8 New Baby Essentials!

New Baby Essentials

Angel Care Bath Support | SnuzPod | Angel Care Baby Monitor | Widgey Nursing Pillow |Aden + Anais Muslins | Tiny Love Baby Mobile | Gro Egg | mamaRoo

I was reflecting on a conversation I had on twitter earlier this week around new baby essentials and whether there was anything I would recommend. So I dug out this post that I wrote not long after we had the little lady just under three years ago and updated it based on what we used then, and what we’ve got for baby number two having learnt from our experiences. as first time parents There are definitely some things that have stood out having made our lives that little bit easier as parents, and so this is a list of things that we would recommend to any new, or even second time/subsequent parents like us.

1. Baby Bath Support

We had the Jahgoo Baby Bath Support from John Lewis first time round which was great but we got rid of it and it has since been discontinued so I’d quite like to try the Angel Care baby bath support this time round. Anything of a similar design will make bath time infinitely easier and a lot less scary, especially with a new baby. We used it from our first bath time when our little lady was only 2 weeks old and were still using it five months on. Baby bath supports don’t cost very much, but are worth their weight in gold.

2. SnuzPod or Moses Basket 

I never had any intentions of getting a Moses basket the first time round and it was only at the insistence of my husband, mother in law and a friend that I conceded, and I was really glad I did. My original plans were to have the little lady sleeping in her cot in the nursery from day one (oh so naive), but peer pressure,  health and safety guidelines and the delightful surprise gift of a moses basket meant that she was bunking in with us in our room for the first six-ish months. It was definitely something that made our lives that little bit easier. I didn’t realistically think through how wearing it would be to trek back and forwards to the nursery in the night, especially when breastfeeding, so I was eternally grateful to have a Moses basket. This time round we have a SnuzPod which is even better because it allows baby to be right alongside the bed besides you which is perfect if you are breastfeeding like I am hoping to again. The only worth considering is that not all babies like or take to sleeping in a moses basket or crib, but that’s not something you’ll know until you have one.

3. Baby Monitor

This is something that we only really started to use once the little lady was around six-ish months old and in her own room. For a while I was starting to think that we’d wasted a small fortune but once the little lady started to sleep in her cot in the nursery it started paying dividends. I wasnt too sure initially whether we really needed one as we lived in a flat when the little lady was born and everything was on the same floor, but once we started using it I actually realised that it was useful for those times when we had guests around and she was sleeping in her room, or I wanted to cook lunch or dinner and not disturb her. It also meant that we felt relatively relaxed in transitioning her from her moses basket in our room into her cot in the nursery because we knew that we could see and hear her quite easily.

4. Widgey Nursing Pillow

As a breastfeeding mummy I highly recommend the widgey nursing cushion for making things that little bit more comfortable and easier on your arms. Not only does this fabulous cushion help with breastfeeding, but it doubles up a support for baby and for helping guests, particularly little ones hold baby. This cushion got used and abused in our house, so much so that we’re ended up getting two and will definitely be getting another one the second time round.

5. Muslins

I never really knew what Id use these for before the little lady came along, but I knew that they were something that parents with babies seemed to have, so I bought and was gifted with lots of pretty colourful muslin’s from Mamas and Papas and Faye & Lou. When the little lady arrived I soon discovered that you pretty much use them for anything and everything. They are so versatile and that is what is so great about them. We had them lying pretty much all over the house – in the cot, in the lounge, in the change bag, the pushchair. They are an essential new parent purchase. My little lady was born in the midst of the summer when we had a rare spell of 30 degree weather so she spent her first few weeks and months sleeping in her Moses basket with only a muslin. We also used them for the obvious spit ups, as a bit of a cover when I was breastfeeding, as a shade over the pushchair in the sun and in the rain when she was little. Shes now almost three and we still use them occasionally when she is sick so I’ve stocked up with lots of lovely new large ones from Mamas and Papas and toTs Smart Trike ones for baby number two!

