This is something I get asked all the time! Like most first time mums and parents I definitely have fallen in to the trap of those marketing giants that make you think you really need everything, but I also bought some products that we just couldn’t have lived without for the last 6 months, so here are my top 18 all in one place for you.
1. Sleepyhead Deluxe and Accessories
So when I told Dan I was going to be spending £140 on a cushion pod for her to sleep in inside her cot he was not convinced! After a couple of restless night in the hospital we came home and put our teeny newborn Fliss in to the Sleepyhead and she slept amazing straight away. I love how the sleepy head snuggles your little ones in! We would still be using it now if we didn’t have such a wriggler! The toy arch and toys are an amazing addition and great for an alternative to a huge baby gym, space saving and so trendy! I loved the Mrs Mighetto toys so much, and its great for tummy time.
2. Tutti Bambini
So I was offered a chicco next to me second hand and cheap so I didn’t do much research, when I collected it I realised I really wasn’t keen. It felt really wobbly and just not very sturdy at all (controversial, as I know everyone loves them). I returned it and went and had a look around a few stores and found the same, all the display models seemed a bit wobbly too! Then we found the tutti bambini. Its a lot more sturdy because the legs are more supporting and the shelf underneath helps that too! The shelf underneath is great to store all your blankets and sleeping bags. The tutti also seems a bit bigger so a lot more space if you have a wriggly baby! The look of the tutti is definitely appealing and in my opinion is definitely one of the nicest and stylish looking next to bed cribs out there! It’s also easy to collapse and put up and comes with a handy travel bag for if you go away!
3. Ewan The Dream Sheep
As seen above, Ewan was a gift and he is amazing! When Felicity stirs in the night we put him on and she drops straight back to sleep. He is also a great toy for her to play with!
4. Snuza Hero
The Snuza Hero is a portable breathing monitor that is medically certified! Its amazing and we didn’t have any false alarms until Felicity was clever enough to pull it off. The Snuza vibrates 15 seconds after breathing stops and then alarms after 20 seconds. It really gave me peace of mind when Felicity was so small and I 100% would invest in one again if/when we have another baby. It simply just attached on to the front of babies nappy.
5. Gro bag and Aden + Anis sleeping bags
I’ve found sleeping bags great! They are easy to do up and undo when you need to do a nappy change with a half asleep baby they are also nice and safe for your baby to sleep in and there are some amazing ones out there. My favourites are Gro bag and Aden + Anis! This Kissing Bunnies print from Gro is a firm favourite!
6. Joie Swing Chair
This was amazing! Felicity looked so diddy when I first put her in this, but it was perfect for helping her drift off in those early weeks and for putting her somewhere safe and giving your arms a break! As Felicity got older it was great for her to play with the swinging toys and she spent a good few naps in the swing chair! I was very sad when her legs started to dangle over the edge and she got more mobile and it was time to say goodbye to the Swing Chair, why don’t they make them for older babies? Oh yeah because they move soooo much!
7. Prep machine
The tommee tippee prep machine is a must for any formula feeding parents! It’s super quick and easy and a life saver! How could anyone wait for water to cool down? When you have a screaming hungry baby you want the milk ready quick and at the perfect temperature.
8. Frankie Lola bibs
These bibs are AMAZING!! I’ve now had about 6 people go out and buy these after seeing or hearing me talk about them! I love independent small businesses and Frankie Lola is fab! The bibs are super absorbent and soft! They come in a range of colours and patterns and matching leggings, hair bands and blankets are also available! I love the popper to do them up (I’ve learnt Velcro is not your friend when your in a rush doing lots of washing loads!). They are also a lot bigger than your standard triangle bibs! Plus 5 bibs for £10 is an amazing deal!!
9. Bullabaloo Muslin
Muslins are every mums go to! I’ve had a few different brands but bullabaloos are the softest most marshmallowy ever. Even after 100s of washes they are still so soft! They have the most amazing patterns and colours and they do the large size which are perfect for creating shade when out in the sun, having a picnic blanket and also a cover up when breastfeeding (I don’t breastfeed but when my friend forgot a cover up I offered my large flamingo Muslin and it was perfect!)
10. Shnuggle baby bath
This baby bath is great! Offers support for your little one, has them sat upright which is a lot easier to clean them! It’s not massive and it is a great price too! I love this bath and it’s easy to take anywhere with you!
11. Baby skin care
Kokoso, obviously it’s amazing!! You’ve heard me rave about it lots, its just the best. Check out my previous post to find out more about them!
Childs farm sun cream is great, its super kind on eczema prone skin and doesn’t cause any irritation on Fliss!
Lush dream cream… it took the internet by storm with its miracle cure to eczema on a little child! It works!! We ditched what the Dr prescribed after Felicity’s eczema kept coming back. After using Dream Cream it disappeared and we now use it once a day to maintain her eczema free skin!
12. Pram/ Travel System
We went for the Silver cross pioneer in black and chrome! I love the pram, it’s amazing! I know so many people that have 3 or 4 prams and buggy’s. I do get this as some times you need a more road buggy ect… Well I’ve gone off road with the pioneer and thought it was amazing through a very bumpy mud track in the middle of a field and Fliss looked comfy! We have recently got a new buggy mainly so Dan always has it in the car and we wanted something a lot more compact, but I won’t part with my Pioneer, it’s amazing and stylish!
13. Changing Bag
Of course it has to be The bag, if you’re in to fashion and a Mum to be or Mum you’ll of heard of TIBA +MARL. We have the raf holdall in floral and I love it! This bag looks amazing (I always get complimented on it) I love all the compartments inside and it’s easy to wipe clean. The changing mat that comes with the bag is great and folds up nice and small! I love with TIBA + MARL that you get a little cross the body bag/pouch which is so handy! I’ve even used it on nights out! You also get a dust bag…. which just adds that designer touch!
So because I have a floral bag… I decided to get a second changing bag for Dan and for when we wear our carrier! I went for the Skip hop back pack! This back pack is massive and is so great for big long days out with the whole family! It has a little pouch, a changing mat and a dummy bag, it’s so amazing! I especially love all the different compartments so you can store everything nice and neatly.
14.Baby Bjorn One Carrier
This carrier is THE BEST!! I love the look it’s so nice and comes in lots of colours! It’s super comfy for me and Fliss and she loves it! It’s great for long walks in the countryside and also just a quick pop in to the supermarket! Its amazing when Felicity goes through clingy fazes, I can get jobs done but she’s still attached to me. The Baby Bjorn One is very adjustable and so Dan finds it really comfy too.
ALL OF THEM!!
Sophie la girafe is a firm favourite in our house but only as Felicity got older maybe 5/ 5 and a half months!
Matchstick monkey is also amazing and nice and small to pop in your bag!
The Nuby ones that go in your fridge are great for at home too!
The jumperoo changed our lives!! It’s amazing, it’s offers endless entertainment for Felicity and keeps her contained! Yes the music is repetitive but gosh she loves it!
17.Highchair, Mamas and Papas Bop
This Highchair is fabulous! It looks nice and stylish, super easy to clean! Felicity finds it comfy and it’s a bargain at £49
18.Buggy Armadillo City 2
We recently bought a buggy to keep in the car, Mamas and Papas Armadillo City 2 stroller is amazing. This stroller folds in half so it’s nice and compact (not small enough for the plane, look at the Acro for that) It fits really easily in our boot with plenty of space for all our bags for a trip away or the weekly shop! The opening and collapsing mechanism is so simple and you can actually do it one handed, great for when you are on your own.
These are personally my best buys and they have all made the new parenting life a little bit easier for us. Any questions please just ask 🙂 x