A WOMAN who isn’t pregnant or a mum has spent the last three years buying tonnes of baby stuff in preparation for when she starts her family.
Sarah took to her TikTok page to share a look at the mountains of items she’s been buying and storing for when she has a baby.
Sarah took to her TikTok page to share the amazing mountain of items she’s been collecting over the past three years for her future childrenCredit: TikTok/@xsmaxox
Among her haul was books, teethers, bibs and baby clothesCredit: TikTok/@xsmaxox
“For the past almost three years, I’ve been collecting items for my future children,” she wrote on the video. “I call it ‘project budget baby’.”
The clip showed piles of books, including First 100 Animals, My First Zoo Animals and the ABC of Kindness, as well as a teething toy, six silicone bibs and four water cups.
She’d also picked up three water colouring books – typically not used until a child is around three years old – and bags and bags of baby clothes.
While she obviously doesn’t know whether or not she’ll have a boy or a girl in the future, she picked up lots of baby clothes for both genders to put in the “hope chest”.
In the caption for the video, Sarah explained that she was “slowly buying items at discounted rates instead of buying it all at once w retail prices”.
And the majority of comments on the video came from women who admitted they’d also started building their own hope chests.
“Ahhh I’ve been doing this and have totes full of boys and girls clothes from newborn-18 months,” one person wrote.
“Along with neutral toys and baby gear.”
While another added: “I’m SO glad I’m not the only one doing this, I’m saving so much money and time.”
A third person wrote: “omg I did this! my husband was very surprised when he found my stash (he was my bf at the time).
“I kept a stash of baby items in bins under the bed.”
Others warned Sarah to double check expiry dates for sippy cups and teethers, while another suggested that she ensure that none of the products she’s purchased have been part of a safety recall.
She explained that silicone bibs are better than cloth ones, while it’s a good idea to pick up as many books as possibleCredit: TikTok/@xsmaxox
Sippy cups and water colouring books could also be seen in Sarah’s stashCredit: TikTok/@xsmaxox
In another video on her TikTok page, Sarah shared her tips for those thinking of starting a baby hope chest, adding that she’s picked up the tips from “research, years of babysitting & experience”.
In the video she suggested not picking up solely newborn sized clothes, getting silicone bibs instead of cloth bibs and grabbing as many teethers as possible.
She also suggested getting as many books as you can, writing: “Collect all the books you love.
“I personally gravitate towards books with educational storylines but the more fun stories are great too.”
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