When I became pregnant with my first, I was thrown into a world of baby products that I had little to no knowledge about. I spent hours and hours researching to find the best. I wanted to spend our money wisely and have products that would last.
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As mothers, our time is precious. Baby products that work well can give us some extra needed minutes in a day, provide some relief to a crying baby or relieve some anxiety when we can’t help but worry. To save you time, I’ve put together a list of my favourite baby products. Products that, I wouldn’t want to live without.
Sleepless nights are a thing for many parents, so in the world of baby products, anything that can help us to get more sleep in a must buy! The Slumber Bear is a soft cuddly bear that houses a sound machine in its stomach. The sound machine can be set to play womb sounds, lullabies, white noise, ocean sounds and even your own recordings. It activates sound when your baby cries or movies the bear. My favourite feature is the blanket it comes with. You can wear it in your shirt to transfer the scent to the blanket so when you’re not close by, your baby is comforted by your scent on the blanket! The sound machine can be removed making it easy to pop in the changing bag for afternoons at the grandparents or for when travelling.
Having a baby carrier that is comfortable for both you and baby is incredibly important. It’s one of those baby products that can make your life easier when out and about. For my first born, I purchased a well known baby carrier brand. After only 10 minutes of carrying my baby (even at just 6 months old) my shoulders would be aching. I had read great things about Lillebaby and decided to give it a go.
I went for the Lillebaby Complete All Seasons. It can be used from birth at 7lbs without the need for an additional insert, and be used up to a toddler of 45lbs. There are 6 different carrying positions including on your back and outward facing. A stowaway hood to use as a support for baby’s head when sleeping, to protect them from the sun and for privacy during breastfeeding. The carrier comes with a mesh panel at their back which provides temperature control.
I love this carrier so much. I love that I can be on the move, handsfree while breastfeeding and have the privacy element at the same time. The mesh panel comes in handy on hot summer days and during our travels. Lillebaby, have some beautiful designs and I get many compliments when out with this carrier. Most importantly, it’s comfortable. I can walk wearing my son in this for hours and it’s effortless. Lillebaby have created an all round brilliant here.
This Graco Travel Cot has it all. A changing station, a cot mobile, music, night light, vibration. It also comes with a bassinet mattress which is suitable from birth. It’s easy to fold away, has wheels and comes with a carry bag making it easy to transport. My husband and I took this to on our daughter’s first holiday as we packed everything but the kitchen sink and it travelled well. It was used frequently in my daughters first year and has lasted well, still in perfect condition almost 5 years on. With so many features, it’s hard to not to do a good job.
My first born was a needy baby. She didn’t want to be alone much, would wake up the second you put her down for a nap and then cry out of tiredness. When she was settled and happy, I’d have 10 minutes here and there to get anything done before she would start crying again. During my pregnancy with my second, I decided baby wearing would be the way to go to ensure I could get more done and both me and baby would be happier.
I have the Moby Wrap Evolution. The material is soft and breathable which is perfect for your little one’s skin. It was the perfect way to carry my baby as a newborn. Although I had a Lillebaby Carrier, (point 2) I wanted something slimline for at home. As a newborn is was lovely to keep him snug and extra close. I can leave the wrap on during the day and pop him in when needed. If he’s being fussy, I can carry him while doing tasks and he loves watching what I’m doing. If I had invested in one of these with my first, I would have had a much easier time of getting things done!
Baby sleeping bags come in a variety of cute patterns and colours to match your nursery. The best thing about them is that your baby can’t kick them off. We used blankets with my first in the initial months. I often worried about them covering her face while we slept or her being too cold if the covers weren’t on fully. She was born in the thick of winter. It was a struggle to keep the room warm enough but not hot and then cool enough but not too cold. Like duvets, sleeping bags come in different togs to suit the season.
I paticularly love the Grobags brand. I always find a style that I love, the designs really are lovely. The zips are quiet which is useful if you want to change a nappy of a sleeping baby. The material soft and long lasting. An extra bonus with the Grobag is that you get a free room thermometer card with a handy diagram showing recommendations on what your baby should be wearing depending on the room temperature. Grobag have done a fantastic job with their range of baby products, making parents lives a little easier.
These were by far, one of my favourite, no frills day-to-day baby products. Disposable breast pads work well but the decent brands can be costly. Washable breast pads are inexpensive and have worked better for me than disposable. They are soft, which is especially important if you have sore or cracked nipples. They’re discreet, comfortable and available in different colours and sizes. The most important part of this product is that I never leaked and I never ran out!
Washable Breast Pads come with a laundry bag to keep them together in the wash. The breast pads wash easily, and dry quickly on the heater. I purchased them in a pack of 10 (5 sets) which has been enough for me with the amount of household laundry I do. They lasted the duration of breastfeeding my first for 15 out of the 16 months as I used disposable for the first month. I’m currently using them while breastfeeding my second. Any product that lasts for more than one child is a good investment for me.