6. Musical Baby Mobile

We started off in the beginning with one of those spiral travel toys that you wrap around the handle of the car seat. But after one or two journeys with it we realised that it just keep slipping and falling, and then were really surprisingly advised by Mamas and Papas that they are not actually supposed to be used in the car ! Luckily a friend gave us a musical mobile that you could attach to the car seat which was ingenious and took us from having a baby who hated being in a car seat in the car, to one that was happy and easily soothed the instant she was put in there. I never thought I would love a musical mobile so much and will definitely be repurchasing one again.

7. Gro Egg Baby Thermometer

The Gro Egg baby thermometer was another handy little device that we found really useful, particularly after having a summer baby.  One thing we used to worry about as new parents a lot was our baby overheating, so the Gro Egg was perfect for being able to quickly and easily see if rooms were too hot or cold. The little lady was born in July so for the first few months it was constantly orange and red which whilst concerning, meant that we could make sure that she didn’t have too many clothes or layers on. We’ve continued to use it as the little lady has grown and will continue to use it with baby number two.

8. Baby Chair

I never expected baby chairs to be so useful for newborns. First time round we bought a lovely classic wooden one before the little lady arrived, not expecting to use it until she was a few months old at least. But we quickly discovered that she really enjoyed sitting in it and it was therefore quite useful being able to put her in it every now and then throughout the day. It’s quite nice to mix up where and what they sit in and I found that we would alternate between the baby chair, the Widgey cushion, on ourselves and on a playmat. I also very quickly realised once the husband went back to work after paternity leave that it was the only way that I could take a quick shower and bring her into the bathroom with me safely and easily. It was such a great investment, I’d definitely recommend getting a baby chair although perhaps one that has some type of motion to help soothe them when they are crying or tired. This time round we’ve gone for the 4Moms mamaRoo with that in mind.

So there you have it, my top eight new baby essentials. What would you add to this list?

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  1. May 20, 2016 / 11:42 am

    You can definitely never have too many Muslins! I did a post once on 101 uses for them… So many funky ones out there now too!
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely, not long now!

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      That sounds like an amazing post and one that all parents should probably read! πŸ˜‰

  2. May 20, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    We had the Angel Care Monitor and the breathing sensor from day 1…hubby was paranoid lol! You can never have enough muslins can you? They were everywhere in the house (oh no my house is going to be a bombsite again isn’t it?) My auntie bought me one of those pillows but we actually found it’s best use was for propping my girlie in when she was almost sitting! Great list. I am getting all excited again!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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  3. May 23, 2016 / 6:07 am

    Such a great idea to look back on your essentials from first time around and use it to shape your list for this time. I love the SnuzPod and really wish I’d known about these when my two needed them. Totally agree on the muslins too! My cousin has just had a baby and a few weeks before I remember asking her if she’d got plenty of muslins. “Oh yes,” she replied. “I have a pack of 3”. I had to fight back the urge to point out that they would last her around 17 minutes and that she’d need about another 100! I still have a drawer full now and my youngest is coming up to 2!
    Thanks so much for hosting #marvmondays x

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Ah, the first time mum! You soon realise that you need at least 10! I hope you took that as an opportunity to get her a pack, or two πŸ˜‰

  4. May 23, 2016 / 7:02 am

    We had/have most of those things too, my angelcare monitor was probably my best baby buy ever as it gave me so much reassurance. I didn’t know they did mobiles for car seats though, going to look into those today! x

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:14 pm

      I didnt know about the car seat mobiles either until it was given to us as a gift. It was seriously one of our best gifts/baby items ever and I’d definitely recommend them!

  5. May 23, 2016 / 7:17 am

    We have the angel care bath seat and it’s really good and Poppy loves her baths. It’s supportive but not cold hard plastic! I didn’t know that about the car toys! #marvmondays
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    • May 28, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      Ah thats great to hear! I was a little in two minds about the Angel Care seat as I thought the plastic might be a bit cold, but I think we’ll definitely go ahead and get it now. Thanks for the recommendation πŸ™‚

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks lovely, we are definitely starting to get there now. Hopefully lots of other parents find this list helpful πŸ™‚

  6. May 23, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    I can definitely recommend the Angelcare bath support – love it! And the gro egg thermometer is fab too. This is a great list and we LOVE lists!! Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      Ah fab, first recommendation I’ve seen or had for the Angelcare bath support. I was a little worried that the plastic may be a little cold for the little one when they are first put in it, but I was thinking it would probably be ok if you put some warm water on it first. Have you found that?

