20 Week Scan & Baby Sales Galore

So today we had our 20 week scan and I am happy to report that our sonographer reported everything looked exactly as she would expect at 20 weeks. Measurements, heart beat, blood flow, umbilical cord, movement, everything… everything was exactly they would expect at this stage.

A huge sigh of relief!

Pregnancy Corner

Every single step along this crazy journey is yet another milestone we’ve never experienced before despite having tried to become parents for over 3 years.

We’re still not yet jumping up and down with joy and excitement, which is proving increasingly difficult as the days pass by, but the 24 week stage isn’t far away now. At this point I think we’ll be boiling over with bottled up excitement and we can finally let our hair down and finally accept that we’re pregnant and we can’t wait!

Baby Sales Galore

Because we’re new to this, we’re noticing things that would normally slip by – sales of baby goods being one.

The past few days we’ve noticed a huge increase in the number sale events kicking off online – all baby orientated. We’re not sure if this is something that gets recycled every 3 months or so, and so naturally not wanting to miss out on a great deal, we’ve very tempted to go a bit nuts.

Checking a few sites reveals some great deals from Mamas & Papas, M&Co and Asda George and we’re also hopeful that Aldi will have another baby event before Pancake is due.

Easy Like Sunday Mornings

In the meantime our Sunday mornings, when J doesn’t have a shift, are still dominated by “Day 130 in the Pancake Chronicles“, lying in bed reading the latest entry from the Pregnancy Plus app which has been a real eye opener.

It’s a great way to chill first thing in the morning, more often than not with the dog joining us, as we read what expect in the next 7 days. For

All Aboard ⚓

Before the madness of having a child ensues, and the planning, shopping etc, we’ve decided to treat ourselves one last time. Feet up and recharging our minds in what has been an unsettling time with work, we’ll be setting sail as we head off for a week-long cruise and will remain disconnected from the technological world.

Bliss!

Making the news

What was making the news on this momentous day? Below is a collection of front pages I’ve collected dated 7 April 2015.

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eBay Bargain #2 – Boori Country Classic Furniture

As big believers in purchasing whatever we can from eBay, saving us a small fortune, today we were the lucky winners of an auction for a collection of Boori Country Classic Furniture.

New Deal Alert

We were automatically notified about this auction via a text message after I created an IFTTT alert based on keywords “Boori Country Classic”. Due to the reserve never being reached, it was re-listed 3 times and although tempted to increase our bid or hit the “Buy Now” button, we stuck to our guns and it looks like our patience has paid off.

On our latest attempt, again we failed to reach the reserve price but received a Second Chance Offer of £255 for the collection which consisted of;

  • Boori Country Classic Cot Bed
  • Boori Country Classic Wardrobe
  • Boori Country Classic Toy Chest

The obvious piece missing from the furniture collection is a set of drawers, but having made a saving of around £1200 on the new cost price, I’m sure we can save up to get the matching Boori Classic Four Drawer Chest having spotted it at Kiddicare (albeit the 2015 model) and as there’s no rush we can see what sales or offers come along in the meantime.

All Hands on Deck

Now we face the problem of sorting out a white van and some assistance in the form of “Dads” and need to do it fast! It transpires that this furniture is currently in an empty house due to a move that took place over the weekend and the keys are due to be exchanged at lunchtime tomorrow.

To add to the urgency and rush factor, tomorrow is our 20 week scan. We’re not superstitious however, having all this baby furniture and travel system in the house already, does make us a little nervous.

Van Hire Shenanigans

We appreciate it’s last minute but £120 for 24 hours of van hire from Enterprise? Really? Luckily we have a Hertz close by and for £34.50 we’ve booked the same van for the same times. Pays to shop around!

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A Kick – Now Its My Turn

I have to admit that outside of the initial excitement of seeing a smiley face on a stick and the ultrasounds, the first few months of pregnancy are a little boring and I say that as a man who is very much looking forward to becoming a dad.

The day-to-day events are just not that amazing – sure J’s body is changing, and I’m trying to do more around the house when she lets met, but other than that (and the constant grazing) there’s nothing much else. However today was an exception!

Happy days!

For exactly two weeks since J first felt Pancake kick, she has enjoyed the feeling of Pancake wriggle around kicking now and then, but not being able to share it. Whenever I’ve gone for a feel, Pancake has decided to have a rest. Today that all changed.
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5 Crucial Tactics for Baby Shopping

We’ve still got over 4 months to go and already we know there’s no getting away from the fact that shopping for your first baby can be very expensive business – something we’re learning very quickly. On top of that, its likely one of us will be off work for a year meaning substantially less cash coming in each month.

With that in mind, we decided to budget as much as we could, refrain wherever possible from buying anything that although cute, wasn’t particularly necessary and try our best to adhere to a few other money-saving ideas along the way.

Creating a list

We’ve created a shopping list and thus far, we’re finding that we are sticking to it reasonably well. We’ve not bought a massive amount yet, but we have found that simply by having a list is making us stop and think before buying every single “oh so cute” item we see on almost a daily basis.

We also hope that by having a list, it will mean we can share it with those wanting to help us out such as parents and siblings. We’ve heard so many people say that they received tons of clothes for 0mth – 3mth babies and next to nothing for 6mth onwards. I guess its understandable but to get the most wear out of them, we plan to add a few items that would suit Pancake later on, maybe 6mth – 12mth.

Researching

There are hundreds of websites offering advice and guidance but one thing we’ve learned is to remember in most cases, the review reflects one persons experience which may not necessarily reflect our own lifestyle.

