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20 Thoughts Every Mum-to-be Has When Shopping For Baby Essentials

Baby essentials. Two words bandied around like you’re s’posed to know exactly what’s essential and what’s not. Then you go into an actual store and it’s a minefield of everything cute, colourful and confusing. Happy shopping!
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How will he fit in that?

Yes, that baby in your tummy will actually be big enough to fit in an item of clothing by the time he’s born. Wow. Image: Corbis
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Now, where’s my to-buy list?

Whether it’s in a notepad, on your phone or the back of your arm, organisation (or a sense of it) is key. Image: Alamy
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Ooh so pretty!

And then all those adorable babygros appear. The plain ones minus buttons, zips and co. may be more practical but check out that range with the tutus and bows! Image: Corbis
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River Island makes baby clothes?

Yes, yes it does! Well, from this month anyway. This is just a heads up so you can stock up on River Island Mini for the future.
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What’s that for?

That question may crop up a lot. It’s probably to store dirty nappies in. Image: Corbis
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She looks so clued up

Spotted: a mum-to-be picking items up without the slightest hesitation. Image: Corbis
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Let’s copy her

Good plan. Image: Alamy
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Ah, a seat…

Forget that – let’s have a break for a bit *uses shoe stand as footstool*. Image: Corbis
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Hmm, wonder if there’s a café

Cake cake cake. One of the best parts of shopping – pregnant or not.
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Or a toilet

OK, this is a pregnancy thing.
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I want one in every colour

Maybe drop hints (email web links) to friends and family.
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How many nappies do we need?

Chances are more than you think – your newborn will need about 10 nappy changes in 24 hours (yes, really). After feeds is the common time. Image: Alamy
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Pushchairs. Panic!

There’s 2-in-1, 3-in-1, lightweight… And the names don’t really tell you that much. Also, what’s the difference between a buggy, pushchair, pram and travel system? Eek! Check out M&B’s reviews section.
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Focus

There’s a store assistant talking you through the pushchairs, but she’s going so fast… can’t follow #mummybrain. Image: Corbis
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We definitely need that teddy

Every baby needs one. Even though you know deep down he won’t even glance at it for about six months.
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Fingers crossed the shop delivers

Your two-door car zips around like a trooper – but it wasn’t built to carry half of Mothercare.
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My overdraft hates me

Sigh.
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We’re having a baby

You’ll be using all these things in a few months time. It’s pretty incredible, really. And breathe.
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Oof, toilet again

Of course. Image: Alamy
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