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to not understand the obsession so many mums have with pushchairs?

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SamuelAndOscarsMummy Wed 07-Aug-13 10:30:25

I probably am as it doesn't actually affect my life at all but I don't get why some mothers feel the need to get 5 or more different pushchairs in the time that their baby needs one or to spend a ridiculous amount that they cannot really afford on a 'designer' pushchair?

It's not really the money side of it, I just genuinely don't understand the appeal of it? it's not like the baby cares? I have had two pushchairs in the time I have had my children, one travel system that converts to a stroller and when I had my second I got a double, as far as I knew the purpose of a pushchair is to transport your baby.

I guess the reason it has wound me up today is seeing them all on those free gifting sites on facebook and seeing people I know who already have a decent pushchair asking for another one when there might be someone who genuinely cannot afford a pushchair or theirs has broken or been stolen or something that needs one, not just because that one is prettier than the one they already have?!

Would be interested to hear what others think about this and whether I am the only one who really doesn't give a fuck what my pushchair looks like or what brand it is as long as my kids are safe and comfortable..

Pascha Thu 08-Aug-13 07:51:06

I've had 4 pushchairs for 4 different stages so far. I can see at least one more being useful before w outgrow them. I have 3 slings too. <shrug>

So what? It's my money and it pleases me. If it was my husband and his minor obsession with racing Minis no-one would bat an eye would they?

I think the killjoys on this thread are the snobs. Why shouldn't anyone have anything they damn well want whenever they damn well please and spend whatever they damn well can?

madmomma Thu 08-Aug-13 08:26:52

YANBU it's fucking pathetic, and immediately marks out exactly the sort of person I wish to avoid.

Bumblequeen Thu 08-Aug-13 08:44:53

I do not understand it either.

I bought a black and white pram for dc1 five years ago and if in good condition currently in the shed I will use it for dc2.

I will however buy a new pushchair.

It is not the most super stylish of prams but sturdy and fits its purpose.

I know of people who have children 1-2 years apart and bought brand new prams for each one.

LegoAcupuncture Thu 08-Aug-13 09:05:24

I am an ex pam Hun and definitely not vacuous.

My pram obsession started with DS3, with ds1+2 I was fine, just had the three prams between them.

With ds3 though, buying and selling prams became a subject in which I could lose all reality of my life and just focus on one thing that actually made me happy. It was a very stressful time, death, disability, redundancy and it was either prams or PND. Prams won.

During the first two years of his life, I must have gone through 40+ prams. I never had more than two prams in the house at one time, and would sell one before I bought another. I was never out of pocket.

So sometimes it isn't about the fashion statement or the keeping up with the Joneses, for me it was keeping my sanity.

Damnautocorrect Thu 08-Aug-13 09:23:08

I don't understand it but ds was out his pram by 9 months and I barely went out in those 9 months maybe I would have if I had a posh pram

Abra1d Thu 08-Aug-13 17:45:37

I had to go out to walk the dogs and also because I am old-fashioned and believe that babies need lots of fresh air. So we did have a fair bit of wear and tear on the various prams passing through the premises.

MiaowTheCat Thu 08-Aug-13 18:42:06

Sometimes different things fit your needs better at different times in a baby growing up as well... from the travel system you can clip a carseat or carrycot on, to the point where the travel system annoys you and you go buy a Maclaren or whatever. Even more so with doubles when you have things like that really irritating phase with Phil and Teds where the baby's too big for the cocoon part and too small for the bottom seat and similar, or when one's starting to walk and you just need a tired legs/toddler restraint option. Or a single robust enough to deal with a buggy board - but that's not an option for everyone (my knackered shoulder I don't think would cope with how I'd need to stand to push a buggy with one on).

mrstigs Thu 08-Aug-13 19:01:58

I've not had a pram since dd2 was 6 months, and never really used it before then. Didn't get a bad price for it but still lost a fair amount.
Now have a few slings, much more practical and I'll hardly lose any money at all when I sell them on. Much better for me.
I found prams awkward and a pita to get around with, so having a few dozen around the house has no appeal to me, but humans often like to acquire and collect 'things' and for some thats prams. As long as they can afford them then there is no harm done done really.

RicePuddingwithApricotJam Thu 22-Aug-13 19:22:37

Rooner - wondering if I can pick your brains - my previous mostly unactualised pram obsession (that is I am filled with lust for prams and accessories but manage to restrain myself from purchasing) has also turned to cargo bikes. I am in the process of buying a second hand christiania trike for the kindergarten run. Of course my 14mth old sleeps at exactly the time I will taking and collecting his big bro and I can't decide what to do about seats. Think he is too big for the maxi cosi option so considering the box bike toddler seat but with this option I know I will be reluctant to wake him to deliver his brother inside. Any ideas? I saw an online image (which I cannot find again) of a seat in a frame which looked like it could be taken out if the box and used as a crude pram - ever seen such a thing? Any suggestions most welcome.

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