We have had so many parents-to-be tell us that they feel absolutely overwhelmed when they've gone into one of those big baby stores and tried to work out what the hell they have to buy.
And I get it, we tried once to go into one of the big ones, and actually left as soon as we could, empty-handed and feeling so overwhelmed and underprepared. I've got into the habit of sending out a hastily popped together email to all my mates who ask me what they must buy, so I thought it was time to share it with our suite set family.
I cleaned it up and popped a legend on it so you know
what to spend on,
where to save and
what are great items to find a loaner, hand me down or secondhand option.
And importantly - what you do not need, and must promise me not to buy, ever.
My key tips -
• Don't panic buy.
• You don't need all the things immediately.
• Don't buy in bulk until you've well and truly product tested
• For some products cheap is better - save your money for the good things.
It's important to remember your own safety and budget considerations when shopping for a baby, and know that there are many ways to get good baby products that are right for your family.