Not many of my close friends have kids, but colleagues have them and I figure that friends-of-friends might be the way to go.
So here is the email I sent around, feel free to steal bits that you find useful.
As you most likely probably know (no - I can't blame it on the burgers) there is a small person in my belly who will be coming our sometime in early April. If it has any spunk at all it will be April 1. Feel free to a place bets.
As you may also, I am particularly adverse to buying new stuff, these are the main reasons:
a) It makes me feel like a dill that someone has emotionally manipulated me into needing to buy something new and coerced me into paying lots of money for it
b) New things use silly amounts of coal, water and other finite resources to make and use
c) You never know if new stuff will work
d) I don't have heaps of money and if I did would probably spend it on beer and good times, not things I'd have to look after, clean etc.
e) I abhor shopping
So you being the fine, sustainability-minded, collaborative consumers and parents that you are, I thought that you might have or know someone who has some second-hand stuff that you may want to offload, lend or sell to me.
I don't have heaps of room (the kid's room quite literally is the laundry) so I thought I would make a list of things I think that I actually need:
1. Baby monitor
2. Sheets and stuff
3. Change mat
5. Sling/pouch thingy
6. Growsuits & clothes
7. a capsule for a car
There are probably other things that you in your collective knowledge might suggest, I profess to have absolutely no idea what I am doing so please advise me.
As recompense I will write about the stuff I get on the blog and hopefully give other people in the same boat an alternative to buying lot's of crap for their kids. I also do solemnly swear to (wash and then) regift anything I get.
Some advice I got was to be specific about what you actually need because a lot of people have a lot of stuff and if they're clever they'll try and give you the whole bag, which then becomes your problem. Point noted. I have been quite specific.
There have been some very good outcomes already, I'll show you what's happened in the next instalment.