The 4 Stages of Buying for your First Baby
The lure of the teeny tiny baby things when you are expecting are nigh on impossible to resist.
The following is a guide to the stages of buying for your first baby, so that you may enter into the process informed and perhaps less likely to do the massive over shopping that has been known to occur. I have two children, and have amassed a collection of baby grows big enough to in fact start my own shop. These stages lessen on your second and subsequent children, but the first is by far the most expensive and time consuming. As is all the washing, folding and sorting of the clothes…
Well clearly the baby is going to need matching designer furniture, a full suite of colour coordinated bed linen in summer and winter patterns, temperature gauges, baby heart monitor and video, shoes, matching outfits, parasol, toys. This is all logical thinking, however in a more realistic universe it helps to step back from the marketing and think about what the baby really needs. Food, soft things and love. Somehow this got lost in marketing, and now we find ourselves spending more for the ‘safer’ option. Budgeting is challenging but worth sticking to, and worth bearing in mind how logical are you being really.
My own mothers advice of, well in my day we only had a drawer, a blanket and the end of a potato sack and sure we were grand, turned out to have the opposite effect of the intended one. Leaving me wondering exactly how I got to where I was in life with such a treacherous start. Also, a set of tyre tracks left in the drive as I sped to the shop to make doubly sure I wasn’t going to have a potato sack situation on my hands.
What if the baby comes early? What if it’s teeny tiny? What if it's twins and we don’t know? What if I have a caesarean and can’t get to the shops to buy things that I only find out that I need after the baby? What if the baby grows really quickly? What if it’s a boy and not a girl after all? What if they are a pukey baby? There is only one solution to these questions: Buy enough things. And by enough, of course I mean, too many.
Don’t worry about it. Whatever one you do pick, you are most certainly guaranteed to have at home. It’s a fact. Doubtful that you will have the presence of mind to either make a list or take a photo of the masses of stuff piling up in your house, so don’t worry about it and stick the kettle on.
You are probably tired after all that shopping.