Up until 3 months ago, I literally knew nothing about babies. I could count the number of babies I had ever held on one hand and still have fingers to spare. So to say that the last few months have been a steep learning curve is a MAJOR understatement. I am so proud of how well hubby and I have adjusted to parenthood, considering how clueless we both were I think we have taken to it like a couple of ducks to water and what we may lack in knowledge and experience we’ve made up for with love and enthusiasm.
Anyway enough tooting my own horn, what I wanted to share with you today are the top 10 baby products I could not have lived without. In the lead up to baby Matilda’s arrival, I made endless ‘must have’ lists based on recommendations I found on the internet, some things turned out to be spot on and others a waste of money. So for what it is worth, here are just a few products that hit the mark for me and were worth every cent!
Have you ever noticed how much noise babies make when they are sleeping?! I am a light sleeper, so as soon as we got home from the hospital baby Matilda was straight into her cot in her very own big girl room. Having the Oricom Babysense breathing monitor helps to give us peace of mind that bubs is peacefully asleep and breathing ok, while the video monitor allows us to spy on her without having to tip toe in and out of her room every 2 minutes. Love it!
Before Matilda arrived a friend of ours lent us their Mokopuna swaddle and said it was one of the best things ever, and they were absolutley right. Wrapping and unwrapping a screaming baby in the middle of the night to check their nappy is a complete nightmare. The Mokopuna swaddle is made of beautiful merino wool to keep bubs temp regulated, the snug fit helps to make baby feel safe and the super practical double zip is perfect for easy nighttime nappy changes. This is my new go-to gift for new mums, a god send!
We have Wondersuits coming out of our ears in every size and colour (which is a good thing, when we can have up to 7 outfit changes in a day!). Forget fumbling with a million press studs, the double ended zip is a breeze to operate. Also the feet and hands flip over to keep little digits cosy and warm. They wash up beautifully and I can promise your bubs will outgrow them before they outwear them.
I think half of my mothers group have the Lucida Baby Bag in its various colours. If you’re looking for a stylish and spacious baby bag that won’t entirely break the budget then you really can’t go wrong here.
Shopping for a pram can be sooo stressful! There are so many features and things to consider, do you want the seat to be front and rear facing, do you want additional seats to be added, do you want it to be light weight or heavy duty and the list goes on… After months of researching and shopping around we finally decided on the UppaBaby Alta. We got a bundle deal that included the bassinet and it was the best purchase ever. Matilda sleeps like a dream in the bassinet and the pram itself is very lightweight (9.9kg), easy to manoeuvre and fits into our tight car boot.
I ummed and ahhed about whether or not this was worth splashing out on, I considering hiring a machine but in the end decided to purchase my own. I literally use this every day and probably saved money in the first two weeks of owning it compared to if I had hired a machine. We’ve had a few hiccups with breast feeding so being able to express and bottle feed has been great for us.
Rather than lugging your baby bag into the change room and rifling around for everything you need while bubs is screaming, keeping everything handy in this change mat clutch will save you time and stress. I always keep mine stocked with a couple of nappies, wipes, hand sanitiser and cream so I can chuck it in the bottom of the pram if we are just going out for a quick trip or keep it in the baby bag for longer day trips.
My Mum bought us a couple of these before Matilda was born and I have since been back to stock up (I now have 7 on constant rotation!). There are so many things to love about these bigs, firstly they are large and wrap all around so they keep baby’s shoulders clean and dry as well as their fronts. The press stud fastener allows for easy removal when bubs has fallen into a blissful sleep compared to noisy velcro which wakes bubs with a start every time! They are nice and thick so nothing soaks through and come in a range of cute designs for boys and girls.
While the Mokopuna swaddles are great for newborns, the Love To Dream Swaddle UP is the perfect next step. Tilly has always loved to sleep with her hands up, in fact in every single one of our ultrasounds her hands were up by her face covering our view. The Love To Swaddle UP allows babies to sleep with their hands by their face but still keeps them restricted so their startle reflex won’t wake them. They come in a range of sizes and even have light weight, merino and 50/50 (arms can be free or restrained) versions depending on what your needs are.
Certainly not the most glamorous item on my must have lit, but probably one of the things we use the most. While I have to admit we are like many other parents and use disposable nappies, these terry towelling nappies come in handy for a range of other uses. As Matilda has reflux, she brings up quite a lot of what she eats so these nappies make for fantastic burp cloths (or as we call them spew cloths). I never leave home without one, in fact I often have two in the nappy bag, one in the pram and one in the car just in case. We also use them on her change table and tucked across her bed as a little added protection from spillages to avoid changing sheets daily.
Here are a few happy snaps of Miss Matilda showing off some of our favourite things…
I’d love to know what your favourite ‘must have’ baby products are that you couldn’t live without?!