One of the most enjoyable things about being pregnant aside from guilty free eating was shopping for the baby. I spent countless hours on the internet reading product reviews and adding scores of items onto my virtual wish list. I have now become slightly obsessed with baby products, whether its a gadget to help mama’s life a teeny bit easier or something that will keep the baby entertained.
Luckily my enthusiasm for reading the numerous reviews paid off as the majority of the goods we bought did not disappoint. I wanted to share the ones that I have found the most useful and what both baby L and I have thoroughly enjoyed from 0 – 6 months.
Not an ordinary swing or bouncer, the mamaroo has integrated calming sounds and a variety of rocking simulations such as a car ride or ocean wave. You can even hook up your ipod to play some of baby’s favourite tunes while rocking away. Baby L loved this bouncer from birth and helped calm her while I did the cooking or cleaning. I also love it’s sleek design and that it is not a huge eye sore in the living room.
This product unfortunately is a huge eye sore when it comes to blending in with the interior decor, however baby L loves it so we put up with it’s garish design. She is growing like lightning speed and these days she enjoys being more upright and mobile. It feels more secure than a door bouncer and has lots of colourful activities for little hands to fiddle with.
This little teether has won numerous baby product awards for a reason and I can see why, its easy for baby to hold and chew on and baby L favours this teether over all her other ones.
Baby L was gifted this doudou (comforter) by a friend, it is amazingly soft and she loves rubbing her face into the fur and falls asleep so much quicker with it by her side.
When baby L was just discovering toys, many were difficult for her to grip. The Skwish is designed perfectly for tiny hands and the bright colours are attractive for little baby’s blurry eye sight.
I’ve used these blankets as a breastfeeding cover, pushchair/stroller cover for the summer, a crib sheet, burping cloth, changing mat as well as swaddling in the early months. I have other similar muslin clothes but they do not compare in quality or softness. Even after numerous washes they still look like new; my other ones have faded and are covered in cloth bubbles!
When baby L turned 3 months old I wanted to get her a support seat to help strengthen her neck while she was in a upright position. I intended to get the Bumbo which is what my nephew had but I instead went with the snug after reading some reviews online. What I like about the snug over the Bumbo is that it is sold with a tray and has a removable insert for an older baby to use. I initially bought the sung without the play tray but I’m sure glad I bought the extra attachment as it is probably baby L’s favourite toy. She loves chewing on the textured flower and bashing the squeaky bits, but most importantly she is kept entertained throughout all of our dinners! We have just started purées once a day and we’re using the snug as a feeding chair since I have not yet purchased a highchair, it works perfectly fine for now.
This has been a life saving product and is definitely a must have for all new parents. We used this carrier from birth with the infant insert and despite baby L now weighing over 7kg (15 pounds) It is still very comfortable to use. I also have a ring sling but the Ergobaby is far more structured, with padded shoulder straps and the waist strap helps carry a lot of baby’s weight on the hips. It also has pockets on the front for a wallet and phone and a cover to support baby’s head when sleeping. Thankfully baby L never had colic and rarely cried when she was an infant and I truly believe it was due to us using the carrier and having constant body contact. Now we are dealing with teething and the “wonder weeks” where she cries a bit more than usual but as soon as she’s in the Ergobaby she calms down immediately. This carrier has been our saving grace because it really is comfortable to wear all day and still allows us to get on with daily activities.
Initially we started off with a standard baby bath which was a hassle to use and took up space in our tiny bathroom. We were then gifted with this Boon folding bath which makes bath time so much easier and fun for both me and baby. It folds flat which makes storing nice and compact, it also allows for half of the bath to be raised when bathing the baby giving much needed head support.
When baby L hit 3 months she went through a sleep regression, waking up every 2-3 hours when she previously slept at least 6 hours straight. I introduced baby massage into our night time routine which helped her relax before bed. It was the clever naming of this product (“sleep tight”) that drew me to buying the combo, I’m not 100% sure if it works but the scent is amazing and baby L loves her massages.
When I was preparing my hospital bag, one of the requirements was to bring baby bathing soap and cream. There are so many products out there and I wasn’t sure which brand to go for, but like any new mama I was worried about using anything with harsh chemicals. Weleda baby products are sold at my local health food store and after trying them out on myself I fell in love with the scent and have been using the line on baby and myself ever since.
Even before I became pregnant I knew I wanted to use cloth nappies/ diapers because I’d read about the many chemicals that are put in baby and women hygiene products. It takes over 200-500 years for a single nappy/diaper to decompose which means our landfills are full of them. I know the extra step of having to wash them is not for everyone but my inner hippy self wanted to make a difference even if its just a small one. After reading many forums, the brand Bumgenious seemed to have the best reviews so I went ahead and invested in 24 colourful nappies/diapers. I am so happy with the decision to use these because not only do we save a fortune on disposables, they are also extremely easy to wash and use and look great underneath dresses.