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Choosing a pram: How to survive the process!

Choosing a pram: How to survive the process!

Buying a pram is the most expensive investment for most parents preparing for their new arrival. It’s also the item that’s going to get the most use. Why then is it such a complicated process?

Hubby and I pretty much made up our minds about which pram we wanted before we set foot in a shop. I even managed to ‘test drive’ a few models. Yet what should have been an easy verification process before we handed over the credit card still managed to take us the better part of 3 hours over 2 separate visits to John Lewis.

One thing I’m sure of is that standing in a shop with no ideas about which pram you want will be totally overwhelming to your pregnant self. I’d highly recommend doing your preliminary research from the comfort of your sofa. There are just so many options to choose from.

In order to make the process easier, I asked my friends to answer a series of questions about the prams they used. I’ve put their responses together in this post. I can’t promise that it will make it easier to order the pram you want, but it will help you assess the options from a real life parent perspective.

Upcycled changing table

Upcycled nursery drawers

I love making things for my home and it’s the same with the nursery. There are so many expensive items on the market that it’s easy to believe you need to spend a fortune to create the perfect baby room. In true Kirstie Allsopp style, I want to do things a little differently and give the room my own personal stamp with upcycled, handmade and vintage items.

Getting ahead of myself has given me the opportunity to find second hand furniture and turn it in to something unique for Pea.

Giraffe Wish List

There’s something to be said for being one of the last in our group of friends to have a baby. We have been lucky with donations of pretty much everything we could possibly need. But Pea will need some treats of its own and I have found that baby shopping offers a great opportunity to indulge my love of all things giraffe.

Giraffes have become a favourite animal for the hubby and me. I know the obsession came about during a trip to Moscow zoo on our first holiday together but I’m not really sure how it stuck around – might have something to do with the tall gangliness! Anyway, we now find ourselves pointing out giraffes wherever they crop up, which is surprisingly often.

The Bump Class: Book Review

The Bump Class: Book Review

The Bump Class by Marina Fogle & her sister Dr Chiara Hunt was written to provide accessible, professional and unbiased advice to expectant mothers. I became aware of it when Ben Fogle tweeted about it just before it was released, happily around the time of my first scan.

Keep reading to find out what I’ve made of it now I’ve got to the halfway point of my pregnancy.


Last chance to enjoy a hot cup of tea

It’s never too early to start picking up tips from more experienced mummies. In fact, thinking ahead a little, it’s probably easier to take advice now so I can filter it before the emotions and sleep deprivation kick in.

This week I took part in a Twitter party hosted by Mumsnet Blog Network, using the hashtag #NewMumHacks. I picked up lots of hints and to make sure I still have them on hand when I actually need them, I’ve compiled my favourites in to a blog post. Hopefully you will find them useful too.

Boy or Girl: Will we find out at the 20 week scan?

One of the most common questions people ask when we tell them I’m pregnant is, are we going to find out if we’re having a boy or a girl. I couldn’t tell you whether they really want to know, or whether it’s just something to say in response to the news. I guess it’s a mixture of both.

With just over 3 weeks until our 20 week scan I’ve not quite made up my mind. I’ve always thought that I wouldn’t want to find out, that it would be nice to have a surprise at the end of 9 months plus however many hours of labour, and that people know too much about babies before they arrive these days – some people even announce the name, which only leaves the due date for people to speculate about.