16 Jun 2012
Buying the buggy
After lots of research, a few minor meltdowns and plenty of advice from friends who’d been there, bought that, we finally managed to make a decision on our travel system – aka the buggy – and settled on a Bugaboo Bee.
It does feel alarmingly close to yummy mummy territory, especially in parts of west London near where I live, but was far and away the overwhelming recommendation from people we knew. It also did everything we needed it to, was relatively light (useful as I’ll be the one lugging it all over), folds up like a dream, and fits in the boot of the car we’re planning to get.
We’d been warned to order something at least a couple of weeks in advance, and as I didn’t want to be traipsing round department stores at this stage of pregnancy, I’d insisted we sort it even earlier.
And it’s probably a good job. Having put our order in on April 30, nearly seven weeks later one part is still yet to come in – a problem at Bugaboo’s end, according to the helpful lady I spoke to at John Lewis (who, even more helpfully, had price matched the whole order and saved us nearly £100).
So three-quarters of our travel system should be with us by the end of the week, and I’ve still got a few weeks to fret about whether the canopy will turn up in time, or where I might be able to lay my hands on one if it doesn’t appear in store.
Plus, I suspect, another few weeks where the thought of leaving the house feels faintly daunting – and a collection of two slings and a baby carrier to try if it doesn’t. I almost feel organised…