This weekend Ali and I eventually got around to buying some of the stuff we will need when our baby is born. I guess I would have chosen to wait till a bit closer to the due date but various folks have been worrying me by saying that some prams and car seats can take up to 6 weeks to be delivered after orders - and since Ali is due in 7 weeks we thought that was cutting things a bit fine - especially since it is not at all unheard of for babies to be born weeks early (although more commonly they are late in first births).
It really is no fun picking which stuff to get. Everyone seems to have an opinion and the last thing you want to do is "Cheap Out" on your progeny. On the other hand you don't want to be mugs and to pay through the nose unnecessarily. Should we get a push chair and a pram or a clever combination type? Do we get a car seat with a base unit or just the seat? Do we got for a trendy brand name like "Baby Bjorn" or just stick with the traditional Mclaren?
In the end we decided to go for a rather flash "Integrated Travel System". This means a base that will allow a pram or push chair attachment and will also allow you to put a car seat directly onto it so you don't need to move the kiddie when you transfer it from the car. It costs a bit more than getting separates but hopefully will be way more convenient. Or have we just been mugged?
And of course the other thing I forgot to take into account is that our existing small people, Barney and Boo, have no conception of what is for our new family member and what is for them.