I love Babylist!
If you are anything like me, the thought of deciding on a pram and the millions of other things you need when expecting a baby fills you with dread. I am not one of those people who researches products to see which one has a better gigawatt counter or flux capacitor. I just can’t be arsed. And don’t even get me started on bargain hunting in sales.
This is probably why I’ve put off buying a pram until my eighth month. I really didn’t want to go into Mothercare or Mamas & Papas and get sold the buggy on which they were incentivising their staff that week. Have you walked into these stores? So many prams. I feel a little bit like Michael Jackson’s girlfriend in the Thriller video as she watched the zombies dance towards her whenever I go in there.
And for these reasons, I was so happy when a friend recommended Babylist to us. Babylist is a company run by a lovely couple named Anita and Joey. They know everything there is to know about prepping for a baby. They know what you need and, more importantly, what you really don’t need.
James and I made an appointment for our consultation in their intimate showroom near Wandsworth Bridge, not quite sure what to expect.
Having interviewed every dad who came into our studio, James was convinced he would be walking away with a Bugaboo Chameleon. Wimbledon is Bugaboo central. Everyone seems to have one. And for those who don’t know, a Bugaboo with accessories will cost you in the region of £1000. Anita listened to what we wanted in a pram, like being able to fold easily, to last for a couple years and to handle walks in muddy Wimbledon Common. Also, we needed something small to fit into our London-sized house. Anita showed us the Bugaboo. But she also showed us a Mountain Buggy pram. James and I put a very ugly fake baby in the prams and wheeled them around the showroom to see how we liked the handling, etc. Guess what? We went for the Mountain Buggy. And it’s about £600 less expensive than the Bugaboo.
Needless to say, I was so impressed with Anita and Babylist after this. If you went into a high-street shop, what are the chances that the sales staff on commission would downsell you to the product you actually needed? Not many in my experience.
I expected to walk away from Babylist with the big items we needed, like the pram and nursery furniture. I didn’t expect Anita to take three hours of her valuable time to help make sure we had everything – and I mean everything – we needed (I even got the charming mesh panties and chunky pads I keep reading about in baby books for after the birth). I feel more prepared for taking care of our little Abdul now. I splurged a little on my new rocking chair, but I’m going to be spending a lot of time in it, so what the heck. And it comes in red. Perfect.
It’s not possible for me to recommend Babylist enough. The ideal time to go is around 6 months pregnant. Again, I’ve left it late, but better late than never. There is a £95 consultation fee and the expert advice is worth at least that.
I’m so excited to take delivery of my Babylist hoard. It’s like when we got married all over again, but with nipple guards instead of cutlery.