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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!

StealthPolarBear Mon 28-Nov-11 20:32:07

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

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

<smiles through gritted teeth and applauds half-heartedly>


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.

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

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.

breatheslowly Wed 23-Nov-11 22:13:46

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

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"?

RueDeWakening Wed 23-Nov-11 21:41:54

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>

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.

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!

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.

breatheslowly Wed 23-Nov-11 18:16:23


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.

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


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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

Done - I await the new advert hmm

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!)

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.

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.

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).

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".

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!

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!

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

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

Done smile

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

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