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Prams, pushchairs and prices!

It all began with our pram. Our little green pram. Actually, it's not that little but it has been a little godsend ever since we purchased it! It was £20! Yes, that's right, £20 and I felt doubly pleased when we got it as it was from a Barnardos charity shop and so we knew our £20 would go towards making a difference.
It had the majority of accessories with it - rain cover, shopping bag, foot muff, straps so we snapped up a bargain. The only things it was missing were the apron (found on eBay), the carrycot liner (also found on eBay), an umbrella (found on Gumtree) and a changing bag which we managed to find in the exact same charity shop! All the important parts were machine-washable and came up as good as new. Of course, we did the obligatory new parent test run to check for safety and pumped up the tyres using our in car tyre pressure gauge.
Like most pregnant couples we had attended the expectant parent Mothercare events and oohed and aahed at the latest models (and pri…
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Hello everyone!

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As always, I'd love to hear your own hints and tips that you wish you had known before becoming a parent so please comment below, say hello and let me know.

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