Well hello there!
Oh guys its been too long from I last posted and I apologise. I have had a few people message me asking when my next blog was going to be up, which to be honest was lovely ☺️ I had lost my mojo and to be even more honest, I don’t have the same down time I used to, as all you other parents will understand. However, the mojo is back and I might have a spare minute or two to spend on this. (It has since taken me pretty much two months to write this 🤦🏻♀️).
When I started a wee list of what all I was going to include in this post (and consulted Liam on what he found useful) the list started to get long. Very long. So for the first part I think the best thing to do is to cover the things we found the most useful when Olivia was a newborn. (Which feels likes forever ago and yesterday all at once!). Before I start I’d like to point out the only qualification I have for this is that I’m a mum 😂. I’m not telling people what to do with their babies or what to buy. I’m simply sharing my experience as a first time mum. The range of products and gadgets for babies is phenomenal and an absolute mine field. I found, and in fact still find it so over whelming at times trying to figure out what’s worth spending my money on and what’s just a gimmick and/or totally un-necessary because lets face it – baby stuff is bloody expensive!
The first thing I have to mention is our bed side crib! I honestly highly rate having a bedside crib. I had planned to breastfeed and thought it would be really useful having her so close that I could just lift her out and in for feeds as I knew I’d most likely be up quite frequently and I didn’t want to be tempted to just lie her down beside me (co-sleeping wouldn’t work for us as Liam and I are such restless sleepers). I soon found out that regardless of how you’re feeding your baby it’s so good to have them right beside you. It makes my life a lot easier. I’m also a very anxious mummy and having her so close during the night and it being so easy to check on her (especially in the earlier days) is so reassuring. We personally have the Babylo Cozi Sleeper, which is retailing about £99 at the moment (which is a cracking price for a bedside crib). I’ve found it to be a brilliant size for Olivia. At 7 months she still has plenty of room which is great. I’m fairly sure any of the various other brands ect would do just as good a job. I personally think the Snuz pod is absolutely stunning and I would have loved it!
My next saviour baby item is the Shnuggle bath, this particular bath/brand specifically. Our first time bathing Olivia we were both nervous wrecks. We had missed the class on bathing a baby on our ante-natal course and we hadn’t been shown in hospital as Olivia had been in NICU. If it wasn’t for this bath the poor child might never be bathed 😂. The shnuggle bath is something I actually spotted on Instagram. I’d seen it on a few other parent blogger pages and when my mum offered to buy us something for Olivia I knew exactly what to ask her for. The bath has a lovely soft back support making it comfortable for baby and there’s a little hump on the bottom of it stopping baby from sliding down in the water. The first few times Liam and I bathed her together out of fear but then I became confident enough to bath her on my own and It’s honestly because of this bath. It feels safer and I think it’s safe to say that Olivia absolutely loves this bath. 100% would buy this again.
Guys how hard is it to pick a pram?! We spent a lot of time looking at prams, asked a million questions and still hadn’t a clue what to go for. We had to narrow down what features were most important for us. We decided we wanted a neutral colour. We wanted something fairly light weight so that I could lift it in and out of the car by myself. We wanted ease of use. We wanted a full travel system. Eventually we settled on the Mamas and Papas Sola 2, and it really ticked all the above boxes for us. Really it comes down to what exactly you want from the pram. Some people want good suspension ect for jogging, some people want a pram that can be converted to a double pram if needed (ours doesn’t). It’s a big financial decision so definitely take your time and ask loads of questions. What has really made our lives easier (maybe because we’re lazy, maybe because our backs are bad 🤷🏻♀️) was the isofix base. It was worth investing the £100 in to be honest. It just makes a simple task so much easier. Since moving into her big sit up bit in the pram Olivia and ourselves have loved it even more. It’s comfortable and she can be as nosey as she wants 🙈 and sure it even has a cup holder! Who doesn’t want a cup holder on their pram!? 😂
As a new parent we do nothing but worry about our children and that’s perfectly natural. There are so many things out there now to help reduce our worries especially with advances in technology such as breathing monitors and movement matts. I’ve always been a worrier about Olivia in the car. I feel like she’s miles away from me in the back of the car and I like to keep an eye on her because she likes to try and sleep with her head down 🤦🏻♀️ a very useful purchase for me was one of those little mirrors you put on the head rest of the car so you can see baby in the rear mirror. You can quickly glance (do not let yourself get distracted) in the mirror and see that all is fine and not be worrying and needing to stop every mile or two 🙈
Trying to choose between bottle brands is incredibly difficult. I remember when my younger brothers and sisters were growing up there were like two brands and everyone had them. Now there are so many 🙈 Personally we have used Tommee Tippees standard bottles from the beginning and have found them to be brilliant. Olivia has take to them really well. They’re easy to wash and sterilise and fairly well priced. Again, everyone’s baby is so different so just because they work for us doesn’t mean they will definitely work for you/your baby.
Another of my personal absolute essentials for a newborn and beyond is a feeding pillow. Now I only actually breastfed for about 10 days, I’m very aware these pillows are marketed specifically for breastfeeding and for those 10 days it was the o my thing that helped me to get Olivia to latch the handful of times she actually did. When I stopped breastfeeding I thought it was going to go to waste but for me it is by far the most comfortable way to feed Olivia at all. Even now she’s holding her bottles herself. With a baby who grew very quickly and is so long it can be hard to get a comfy spot to feed her the pillow takes the pressure off and gives her a cosy little nest to lie in when possible. When I attended my local sure start ante-natal classes they specifically mentioned (but not recommended because they aren’t allowed) the widgey brand pillows saying other mums commented on them. I have to say it’s fab. A great size. Has held its shape and fullness really well. I’ve just had to buy a new cover for it since the zip came off the first one. I literally use this pillow several times a day every single day. Olivia sometimes naps on me on it too 🙈 will defiantly be using it if there is a next time regardless of what method of feeding I go for.
The last thing I want to mention is our good mate Ollie the Owl by the Gro Company. This is a cuddly teddy/white noise machine which also lights up. Olivia’s uncle bought Ollie for her the Christmas before she arrived and he was a god send! Especially in those first two months. His little tricks helped her to get over to sleep so quickly he was such a comfort to her when she was tortured with colic ect too. He currently has no batteries because I’m a bad mummy and keep forgetting to put some in but she still has to have him in her bed. She pulls him in close to her and sometimes we find her holding his week wing whilst she sleeps which melts my heart every time. If we’re lucky enough to have another baby in the next few years I think we will have to invest in a second Ollie because I don’t think Olivia will ever give hers up. 😂
I hope this post hasn’t been too long of a read and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. I’d love to hear what your best baby buys have been or if you agree/disagree with any of mine. 🤷🏻♀️ Until next time 👋🏻