Hubs and I have often discussed the products that we felt were essential when Little miss was a baby. When I was expecting Little miss we were naive and believed we needed every baby product out there and were enticed by many products that in hindsight maybe weren’t necessary.
It’s not just a first-time parent thing either, now that I’m expecting baby no. 2 I’m finding myself being wooed by baby stuff AGAIN.
Despite having a perfectly good, working travel system I have serious buggy envy and want a new one, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Only this time I’m a little wiser and won’t cave and buy anything unnecessary (I think).
I thought I would share with you our baby must-haves, some of the bits and pieces that hubs and I found particularly useful when little miss was a baby, and will definitely use again.
- Angelcare baby movement sensor and monitor– this was a godsend, I would have never slept without it. We had had some pretty negative views shared with us about how unreliable they were, but ours was amazing. It was expensive at over £80, but for me worth every penny.
- Diaper Pail– The best diaper pail will keep your baby’s dirty diapers in a closed container reducing the bad smell. A diaper pail is even better if you use baby cloth diapers that you don’t normally throw away.
- Samsonite Pop-up Travel Bubble cot – This compact little cot was a great space-saver in the car when traveling. Stored in a handy carry case, the cot simply pops up with very little assembly required. We have had a fair few holidays where there has been very little room to spare, not a problem with this little cot. We often chose to use this over cots supplied by B&Bs and hotels.
- Bassinet– Bassinets are a comfortable place for baby’s to sleep. You can even carry your baby bassinet when going out since some of them are portable.
- Grobags – I was aware of the hype around Grobags, but not entirely convinced I believed it. Two years on and Little miss is still in them. These handy little sleeping bags are available in many togs to suit the weather and keep your baby comfy and warm, eliminating the need for blankets they also lower the risk of suffocation. Again, Grobags are pricey at around $30 each. But, many shops are doing their own versions at cheaper prices and we got some great deals on bundles on Ebay.
- Anti-colic bottles– We switched to the Tommee Tippee anti-colic bottles fairly early on. Little miss never really suffered with colic and I’m pretty sure these bottles may have been the reason why.
- Fisherprice rainforest Jumperoo and musical swing seat – Ok, these are definitely investment buys. They are pricey, but we got a deal online if we bought the two together and it worked out at a great discount. Little miss went through a clingy phase at only a few weeks old and I couldn’t put her down without her getting very upset. The musical swing seat solved this, she would lay happily for ages listening to the music and watching the mobile. It was great when I needed to do housework or nip to the loo! She often fell asleep in there too! We started using the Jumperoo when she was about six months old and again she adored it. I can’t wait to get these out of storage for the Little dude, my only concern is that Little miss will want to play with them!