Shelf Life


Often when I make bigger purchases, I wonder how long they’re going to last. It’s inevitable I suppose! And you can’t always rely on what it says on the packaging as obviously they’re going to insist your baby will still be using their bouncer when they’re 27 cause they want to sell you their product! So here’s a little list of how long we used items for in the hope it informs you a little about (a) whether to buy things at all, and (b) how much to spend on stuff.

I also did a blog a very long time ago about things we’d found completely unnecessary (here) and things we’d loved (here), although I will probably do some update posts soon! So you might find those handy if you missed them first time round! 

Bouncer: when we first got this, she barely spent any time in it at all and when she was in it, she was slumped to one side so we’d have to put blankets round her to keep her vaguely in the right position. Since she’s been moving and able to throw herself off the sofa, she’s been using the bouncer for her daytime naps and she’s still doing so.

Moses basket: some people say they’re a waste of money because they only last five minutes. Alex stayed in hers until she was six months old when she went into her own room in her cot. And she wasn’t a particularly short baby.

First size car seat: she still uses this when she’s going in a different car, although she’s been in her ‘big girl’ Maxi Cosi Two Way Pearl in daddy’s car from about six months.

Pram: we swapped from a proper lie down carrycot style pram (part of a travel system) again at around six months and she’s been using her buggy (a Joie Nitro) ever since.

Sling: Alex went in this whenever we went on walks in the countryside from about three months until about a month or so ago (so around ten months) just because she’s on the 75th centile so quite a heavy baby to lug around! My nephew is now getting the use out of our old sling, although it wasn’t a particularly expensive one so I’m sure if you invested more (and used it much more regularly to get used to it) you could make it last longer.

High chair: from six months and still using it now, although she alternates between that and her booster seat so I can see us getting rid fairly soon.

Baby bath/bath chair: the baby bath didn’t get any use from about four/five months, simply because I found it much easier to have her in the seat in the big bath. We stopped using that once she could sit completely unaided for a long time at around eight months, and she’s just sat in the big bath ever since.

Jumparoo: this was packed away about a month ago but she hadn’t used it for a fair few weeks and it was just taking up space in our living room. Once she was crawling and cruising she kind of lost interest in it, although she still loves bouncing on the bed or jumping up and down when she’s stood up.

That’s the main items I can think of that we’ve stopped using, with a few that are still going strong.

Harriet and Alexandra x

Operation Where’s All This Crap Meant To Go?

Alexandra's sister Cara trying out one of the numerous baby-related monstrosities in our lounge!

Alexandra’s sister Cara trying out one of the numerous baby-related monstrosities in our lounge!

So babies come with a lot of stuff, who’d have thunk it huh?

When we first started off on this whole mom/dad/baby partnership thing we’ve got going on, we of course bought quite a lot of stuff for Alexandra. However, it was all pretty much contained – all of her clothes, bedding, towels, books, teddies and some toys in her room with a nice storage box in the lounge for the rest of the toys.

Now nine and a half months in, there’s baby stuff frigging EVERYWHERE. We always get comments about how neat our house is but whenever I look in a room there seems to be all manner of shiny, brightly coloured plastic shit. The kitchen is contained as only the steriliser is out on the side with all of her bowls, cups etc in the drawers. The only sign of a baby in our bedroom now she doesn’t sleep in there is the monitor. The second bedroom where Alex’s sister sleeps when she’s here is also fairly okay unless I’m in the middle of an eBay clear out when we’re swapping Alex’s clothes for the next size up.

In the bathroom I thought we were on to a winner when we discarded the baby bath when she was big enough to sit up unaided. Instead we’ve managed to acquire about 455,262,366 bath toys so you’re never on your own in there and you’re instead being eyed up by a fleet of ducks, some whales and the cast of the Hungry Caterpillar.

The lounge is definitely the worst though! Right now in here we have a jumparoo, which itself seems to be the size of a small planet and rigged up with magnets so your toes are attracted to it and you trip over it multiple times a day; a baby gym and playmat; highchair; bouncer and a whacking great playpen. I tidy up after her multiple times a day (read constantly), but considering how obtrusive all her stuff is I might as well just give up and resign myself that the colour scheme is now ‘bright and clashing’ with a definite plastic theme.

As it’s going to be many, many years before she locks herself in her bedroom constantly engrossed in whatever the 2030s version of MSN Messenger is, I think I’m just going to have to get used to tripping over stuff all the time!

Harriet and Alexandra x