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.
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?