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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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Bathtime Must Have’s!

I was dreading having to bathe my little girl on my own once my husband went back to work. I’ve got a bad back and had to have a c-section so was really worrying how I would manage.

I did a lot of research into the products that were out there and I did toy with the idea of buying Cosatto’s Easi-Peasi Changer, a changer and baby bath in one. However I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to fill and unfill and I was told by lots of people, that due to the size of the bath my daughter would outgrow it quickly. It therefore felt an expensive purchase for the limited time I would use it (I already have a changer on top of my chest of drawers so wouldn’t really need the changer itself).

Then came along The Supabath and I think this may just have been a godsend!

This is a fantastic product that sits over the top of the bath meaning its raised height makes bathtime a whole lot easier. There’s less need for bending over and I could easily hold my little girl and lift her in and out. The bath didn’t slide under my taps when it was level with the bath sides but if we tipped it ever so slightly we could slide it under and still fill the bath easily and then just tip it slightly again to slide it back without losing any water. We also have a shower head on my bath so we could fill it with this too if needed. The Supabath has a handy little plug in the bottom that you just push up and it allows the water to be released easily into the bath below. Only downside is you have to hold it while the water drains, it could have down with a catch or some element to enable it to stay open while the water drains.

We used the Supabath until our daughter was 4 months old but I guess you could use it until they are a bit older. We instead moved on to one of the ergonomic bath supports, by then by tummy had healed more and my daughter was easier to transfer in and out. The bath seat enables hand free bath times and my little girl loved kicking her legs and splashing her hands in the water. The suction cups on the bottom kept it securely stuck in place so it didn’t move and kept my daughter nice and safe.

At approximately 8 months we moved onto a swivel bath seat which enabled her to sit up on her own in the bath. We had borrowed this off a friend and as it had been used quite a bit the suction cups had worn a little and weren’t as sticky as they probably had been at new so the seat did come up occasionally and this was a little unsettling for a while as my daughter was quite light and had just learned to sit up so wasn’t overly happy when this happened. However it didn’t happen that often and it made for much more interactive fun bath times, as she could play with toys, enjoy the bubbles and experience bath time from a whole new perspective.

So all in all for bath times over a 12 month period we had three different style of baby bath. This may have seemed a little excessive and expensive but we only actually purchased the first one new, the second was purchased at a nearly new sale for cheaper than retail price and the third was borrowed.

No matter what purchase decisions you make I would highly recommend all three items for the various reasons stated. However there’s a huge range of options available, from basic baby baths, collapsible and inflatable travel baths to foam bath supports to mention a few so you can be certain that you will undoubtedly find a solution that’s perfect for you.

Happy Bathtimes!!!!

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