“Must Have” Baby Products

The Baby Industry makes enormous amounts of money every year in selling parents to be and new parents everything under the sun, whether they need it or not …

I have to admit that, while I try to be sensible about things, I too get sucked into the marketing ploy sometimes – with its soft colours and cute items and gadgets supposed to make life with baby somewhat easier …

We spent around £2000 on Winry up to her first Birthday including everything from cot, travel system, clothes ect… Sameth has just celebrated his 1st Birthday and tallys up around £800 in spend…
(because we already had most things due to being sensible and choosing neutral colours first time round as often as we could and especially with expensive items)

But Babies actually need suprisingly little …
After all “in the olden days” babies slept in drawers, clothes were handed down through generations, breastfed and still survived …
Yes there was a time when there were no vibrating bouncy chairs, washing machines and i-pads and Families consisted of more children than today … and it was OK …

Nevertheless those things all have their merits in our busy ever changing world and many a Parent find themself with their due date fast approaching, trying to figure out what it is they actually need to keep their tiny human safe and comfy …

I was in Mothercare once with Craig and Winry and at the time about 8 months pregnant with Sameth when a couple in the Cot/Crib/moses basket aisle said “excuse me but would you mind telling us which one we should get – we just don’t know what to do” …

The stuff people find essential is of course going to vary hugely on circumstance and situation but I wanted to share with you my top 3 must haves. Items that I really would not have wanted to do without …

1. The Giant Muslin

These things are super versatile !!! You can use them for pretty much anything: swaddling blankets, sunshades, floormat, burp cloth, breastfeeding cover, towell and the list goes on …
I have a pack of 3 and that’s plenty… they have been a true life saver more than once !!!

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2. The simple wrap sling

I didn’t discover this until winry was about 5 months old but I have loved loved loved it ever since ! They are fairly cheap and so much nicer than the complicated buckle and strap type ones…
I could carry winry around in it for hours on end well into my second pregnancy and they are super handy to have on hand.
Mine is a moby because they are a little bit longer than other brands which is important for me since I’m a larger size and the extra length gives me more flexibility with different wrapping methods.
People often say they look so complicated to tye but that is a big misconception – it takes me about a minute if not less and we’re away …

The wrap has come in especially handy when we were living in our second floor flat and I had to get up and down the stairs with a newborn sameth and winry – sam was safe in the wrap and I had two hands free – one for winry and one for a bag of shopping.
They are also great for colicky babies or grizzly teething babies – neither of mine have ever cried while in a wrap and they love being up and close cuddling with you. Some mothers even manage to breastfeed in them but I never quite mastered that skill …
They are also great for travelling – we flew to Germany with Winry when she was 7 months old and I felt a lot calmer walking around the airport knowing she was strapped to my body and could’t be snatched or go missing in the hubbub ( I may be paranoid but better safe than sorry and all that …)
So definitely a great investement!

 

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3. Baby rocking chair

I was very reluctant about this when we had Winry and convinced Babies should just get used to sleeping in their beds as soon as possible … But I would not want to be without it now, especially when you have more than one child…
You can take it with you when visiting someone and baby can still nap in their familiar place.
You can strap them in there for a few minutes to keep them safe while taking a shower or similar and most babies love napping in them with the curled up position and gentle motion …
They don’t have to be fancy and expensive but they can be a true sanity saver …

 

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I have also given myself plenty a pat on the back for resisting the pink when we first had winry … I would advise any new parent who intends to have more than one child to stick to neutral colours especially with equippment and gadgets that may be expensive but only get used for a short time …
I think it was well worth the “oh isn’t he cute” … “She’s a girl actually” conversation and saved us a lot of money in the long run 😉

Feel free to share your baby must buys and favourite items in the comments – i’d love to know if i missed out on an important one 😉

until next time …

ta da

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One thought on ““Must Have” Baby Products

  1. The few items I would add to the list, as I completely agree with my other halfs selection. The moby wraps are easily worn by blokes also, and suprisingly comfortable even after several hours carrying Winry around town.

    * Microwave Steriliser
    Winry was breastfed for over a year, so this wasn’t used much initially but as we began weaning this came in handy. With Sameth, as he was bottlefed after 4 months, I had the oppotunity to help much more with feeding and there is nothing simpler than quickly sterilising a few bottles in middle night if you find you’ve ran out. Steriliser doesn’t need to be fancy or complicated.

    * Theraline Nursing Pillows – shape of a moon
    Has many uses, initially very comfortable as the supporting pillow when bottle feeding your child. As the kids grow as well, we’ve found that Winry likes to place this on her lap when she reads and even as a play pillow.
    When it’s dirty you just throw it in the wash, tumble dry it and go again.

    * Pello – Ikea Chair
    You don’t need a fancy nursing chair which costs an absolute fortune or a rocking chair which for most is highly impractical due to its size. The Pello chair, takes about 7 minutes to put together, very sturdy and compact. It’s very comfortable to feed your child in at night and on those occasions which you hope don’t happen to often, if you fall asleep in them, you don’t wake up with pains in your back as it’s nicely padded and shaped.

    eager to see what others have to say.

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