HAVING a baby opens up a whole new world of “must-have” gadgets for feeding, sleeping and generally making your life easier.
I was sucked into buying a fair few of them for Santi (mainly out of desperation after sleepless nights) – some worked, others didn’t, and some we barely used.
thought I’d share my recommendations in case anyone expecting a baby or with a newborn is debating what to invest in.
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep:
I’ve heard so many people describe this machine as a lifesaver, and while that might be a slight exaggeration, it is amazing. If you haven’t heard of the Perfect Prep, it makes a bottle at the right drinking temperature within minutes … No boiling the kettle and waiting half an hour for the water to cool, or measuring hot and cold water in the middle of the night when you’re half asleep.
At full price (RRP £120) I think it’s too steep, but at the moment it’s £69.99 on Amazon, which I think is much more reasonable.
If there’s one thing you’re going to invest in (and you’re bottle feeding) I’d go for this.
Tommee Tippee milk powder dispensers:
This is such a simple idea, but I love it. Basically, they’re little plastic pots for measuring out the right amount of formula in advance. The pots can be slotted into the bottle with the lid on top so they don’t take up any extra space in your changing bag, which let’s face it can get crammed pretty quickly.
I find that when making a bottle I forget how many scoops I’ve done and have to start again, wasting formula and time, so having the pots filled up in advance is great, especially during the night or when Santi decides to “help” me.
These are currently £3.59 for a pack of six on Amazon.
We didn’t buy this ourselves, but we’ve borrowed it from our little niece. It’s described as a “baby sleep positioner”, but to put it simply it’s a Moses basket mattress.
For the first couple of nights, every time we put Ezra down in the basket he’d wake up, and he ended up sleeping in our bed, which I really didn’t want to encourage. We borrowed the Cosydream and now he’ll sleep in the basket for stretches of a few hours before waking up when he needs a feed, rather than because he’s uncomfortable.
The mattress is designed to make babies feel more enclosed and cosy, and has a raised foot roll to keep their legs in a comfortable position.
Baby Bjorn carrier:
Stew absolutely loved this with Santi, and we’ve already used it a few times with Ezra. Using a carrier when you’re out and about means you’re hands free and not tied to pushing a pram. It’s perfect if you’re heading somewhere with uneven paths that might make a pram a burden, or if you have a toddler that might end up wanting to go in the pram when their legs get tired.
I’m not keen on the idea of a wrap or sling as I’d worry about tying it on tight enough, but with four clips and adjustable straps, the Baby Bjorn feels nice and secure … And it’s lovely having baby snuggled in close when you’re out and about.
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