however it went on sale and was too good of a price to miss out on. I brought a moses basket last week too as it was in the sales.
    We are lucky and have been gifted a cot and we are collecting that this weekend. If i was was buying one i was going to wait til after baby was born as they wont be sleeping in it straight away.

    Similar to kirstypoos, I have brought wipes etc when they have been on offer.

    I think its worth taking advantage of the sales if you can as it would be a shame to buy something exactly the same in a few months time for more money
    • LavenderBee
    • By LavenderBee 9th Jan 18, 12:32 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 12:32 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 12:32 PM
    I was determined to wait until 20 week scan, but I've bought some clothes in the sales (half price M&S babygros, sleepsuits, sleeping bags and some cute bibs) after Christmas.


    In the meantime I'm doing plenty of research into what we want and how much it costs - yep, I have a spreadsheet shopping list. I have been collecting freebies like a crazy lady too, the only "big" thing we have is a baby box with mattress and sheet, which was free In a bit of a quandary as the pushchair we think we will go for is 440 everywhere, except for 5 on eBay (in a certain colour) which are 299. I'd feel silly buying one before my scan (30 January) but if they all go I'd never forgive myself if we bought it anyway at 141 extra. Awkward isn't it? I'm happy that nothing else I'm looking at it in offer now, or likely to be. I think that has to be part of the consideration.

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    • riotlady
    • By riotlady 16th Jan 18, 1:35 PM
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    Started picking up bits and bobs after 20 week scan, started getting the bigger stuff around 6 months.
    • TeaRex
    • By TeaRex 2nd Feb 18, 6:24 PM
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    I waited until 20 week scan until I bought anything, I started with clothes/bottles. Im 23 weeks now and saw a good price for a second hand immaculate travel system on a selling page so bought that. Haven't bought any cot or other big items yet.
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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 8th Feb 18, 10:37 AM
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    I'm 16weeks and picked up our pram/pushchair yesterday as it was going on a local selling page at a bargain price, I picked up a few baby grows in the mothercare sale and a moses basket in the asda baby event. Have a few packs of nappies/wipes on offer but not many as experience tells me babies skin reacts differently to different products and they are always offers on! I'm keeping my eye out for the bouncy chair I'm wanting on the local selling pages/gumtree/ebay as sometimes if you are buying second hand you just have to get things when you see them!
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    • Zandy_23
    • By Zandy_23 15th Feb 18, 3:38 PM
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    About 6 weeks. I was trying to look for good deals and was waiting to find one because we were on a budget anticipating hospital bills.
    • stinabean
    • By stinabean 19th Mar 18, 4:52 PM
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    Very paranoid FTM at 23 weeks here. I bought a neutral baby grow shortly after my 12 week scan as I felt reassured, and have only just bought my pram/car seat.

    Everything else I'm lucky enough to have had gifted to me, and it's sitting unorganised in the spare room. Will sort through it more around 30 weeks.
    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 19th Mar 18, 10:39 PM
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    There's no need to rush at buying anything - and it's not so terrible if you hold off buying some things until after the birth (and you might find that you don't need that baby bath and top-and-tail bowl after all). Personally I'd wait until 30 weeks before getting the expensive stuff like cot and car seat.
    • LavenderBee
    • By LavenderBee 20th Mar 18, 8:03 PM
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    As an update, we'd purchased car seat and pushchair and most smaller things by 25 weeks, purely because we had an opportunity to combine lots of offers and get the best price on what we needed/wanted. Not bought nursery furniture yet (but know what we're ordering) or our reusable nappies. I've been thwarted by PGP/SPD and am not in any position to go shopping or deal with large deliveries any more, so I'm glad I did everything "early".
    • Cash-Cows
    • By Cash-Cows 24th Mar 18, 6:41 AM
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    We didn't by a pram. I'm glad we didn't it would have been a waste of money.
    • LavenderBee
    • By LavenderBee 24th Mar 18, 7:25 AM
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    I must admit to googling "do I NEED a pram?"! I wondered about just using a baby carrier instead. I hate having stuff and things around me I find it very cumbersome. Looking in the shops they all felt huge and I couldn't imagine myself being tethered to one. But apparently my joints may not go back to normal for 6 months after the birth; crutches, new mum, new baby in a carrier? Probably a recipe for disaster paid 200 for our pram/pushchair and we're getting rid of a car.
    • FreddieFrugal
    • By FreddieFrugal 24th Mar 18, 10:47 AM
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    I must admit to googling "do I NEED a pram?"! I wondered about just using a baby carrier instead. I hate having stuff and things around me I find it very cumbersome. Looking in the shops they all felt huge and I couldn't imagine myself being tethered to one. But apparently my joints may not go back to normal for 6 months after the birth; crutches, new mum, new baby in a carrier? Probably a recipe for disaster paid 200 for our pram/pushchair and we're getting rid of a car.
    Originally posted by LavenderBee
    Our travel system was about 240.

    We have used it lots. It's got decent size, air wheels and has coped pretty well over the sort of walks we like to do.

    Although at times a pram/pushchair can feel cumbersome - you've got to balance it with the fact that you WILL have to carry a lot of things with you when you go out for any length of time and it's handy having a carry basket and changing bag on the handle. It means you've got somewhere to dump stuff.

    It's also a handy place to put things when you're doing something like changing the baby.

    And it's something, once weaned, you can easily feed them in when you're out somewhere.

    We got a big backpack baby carrier too for when we do proper hiking, but we're still using the pushchair a lot.
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    • LavenderBee
    • By LavenderBee 24th Mar 18, 3:09 PM
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    I've bought a second hand backpack baby carrier, 30 in fact, it may have even been the first thing I bought.

    I saw a lady on the train the other day with her toddler strapped to her front, backpack on her back and she seemed absolutely fine (in fact she'd coordinated the colour of her jacket, baby's rainsuit, backpack, carrier and even flashes in her hair - I was envious on all levels!).

    Hubby wanted a pram anyway so I was never going to win that one, I didn't even bother raising it but he knew I was struggling to really like any of them. I don't even push a trolley in the supermarket usually!
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