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      I bet you’re a bit of an expert by now, you must be fab at buying new baby gifts! πŸ™‚

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      Thats amazing! So many people that have commented on this post seem to also be using their monitors for their toddlers still – we’ve clearly been missing a trick πŸ˜‰

  7. May 23, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    What a great list! If we ever have another child then a snuzpod is definitely on my list. We had a moses basket but Clem hated it from the start. She actually ended up sleeping in the carrycot bit of her pram for the first 6 months! It was the only way we could all get any sleep. I also wouldn’t be without muslins, I used them for everything, in fact I still do.x #marvondays
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    • May 28, 2016 / 10:05 pm

      Oh we had such a challenge with our little one and sleep when she was really young. Luckily she slept in the early days in her moses basket, but I think the SnuzPod will be so much easier for breastfeeding second time around. I really cant wait to use it πŸ™‚

  8. May 23, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    I nodded along to everything on this list! Muslins are a god send – Josh loves them and always has one with him!! We also have a mumaroo and that is another saving grace!! xx #MarvMondays

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      I love that so many people that have commented on this post have the mamaRoo have found it really useful. Already feeling like itll be a worthwhile investment πŸ™‚

  9. May 23, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    A great list πŸ™‚ Muslins are a definite must. I have so many of them floating around the house. (Not actually floating!)
    I love the idea of the Gro Egg. It’ll make a perfect gift for my sister in law when she has her baby next month!

    Laura xx
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    • May 28, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      Oh I agree, the gro egg makes a lovely little gift and the shells are pretty adorable too πŸ™‚

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      The music isnt the best, but it has a surprisingly calming effect on little ones and does look lovely too πŸ™‚

  10. May 24, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Great list and love the baby chair, I saw it in action at Mothercare and thought if I have another it would be on my list! My little man hated his moses basket so we had to purchase a crib. I still use my monitor now and he’s nearly two. I used to put him in his room for his daytime naps when he was little so he could get use to his own room, so his monitor has been well used x #MarvMondays

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      The mamaRoo looks so impressive doesnt it! I cant wait to get our little one in it and try it out πŸ™‚ It sounds like you’ve got great use out of your monitor. I hope its the same for us second time round!

  11. May 24, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    it’s funny how we all find different things useful or not. I hate that bloody egg thing. it continually fell over and it was continually on orange or red – our house is always warm. even in winter! we had a thermometer built in on our baby monitor too, so it was a useless gift in my opinion lol! #KCACOLS
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    • May 28, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Ah no! I can see how you would think that though. Ours was similar in terms of it being orange or red for most of the year. It only really changed colour in the winter, but it was really helpful as first time parents because we were constantly worried about how warm or cold it was. Its still constantly on in the little ladys room, but we barely look at it now!

    • May 28, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      Wow, thats pretty impressive using your monitor 3 years down the line. Im hoping we’ll get more use out of ours this time round!

  12. May 24, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    It’s so interesting comparing what you bought for the first child and what you know you will actually need second time round! Muslins – yes! Nursing pillow – yes! Musical mobile – yes! We didn’t use a bath support last time, but I’m considering it this time xx
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    • May 28, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Ah the bath support was fantastic! Im really gutted that we got rid of our first one. But they dont cost very much so it should be relatively easy to pick up another one thats just as good. You should definitely consider getting one, they make bathtime in the earlier weeks and months so easy πŸ™‚

  13. May 25, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    I would really like to buy the snuzpod but I am stuck between that and another crib I have seen. This is a great list
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    • May 28, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Ooooh its a tough choice isnt it! There are quite a few lovely looking cribs and bedside cribs available now, but we just love the look of the SnuzPod, and they have gorgeous new colours out this week too! Cant wait to see what you decide on πŸ™‚

  14. Nige
    May 25, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Great list of essentials for a new baby #bestandworst

    • May 28, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Thanks! Hopefully lots of other parents to be find it useful πŸ™‚

  15. The Tale of Mummyhood
    May 25, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    We have muslins coming out of our ears at our place, a complete essential! This is a great list, we use our baby chair far more than our Moses basket!

