£1,400 spent before baby is born
Expectant parents spend nearly £1,400 before their child is even born, but six in 10 buy goods they end up never using, research has found.
Those preparing for their first child typically spend more than £200 on a pram, nearly £140 on a cot and bedding and almost £250 kitting out the nursery with new furniture and decorations, life insurance provider Aviva found.
More than a quarter of parents said they had bought or changed their car, typically spending £2,658, while a quarter also said they had moved house, at an average outlay of £20,813.
The "first baby spending" list also includes around £100 on maternity clothes, £100 on toys, nearly £70 on pampering treatments on mums-to-be, £115 on baby clothes and £21 on a breast pump.
However, six out of 10 people surveyed said that with hindsight, they had bought things that they either did not use or could have done without.
Aviva also said its research of 1,500 new mothers showed 60% of families had no life insurance in place.