There is something about being a first time Mum which makes you a crazy baby shopper. You want to buy all the stuff all the time and you don’t want to listen to a word of anybody’s “advice”. This is purely just my personal recommendations and not me telling you what to buy and what not to buy. Because I’m the gal who bought about 40 vests not realising they go underneath the baby’s clothes *eye roll emoji*
Fisher Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
This is the all singing, all dancing king of play mats. It’s (disgustingly) brightly coloured, it plays (the most annoying) songs and rainforest sound, it flashes red and yellow lights and has loads of hanging toys, a mirror and a leaf which makes that funny rustle noise. You may have noticed my choice of adjectives weren’t exactly ones of loving sentiment. Yes I think it’s bold, brash and albeit slightly garish but Evie loves it. She absolutely adores it. She will lie there for hours shaking her arms and kicking her legs in sheer excitement. If she’s happy I’m happy!
It’s not long before your tiny little sleeps all day parties all night newborn starts becoming more alert, more awake and generally more aware of their surroundings. This is just a really cute little toy to attract their attention, it plays little tunes, flashes red and green and wobbles. Evie loved it even from a really young age.
I kind of feel like if you don’t know what this is you’ve been hiding under a rock? I knew about this machine even before I was pregnant! Everyone has their own opinion of this machine and I’m very much a ‘each to their own’ kind of person. If you don’t like it, you don’t like it. But I bloody love this thing. I swear to god I don’t understand how anybody makes a bottle without it!? Well of course I know how . . But seriously in my eyes it’s a magical miracle machine. It makes your bottle to the perfect temperature within 2 minutes and at 3am in the morning that is what I’m talking about!!! Also if you breast feed amazing, if you bottle feed also amazing. I’m not about that preachy parent life.
Sleepyhead Deluxe Portable Baby Pod
This was another item I had seen all over Instagram and knew about even before becoming pregnant. I mean I didn’t exactly know what it was or what it did, but I had seen it. Again I was the gal who thought babies just went straight into their cots when they were born . . Lil had to tell me what a crib and Moses basket was *another eye roll emoji for me* Usually I would never have purchased something so pricey before the baby was born with having no idea if she would like it or not however we had John Lewis vouchers saved from our wedding and I felt all sorts of a sassy hun waltzing into John Lewis at 21 weeks pregnant and purchasing a sleepy head. Bless me. Now I can’t exactly vouch for its ‘magical’ sleeping powers as the only night Evie has not slept in her sleepyhead was the night she was born and we were in hospital so I don’t know if she’d have been a good sleeper without it. What I do know is she settles really well in it, she doesn’t wake herself up by waving her arms and legs in the air like babies love to do and it has been so handy when we have stayed anywhere else as we just pop it in the car and take it with us. Now it’s time to decide whether to purchase the grande or not . . .
This bath support is amazing. It’s so simple but so effective. I take it everywhere with me (I literally carted it to Center Parcs) as I just can’t imagine bathing her without it! It means you can have both hands free to wash your baby without having to hold them up. It’s also made out of a soft rubber material making it comfortable for your baby to lie in and the mesh like holes means the water covers them too. We’ve just upgraded to the Angelcare bath seat as Evie is just dying to sit up all the time now so I can’t wait to see how we get on with that!
What are your newborn essentials you couldn’t live without? Or is there stuff you wish you didn’t buy? (In my case a shitty tommee tippee steriliser and 46,000 vests!)