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NOW CLOSED Take part in a survey about preparing for having a newborn at home and win a £200 JL voucher

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NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 21-Nov-11 17:01:46

We have been asked to find out your views on and experiences of the preparation you may do before you have a baby and about those first few months with a baby.

The survey is open to all Mumsnetters in the UK who have had a baby in the last three years. Everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a £200 John Lewis voucher.

If you have had more than one baby in the past three years, please think about your most recent baby when completing the survey, as we want to hear about your most recent experiences.

Please click here to complete the survey.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!

Done. You might want to change drafts to draughts though.

I'm not sure my answers quite fit into what you're looking for as I would have done checks like this at the end of summer anyway irrelevant of whether we had a baby in the house.

NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 21-Nov-11 19:47:02

Oops - thanks Octopus!

Tee2072 Mon 21-Nov-11 19:53:38

Done. I thought that was a little...strange. Would never occur to me to check these things just because I was having a baby!

TeWihara Mon 21-Nov-11 20:12:08

No, not something I thought about either - which will make my survey look odd, because we are renters it does all get checked regularly whether we think about it or not!

Tee2072 Mon 21-Nov-11 20:21:33

Me too, TeWihara!

Kveta Tue 22-Nov-11 09:56:23

we were renting last time, so didn't think about these things much, and got them sorted within the day every time we had problems. We're homeowners this time round though, and checking everything very thoroughly!! I have answered for DC1 though, as DC2 is still embryonic.

YULEingFanjo Tue 22-Nov-11 15:16:01

thought it strange too. Is it British Gas? are they making an advert with a panicky mum in winter?

I just had a new bathroom fitted and it was a stress but nothing to do with having a baby!

Secondtimelucky Tue 22-Nov-11 15:59:15

Done it. Very odd survey. My younger one is born in June, why on earth would I think about servicing the boiler then just because I was having a baby when I do it late August/early September every year?

HavePatience Tue 22-Nov-11 16:00:21

Done smile

FurryFox Tue 22-Nov-11 16:00:29


Pascha Tue 22-Nov-11 16:04:53

Done, but DH is a heating engineer so i've never given it a second thought. I just answered it hypothetically I suppose.

tilder Tue 22-Nov-11 16:09:48

Done. But the strangest questions I have ever been asked as regards preparations for a new baby! Think I may have been slightly more concerned than many people (rural area, frequent power cuts, draughty house, solid fuel heating) but still. I think people are worried about the temperature at night re SIDs but we just bought a separate heater for our PFB to make sure the temp was stable all night.

Iggly Tue 22-Nov-11 16:55:23

DS was born in October and our old boiler was dodgy plus flat got cold, so I had a new boiler put in the week before I was due! Before that we were pretty lax.

Indith Tue 22-Nov-11 17:04:08

I thought they were a bit odd too. I was in rented for my previous dcs so the boiler etc gets a yearly check anyway. Both dcs have been winter babies and hey ho if something breaks it breaks, babies are not as delicate as all that, you can stick a jumper on them and put them in a sling to keep them toasty! Even if the electric goes and you are ff you can buy ready made cartons for a day to gt over the problem of boiling the kettle. Maybe I just don't stress too much about things!

Mind you last week a fuse went in my house and I didn't know how to sort it (in my head I thought it was the sort with switches but it was the big old pull out and put wire in type) blush so should probably poke my nose into the fuse box and make sure I know what is what at some point.

Indith Tue 22-Nov-11 17:06:12

Just thought my post didn't make it clear but I think the questions about checking the boiler etc are not very easily answered by renters because their landlord has to do a yearly check to issue the safety certificate and you are not generally allowed to do work to them without permission. I can't see many landlords agreeing to have an extra service done just because you are pregnant!

NightLark Tue 22-Nov-11 17:22:49

It's like a whole world of stuff that I never got round to being paranoid about...

MrsKitty Tue 22-Nov-11 18:32:17

We actually did had a one-off boiler check shortly before the birth of both of our children. Not sure why he felt it was so important at the time but DH was keen to have it done. We had a Feb baby and a Sept baby so it was probably a good idea.

