Family Heirlooms

Having a baby can be an expensive time, forking out on things you think you might need, or more likely what you are told you need by huge companies which are only really interested in your money, and new parents (I include myself here by the way) are probably the most
 gullible to clever marketing.

This is because we suddenly have this little person we have to look after and no matter how many books you read or how many people you speak to, nothing prepares you for those first few months, so many people just go to Mothercare and just buy everything!!

One of the things I bought,  not brand new I might add- that would be silly! Was a bottle warmer… Who knew you could just pop the bottle in a jug of warm water and after a few minutes, hey presto- the milk is warm!! Its fair to say I got zero use out of mine.

One thing I’m still using, 22 months later, is this blanket,

Its about 3ft by 4ft and originally from Mothercare in 1980 – the year I was born. Yes, this is our little family heirloom- perhaps the first of many. We used it as a play mat when the munchkin was first born and now its uses are for hiding under, her not me, and a sick blanket- which is what I remember it as a child.

On the rare days I wasn’t in primary school for whatever reason (I remember chicken pox being one of them) this was what  I lay on the sofa with, whilst my Mum made me Marmite on toast, or honey and lemon or something equally medicinal!

Do you have any items that you are reusing form your childhood?? Please share- I’d love to know!



  1. LandGirl1980
    July 9, 2011 / 4:59 pm

    Ahh. I love this sort of thing! There are is one heirloom I have at the moment. It is a foot stall that my g-grandad made for my Nan to sit on when she was little. When my Nan moved into her own home and had my Mum, it served the same purpose. I now have it – but no children – so the cat sits on it instead. It is carpet covered – in the carpet from my Nans house that I remember as a child. I LOVE it.

  2. July 9, 2011 / 6:34 pm

    Oh what a brilliant story!! Thanks for sharing! Hope your cat doesn’t claw it too much!