Baby slings top new parents' purchase regrets

Baby slings most regretted new baby purchasesPic: Getty

A new survey has revealed that first time parents splash plenty of cash on the new addition to their family, but not all the money is well spent.

According to the poll of 2,000 parents of children under five, conducted by insurance firm Aviva, baby slings, Moses baskets and toiletries specially designed for expectant mums are among the most commonly regretted purchases.

The survey revealed that couples spend an average of £1,600 on items for their first baby, though many lie unused. And the cost has soared since 2012, when the cash spent was typically £1,398, an increase of 17 per cent.

Prams and pushchairs are typically the priciest item on the new baby list, averaging £225. Mums and dads then fork out £160 on furniture for the nursery, including £152 on a cot, while a sizeable £143 went on baby clothes.

Car seats, maternity clothes, toys and stair gates were also among the necessary purchases that pushed the price up and up.

Furthermore, many parents-to-be are forced to buy big ticket items in order to accommodate their growing family. One in five moves to a bigger property, spending an average of £40,000 on the move itself. More than 25 per cent also invested in a new, more child-friendly car.

Louise Colley, a director of Aviva, told the Daily Mail: "It is only natural that people want to give their baby the best of everything, particularly when they're about to become parents for the first time.

"It is also interesting that most new parents admit they've spent money on items they didn't need or never used."

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