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Expectant parents rush preparations for new baby

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Panic buying

These are the top ten items parents-to-be are most likely to forget and make a last-minute dash for.

  1. Medical equipment (i.e. thermometer, medicine)
  2. Feeding equipment (i.e. bottles, formula, sterilising equipment)

21st February 2013

Research released this month has revealed that a quarter of parents-to-be leave shopping for their new arrival to a last-minute rush.

One in four expectant mums and dads don’t start shopping until a month before their baby is due, according to the survey from*.

While nine months can sound like a long time to wait, we say – and so do lots of you (see below) – that time actually flies by, and before you know it there are just a few weeks till the due date.

We asked all of you amazing Tesco Loves Baby Club mums and dads to tell us how you avoided a last minute dash when preparing for your new baby. Here’s what you said:

Spread the cost

“We’re putting away a small amount every month, saving up for bigger items such as nursery furniture and decorations. When we go shopping we add a packet of wipes, cotton wool, sponges, etc to the weekly shop so that we don't really notice the difference. I'm also entering every baby-related competition I see!”

Emma Shilton, who is expecting her first baby – affectionately known as 'BabyShilts'

Use special offers

“I stocked up on nappies and wipes whenever I saw them on offer.”

Michelle Coombes, mum to Korben, 2 and Brody, 4 months

Make it yourself

“This was our second child, so we had all the basics. But she was due at Christmas and we didn’t have thick clothes, so I knitted lots of hats, booties and cardigans, as it's lovely to have unique handmade stuff – plus it’s a fraction of the price. I borrowed tiny baby grows from friends and was given a tonne of pramsuits. I am very lucky to have a group of friends who were happy to loan stuff! All we had to buy was a double buggy – which we got second hand and in pristine condition for £40: bargain!”

Claire Pritchard, mum to Oliver, 21 months and Izabelle, now 5 weeks

Use your Clubcard vouchers

“We exchanged all of our Clubcard points, turning them into all sorts of wonderful paraphernalia (I wasn’t quite sure what some of it was at the time!). There seemed to be several tonnes of clothing, furniture, equipment and nappies, even before we got to the toys!”

Karl Rivett, dad to Madison Rose, now 4 months

Recycle from your first baby

“I saved everything from my last child so preparations for the new baby were pretty much set. I did get a new bumper set for the cot, so baby would have something new! I also used Tesco offers to stock up on nappies and wipes. By 7 months, the nursery was pretty much ready and my hospital bag was packed!”

Linzi Iddon, mum to Chloe, 2 and Mia, now 20 weeks

Tell us

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*Survey of 1,000 people carried out by One Poll on behalf of, in January 2013