It’s easy to go overboard when you’re planning the arrival of a newborn baby. Clothes, furniture, feeding, picking a pram, bedding – the list is endless but the essentials are not.
Out of everything we bought, I wanted to share the five most helpful/ essential items for us.
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine
Obviously this is only relevant to bottle fed babies. The Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine is basically a barista in a box for milk and takes just two minutes to make a perfect temperature bottle for your baby. You simply add milk powder and press a button – how good does that sound for night feeds!
It is crazy how slippery babies are when they are wet, especially when covered in body wash. Getting them in and out of the bath is fine as your hands are under their armpits taking the weight but when they are just in the water, it’s like trying to catch a fish with your bare hands so a baby bath is recommended..
The Angelcare bath is amazing. It has a rubber lining around the base of the bath to stop it from slipping in yours. Then it has a layer of mesh to hold your baby while the water comes through for bathing. I love the colours too – so vibrant!
When shopping for a newborn baby you automatically buy white outfits and are given white outfits as gifts. They are gorgeous, bright and look lovely on for the first 10 minutes. Then, babies dribble milk down themselves, are sick and have poonamis up their backs that soak through vests and outfits. Whites are definitely not baby essentials! This happened a few times and I was really sad at the thought of throwing the items away until one of my friends mentioned Napisan. This stuff is amazing – every parent needs a box under the sink. It’s a stain remover and white brightener and has worked on every single thing I’ve used it on!
You can never have too many of these. They really are the ultimate baby essentials! Buy 20 – keep them in every room, change bag, the car, your handbag. They are so, so useful. You’ll find yourself putting one over your shoulder before feeding then using it to wipe milk away and for winding. They are amazing.
When you have a newborn baby, you become obsessed with temperature – in the room and in the bath. Six months on, we’re more relaxed about room temperature but use this amazing hippo thermometer every day in the bath. It doubles up as toy to float round too – a bargain for £5.