Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Babies are Prohibitively Expensive

Who knew that something that weighs very little and takes up so little space could cost you so much money. Not only are baby things already expensive but it makes you want to buy the most expensive of all. Take the nursery, for example. There are cheap cots at Target or Big W but I fell in love with the Boori Sleigh Royale (which is, of course, even dearer than the standard Boori Sleigh). It costs more than our Queen sized bed which is also a sleigh bed. Then, naturally, the rest of the nursery furniture has to match. No, I didn't get the Royale Sleigh range. The total of all of Bubby's nursery furniture cost less than price of the Royale Sleigh cot alone.

Photo source: Boori website
The pram was much the same. I fell in love with the Bugaboo Cameleon, Peg Perego Skate and the Stokke Xplory. Mainly because they come in the most delicious colours and designs. They are all too big and too expensive for me so I settled for the Bugaboo Bee in the limited edition off white canopy and sand base. I bought it on sale, of course. I knew I made the right decision when I found out that, apparently, the streets of Paris are swarmed with them. Get it? Swarmed. Bees. Anyway. I didn't just buy it because it's cute. It also ticked all the boxes - light, compact, easy to manoeuvre, under $1K (on sale, anyway) and, well, cute.

Stokke Xplory. Photo source: unknown

Bugaboo Cameleon. Photo source: unknown

Peg Perego Skate. Photo source: unknown

Bugaboo Bee limited edition colours. Photo source:

They're just some of the big purchases, there's also the hundreds of little purchases that just keep adding up.

Right now I'm researching car seats and I really want to get the Safe n Sound Meridian because it has the highest safety rating. Again. it's on the top end of the scale. I won't bother posting a pic as it doesn't come in exciting colours. If it did I probably would have bought it already.

I want this high chair.

Bloom Fresco Loft. Photo source: Baby Bunting.

This cool piece of baby furniture retails for $699. It's a freaking high chair not a designer handbag! For that amount of money I could buy two LV mini pochettes, or an Hermes clic-clac bracelet, or a Tiffany & Co key pendant and still have enough spare change to buy at least four high chairs from Ikea. And this is how I put things into perspective.

Bubby woke up at 1.30 am. Oh well.

ETA, woke again at 3.50 am. The blog is living up to its name.

1 comment:

  1. I also baulked at the price of cots and prams. As someone who will normally whip a card out of a purse before you can say "How would you like to pay for that?", it was a very odd thing.

    I think the only new major ticket item I have brought Eliza that is brand new is her carseat and her chest of drawers (ikea). Everything else has been second hand (pram, cot, jumperoo) or borrowed (rocker, play mat).

    Instead I have spent a small fortune on clothes for one small person. Turns out baby clothes cost more than I spend on my own clothes!