Now that Baby L is one I thought I would take a look back at all of the products I have found useful in the past year. Hopefully the list will give you some ideas as to what a new mum may need! Maybe you are expecting your first baby or maybe you are expecting a second or third- either way there should be something on here for everyone!
Many of the things we used were handed down from Little G, which just goes to show that they were fantastic value for money! There were a few new things I bought as a second time mum though and so I will include those too.
White noise– This is such a great tool for helping to soothe a baby to sleep. There are apps you get get for your phone and plenty of toys you can buy.
We chose the Cloud B Sleep Sheep, it now hangs in Baby L’s cot and plays white noise for her when she goes to bed. There are 4 different sounds to choose from: heartbeat, rain, whale song and waves. You can also set it to last either 23 or 45 minutes- great for creating a gentle bedtime routine.
A swing chair– I cannot emphasise enough how fantastic these are, especially for a second child! I was able to leave Baby L swinging away while I played with G. It was also great for sending her off to sleep, saving my arms from having to do the job!!!
The Bright Starts Comfort and Harmony Swing is nice and compact (folding down flat), the music is very soothing (unlike some tunes you get with mobiles) and there is a control wheel for the speed.
Breastfeeding cover – I know some people do not like the idea of covering up while breastfeeding, they feel they shouldn’t have to and they are quite right. But for me personally, I did not want to show myself while sitting next to my father in law or out in public. I never quite got the hang of being discrete as neither of mine were able to latch on properly due to their tongue tie. When G was a baby I stayed in for feeds but obviously this was not feasible second time around with a toddler to think about.
The gorgeous cover by Bebe au Lait* is so soft and comes in a variety of patterns. The open neckline allows you to see baby throughout the feed – much more preferable to a muslin cloth! If you are like me and would feel a bit more comfortable knowing you do not have to worry about being on show then I can definitely recommend this!
Bottles– At 7 weeks I had to give up breastfeeding due to L’s severe milk allergy. We bought the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Anti Colic bottles as they are said to be the closest match to a breast shape-wise. Baby L suffered really badly with reflux too so these were a great option for us. We noticed a difference after the first feed and would definitely recommend them to anyone!
Swaddle blankets– I made the error of swaddling second time around and ended up with a baby who would wake several times a night needing to be re-swaddled. Nightmare!!
This amazing product by Love to Dream is genius! I would recommend using this once baby is starting to fight their way out of the swaddle. Their arms are held upwards and you can gradually unzip each arm pocket so that they are sleeping in what is essentially a sleep bag. We had Baby L weaned off swaddling in 2 weeks! Genius!
A nightlight– Neither of mine like the dark and a light just helps them to feel more secure if they wake up in the night.
We bought a Gro- Clock when G was 8 months old and started pointing to the sunshine before we would lift her out of her cot. Even now at 3 years old she will wait until she sees the sunshine before getting out of bed. It is a great design, the nightlight can be adjusted to different brightness settings and of course there is a clock for when the child is old enough to tell the time.
A highchair– I firmly believe in sitting together as a family at meal times. Both of mine have seen myself and Mr F eat a variety of foods and so we have been their role models for eating well. Neither are fussy and G will actually ask to try new things.
We bought this simple high chair from Mothercare. It can be used with the tray when they are smaller and then without (folded behind) as they grow and sit tucked under the main table.
A double buggy– It took me months to decide whether to get a buggy board, a double buggy or just use a sling. In the end I went for the double buggy and I am so glad I did. It very much depends on your circumstances but we live at the top of a very steep hill and have to walk everywhere so a double buggy was the best option for us.
I chose this one by Graco– The Quattro Duo. It is quite big compared to some but I don’t like those that have either the toddler or the baby one under the other- it is like they are in the shopping basket!!! This buggy enables both to have a good view, is slim enough to fit down the aisles of Next (super narrow aren’t they??) and folds down in one fast motion.
These are just a few things I found useful in the past year. Being a mum to a second baby brought its own problems but these products really helped!
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* I received the Bebe au Lait Nursing cover in return for the inclusion in this guide. All thoughts and words are my own.