A UK mum has hit out at the world of “pram snobbery” and the pressure to buy expensive parenting products.
In a Facebook post, Gylisa Jayne vented her frustration at the expensive price tags attached to many prams on sale in high street stores. Jayne says her excitement for having a baby was shattered when she went shopping for prams while she was pregnant.
“When you see the price that they are charging for a baby carrier, your excitement for the future literally drops out of your arsehole,” writes Jaynes.
She says her hunt for a pram for her child introduced her to the world of “Pram Snobbery.”
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Gylisa wrote on Facebook, “When I was pregnant, I gave less than half a shit about what type of pram we got. One with wheels and that went along was all I cared about.”
She continues, “Turns out Pram Envy is a ‘thing’, cos every where we went, Ryan would gawp at people’s choice of pram.
I hadn’t noticed prams before, or even really cared. But now I was introduced to the world of Pram Snobbery.
I mean, no one wants to be pushing around a ‘Ladybird’ pram when you could have a fu#king Quinny 3?!
What you chose to lay your child in, regardless of potential Poo-namis or not – was important. Obviously.
So we went to Mothercare a few weeks before D Day – and had a look around the prams in there.”
She said she discovered two things that day.
First, that there’s a reason the floor in Mothercare is ‘wipe clean’ and it has nothing to do with children/babies. No no no….
It’s because when you see the price that they are charging for a baby carrier, your excitement for the future literally drops out of your ars#ehole.
Secondly, I learnt that everyone else is either way richer than me, or it’s just normal for a pram to cost more than we’ve ever spent on a fu#king CAR.
I read the specifications on those things, and apparently for a pram that costs the best part of a thousand pounds – it won’t change a nappy, drive itself, or be worth anything as an heirloom.
Anyway, fast forward a year or so – and we got a second hand pram.
She grew out of that, so we decided to take the plunge and buy an actual Shop Bought Pram. ( They had a special buys offer in Aldi ????)
After parting with a solid £40 ($66 au), I was excited to join the ‘New Pram’ club.
Yes, everyone else’s was worth at least 10x what mine was… But mine actually came out of a BOX this time, and not off a car boot stall for a tenner… Needless to say, the excitement didn’t last long.
And do you know why ?
Because no one tells you, when you are parting with your ( or someone else’s) hard earned cash. That you can have the Top of the Range, Ferrari-equivalent, Needed a loan for, flashiest pram in the whole world…
But when they can walk, will they sit in it ? Will they fu#k.”
Her post has gone viral with over 12,800 shares.
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