Agree with other posters - this looks like one of the energy companies seeing the £££ signs before their eyes at anything to do with pregnancy/newborn babies and looking to make a promotion out of it.

scottishmummy Tue 22-Nov-11 18:49:59

def winter baby questions in survey

stegasaurus Tue 22-Nov-11 19:03:40

DD was born in April, but last April was warmer than most of last summer so the heating didn't cross my mind. DH still hasn't finished decorating the nursery so she doesn't sleep in there yet, but he does keep promising to arrange a boiler check before she moves in as the boiler is in there. On the subject of power cuts, we had a power cut for about a hour the other day and I did wonder what people with formula-fed babies did in long power cuts about boiling water and sterilising.

downtroddenabby Tue 22-Nov-11 19:28:30

Done - made me think I could have done more checks, but we survived!

ILovePonyo Tue 22-Nov-11 20:20:30

Done smile

supadupapupascupa Tue 22-Nov-11 20:31:08

Done. but odd questions.... either it works or it doesn't, if it's working surely you wouldn't check it? I had a summer baby so heating not on anyway.... I don't ever service my own appliances tbh although i probably should.

moonstorm Tue 22-Nov-11 20:38:02


banana87 Tue 22-Nov-11 20:39:30

Done. And feeling really guilty for not checking my boiler!!

smileitssunny Tue 22-Nov-11 21:00:51

Done. Unusual survey!

FannyBazaar Tue 22-Nov-11 21:06:04

Unusual indeed. I had a winter baby but never thought about any of that. Had heating put in the November before he was born but only because I was having the floors done and needed the heating installed first. General renovations, not for a baby.

ThePsychicSatsuma Tue 22-Nov-11 21:16:22

done wine

celebmum Tue 22-Nov-11 21:38:13

All done! grin

mawbroon Tue 22-Nov-11 21:43:54


I prepared for ds2 by breaking my ankle and having a couple of nights in hospital to have surgery on it.

I think the heating was the last thing on my mind!!

doughnutty Tue 22-Nov-11 22:18:19


JollySergeantJackrum Tue 22-Nov-11 22:32:16

Done. Didn't check any of this, and don't think I should have. I'm with the poster who said 'it either works or it doesn't'. In my particular case, DS was born in April and our house is just 2 years old, so I was unconcerned. We did used to have regular power cuts, but they seem to have stopped now - DS is BF anyway, so hot water not necessary and we cold water sterilise bottles etc.

yes, i found these strange. It's kind of something you don't think about unless you have areason to, especially if you live in a newish house. Did I "test the hot water" - I washed my hands and would ahve noticed if it hadn't heated up as quickly as it usually does (which in fairness is a snail's pace) - does that count as checking the hot water?

Robotindisguise Tue 22-Nov-11 23:33:12


ginmakesitallok Wed 23-Nov-11 06:21:44

done - but as we've got a homecare agreement which means someone comes out and fixes any problems straight away I'm not particularly worried about this. Bit worried that this is aimed at giving pregnant women yet another thing they need to worry about needlessly

planetpotty Wed 23-Nov-11 08:06:12

Done smile

hildathebuilder Wed 23-Nov-11 09:55:15

Done but all very odd, i service the bolier and hot water, having a baby didn't impact on that, and given DS was 11 weeks early I definitely had other things to think about, like him living, and later the fact i didn't have a cot etc

insertcleverusernamehere Wed 23-Nov-11 10:54:27

So weird. Gas. Kettles of water. Second duvet/blanket. I rated lack of internet as most stressful!

buttonspoon Wed 23-Nov-11 10:55:57

Done. This was a concern for us as we moved into our flat in September and the boiler was completely broken and leaking gas so had to replace the whole thing. DD was born in early November so we needed it to work! Sadly had to use all our furniture budget to do this so I spent the last couple of months of my pregnancy sleeping on a mattress on the floor and having to sit on it to eat dinner too until we could afford a bed and a sofa!

tablefor3 Wed 23-Nov-11 11:47:53

Hhmm... suspect that this is going to be used as an advertising campaign to bully encourage new parents to sign up to gas/heating repair services like HomeCare as yet more nonsense to spend money on as part of "preparing for a new baby".

MsChanandlerBong Wed 23-Nov-11 12:08:25

Strongly agree with tablefor3.
I suspect that some advertising agency has recognised that new mums are paranoid about a million and one things, and are very suseptible to spending money on things 'for the good of the baby'.

