About 30 years ago, a push chair something like this was the one to choose for baby...
... now they are all like this one.
The fashionable car for young mothers was this one...
... and now it is more likely to be this one.
I wonder what that says about lifestyle aspirations, and I wonder how those aspirations are going to be knocked about by the growing rich/poor divide in Britain.
The push chair at the top is - in fact - a copy of a French design which was popular at the time (forgotten the name), and even in those days, they cost so much to buy new that they usually had to be bought by the grandparents - I know ours did.
It's a case of 'no expense spared for new baby', and although his parents would be quite happy using one that has been grown out of by a friend's kid, Grandad would not hear of it. This is how Mothercare made so much money.
As far as the cars go, the French pulled off their usual stunt in selling crap products to their traditional enemies by supplying millions of almost undrivable 2CVs to us at grossly inflated prices, and thousands of young mothers who had just passed their driving tests desired nothing more than to acquire the most difficult car to drive for a beginner ever designed.
I used to drive 2CVs quite a lot, and on more than one occasion, I failed to notice that at least one tyre was completely flat for about 5 miles - such was their handling. Grossly inflated prices with grossly under-inflated tyres. Bad combination.
They are still selling massive, brand-new 4X4s to young mothers today despite petrol prices, but you can get hold of a second-hand Range Rover with 40,000 miles on it for about £2000 now - a saving of about £33,000, but - only the best will do for new baby!