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Returns!

Picture of Baby SnowsuitPicture of Baby Wadded Pinny DressI decided to return some of the original Mothercare products that we purchased and found were made in China.

Back went the Travel Changing Mat, Snowsuit and Wadded Pinny Dress!

So now I have £26 on a Mothercare gift card and can’t find anything in their store that we need and is made in the UK!!!

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Baby Things Given To Us

Picture of Blankets and SheetsWe have received very kind donations of baby blankets, sheets, clothes and a steriliser from our friends.

I have looked at all the labels on each item and found out as much as I can about where they were made.

We have been given:

  • 2 Cellular Blankets (Yellow and Cyan) from Mothercare – Made in the UK
  • 1 Cellular Blanket (White) from IKEA – Made in India
  • 1 Cot Bed Sheet (Yellow) from Mothercare – Made in Turkey
  • 2 Cot Bed Sheets (Yellow) – label washed away!
  • 2 Flannels (White) – no label
  • Blanket (White with Pink Flowers) – Made in China
  • Floor Blanket (Blue) from Marks & Spencer – Made in the UK
  • Floor Blanket (Pink Quilted) – Handmade in Devon

Picture of Avent Steam Steriliser and BottlePicture of Baby TrousersWe have also been given an Avent Steam Steriliser and feeding bottle, both of which I found were made in England!

This very kind gift has saved us £39.99!

Picture of Changing MatIn addition we’ve also been given these gorgeous baby trousers for a 3-6 month old (from George at Asda and made in China) and a lovely changing mat with ducks on it (no label).

So that’s 6 items made in the UK, 2 items made in China, 1 item made in India, 1 item made in Turkey and 5 items with their country of manufacture unknown!

Then we Placed an Order with Mothercare Online…

Picture of 6 Mothercare ProductsMothercare were doing a great sale and we looked down our list of things we needed and found quite a few items were in discounted on their website.

So, again without thinking about where the products were made, we place an order for:

  • Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump (10% off)
  • Avent Digital Room and Bath Thermometer
  • Baby Bouncer Seat
  • Snowsuit (42%)
  • 3 Dresses (up to 40%)
  • Travel Changing Mat

As you can see some of the discounts were big and some of the dresses were very cute!

Once the order was delivered to our home we investigated all the labels to see where they had all been made. Unfortunately everything except the Medela Swing was made in China. The Medela Breast Pump box states its country of origin as Switzerland but that could mean it was boxed there not necessarily made there. I can’t open the box as it can’t be returned if the label is broken and expressing and me might not get on okay!

So we decided to return 2 of the dresses as they were a bit light and more for summer than winter (and made in China!). Also I’ve decided to make some baby dresses so we really didn’t need them that much.

Regarding the other items we have, at the moment, decided to keep them and are going down under the “failure” list of products not made in the UK and hopefully from here on we can avoid products made in China and India!

20 Week Scan Celebration Purchase!

Picture of a Pink Spotty PramsuitOn Friday 17th June we went for our 20 week scan and found out that there was a 90% chance we were having a baby girl. More importantly the scan showed that all was well with her development too! Hurrah!

I was so excited that I called my sister to see if she wanted to go shopping after work to buy a celebratory girls outfit. We went to the closest shops and looked at all the baby clothes in Mothercare, Next and Gap. We had no idea what size to buy so after we had scouted around the 3 shops we decided Mothercare had the best options. We then pestered a member of staff to tell us what size we should be buying for a new born baby. She recommended buying clothing for 10lb baby weight so there was growing into space.

So I settled on the lovely pink spotty pram suit shown in the photo!

Since our challenge I have checked on the label to see where it was made and found it was China. So now I’m torn! It’s quite a sentimental purchase because it celebrated the good news of our 20 week scan. But it’s made in China…

I’ll see, it might have to go back and be exchanged for something else that’s made in the UK. Watch this space and I’ll update this post if I decide to return it to Mothercare!