Which Best BuyWe found the Baby & Child section of the Which? website and invaluable source of information when deciding which travel system to go for and as all the products are tested in the same way, it means we had a true comparison.

Join Which? for £1 for the first month is well worth it, could save a few costly mistakes and is a website we’ll definitely be using again as we start looking at carriers and slings, monitors and high chairs in the coming months.

Consider second-hand items

This is very important to us, not that we’re tight, but because we’ve seen the deals to be had on eBay and have also seen friends picking up fantastic clothing bundles at car boot sales (check CarBootJunction.com) and from Gumtree.

After a few weeks of setting up a number of automatic eBay alerts and monitoring what the Silver Cross Wayfarer pram was going for, we managed to grab the travel system (one of three that were on our shortlist) off eBay for £266. For that we got;

  • chassis
  • pushchair seat
  • carrycot
  • Simplicity baby seat
  • coloured aprons
  • footmuffs
  • rain covers
  • cup holder
  • Brand new, the travel system and accessories would have come to £675 meaning we were lucky enough to have saved over £400 simply by buying second had. For something that is in near perfect condition, a scuff here and there, it means we have £400 to spend on other essentials.

    Initially once we’d won the eBay auction we were worried we’d made the wrong decision getting the Silver Cross Wayfarer. However after reflection and in the knowledge we’ll be using a sling more often than not when out and about, we think we done right 🙂 I guess we’ll only really know in 4 months time!

    Using paint

    Decorating a baby’s bedroom has to be one of the most enjoyable and fun parts of preparing for a new arrival and I know I’m itching to get started. Simple bright colours and wall stickers are the usual route, however paying £120 for a colourful scene isn’t my idea of value.

    Google and Pinterest are your friends when it comes to ideas and stencils and I plan to keep the colours to basics (blue, red green, yellow, brown, white) to easily create my own simple scene at a fraction of the cost.

    Tesco Baby Club Animals

    I love simplicity and innocent feel of the Tesco Baby Club animals and I may have to drop them an email to see if they have large versions of the characters I can use as a stencil to help me design my own scene.

    Watching the online sales

    Whilst visiting our independent local baby store the assistant told us of some new parents-to-be admiring prams and asking if they “looked good” with a particular model, treating it like some sort of fashion accessory. I suspect their priorities will change after a week of nightly feeds?

    Anyway, as you’ve probably gathered, we’re not bothered if we’re seen in last seasons clothes and Pancake (like it or not) will fall into this way of life too. We be making the most of the Online Sales, snapping the odd thing or two in the Spring Sales in preparation for next spring and of course making the most of cash back sites and discount codes..

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    eBay Deal or have we just blown our money?

    The other day we managed to grab a “deal” on eBay for a Silver Cross Wayfarer travel system however, since winning, we’re now a little unsure if it will actually suit our lifestyle.

    It wasn’t an impulse buy as such, we had tried and tested, as much as you can in a shop and at baby shows, a number of prams of which the Silver Cross Wayfarer was one of three that we thought would suit us best.

    Silver Cross Wayfarer

    Obviously we knew what our friends had and knew what they liked and disliked about their own prams. Most recommended the pram they had so that didn’t help narrow our search down a great deal, and on top of that, none are dog owners so don’t have footpaths to navigate on a daily basis.

    We also took time to read a number of Silver Cross Wayfarer reviews which all seemed to indicate it would be an ideal choice for us, and a number of stores said that the pram would be fine on footpaths

    Since winning the eBay auction, I can only conclude that Google have rejigged their SEO algorithms because now when we search for Silver Cross Wayfarer reviews, they seem to all be negative!

    Our pram requirements

    When compiling our travel system requirements, some of the most important factors were;

  • lightweight (not too concerned about it being compact)
  • 4 wheeler (prefer for stability)
  • easy to clean (because of footpath walking)
  • reasonably sized basket
  • well known and trustworthy brand
  • After playing with a number of different makes and models, we ruled out iCandy, Bugaboo, Cosatto and Quinny for a number of reasons. Some just didn’t feel right, others felt like they were more fashion accessories than functional machines and some were priced way beyond what we were happy paying for something that would be covered in poo and vom.

    eBay Auctions

    Our winning bid of £276 has bagged us an 8mth old Silver Cross Wayfarer pram in very good and clean condition. The usual few scratches and scuffs from daily use and a slight tear in the shopping basket which can be fixed very easily;

  • chassis with shopping basket
  • carry cot
  • reversible/reclining seat unit
  • simplicity car seat
  • simplicity car seat with adapters for pram
  • sky blue hood and apron
  • sky blue parasol
  • rain cover that fits carry cot and seat unit
  • drinks holder
  • Silver Cross Wayfarer Reviews

    Like anything on the internet, I always expect to read more negative than positive reviews on the internet as thats human nature. Somehow we all manage to find the time to complain and highlight the negatives, yet find ourselves too busy to do the same when it comes to compliments and positives.

    The differing opinions between how the Wayfarer is rated and the musings of jelly-like wobbles and breaking chasis on NetMums is a bit concerning and confirms that no matter how much research you do, you’ll never know if it fits your lifestyle until you try it.

  • 5/5 from The Dad Network
  • 5/5 from MadeForMums
  • 3/5 from MumsNet
  • 3/5 from Toys-R-Us
  • 72% from Which?
  • 4/5 from Feefo Independent Reviews
  • I think once we pick it up and take it for a spin, borrowing a friends little one, we may end up up sticking it back on eBay and start our search all over again 🙁

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