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Baby Essentials – Part 3

This is part 3 of my Baby Essentials posts and this time I have chosen to share my favourite baby toys.

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1. Play gym, 2. Buggy toy (Some of our favourites have been from Lamaze), 3. A car seat toy, 4. hand and feet finders, 5. That’s Not My… books, 6. Teething rattle / toy, 7. Fabric books

Babies don’t need a huge amount initially but the above items are some of the essentials you might need for the first 4 months. We love the Lamaze range and my little girl was bought quite a few pieces for her first Christmas, which we still have and will be using again. I love this Lamaze pay gym too. I have also read to my little girl every night since she was a few weeks old so can’t recommend books enough. Fabric books are great for them to explore and it doesn’t matter if they chew! The “That’s Not My” series are also ideal for encouraging them to explore textures and concepts. You can never go wrong with teether toys either!

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Baby Essentials – Part 2

Last week I shared some of my “Baby Essentials” thoughts for clothing, bathing and changing. This week I wanted to share some of my suggestions for essential products in the nursery, home and travel

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1. Moses basket, 2. Gro Egg room thermometer, 3. Baby comforter, 4. Gro sleeping bag 5. Blanket, 6. Tommee Tippee Sangenic nappy disposal unit, 7. Fitted sheets, 8. Flat sheets, 9. Nursery furniture sets

My nursery furniture and moses basket all came from Mamas and Papas, we did shop around and looked at a wide variety of sets but felt that the set we chose from Mamas and Papas offered a long-term investment and would last our daughter well through school. The cot converts into a cotbed and we will therefore between my daughter and the new baby get several years out of it. the wardrobe is a good size too and not as small as some of them out there so will enable the growing clothes sizes to fit (some seemed so small you couldn’t imagine fitting anything beyond toddler clothes in). I am glad we bought the Gro Egg too, a friend had one and I thought it was great then, so went out and purchased one myself. You can see at a glance the temperature in the room, it moves between three colours, blue (cold), orange (correct temperature) and red (too hot) and also acts as a nightlight. My daughter was bought lots of comforters and two special ones have remained by her side faithfully every night, as well as one at grandmas for when she’s there. They offer kids a little comfort so will definately be hoping for more for the new baby.

I used basic white flat and fitted sheets and blankets from Mothercare whilst my little girl was in her moses basket. (I also found a swaddle I was bought from Pumpkin Patch great as my little girl was too small for sleeping bags initially and did start kicking covers off so the swaddle provided an alternative. As soon as she was old enough I moved her into sleeping bags and can’t rate them anough, so simple, you can get some great travel ones too that enable you to strap your baby into the car seat without disturbing them.

The Tomme Tippee nappy disposal unit was one of our best purchases too! It saves you having to go up and downstairs with smelly nappies and keeps all the nasty smells locked away. Cassette’s aren’t cheap for it but worth it and can be bought in bulk for cheaper.

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1. Tomee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles, brush and steriliser unit, 2. Lansinoh nipple cream, 3. Britax baby safe SHR II car seat, 4. Tommee Tippee healthcare set, 5. Baby Jogger City Mini Double pushchair, 6. Mamas and Papas bouncer, 7. Tommee Tippee Breast pump set, 8. Lansinoh breast pads, 9. Babystyle Oyster travel system

I breastfed my daughter until four and a half months but did introduce bottles after this and an evening bottle at two and a half months and I chose to use products from the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature range as I read reviews and parenting magazines and heard they were the closest to breast feeding. I have the steriliser, breast pump and bottles. I was also bought the Tommee Tippee healthcare set when I had my little girl and this included  nail scissors, nasal aspirator, baby hairbrush and thermometer to mention a few things. However I don’t know what I have done with a lot of the bits from it so may have to invest again! I did recently write a post about Keeping Winter Bugs at Bay where I noted some helpful tips as well as products I have used (including various thermometers and our humidifier) so please do stop by to find out more about some essential baby healthcare tips

I can’t recommend Lansinoh nipple cream and breast pads enough! I tried a few different brands but these were the best in my opinion, I woke up wet in the night with some of the other breast pads but these were great so I have stocked up again. We are huge Britax fans and have FOUR Britax car seats in our family. I will be using them all again, first off the baby safe SHR II (however I do need to get the handle checked on it which is a little wobbly, probably through extensive use!), followed by the Safefix Plus, which my little girl is currently using. you can find my thoughts and review on our Britax car seats here. I bought the Babystyle Oyster travel system for my little girl  as it was very lightweight and our Britax baby safe SHR II car seat easily clipped on and will probably still use it to some extent. My review can be found here. However a double buggy like the Baby Jogger City Mini Double is also in play for when I am out and about with both my girls.

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Baby Essentials – Part One

With baby number 2 on the way I’ve been digging out all my little girl’s baby bits and compiling lists of everything I might need so thought I’d share some of my thoughts and ideas with you as to what I see are my “baby essentials”

First up it’s basic clothes, bathing and changing

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1. Nappy Sacks, 2. Wipes, 3. Cotton wool balls, 4. Hats, 5. SS  Vests, 6. Bibs 7. Pampers New Baby Nappies, 8. LS vests, 9. Scratch mitts, 10. Muslins, 11. SnuggleBundl Lifting blanket, 12. Booties, 13. Sleepsuits

When nappy changing I used cotton balls for the first few weeks and then moved on to wipes but opted for the likes of Huggies Pure or Pampers Sensitive. You can get some fab baby clothes from a wide range of retailers, some of my favourite are Next, George at Asda, Mothercare and Jo Jo Maman Bebe. I tried both Huggies and Pampers nappies and preferred Pampers, however as my daughter grew up I did start using Asda’s Little Angels and Pampers Pull ups too so will probably do the same again. I am thrilled to have won a Snugglebundl lifting blanket recently in their competition, as I am due to have a c-section so no doubt this will come in very useful indeed!

Other must have’s include…

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1. Top and tail bowl, 2. Ergonomic bath and Mothercare Supabaths, 3. Cuddledry apron robe, 4. Bath seat, 5. Johnson’s baby lotion, 6. Changing mat, 7. Johnson’s bedtime baby wash, Johnson’s bedtime baby bath, 9. Johnson’s baby shampoo

I found the Mothercare Supabath a god send after my c-section, because it sits high on te bath it was great for me as I couldn’t bend too far, I then moved on to the ergonomic bath seat and the bath seat. I can highly recommend all three! The Cuddledry robe is fantastic! I bought one before my little girl was born and it was great after my c-section as clips round your neck like an apron and enables you to scoop your baby up and wrap them against you, giving you a free hand to stand up too. I always opted for Johnson’s products when my little girl was a newborn as they are a known and reputable household name and will probably do the same again, but I do also use other products such as Asda Little Angels with my little girl now she is older. I LOVED this changing mat I came across when compiling this. I have just bought a plain one but may have to invest in this one too! made me smile!

In future posts I will also share some of my nursery, toy, feeding, travel and health must have’s so do keep posted.

If you have any suggestions of what made life easier with your little one I would love to hear!

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