We have high hopes that we can carry on living pretty much as we have been with part time work meaning both of us can share the childcare. I always dreamt of a relationship like this, rather than the traditional working dad and stay at home mum. We shall see how this works with my maternity pay.
What we have done and not done so far:
1. I have however bought a pair of maternity dungarees from ebay which i am sure are the latest in fashion! People seem very keen to pass on their maternity clothes and i doubt i will have to buy much, even second hand.
2. EEEK i have bought something new! but it is underwear, yes some bras. They are very beautiful organic cotton from Peau Ethique, not your stereotypical plain organic bras at all! The only problem is they are nearly £20 each and i have bought four. yikes i’ll leave you to do the maths. they are very, very beautiful.
3. tights. i have bought some non organic, non fairtrade, high street shop tights. but i was getting desperate. in fact i didn’t need them at all, i have plenty of tights. but they are nice a warm… and probably made with pesticide ridden cotton, nasty dyes and child labour. It really is worth spending a bit more time and money finding the ethical choice.
4. I have bought some undyed british wool and made some booties, picture to come. and my mum is knitting a blanket from organic cotton. Both wool and the cotton came from the wonderful wool shop in Stroud on the London Road. A bit more expenive but cheaper than buying a ready made organic blanket and booties. and crocheting them distracted me from morning sickness just a little!
5. In Cheltenham for an eye test, i found that the Save the Children charity shop have a huge rail of beautiful, almost new 50p baby gros. i want to keep this a secret! we bought a few!
Right, on to some things we will probably have to buy new:
We are lucky enough to have been given lots of re-usable/washable nappies from my sister and and friend however we will still buy some disposable compostable ones for the first few days/weeks to ease us in to the whole thing!
We also thought we might buy new glass bottles if we need to bottle feed. Take a peek at http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/FreeBuyersGuides/babychild/babybottlesandcups.aspx
but we found one in a second hand shop in germany so hopefully might only need to buy the teats. And you never know, we may be lucky enough never to use bottles at all!
(for more information about why we are avoiding plastic bottles. It may seem like a faff to you, it may seem overly cautious and just too much hard work to search out these products, but if you have time to go to the nearest town and spend an hour in Mothercare then surely you have time to spend online buying a more eco friendly, ethical and healthier option?)
We have bought a new lambskin fleece. We bought this in Germany as it was a little cheaper than in the UK and although it is new it is from a fairly local source and bought from a small independant health shop.
We also will buy a forehead thermometer and a bath thermometer (although perhaps things we will find at an NCT sale/second hand shop).
now, that’s not so bad a shopping list is it? it gives me great pleasure to debunk the myth that having a baby is expensive and needs loads of new stuff.
Having a teenager however…!