I’m asked all the time what my top baby essentials are, and it’s so hard to narrow it down to just 5, however when you’re about to become a parent for the first time, or even subsequent times, the lists of stuff you think you need is just craaaazy. Now obviously somewhere for them to sleep, nappies, milk etc are all essential, but there are so many gadgets and “must have” accessories to this whole baby lark that you can get overwhelmed as to what you really need.
Having had 2 little boys, I have found out the hard (expensive) way, that you just don’t need all. the. stuff. So here is my run down of the things I use most days which make my life as a mama that little bit easier!
Baby Carrier – Hands free is the best way – especially when you’re busy or have other children to run around after. They love being close to you and you can get on with the housework, dinner, play with your other children while they contently rest on your chest listening to your heartbeat. The benefits to the baby of baby wearing are incredible – it’s a double winner.
Movement monitor – Now I know there are 2 camps on this one, and yes it might be a bit too much for some people, and I totally get that. But personally there is complete and utter peace of mind once this gets switched on and wherever baby is (cot, moses, travel cot etc), I know that he is breathing and well. I would go as far to say that this is my number 1 baby product ever…ever.
Milk preparation machine – Ok, so this one is new to me. Having BF’d both boys for 2 years collectively once it was time for George to move on to formula, I literally didn’t have a clue how to make a bottle up. No idea. There seemed like so many rules, the water had to be a certain temperature or they couldn’t be made up in advance, the list baffled me so we just went the easy route and spent a fortune on pre-made formula. Then we decided to invest in a Perfect Prep and life was suddenly a whole lot easier. If you’re looking to bottle feed I would definitely pick one of these bad boys up in the sale.
Muslins – Take the amount you think you will need, and triple it. Enough said.
Lansinoh – 2 years on and I still can’t bloody pronounce it, but honestly if you’re considering breast feeding you need this tube of wonder in your life. Nothing compares. Yes, you are rubbing some kind of sheep fat into your sore, swollen, engorged boobs but if you really want to give yourself the best shot at breastfeeding then don’t let cracked nipples be the reason you stop!
Check out my video for my top 5 baby essentials.