Archive for May, 2009

Three Key Things About Not Buying Baby Clothes

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

It’s really tempting, and this is something I felt myself, to start buying clothes for the new baby a few months before he or she actually arrives. A few trips to Mothercare or Mamas & Papas and you will be tempted. Oh, but it’s got a cute little dragon on it! Aww, but it has bear ears! Look, a slogan!

Stop.

Tempting as the retail therapy is, these are credit crunch times so better to be a little savvy. Especially as the first key thing about baby clothes is the first batch are grown out of in about a month and a half… That ever so cute newborn sleep suit has a window of about that long to entertain you, the plain one is probably better values, put the spare cash in their college fund instead.

The second key thing is that because of this temptation, there are may parents with bags of baby clothes cluttering up their houses who just want rid of them. If you’re of the age when friends are all starting to have kids, then chances are there’ll be somebody you know about 3 months ahead wanting to offload some nearly-new clothes. Don’t feel guilty about accepting such offers, as I guarantee you’ll be doing the same in about, oh, about 3 months. Either that or you’ll be Freecycling them.

The third key thing is that you always underestimate the generosity of relatives, friends, work colleagues and passing acquaintances. Everybody loves a new baby, and the number of people who “saw this and just had to buy it” is both touching and will land you with a surplus if you’re not careful with your own clothes habit.

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Tip : Make time for yourselves

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Being a new parent sucks up time. Whether it be feeding, preparing for feeds, changing nappies, dealing with baby sick or any of the more enjoyable things like watching the baby bat a pair of plastic keys in a play gym, it eats your spare moments.

With working during the day and erratic sleeping patterns for you both at night, you may end up with brief windows to actually talk properly to your partner about something other than the quality of the baby’s last poo or how little sleep you got last night.

So one thing we’ve found useful is designating a particular “date night” where, no matter what, once baby is asleep we will make time to have some nice food, a long chat, a drink and be together.

It’s a simple thing, but nailing it to a specific night and saying “it will happen come what may”, is worth doing.

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