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Old wives tale about pram being in house

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abigailrlw · 19/06/2019 09:13

The old wives tale about having a pram being in a house is bad luck is it just for the first 12 weeks? I am now 31 weeks and my pram is at his parents which is 3hours away. What would you do?

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Sandybval · 19/06/2019 09:17

I had the pram at our house as soon as we bought it, around 20 weeks-ish. Logically there is no correlation between having an inanimate object in your house and anything else; but if you are superstitious around 20 weeks the saying goes I think! I would bring it to mine, but wait if you aren't comfortable. I would recommend having a car seat at home ready just in case though.

abigailrlw · 19/06/2019 09:20

I have the car seat and base, i want my pram to be here too, but loads of people keep sayings its bad luck.

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TrixieFranklin · 19/06/2019 09:22

Nah that's a load of shit. We had ours at home from about 24 weeks when it was on a good deal at John Lewis and it made best sense to buy it.

LeslieYep · 19/06/2019 09:24

I'm in the load of old bollocks camp. We bought ours and kept it in the garage. If there is something to it, we're screwed as we're using the same pushchair for our newest DC arriving next week...

gamerchick · 19/06/2019 09:24

Get it when you want.

I got mine as late as I could because I didn't want it cluttering up the house until it had too.

CheesePuffTheMagicDragon · 19/06/2019 09:32

We had ours from about 24 weeks, we tucked it away in the spare room, but not out of superstition 😉 I actually think it's really mean when people say things like that, I mean if they tell you it's a risk, but you do it anyway and god forbid something happens, you're going to feel awful. Even if, rationally, you know it's not your fault, when you've been through something horrible like that, your mind plays funny tricks on you!
I think all these superstitions are nonsense

stucknoue · 19/06/2019 09:40

When I had dd, the shop offered to store the pram until the birth (this apparently was normal many years ago but only old fashioned stores were doing it by then). Dad collected it for me the day after dd was born. Obviously for dd2 it was in the house as we used the same one. If the shop had not have offered I probably would have put it in the garage

GlamGiraffe · 19/06/2019 09:41

Im outrageously superstitious so wouldnt have it here befotr the baby came home. I had a very difficult pregnancy and was told me of the baby could die so I was taking any extra insurance I could get! My parents only live about 25 mins away though so it was hardly far to bring it.
If you feel happy having it, get it when you want.

Seeline · 19/06/2019 09:41

Well for our second, the pram was in the house before she was even conceived, as we reused it from the first one!

abigailrlw · 19/06/2019 09:44

I just dont know what to do. I have everything else in the house, cot, baby clothes ect, just not the pram!!

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Happyspud · 19/06/2019 09:44

Oh for gods sake. Just jeep your pram in your house.

Lost5stone · 19/06/2019 09:47

Well logically it'll be fine in the house! But if you are worried can't you just keep it in the car boot? That's where mine lived all the time anyway.

Zoeputthatdown · 19/06/2019 09:47

I'm shocked that in 21st century people still trot this one out.
If it's more convenient for you to move the pram from your in-laws' house sooner rather than later, fetch it round now.

HJWT · 19/06/2019 09:56

When a friend of mind went to pick her pram up from the shop (they built it for her) a lady in the shop said "make sure you don't have it in the house its bad luck" She turned around and said My last baby was stillborn do you think thats because I had a pram in the house!! The lady apologised and walked of.

Its really insensitive, having a pram in your house isn't going to change anything and people really need to learn to stop saying such stupid shit to expectant mothers x

Heathcliff27 · 19/06/2019 10:00

First child I kept the pram at my mums house, it was 25 yrs ago and yes that was the done thing then. Years of trying for another child and nothing happened so got rid of the pram. 6 months later I fall pregnant, typical! So bought a new pram but shop kept it till the due date and then DH took it home while I was in hospital, 5 years later I was pregnant again so DH dug pram out the loft, I cleaned it and it sat in the living room all ready for bambino to appear.

Bookworm4 · 19/06/2019 10:02

I’d say it’s more a tradition than superstition; similar to groom not seeing the bride on morning of wedding. People never used to have spare rooms and garages so shops held prams, cots etc until baby arrived.

ChesterDrawsDoesntExist · 19/06/2019 10:04

I used the same pram for DS as I had for his older sister. It was in the house long before he was even conceived! Superstitious nonsense.

bobstersmum · 19/06/2019 10:16

With my first I left mine at my mums and collected it and kept it in the car the few weeks before I was due (madness I know). Its a load of bollocks because with second and third I bought the pram and kept in the house and nothing bad happened!

happymummy12345 · 19/06/2019 10:19

I'm afraid I am very superstitious and refused to get anything until as late as possible. Even then we only got the bare minimum, and o let what we needed to take to hospitals was at home, the rest was at my mums.
I also don't believe in setting anything up until the baby is born and all is well either.

DontBuyANewMumCashmere · 19/06/2019 10:21

How do superstitious people get through day to day life without either some ridiculous level of cognitive dissonance or resorting to actual batshit level behaviours...?!

Do you never do anything that's considered bad luck?! Grin

MindyStClaire · 19/06/2019 10:26

Well, I mean. It's a load of bollocks.

I would've left it if I thought it would make it harder coming home if the worst had happened (not cos the pram was in the house, but just because unfortunately not all babies make it). But like you say, the cot, clothes etc were all there anyway so I didn't think the pram would make it any harder.

Do whatever makes you feel most at ease, but for me that meant having everything in the house ready to go in case the baby made an early appearance.

AnyaMumsnet · 19/06/2019 11:12

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twistedbiscuit · 19/06/2019 11:26

If it really WAS bad luck then everyone with an unwanted pregnancy would straight away go out and buy a pram and a whole lot of baby things Hmm

IhaveALooBrush · 19/06/2019 12:39

It's tosh.

gerbilfun · 19/06/2019 12:49

I've never had cot or pram in my house until baby arrived I've got 5. Mum would come round and set my Moses basket up. Get bottles and steriliser out ready. She brought the pram round a few days later. Tbh it'll be a while before you use a pram anyway so I'd just ask them to bring it when they come to visit baby.

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