    #KCACOLS

    • May 28, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Thanks lovely! Muslins are such a must have and so useful for so many things. I’m hoping our little one likes the mummaRoo as much as yours does πŸ™‚

  16. May 26, 2016 / 10:27 am

    This list is pretty much the same as mine – we have a number of the items on your picture! The bath support was fab I couldn’t have done without it! We don’t have the video monitor but we did buy a ‘nannymat’ which monitors your child’s breathing and also if they are removed from the cot an alarm goes off if there is an issue with either. We still use it now. The gro-egg is great but I have to cover it up now as the light disturbs Arthur. We had the mammaroo chair when Arthur was little – it was great for a while when he would only settle being rocked, but he outgrew it quickly because he was so active and tried to escape from everything so quite expensive for the few months we used it. Keeping it for number 2 though! Still use the pillow now and will definitely be looking into a co-sleeper crib for next time. It’s the one thing I wish we had bought! #KCACOLS
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    • May 28, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      Wow, that is a really similar list! Glad to hear your little one liked the mamaRoo, although agree its quite an expensive purchase for the short amount of time they can use it for. Saying that, after struggling with a baby that wouldnt settle itll be worth its weight in gold if it helps us avoid a similar stress second time round!

    • May 28, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Oh no, really! I’ve heard of quite a few babies that arent keen on moses baskets so we must have got lucky! Glad to hear youre having more success with the Chicco Next 2 Me crib πŸ™‚

  17. May 26, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    You can never have too many Muslins, they’re my default present for new parents to be …! We still have some knocking about and the Tubblet is 12. They’re amazing! Hope it’s all going well πŸ™‚
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    • May 28, 2016 / 9:46 pm

      Thats amazing! Not sure why I would be so surprised though, they are so useful. I think theyre a fab idea for new parent gifts, you can just never have enough with a new baby!

  18. May 26, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Great post, I agree very much with the muslins and a year later I still use them for everything and have them everywhere, ha! I also love the groegg too, super handy. Thanks for linking up πŸ™‚ #bestandworst
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    • May 28, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks lovely, muslins are probably one of the most useful parents inventions ever!

  19. May 27, 2016 / 6:47 am

    I love them all they’re all such good quality! We have the angel care monitor and the gro egg but used the bath support and pillow. We never used a monitor though, we had a little dream station but maybe we will if there’s a next time! You’re so close now to putting everything to use! X #bloggerclubuk

    • May 28, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Oh arent they just! Such fab products and all great quality. Not long now at all πŸ˜‰ Whats a dream station? Very intrigued!

  20. May 28, 2016 / 11:19 am

    This is a really useful list – it’s crazy what you learn from having your first, I would probably do lots of things differently. Our baby monitor broke after the first year and we never replaced it – we live in a bungalow so, like you can hear her. But it would be useful to have one again for when we have friends around on an evening and need to keep our doors all shut. We still use our Gro clock and you really can never have too many muslins!! #bestandworst xx
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    • May 28, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Thanks, I definitely think these are the must have things. It must be so handy living in a bungalow when it comes to things like that. There are definitely times I miss living all on one floor like we used to. Im guessing that with a new baby im only going to end up going up and down the stairs more!

  21. May 30, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Looks good to me! Babies don’t need that many things for the first few months. As they get older it’s nice to get things that make music for them to play with. Thanks so much for linking up with us at #BloggerClubUK x
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    • May 30, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      So true! Just the essentials and lots and lots of clothes πŸ˜‰

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