Our little newborn Sophie bear came into our lives three months ago. Now that she has been with us a while I thought I’d share with you the top 5 products that I have found to be most useful as a new Mum. This list is just my opinion, based on what has been most useful for us:
As I mentioned in her three month update, Sophie is really quite a small baby. She was 6lb 1oz as a newborn and at three and a half months old is still only 10lb. Sophie is way too small to be placed into her cot-bed and although we don’t co-sleep, I do want her right there next to me at night. A Moses Basket has been a perfect solution and she is still sleeping in it today so it has been well worth the money spent. I recommend buying a few fitted sheets and lots of cellular blankets (you only need about two at night if you’re house is adequately heated but have more so you have spares).
Medela Nipple shields
Definitely not the most glamorous of products but they saved our breastfeeding journey from the toe curling pain that the early weeks of breastfeeding can bring. The breastapo would have you believe that they aren’t a good product to use for various reasons which I’m not going into but for Sophie and I, they worked a treat and I highly recommend them to anyone who is really struggling with the pain. I also met several other lovely Mums at my local breastfeeding group who were successfully using them with inverted nipples or over active let downs.
Buy shed loads of these because they are infinitely useful for mopping up all kinds of unmentionable secretions that come out of a newborn. Seriously, you can’t have too many.
Newborn Baby bath
A lot of people told me that these were a waste of money for a newborn but I absolutely disagree. Have you tried holding a slippery, wriggling, soapy newborn baby in what will seem an enormous swimming pool of a bath? Newborn babies are only in the bath for a few minutes so you don’t want to have to waste water by running a whole bath tub of the stuff. Get a little baby bath and make your life a bit easier. I bought mine very cheaply from IKEA and it works a treat.
A changing bag
I have a Pacopod changing bag and I really love it. It has lots of different pods for different things such as a changing pod with space for nappies/wipes/cream and a feeding pod if you want to take bottles out with you. You really do need a bit of a Mary Poppins bag when you are out and about with your precious newborn bundle and I like this best of all because it still manages to look like a handbag and not just a Mum bag.
If you are pregnant I hope this has been useful for you.
What other things have you found to be the most useful besides the obvious clothes/nappies etc? As always, I’d love to hear from you so drop me a comment and if you enjoy my posts then don’t forget to subscribe (it’s free!)