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16 minutes ago, Chest Rockwell said:

John Cena toothbrush, he'll love it.

We have that and The Rock one. Pretty much hate The Rock because of my 7 year old.

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Excuse me whilst I turn UKFF in to Mumsnet for a minute, has anyone got any pram recommendations? I'm not planning on getting one straight away, I was going to use a sling to start with and get a pram when the baby is about 3 months old. Am I being an idiot? 

I drive and have my own car so will probably be driving most places. We have a lovely park near us but can't see me taking the baby there till the weather is better. I'm due in November and the weather usually starts to get better around April

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No you're not being an idiot but from experience I'd say you'll need one straight away. 

No recommendations on makes though, sorry. Think ours was McLaren.

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I have done sling for the first few months for all my kids but I know that most people find it difficult not to do without. I can't recommend one either as the last one I got is a bit shit and I can't remember beyond that.

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1 hour ago, deathrey said:

Excuse me whilst I turn UKFF in to Mumsnet for a minute, has anyone got any pram recommendations? I'm not planning on getting one straight away, I was going to use a sling to start with and get a pram when the baby is about 3 months old. Am I being an idiot? 

I drive and have my own car so will probably be driving most places. We have a lovely park near us but can't see me taking the baby there till the weather is better. I'm due in November and the weather usually starts to get better around April

One thing I will say is do plenty of research and make sure it's fit for what you want it for. Some are more bulky and sturdy but don't fold up small, others are compact and lightweight. 

I'd also check if whatever car seat you have is compatible with whatever pram you get, or if you can get adapters. If you have a car seat (like the maxi cosy pebble) most prams can have that as the cot/seat part via some very reasonably priced adapters which slot in.

Also, keep an eye on Facebook buy and sell groups. A new pram is hella expensive and you can pick up a second hand one frequently with minimal use on it for a fraction of the cost. We bought ours for £80 and it would have been £800 new and it has worked great! You can also pick up a lighter weight stroller that folds, and can be great for shorter trips. 

Finally, I know it seems mad now, but if you do think there's a possibility you might consider a second baby before the first is finished with the pram, make sure you get one that can convert to a double later, it will save you lots of time, money and hassle in the long run.

TL:DR do lots of research and new isn't always best. Good luck! 

Hope that's helpful.

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1 hour ago, ElCece said:

I have done sling for the first few months for all my kids but I know that most people find it difficult not to do without. I can't recommend one either as the last one I got is a bit shit and I can't remember beyond that.

Can't go wrong with the babybjorn Or Ergo 360 in terms of carriers. We used both and they were mega useful. 

Sorry for the double post! 

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We’ve had a couple of Mamas and Papas Solers and they were both affordable and great.  I can’t fathom the £800 plus prams, how do they justify the prices?

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Wifey and I are thinking of getting a travel system for when baby Divorced Dad arrives as she thinks it makes more sense to get one thing that does everything instead of individual pieces. 

Anyone had one before and got any thoughts? 

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Thanks for your thoughts @mim731, I'll definitely think about some of those points. I'm quite happy to get secondhand but Mr Deathrey seems really against it. I quite fancy the Stokke Xplory but it's stupidly expensive so I thought a secondhand one would be a good compromise.  

I'm looking at cheaper alternatives at the moment. I think I might try and book an appointment at a pram shop to have a proper look and get a feel for all the different types.

I'm 37 so if I'm able to have a second baby, they will come along quite soon I think! I would have liked a 2-3 year gap but life hasn't worked out that way.

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In the olden days when we had little children we had one of the car seats that you clicked on top of the buggy (Gracco I believe).  My top tip would be make sure your boot is big enough.  With the folded up base unit in the boot you could maybe get 3 cans of Sprite alongside it.  Fucking hated it, but it looked great in Mothercare World.

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I have a hand me down bugaboo. Wouldn't have paid for one but I have to say the build quality is really great. It's super sturdy, and really rugged for all terrain walks through woods etc., of which we do a lot.

Having used it now I can understand why they are pricier.

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We got ours secondhand, but the Uppababy prams are great. 

@deathrey if you can go and test some out that'll be a big help (or certainly was to us) in getting an idea what might work best. 

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I fully agree with @mim731’s post, dot he research and you won’t go wrong. 

We fell victim to the old saying ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ as we bought a full travel system called UberChild for around £250 and it ended up being a huge pile of garbage. We ended up forming out a further £450 for a Mothercare Journey Edit travel system which was day and night compared to the first one.

Everyone is different and have different styles, but I agree, go and test a few out of you have the opportunity and think about how you will be using it most. The bulkier ones are better for out walking on the streets etc, but they aren’t so good if you need to get them in the car with the shopping and vice versa for the lighter ones.

Good luck and enjoy parenthood @deathrey

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