Feels really exploitative and grubby to me (but then I would have my boiler serviced relatively regularly anyway, as no heating or hot water is horrible whether you have a baby or not).

Haberdashery Wed 23-Nov-11 12:12:01

Very odd concerns! I was more worried about the whole giving birth/looking after a newborn thing personally. Hot water was way down on the list, well not on it at all frankly. I suppose it would have been pretty stressful if it had broken but so would it have been if anything went wrong. Some of the time it was pretty stressful to find I'd run out of biscuits.

Rinster Wed 23-Nov-11 12:18:47

We did most of those checks because in preparation for the spawn we bought a house! It needed a bit of work done to it so everything had to be looked at.

MrsMuddyPuddles Wed 23-Nov-11 12:53:57

Done. Having no hot water for a week with a toddler is interesting but not the end of the world (electric kettles FTW!)

poorbuthappy Wed 23-Nov-11 12:56:09

Done - I await the new advert hmm

NotJustClassic Wed 23-Nov-11 13:17:01

Such a strange survey. As if having a new baby means you lose the ability to pick up a phone and call a gas engineer. confused

filipolarbear Wed 23-Nov-11 15:04:21



We has an annual "service" as we were signed up with British Gas at the time and this doesn't seem to be covered by the survey as an option.

Never again though as they were unbelievably useless with so many call outs for the same problem until DH googled the boiler and told the "experts" they sent round what was wrong with it and how to fix it. They seem to take an "infinite monkey" approach to boiler repair and I think that the monkeys were a bit preoccupied with producing the works of Shakespeare. Apologies to any BG technicians out there, I am sure the system is responsible rather than the staff.

tethersend Wed 23-Nov-11 18:29:31

Done, but you really should specify that the survey is for homeowners only.

I am not going to be checking the lagging on the pipes or servicing the boiler, I am going to insist that the landlord does that.

FontSnob Wed 23-Nov-11 20:42:03

Done, we were in rented but we did manage to run out of oil in the middle of the freezing cold bit of the winter...oops...cue all three of us asleep in the front room with the fire going all night!

naturalbaby Wed 23-Nov-11 21:16:04

i only remembered 1/2 way through the survey that when i was 6months pregnant with my last dc we were living in a different house and the water pipes froze so we came back to a house with no heating or water and a ton of snow outside, at 8pm on sunday night. fairly stressful? poor dh then had burst pipes to deal with when he defrosted them.

Done. V odd survey though, and I couldn't really answer properly - DS in NICU for 5 weeks, at v high temps and we had to heat the house/room he was in to 22 deg C for the first week he was home, then wean him down to normal temps over the following month. So we did do a bunch of checks but those were mostly around checking cold spots. Also we'd only had our heating & boiler fitted the month before he (unexpectedly & 2 months early) arrived.

<Melts all over again just thinking about it>

gallicgirl Wed 23-Nov-11 21:54:36

What strange questions.

Anyone want to bet that an energy company starts targeting pregnant women with "are you sure your baby won't freeze in the middle of the night"?

It is a little like the "are you scared of rice" survey.

Shenanagins Wed 23-Nov-11 22:18:39

Bit confused by this as there wasn't an option of "not necessary." I was pregnant over the winter so knew the heating/hot water worked as it was on all the time so it wasn't even a consideration.

ReebleBeeble Wed 23-Nov-11 23:02:26

Done, is an odd survey but my DD was due 14th Dec last year and our heating was really erratic. Our house has vaulted celings too and gets very cold so I was worried about bringing DD home to a tempermental house. We'd only been there just under a year (renting from FIL who assured us all checks were done before we moved in....) but got it checked and found that all the copper pipes had erroded and were millimetres away from breaking and flooding the house. Worst area hit would have been the nursery.
I want to look at the electrics next... hmm

NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-Nov-11 12:35:09

Thanks to everyone who took part in this survey - we've done the prize draw and the winner of the £200 John Lewis voucher is...


Congratulations! I'll PM you to get your details.

moonstorm Mon 28-Nov-11 18:54:37

<smiles through gritted teeth and applauds half-heartedly>


ooh so close!
Are you sure your fingers didn't hit the wrong keys there?

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