My family love to travel when we can. Both children took their first flight at 12 weeks old. While most airlines provide bassinets, the bassinet seats are limited. This mattress allowed us to hold our children comfortably inflight for long periods of time. The airline infant seatbelt passes through the mattress, allowing them to fall asleep and be undisturbed. With the thicker pillow area, the mattress is comfortable enough for you to rest the pillow area on the armrest. The Skybaby Travel Mattress rolls up and packs away into a carry bag and clips onto your pushchair or bag. Weighing only 0.3kg, it’s lightweight enough to not think about, while roaming through the airport.
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When you think of baby products, a baby monitor is usually on your list. This product has been my saving grace. I had bought this before my daughter was born as I liked the idea of it monitoring a baby’s movements.
The Angelcare Baby Movement Monitor has a sensor pad which is placed under the mattress. The monitor senses the slight movements from breathing and if no movement is detected after 20 seconds, an alarm will sound. You can have the parent unit set to have a tic sound, letting you know the monitor is picking up movement while you’re not in the room. As with most monitors, it picks up sound too so you know when they’ve woken from a nap. With a whole range of other features, such as a night light, a temperature display and a mute button, the Angelcare Monitor is a fantastic buy. If you’re lucky enough that your baby is sleeping through the night and your sleep has become limited because they are waking up to check their baby, this would be a worthy investment.
The Mamas a Papas Bath grows with your baby. On one side there is an infant support where your baby can lay from birth, and once sitting, they face the opposite direction. I love that it meant we didn’t have to run a full bathtub every night. This bath lasted my daughter for years! During the infant stage, you can rest your baby in the bath without fear that they will slip or slide. Of course, never leave your baby unattended in the bath.
There are many baby products aimed at teething. Sophie The Giraffe is my sons favourite teething toys. Sophie is made from natural rubber and has various different textures. The smaller Sophie in this set is great for smaller hands and the early stages of teething, with the original Sophie flexible and a good size to carry decorated with food paint, allowing for a safe teething toy.
Cloth Nappies are not only adorable but great for little bums and the environment. They come in a variety of colours and designs, you’ll often find yourself buying more. My favourite thing about these nappies is that they’re free of chemicals and therefore, even better for delicate baby skin. Over the duration of your child’s nappy wearing you can save a substantial amount of money compared to disposables. You can use them child after child, saving even more. It may take some time to get into a wash routine but once in the swing of it, it’s like second nature. I used a mixture of Bumgenius, Little Lamb and TotsBots. All of those that I used, grow with your baby so you never have to worry about buying more, unless you want to! Some were colour which allow you throw some bleach into the wash every month to give them a deeper clean. What’s not to love about cloth! Depending on your needs and preferences, there are so many great cloth nappy brands out there.
The Babymoov Sun Tent provided our children with the shade they needed in the sun, allowing us to enjoy hotter days without the worry of finding an area with enough cover for the baby. We used our sun tent when travelling to hotter climates or at home in the garden on summer days.
The Babymoov tent is lightweight and folds up making it easy to pack in a suitcase. It comes with a hook to put over your pushchair so you can easily take it for days out. The tent has a thin mattress for comfort, a net cover to keep bugs out and even some soft toys to keep them entertained. It’s made days at the beach a lot easier, keeping the baby as sand free as possible. Days out in the sun were that little more enjoyable and stress free.
A decent thermometer is one of the must have baby products in any family household. When your kids aren’t feeling well, keeping an eye on their temperature is needed, along with plenty of cuddles of course! Some babies loathe in ear, under the tongue or even armpit readings, making it difficult to get an accurate temperature reading. The Beurer Contactless Thermometer, provides accurate readings without touching the baby at all. A reading along with a happy or sad face is displayed to show if there is need for concern. It stores recent readings with the time taken, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting them. I’ve had nights where I’ve had to check temperatures throughout the night and this came in handy as I didn’t have to wake the baby and the fact that the display can light up is an added bonus.
The Mamas & Papas Baby Snug seat can be used once your baby can support their own head (approx. 3 months) until around 12 months. I found this product to be most useful at the 7 month mark when baby is rolling or crawling and I needed to keep them confined for a moment. There’s enough to keep a baby entertained for short periods of time with the activity tray. When they are bored of this, you can take the activity tray off and put other toys on the plain tray.
I was drawn to this product due to the removable seat insert. The coloured section of the seat can be removed leaving the larger white seat. My daughter had chubby legs and I was sure other seats might be too tight for her. I wanted something that would last and grow with her and the Mamas & Papas Snug did the trick for us.
Both of my children absolutely loved the Rainforest Jumperoo. The music, the many different activities, the hanging toys and the fun of jumping! There is so much to keep them entertained and plenty of opportunities to practice their fine motor skills.
This isn’t a small toy by any means. It takes up a considerable amount of space but it does give you much needed time to complete some tasks. I love it, both children loved it. It’s a win, win. Fisher Price now have a fun new design which I’m sure will be just as great as this one.
Do you have any baby products that you found particularly useful? Let me know in the comments below. To get the most out of your baby products, see my top 11 tips when buying for a baby.