As a first time mummy, I fell into the trap of buying pretty much everything when I was expecting Anabel, and soon found out that we don’t use it, let alone need
it! So this time round, I knew exactly what I needed to have, and thought I would share it with you lovely lot. While this was still a draft, however, the wonderful @mrsshilts
blogged about her baby essentials (here
) which is a marvellous read, so here’s my list to add to it!
You would not believe the amount of muslins we get through! Every time we feed Millie she has to have a bib AND a muslin as she always seems to dribble it out! In this house they’re used for everything; milk dribbles, drooling teething toddlers, snotty noses, wiping all kinds of ‘yuk’ from clothes, you name it we’ve probably used them for it!
This product is just pure genius! I found it so hard to keep Bella’s socks on when she was little. To start with, it was because her feet were so dinky that the socks were always too big, then it was because she was so active they used to come off as she crawled. When my sister in law introduced me to them, I thought it was just another gimmicky thing that wasn’t particularly needed. I was so wrong, we have so many pairs now, and Millie is already wearing them!
Another fad? Nope! These are so handy, we started using them when Bella discovered she could suck her fist, then progressed to blowing raspberries, and even now while she’s teething. Some are cool, some are pretty, there are far too many to choose from! A lot of companies are doing these now, but I buy ours from Funky Giraffe Bibs. I think we have about 20 now, as I have bought them and we’ve been given some too! (I did a review of these a while ago here if you want a read)
Nasal aspirator (aka the bogey sucker!!)
I’ve used the one that came in the Tommee Tippee accessory pouch, but I didn’t find that was ‘strong enough’ to get anything out, so again MrV came to the rescue and found another, this one
by 4little1. The very idea of this one made me a little queasy, but as long as you make sure the filter is in place (!) there’s no chance of you accidentally getting a mouthful! It has been so useful, especially when the little ones have had colds, and makes it a lot easier for them to breathe and feed. It’s easy to clean too as it all comes apart.
After trying a few and finding either the lids weren’t tight enough, or the sections weren’t separated very well, MrV finally came across this one from bibi
. It holds up to 10oz of formula powder in each of the 4 pots, and you can take as little as 1 pot, or as many as 4 out with you. We actually use this when we’re at home too, as Millie can go from asleep one second, to crying for milk in another, so just flipping the lid and pouring it in the bottle is much quicker.
We bought ours from Mamas and Papas, and both babies have used it. If you need to dash to the loo, or answer the door, or if your arm starts to go dead as they get heavier, this is fantastic. Both mine tend to wake up if they’re laid flat, like in a moses basket, but in a bouncy chair they’re a bit more snuggled up. Ours was this one
(though they’ve changed the design slightly) which vibrates, bounces and also plays music, they both seemed to like it.
Good baby monitor
We’re onto our second monitor as the first wasn’t great, the volume had to be turned right up and it was really crackly. The one we have now is much better, though the battery life could be better. You might not find it necessary to have a monitor if you’re close-by, or perhaps in a flat, but ours is used every day. It’s especially useful now, as Bella has tell-tale signs when she has a dirty nappy, she tends to wake up mid-sleep and start talking. If I didn’t have the monitor, I wouldn’t hear her and who knows how long she’d be laying in it! Also, be aware that some monitors can play havoc with your wi-fi, as my sister-in-law found out!!
If you’ve ever given your little one a dummy, you may have already found that once they can hold things, the dummy may end up being thrown on the floor, or lost. We invested (it was about £7 as I saw a pretty one!) in one while we were on a day out with Bella. One end has a clip (like suspenders/braces) that attaches to their clothes, and the other end as a popper so you can loop and attach the dummy to it. Honestly, this simple idea is brilliant, and so many places sell them now.
Because our babies both have dummies (Bella still has hers to sleep) I’ve found that I always have to carry one when I’m out and about, just in case. However, finding a loose dummy in a huge changing bag isn’t easy, and it would get covered in who knows what (crumbs or formula powder probably!) rolling around in there. I spotted these
in Boots one day, and had to buy one (the pink one obviously). It’s brilliant, not only can I keep the dummies clean in their own little case, but with the velcro loop, I can attach the whole thing to pretty much anything. I find it useful to attach it to the straps or handles of my bag.
Not something I would have said we needed but obviously babies can’t give themselves a mini mani/pedi! I’ve found it easier to use them when they are asleep as they wriggle less, but definitely something that I use maybe once or twice a fortnight. Aside from scratching their own faces (it makes me nervous when they scratch close to their eyes) it also saves you from having the red-chested look as mine both tended to scratch me while they were feeding!There, I think that’s it! Can you think of anything else?